Chardhams in Uttarakhand is one pilgrimage destination that every devout Hindu longs to visit. But owing to its high altitude location, the weather out there often remains un-friendly making the journey difficult and even perilous. So you must have a clear idea about the best time to visit the Chardhams so that you can complete your pilgrimage in a hassle-free way.
Char Dham Yatra is one of the most sought after religious destinations in India and it is mentioned in Hindu religious texts as being spiritual expressions of the divine power. A visit to the Char Dham i.e. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath is said to wash away all the past life sins and much has been said and written about the spiritual power of these shrines.
However all the Char Dham pilgrimages are at very altitude and are prone to heavy snowfall in winters and harsh weather in general. Incidents of mishaps and natural disasters around the Char Dhams are not uncommon and the Yatra circuits only operate at specific times of the year. Learn more about the best time for Char Dham Yatra.
Chardham Yatra 2015 Opening Dates
Char Dham Yatra is not conducted all throughout the year. All government recognized tour operators and reputed private tour operators conduct the Char Dham tour for 6 months (May to October).
The specific opening dates of each of the shrines (Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri) depend on the Hindu calendar religious date sheet.
- Yamunotri Temple opens on 21st of April 2015
- Gangotri Temple opens on 22nd of April 2015
- Kedarnath Temple opens on 24th of April 2015
- Badrinath Temple opens on 26th of April 2015
All the temples are located at high altitude and they become inaccessible during the winter season (November to March).
Altitude of Chardham Pilgrimages
- Gangotri Altitude: 3204 meters above sea level
- Yamunotri Altitude: 3060 meters above sea level
- Kedarnath Altitude: 3854 meters above sea level
- Badrinath Altitude: 3843 meters above sea level
In fact in winters the principal deities are all shifted to a lower area from their original space. Temple puja is still done in the winter but all these activities are not connected to Char Dham Yatra.
Best Times to go for Char Dham Yatra
Usually May and June months are considered to be the best times for the Char Dham Yatra and during this period a lot of tourist traffic and pilgrims visit the Char Dhams. Post the month of July the traffic slows down. Your choice of the best time to visit Char Dham Pilgrimage depends upon your personal preferences. In case you cannot bear even the cold it’s better to choose May-June as your Char Dham Yatra time frame. On the other hand if you want to avoid the mad rush but can bear a little cold then choose October as your Char Dham Yatra time. In Late September or October hotels too lower their room rates and there is no need to book in advance unlike the highly hectic May-June months.
In May there moderate cold with temperature range going up to 18 degrees. Weather is Suitable for outdoor trips. June with its Temperature range from 10 degrees to 20 degrees is the warmest month here. Atmosphere remains moderate and nature looks at her bountiful best. In July the Temperature remains between 7 degrees to 18 degrees with light refreshing showers. Post August temperature starts falling and in September October temperature remains around 5 degrees to 7 degrees.