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Char Dham Yatra : Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamnotri Yatra
. It is a myth amongst the Hindus that one who undertakes the Yatra is absolved of all the sins and his way to attain moksha is cleared. Usually the Char Dham Yatra starts off from Delhi after which you head for Haridwar.
It is a legend that the mythical Yogi Asit Muni used to pray here. Perform the ‘puja‘at the Yamuna temple which was built by Maharaj Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. Take holy dip in the natural springs at the place, one of the four Char Dhams. Afterwards, you would get back to Barkot and head for Uttarkashi en route visiting Praketswar cave. From Ttarkashi, you would embark to Gangotri, the source of the River Ganges. The Gangotri Dham is a sacred shrine of Goddess Ganga. The pilgrims trek to glacier and take holy dip in the waters of the Ganges. It is 99 km from Uttarkashi and is located at the height of 3140. It was built by the Gorkha commander Amar bahadur thapa.
Kedarnath is the next Dham you would visit. The tourists would first drive to Guptakashi from where they would reach Gaurikund. Trek 14 km to Kedarnath Dham. On reaching here, you would visit the temple built by Guru Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. This Dham is also home to the Samadhi of Guru Adi Shankaracharya. It is a said the guru took thye Samadhi at the young age of 32 after establishing the four Dhams.
Next, you would head to the next destination of our Char Dham Yatra. You will drive to Badrinath via Rudraprayag. On reaching at the Badrinath Dham, you would visit the Badrinath temple to pay your homage. The Dham is situated between the Nar and Narayan mountain ranges. In the backdrop, you can see the superb Neelkantha peak. Dham is located on the left bank of the Alaknanda River. It is said that when the Ganges descended down on the earth, Ganges was divided into twelve streams to decrease the ferociousness of its waters. Alaknanda was one of the 12 streams. Subsequently it became the abode of the Lord Vishnu.
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