Char Dham isn't just a trip to four holy destinations. This pilgrimage also offers nature of the highest caliber. With an abundance of great activities to do, this road trip can be so much more than just some religious experience. Here's our list of how you can make the most of your visit, with our top things to do in Char Dham.
The main goal of the Char Dham Yatra is to visit the Yamunotri, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Kedarnath temples. Millions flock to this holy pilgrimage every year, praying and showing their respect as they move from one holy location to another. Along the way is a host of smaller yet equally charming temples like Mansa Devi temple (Haridwar), Shakti-Vishwanath Temple (Uttarkashi), and Omkareshwar Temple (Ukhimath).
Ancient hot water springs are unique and should be experienced by every visitor. Surya Kund is one of the most famous hot water springs located in Yamunotri Temple, named after Sun God, the father of Goddess Yamuna. Badrinath has both Tapt and Narad Kund natural hot water springs, which are visited by most people before entering the main shrines.
Millions of tourists trek to the three Char Dhams every year to offer prayers of gratitude. Of course, these can be physically demanding and strenuous due to the difficulty of visiting. But they're also spectacularly beautiful, with breathtaking views and deep moments of introspection. They are definitely worth your time and effort if you have the stamina.
Excellent treks and breathtaking views are just a few of the reasons people choose to visit the Char Dhams. Vasundhara Falls is located on the banks of the Alaknanda River in Badrinath, falling from 122 meters. Kempty Falls comes on the way to Yamunotri and creates a magical backdrop. It is one of the most popular picnic sites in Mussoorie. Surya Kund Falls are approximately half a km ahead of Gangotri temple, making for a truly picturesque setting!
The holy Ganga Aarti ceremony is performed at the banks of Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar when the sun sets. Vedic songs and prayers lead to a magical and peaceful experience. And during the event, tens of thousands of Diyas are lit on the Ganga River which creates a truly unique visual and spiritual moment.
Gomukh is one of the most popular glaciers in India, peaking above Gangotri. It is home to the Ganges river and its many tributaries and has breathtaking views. It's also a stop on Chardham Yatra, so there are always hordes of curious pilgrims.