Char Dham Yatra : a spiritual journey of faith Chardham temples , Uttaranchal

Up in the misty height of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas that adorn the magnificent State of Uttaranchal, awaits a rejuvenating spiritual experience for the devout. Nestling in the lofty peaks are the four most holy piligrimages of India - Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath collectively referred to as the Char Dham (or four pilgrimage centres) of Hinduism. For centuries, saints and pilgrims, in their search for the divine, have walked these mystical values known in ancient Hindu scriptures as Kedarkhand.

Through these sacred shrines shrines meanders the holiest river of India, Ganges - the stream of life synonymous with sanctity and splendor that is eternal, around which are woven myraid legends and tales from mythology and the history of India. According to the legend, Goddess Ganga took the form of a river to support life on the earth and hence is the most venerated deity in Hinduism. The four Dhams receive their holy waters from four streams - Yamuna (in Yamnotri), Bhagirathi (in Gangotri), Mandakini (in Kedarnath) and Alaknanda (in Badrinath).

Panch Prayags , Uttaranchal

Holy confluence, scenic surroundings and aura of spiritual serenity make an ideal abode for the Gods and are refreshing reward for the pilgrims who visit Uttaranchal.

Traditionally, the yatra (or journey) is done from west to the east - starting from Yamnotri, then proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath. Although Char Dham are accessible through a network of motorable roads, arduous trails remain in the ancient sancturies of faith for fulfilling experience.

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