‘Char Dham’, the most sacred pilgrimage circuit, the circuit of mythologies, the circuit that cossets four abodes of God; you can simply go on defining these two words in different and beautiful ways.
This pilgrimage was initiated by sage Adi Shankaracharya, a great Hindu intellectual and reformer. The sage started this holy journey in the 8th century with the motive of reviving the Hindu religion, and certainly the four destinations were perfect to serve his purpose. Yamunotri (the abode of Shakti Yamuna), Gangotri (the abode of Shakti Ganga), Kedarnath (the abode of Lord Shiva) and Badrinath (the abode of Lord Vishnu) are the four holy places embracing the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand.
It is believed that by visiting this pious circuit, all the sins of the devotees are forgiven; are washed off. Since ages, this belief is so prominent that the Char Dham Yatra is considered as a must for every human. Further, it is not just that people come here for getting salvation; they visit these holy sites so as to attain enlightenment, to experience serenity and spirituality.
The Char Dham pilgrimage in Uttarakhand commences from April-May and lasts till Diwali (one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals), in October-November.
Haridwar, Mussoorie, Kempty fall, Yamuna River, Bandar punch Peak view from Barkot, Sri Yamunotri Temple, Prakateshwar Cave, Kashi Vishwnath Temple, Shakti Temple, Bhagirathi River, Sri Gangotri Temple, Gomukh, Tehri Dam, Mandakini River, Sri Kedarnath Temple, Gaurikund, Alaknanda River, Sri Narsingh Temple, Adi Shankarcharya Samadhi, Dhauli River, Sri Badrinath Temple, Byas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Bheem Pul, Saraswati River, Mana Village, Pinder River, Nandakini River, Confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda River, Rishikesh, Laxman Jhoola, Ram Jhoola, Swarga Ashram etc.