Char Dhams are the four holy places of Hindu Pilgrimage, which are nestled among the lofty peaks of Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri are collectively called as CharDham. This hindu pilgrimage Char Dham circuit consists of four sites: Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. All these locations are believed to be highly sacred by the Hindu religion. A visit to these holy shrines together forms the Chota Chardham Yatra in India.
The holy river Ganga is known to be originated from Gangotri itself, through the prayer made by king Bhagirath. Gangotri lies at an altitude of 3,200 mts about the sea level in Uttarkashi district where thousands of devotees pay their visit to wash away their sins in the urge of salvation. The Ganges is believed to be the sacred source of purity and sanctity and so before visiting the temple, devotees take a holy dip in this mighty river.
Yamunotri Dham temple located at Uttarkashi at an elevation of 3164 meters from the sea level, It is the only place where the devotees can find both the amalgamation of hot and cold environment. The Himalayan environment is purified and freezes with the cold tides of the glaciers of River Yamuna and the sides are remained warmed up with thermal springs which are known as ‘Kunds’ of Goddess Shakti.
Kedarnath Temple is located at an altitude of 3584 m above the sea level flanking around the river Mandakini in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state. The Kedarnath temple lies amidst the majestic snow-capped Himalayan ranges and is thronged by thousands of tourists each year. The present temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya. The inner walls of the temple sanctum are adorned with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. The origin of the revered temple can be found in the great epic – Mahabharata.
Badrinath Temple is located in the lofty Himalayan heights in the Garhwal hill tracks (Uttarakhand). Badrinath Temple is situated at the height of 3133 m (10248 feet) above sea level. The current badrinath temple had been built by the king of Garhwal only a century ago. The mighty Nar and the Narayan Parbat entice the temple and adds further divinity to its ambience. The tank of hot water or the Tapt Kund is a boon given by mother nature to the pilgrims who visit Badrinath.