Do’s and Don’ts during the Char Dham Yatra

Chardham Yatra is one of most holy pilgrimage journeys that any pious Hindu long to undertake. The four Chardhams set in the high altitudes of Uttarakhand or God’s own Abode aren’t easy to reach however and need enough practice, patience and preparation on the part of the pilgrims. This article below will introduce you to some do’s and don’ts that you need to abide by to make your chardham pilgrimage yatra successful and fulfilling.

Essential Tips to Prepare for Chardham Yatra

There are same basic rules which will help make your Char Dham Yatra experience better. Learn more about the rules.

What to Do During Char Dham Yatra

  • Please remember that there is heavy rush during the Char Dham Yatra season. If you do not book your hotel or accommodation option in advance you may not get a place to stay at all!! Book well in advance minimum 2-3 months)
  • You will be visiting high altitude places during your Char Dham Yatra trip. Eat only freshly made food that is cooked locally.
  • Do carry heavy woolen garments like sweaters, body warmers, mufflers, Wind Cheaters, warm trousers, monkey caps as you are likely to experience biting cold during your Char Dham Yatra trip.
  • Do carry raincoat, water resistant paint, sleeping bag, walking stick and torch. Ladies should wear salwar kameez or pant t shirt instead of loose floppy dresses like sari.
  • Do cover the head with the monkey cap or any warm garment as there will be freezing cold in Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
  • Do carry some dry eatable food with you like candies, chocolates, biscuits, dry fruits, honey lemon, dry fruit and other types of tinned food. You never know when you might feel hungry and it’s not advised to travel on an empty stomach.
  • Do carry your own tumbler, saucer, plate and water bottle.
  • Do make sure that the pony wallah, dandy man or porter whom you are hiring is a registered person having valid papers. Do make sure that you are in touch with them during journey. Do remember to tie the luggage properly before handing it over to the porter.
  • Start trekking in one direction in short slow steps and don’t compete with fellow pilgrim or trekkers. Remember to take steady, evenly spaced slow steps as this is going to be a long laborious trek/ pilgrimage for you.
  • Do cooperate with security officials at different check points and remember that they are there for your safety as well as well being. Respect local customs and cultures during your Yatra.
  • The Tap water can be used safely as available in eateries and designated water supply points. If you are cautious about drinking tap water then get boiled water from tea stalls.
  • Don’t bank on getting ATMs as per your convenience. You are travelling to relatively remote areas so make sure that you carry plenty of cash with you.
  • Do carry your own medical kit comprising of eye ointment, antipyretic, analgesic, ointment for joint aches like Iodex, skin infection cream, Painkillers like Novalgin, Antiseptic medicine, Intestopan for Diarrhea and medicines for B.P/SUGAR and any other medical condition that you might have.
  • While trekking suck on sweet candy or sip on glucose water at intervals as this will ensure the flow of glucose giving you energy during the long arduous trek.
  • Do be kind to pony wallah/ local help porter etc and offer them tea/ snacks on your journey. This will encourage them to serve you better.

What Not to Do During Char Dham Yatra

  • Don’t throw chocolate wrappers, candy foils; banana peels etc on the Char Dham Yatra road or forest trek road. There will be designated dustbins on the route to Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
  • Don’t strain yourself and try to walk faster. If you are walking on steep gradients then this will tire you off faster.
  • Don’t sit and relax near points where there are warning signs as these would be potentially dangerous areas.
  • Don’t try to jump queue or overtake other pilgrims unnecessarily. Maintaining traffic discipline will help you all reach your destination smoothly and fast.
  • Don’t wear heavy jewelry (especially gold and silver items) you might lose them and they will anyway make you feel uncomfortable during your journey.

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Badrinath Tourism – Badrinath Temple Travel Guide

The holy town of Badrinath is situated within Uttarakhand’s Chamoli and is well known for the temple of Badrinath. The temple belongs to Lord Vishnu enshrined here as Badrinarayan. The temple stands on the river banks of River Alkananda at an elevation of 3133 meters above the sea level. Badrinath temple is one among the Chota Chardhams as well as the all-India Chardham. Planning a trip for Badrinath needs you to be aware of certain vital travel-related details. Read on to learn more-

Badrinath Mandir

Badrinath Mandir

Badrinath Dham Sightseeingg

The major places to see in and around Badrinath include-

Badrinath Temple– Badrinath Dham is an important pilgrimage destination for all Hindus and especially for the Vaishnavites. The temple is an abode of Lord Vishnu enshrined here as a black stoned statue in meditative posture. The temple dates back to 9th century and is believed to have been set up by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. The temple is one among the 108 Vishnu Divya Deshams.

Vyas Cave– This natural cave has been named after Ved Vyas who at this place is believed to have dictated the epic Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha for getting a written copy of the epic.

Brahmakapal

Brahmakapal

Brahmakapal – Source

The flat stone tablet along river Alkananda’s banks is referred to as Brahmakapal. Hindus perform several propitiating rituals at this spot.

Panch Dharas

Panch Dharas

Panch Dharas

‘Panch Dharas’ or five streams are located at Badaripur. The five streams are Indira, Urvasi, Prahlad, Brigu, Kurma. These five streams present one with a sublime and splendid view.

How to Reach

Badrinath temple can be reach through air route, rail route as well as road route. If you avail the airway, you need to fly to Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun. Frequent flight run between Jolly Grant Airport and Indira Gandhi International Airport of Delhi, plus many other airports of the country. After reaching Jolly Grant Airport, you could hire a cab to transport you to Badrinath. The distance to be covered is 314 kms. Also, Helicopter services to Badrinath are available from Dehradun. If you choose to avail the rail route, you need to take a train to Rishikesh first and then proceed towards Badrinath by cab/taxi. It is approximately an 8 hours of drive covering a distance of about 296kms. If you choose to take the road route, you can avail buses/cabs/taxis that regularly ply between Badrinath and all other major Uttarakhand destinations like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Pauri, Srinagar etc. NH58 connects Badrinath to Gaziabad too.

When to Visit

The ideal time to visit Badrinath is around months, May and June and then again in September and October. The weather during that time remains bearable, soothing and travel-friendly.

Weather

Badrinath experiences summers around months March, April, May and June. The weather during that time remains moderate and pleasant with average temperatures being around 18 degree centigrade. July to the middle of September is the period when Badrinath experiences monsoons. Scanty rains, frequent landslides and a slight drop in temperature to about 15 degree centigrade characterize the monsoons at Badrinath. Badrinath winters start in the month of November and close in the month of April. During these 6 months temperature drops down to freezing point and below and snow fall occurs to clad the entire region in sheets of ice. It is impossible to travel to Badrinath during that time.

Accommodation

There are many state government guesthouses, Dharmashalas, and budget hotels to put up while at Badrinath. These accommodation options come with decent facilities such as TV Connection in every room, abundant hot water supply, fooding etc

Cuisine

Purely vegetarian food is available at Badrinath. Non-vegetarian food plus alcoholic drinks are strictly forbidden. One can sample typical Garhwali cuisine at the road side Dhabas, restaurants.