Helicopter Service for Char Dham Yatra: Salient Features

Yatra to Uttrakhand Chardhams is something a pious Hindu yearns to undertake at least once in his/her lifetime. But the terrain is rocky and one has to trek uphill to quite high altitudes. People with health issues plus aged people might find it difficult to complete the journey. For them, various tour operators arrange Char dham yatra helicopter service. Read to learn more

Here is all that you need to know about Helicopter Service for Char Dham Yatra

Booking helicopter service for Full Char Dham Yatra

Char Dham Yatra by Helicopter

Char Dham Yatra by Helicopter

If you have a health issue or time constraints or simply want to fulfill your Char Dham Yatra in comfort then opting for the Helicopter service to all Char Dhams is a good idea. Most helicopter journeys to all char dhams (Badri Nath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri) commence either from Dehradun or from Delhi.

Suggested iternary for Dehradun Chardham Yatra is described below for your convenience.

  • Day 1: post arrival in Dehradun you have to reach Sahastradhara helipad and then fly to Kharsali for Yamunotri Dham Darshan. Reaching Yamunotri Dham you will have to trek for minimum one hour on foot or pony. After returning to Kharsali take helicopter ride to Harsil. Then after an hour long road travel to Gangotri Dham you can perform your Puja there. Overnight stay arrangements are best made at Harsil.
  • Day 2: early morning helicopter ride should be availed to Kedarnath. Post Kedarnath arrival temple darshan and Shiva Abhishek should be performed. Post breakfast you should fly to Badrinath. After rest at hotel you can visit famous Badrinath temple in the early evening and offer homage to Lord Badrinath. Ample time will be left for local sightseeing like Mana Village tour. Overnight stay arrangements are best opted for at Badrinath.
  • Day 03-in the early morning you can perform the Bhor Abhishek to Badrinath Ji to mark the holy conclusion of Char Dham Yatra tour. Avail the helicopter ride back to Dehradun Base at Sahastradhara.

Booking helicopter service for only Kedar Nath Darshan in Dham Yatra

Post the massive natural calamity which struck Kedarnath in the past many tourists are now skeptical about availing the road for the Kedarnath Yatra. The comforting news is that there are now umpteen helicopter operator services which allow devotees to safely undertake the Kedarnath Yatra. Yatris have only to book their helicopter tickets and Yatra packages in advance. Most devotees who only want to avail Kedarnath Darshan by helicopter take the helicopter ride from Phata to Kedarath and the same route back.

Aircraft used for this purpose are the 5 seater Bell 407 helicopters or Bell 206l4 Helicopters. Usually tourists are given one and a half hours time for Kedarnath Darshan. Helicopter rides start operating from the wee hours of the morning and the last ride is at 11.30 a.m.

The ballpark charges for a round trip from Phata to Kedranath and back is INR 6990 PER PERSON.

Other options for Helicopter Service for Char Dham Yatra

  • Phata to Badrinath Ji and back
  • Dehradun to Kedarnath and back
  • Dehradun to Badrinath and back
  • Delhi to Kedarnath and Back
  • Delhi to Kedarnath and Back
  • Do Dham Journey from Kedarnath and Badrinath from Dehradun
  • Do Dham Journey from Kedarnath and Badrinath from Delhi
  • Full Chardham Yatra Service (Badrinath, KedarNath, Yamunotri and Gangotri from Delhi)

Points to remember when you opt for Char Dham Yatra by Helicopter

  • Availability of accommodation often becomes an issue as the tourist traffic is extremely high during the holy Char Dham Yatra season. It’s advisable not to harbor expectations of superlative accommodation option. Best way to ensure good accommodation will be to book really early.
  • Each helicopter can carry only 5 passengers at one time
  • You need to keep your passport copy ready before you board the helicopter
  • Make sure that you don’t carry excessive baggage with you up on air. Only 5 kg of luggage is allowed per person.
  • Check with your helicopter operator about this but in all probability you will have to get full ticket for your kids if they are above the age of 2
  • The full amount for Chardham Helicopter Yatra will have to be paid before starting the journey. In case there is cancellation it’s compulsory to pay the cancellation charges. The cancellation fee (ballpark figure) is as under.
  • A week before journey- 20% of charter booking amount
  • 2 days before journey-50% of charter booking amount
  • Less than 2 days before journey- 75% of charter booking amount
  • Less than a day before journey- zero refund or 100% cancellation fee.

Chardham Helicopter Service: 
www.chardhamtour.in/helicopter-service.html

Unexplored Pilgrimage Destinations in Uttarakhand Worthy of a Visit

Uttarakhand, the ‘Daivya Bhoomi’ is home to countless pilgrimage destinations among which the Chota Chardhams hold special significance for the pious Hindus. However apart from the popular conventionally visited pilgrimage destinations, there are also many unchartered ones which you must visit to relish the spiritual essence and aura of this incredible Daivya Bhoomi. Read on to learn about the unexplored pilgrimage destinations in Uttarakhand

If most pilgrims make a beeline for Uttarakhand, it is to visit the famous four or char dham centres comprised of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. However, there are other spots of religious significance where pilgrims do go but which are not so well know. If you plan to visit Uttarakhand for the Char Dham Yatra then it is worthwhile sparing time to take in a few of these lesser known places of religious interest.

Mahasu Devta Temple

Mahasu Devta Temple

Mahasu Devta Temple

Located on the Tuini Mori Road at Hanol, at an elevation of 5000 feet, the Mahasu Devata Temple houses the idol of Lord Mahasu, a local favorite and another form of Lord Shiva. Legend states the locals found a shiv linga here that he set into a temple and it has attracted devotees ever since.

Chaukori

Jayanti Temple Dhwaj

Jayanti Temple Dhwaj

This tiny village in Pithorgarh, at a height of about 2000 metres is better known for its tea gardens and a land of virginal purity. You can enjoy its beauties and make it the starting point to pilgrimages to numerous temples in the vicinity. The famous Kapaleshwar Mahadev cave temple, Arjuneshwar Shiv temple, Pinglenag, Harinag, Mostamanu, Feninag, Dhaulinag and Jayanti Temple Dhwaj are all in the vicinity. You get the best of spirituality and nature in Chaukori.

Sidh Bali Temple

Sidh Bali Temple

Sidh Bali Temple

This famous temple of Mahabali Hanuman is in Kotdwar town on the banks of the Khoh River. Pilgrims flock here to worship Lord Hanuman in the orange painted temple and hope to have their difficulties removed.

Timmar Sain Temple

Timmar Sain Temple

Timmar Sain Temple

Timmair Sain is yet another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, housed in a natural cave and it is close to the Indo Tibetan Border in the tiny village of Niti.

Kartik Swami Temple

Kartik Swami Temple, Rudraprayag

Kartik Swami Temple, Rudraprayag

This temple to Lord Kartikeya is atop a hill, surrounded by mountains, at a height of about 3040 metres in Rudraprayag District. On Kartik Purnima the temple is thronged by flocks of devotees trekking from the nearby Kanak Chaur village.

Lakhamandal Temple

Lakhamandal Temple, Dehradun

Lakhamandal Temple

Very few have heard of the Lakhamandal temple dedicated to Shiv-Parvati but this goes back to the time of the Mahabharata. It is 77 km from Mussorie and the stone temple is intricately carved with two stone deities outside. Unique to this temple is the fact that the graphite shivling glows when devotees pour water on it.

Kunjapuri Devi Temple

Kunjapuri Devi Temple, Rishikesh

Kunjapuri Devi Temple

Goddess Durga resides in Kunjapuri devi Temple located on the Gangotri road near Hindola Khal. Durga is one of the most revered deities in this region and the temple takes on a colorful look during the time of the Durga Pooja festival in October-November. Another temple to Goddess Durga is the Chandrabadani temple a revered shakti peeth on the Srinagar Tehri Road. Yet another Shakti Peeth is the Jswalapa Devi temple located about 34 km from Pauri on the Pauri Kotdwar Road.

Nanda Devi Temple

Nanda Devi Temple, Almora

Nanda Devi Temple

Nanda Devi is another form of Goddess Parvati and this temple is in Almora district, sitting prettily atop a hill top. During Navratri a festival is organized here, which is the time to visit. If you are lucky, you may be visiting the temple when once in 12 years the Goddess sets out in a procession to her home on Trishul Peak.

Gopinath Temple

Gopinath Temple, Gopeshwar

Gopinath Temple

An ancient Shiv Temple, this one is in Chamoli and the ancient temple is built in the classic style. The special significance of this temple is that worshipping the Lord makes all sins drop away from you.

Dhari Devi Temple

Dhari Devi Temple

Dhari Devi Temple

If you visit Uttarakhand for pilgrimage purposes then it is only natural that you visit the shrine of Dhara Devi, said to be the guardian deity of this State. The temple sits on a tiny rocky outcrop beside the Alaknanda and it is on the Srinagar Badrinath Highway. You could leave it till the last or start your pilgrimage of unexplored holy sites right here.

Char Dham Yatra Travel Tips

This devotional tour is completed when pilgrims visit the four sacred shrines located in the different districts of Uttarakhand, perched in the lap of the snow clad Garhwal Himalayas. This indicates that you are in for a lot of travelling on a really difficult path that will take you up hill over a terrain which no doubt challenges your physical tenacity and your spiritual fervor. Thus the following tourist information on Chardham Yatra would surely help you complete your pilgrimage journey in a successful manner and return with total peace of mind.

Planning the Tour:

  • Firstly plan the trip much ahead of the scheduled date. Chardhams is a difficult route and hasty planning may make your journey uncomfortable and troublesome indeed. If you have some idea about Chardham yatra, you will definitely know that the travel season to Chardhams is between May-October. The rest of the year heavy snow fall shuts down the route and pilgrims are kept waiting for the travel season to arrive again.
  • Secondly it is wise to do some prior research on Chardhams Yatra before you set out. The four Chardhams are situated on a high altitude and so you need to have a clear idea of the general weather conditions, availability of accommodations, availability of food etc out there. Internet is of course the easiest means to find all the required info on Chardhams before you embark on your holy trip. Prior research in fact will allow you take all the precautionary measures before you set out for the journey.
  • It is obvious that you will not be very familiar with the Chardham Yatra route. To make the journey safe and hassle-free the wisest decision on your part would be to get hooked up with the most renowned travel agent in your city, the one who is well experienced in arranging Chardham tours. Once you hire the services of a tour company, they will conduct the entire tour for you until you finish darshan of all the four dhams and also they will take the entire responsibility to drop at the station or airport for the journey back home.

Important Carry Alongs:

  • The first thing going into your suitcase should be your Medicines. If you are on a routine course, make sure you bring along extra strips with you. Painkillers, Anti allergic, Pain relief gels should also go into the bag because you would have to trek on steep uphill track.
  • Those who are easily susceptible to diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome should definitely carry jars of mineral water or distilled water for drinking purpose. Drinking the tap water on the trip may cause stomach infections.
  • As the yatra includes trekking and walking in a few places like at Kedarnath, make sure you bring along the right shoes with the right grip. Those who have health issues like arthritis can even go on pony back or take ‘doli’.
  • Extra pair of sweaters, warmers and woolens if you plan to in October-November as the temperature drops to freezing point. Old and infirm people should travel during because they might not be able to tolerate the intense cold.
  • Keep sunscreens, body lotions and moisturizers within your easy reach as the fast blowing wind often leads to the cracking of skin and unwanted skin rashes.

Other objects:

  • Torch light, camera chargers and extra batteries should be with you as places in such altitudes have power cuts more than you expect.
  • Umbrella, light blanket, rain coats and a muffler too would comfort you when there are showers or chills.
  • Chocolates especially dark ones, chewing gums etc are a must-have as they help to recover from nausea.

Important Advice:
Always carry along a pocket dairy having penned down important phone numbers. It would help you if you get lost in the huge crowd of pilgrims. You can check from the list of numbers and easily contact your group or travel guide.