Chardham Yatra comprises of pilgrimage to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in
– the Char Dhams. Chardham Yatra 2013 opening date is May 13, on Akshaya Tritiya day – Gangotri and Yamunotri temples opens on May 13. Uttarakhand, India a few days after on May 16, 2013 and Kedarnath Shrine on May 14, 2013. The closing dates of Chardham Yatra is during the Diwali period – November 3, 2013. These important shrines in Hinduism remains closed for major part of the year due to snowfall (October to April). The temples usually open in the month of April for a six-month period. Badrinath Temple
During the Chardham Yatra period, Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) conducts spiritual tour to the important shrines in the Chardham region. Online reservation facility is also available. Helicopter Services are also available from Agastyamuni to Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Gangotri, located at an altitude of 3200 meters, Yamunotri, at an altitude of 4421 meters, Badrinath, at an altitude of 3135 meters, and Kedarnath, at an altitude of 3580 meters, attract more than 2 million visitors each year from
and around the world. India
It must be noted here that the visit to four important temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu is also known as Char Dham Yatra and this involves visiting the shrines at Puri, Dwarka, Rameshwaram and Badrinath.