Char Dham Camps

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Gangothri Dham by Chardham Camps by Leisure Hotels

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.  

Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath uttarakhand Leisure Hotels Yamunotri Gangotri 87
Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath uttarakhand Leisure Hotels Yamunotri Gangotri 88

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 

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Accommodation

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 

Dining

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.