The Char Dham, literally ‘the four abodes’, yatra refers to the journey up the mountains to four sacred temples in the north-Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is also sometimes referred to as Chhota Char Dham to differentiate it from the bigger circuit of Char Dham sites. The four temples that comprise Char Dham are, Yamunotri Dham, Gangotri Dham, Badrinath Dham and Kedarnath Dham. Each of these temples has scintillating myths associated with them, which give them immense religious importance.
Yamunotri Dham, the first Dham en route the yatra, is situated at Yamunotri- where the sacred river the Yamuna originates. It named after Goddess Yamuna, the twin sister of Yama (the goddess of death). A bath in the holy waters of Yamuna river is said to cleanse one of all sins and protect from untimely death. It is believed that sage Asit Muni lived here and bathed in both Ganga and Yamuna. In his old age, when he was unable to go to Gangotri, a stream of Ganga started to flow across the steam of Yamuna. The temple houses a black marble idol of the goddess.
Gangotri Dham, is the birthplace of the holy river Ganga. According to popular Hindu legend, it was here that Goddess Ganga descended when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from the locks of his hair. Dedicated to the goddess, Gangotri Dham is the second temple that falls on The Chota Char Dham route. It was built by the Nepalese General, Amar Singh Thapa. The origin of the holy river, however, is at Gaumukh, the sacred snout of the Gangotri Glacier, which is a 19 km trek from Gangotri. Bhaghirath Shila and Pandava Gufa are religious spots located very close to the Gangotri Dham.
Kedarnath Dham, is about 500 meters above Badrinath and is believed to be one of the five uprisal spots of Lord Shiva. The word ‘Kedar’ refers to Lord Shiva in Vedas & Puranas. Kedarnath, as per holy belief and sacredness, is known to be the land of Lord Shiva, where Lord still resides in the form of Linga. It is also the highest located jyotirling. The temple is an old stone edifice located on the shores of Mandakini River. It is believed to have been built by the Pandavas and revived by Adi Sankara in 8th century CE. The view of this temple against its snowy backdrop is just resplendent. Kedarnath Dham is definitely one of the most important Dhams in the yatra.
Leisure Hotels, the largest hotel chain in Uttarakhand successfully running The Char Dham Camps since 2003 and pioneered in the concept of luxury pilgrimage travel in The Char Dham sector.
The picturesque location of The Char Dham Camps in the circuit is chosen in such a way that one is able to reach in time from one camp to another and still gets some time to rest and relax for next day’s journey.
The location of the camps makes it extremely easily accessible from shrine as well as the nearest town. The locations of these camps are -
- Barkot for Yamunotri
- Harsil & Maneri for Gangotri & Gomukh
- Guptakashi for Kedarnath
- Joshimath for Badrinath
The Char Dham Camps with its quality offerings have been adjudged as the best alternative accommodation in Chardham. Set amidst the serenity of the plush flora, the Char Dham Camps promises the finest accommodation and ensures optimum comfort for the esteemed pilgrims.
The Swiss tents give the feeling of space aplenty and the thatch over the top ensures a cottage looks aesthetic as well as comfortable in all weather conditions. The unique water heating system and lounge for evening get together adds to the entire experience. • Accommodation in spacious all weather thatched roof cottage camps
• Attached bath & toilets with running hot & cold water. Hot water has fixed timings.
• Multi-cuisine dining facilities
• Hot water bottles as sundown service
• Golghar Lounge
• Well- structured blocks for “aarti”, religious discourses etc.
• First aid facility
• Local Masseurs
The pioneer of luxury pilgrimage in India The Char Dham Camps offers exceptional dining facilities for pilgrims undertaking a religious tour to India. The Himalayan camps at Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri incorporate multi-cuisine dining facilities catering to a wide array of tastes.
Special emphasis is placed on the quality of food served at the Camps. The aroma and delectable taste help you relax after a tiring day out.
Since most of the tourists undertake the religious tour or The Char Dham Yatra, Indian and vegetarian cuisine is more on demand.
The Char Dham Camps prepare authentic dishes in a traditional way to create the perfect blend of aroma and taste. Nestled in the natural settings of the Himalayas, the dining area of the Char Dham Camps offers an ideal dramatic setting. So savour the real taste of India to enjoy a plethora of mouth-watering dishes!
Camps facilities & services
As our guest, we make sure your stay with us is much more than visits to the shrines, prayers and offerings. We try to make it an experience that enriches the mind, body and soul in more ways than one. That is why we encourage you to be a part of several other activities in and around the camps like:
• Bhajan & Kirtan
• An enchanting cultural evening watching folk dances
• An evening ‘aarti’ by a local priest and • Short walks and bonfire evenings
The Char Dham Camps, hospitality is not just to luxurious accommodation sumptuous cuisine, guest is also offered assistance which includes comfortable shrine visits, glimpses of the local culture & heritage and are encouraged to explore the area themselves. Some of the assistance which readily available is:
1. Assistance for shrine visit and arrangement of Pony and Palanquins (palki)
2.Umbrellas during the trek to Kedarnath
3.Oxygen Cylinders on hire
4.Special arrangements for people with difficulty in walking
5. Assistance in Helicopter booking for Kedarnath
It is revered as one of the most sacred pilgrimages in the world. A venture fuelled by devotion and yearn for sheer spirituality. Standing proud and aware of its majesty, the four heavenly abodes are reachable to not the strongest or fittest, youngest or oldest, but perhaps to the most enduring. The Char Dham yatra comprising of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath is the road to salvation for a Hindu.
Nothing spells devotion more than a visit to the Char Dhams. Four temples, each more enchanting than the other, nestled in seclusion among the mighty Himalayan peaks. It’s exclusivity and mystery are strong enough to stir up a relentless yearn for spiritual absolution in everyone’s hearts. Ganga, Yamuna, Vishnu and the mighty Shiva are existent in their purest of incarnations up there, and for a Hindu, it is the closest one can come to experiencing heavenly bliss. Over the years, The Char Dham have evolved into important places of worship, thronged by people looking to connect with ultimate power.