Chardham Yatra 2010- Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri Shrines Opening Soon

The Chardham Yatra nestling in the Garhwal Himalayas is all set to kick off. Preparations are in the final stages for smooth conduct of the six-month Chardham Yatra.

Online PR News – 19-March-2010 – – Situated at high altitudes, Chardham shrines are guarded on either side by mountain peaks providing a splendid back-drop. This year Chardham ( ), the holiest pilgrimage tour is commencing from 15th May in Uttarakhand India. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath are collectively referred as the Char Dham (or four pilgrimage centers) of Hinduism.

The Yamunotri, the source of the river is located in the western region of Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 3293 m in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.and contains a temple devoted to Goddess Yamuna. This year the shrine of Yamunotri will open on 16 May.

Gangotri is situated in Uttarakhand in the magnificent Garhwal Himalayas. The 6 meters high Gangotri shrine is dressed in white granite stone and is situated on the right bank of the river, Bhagirathi. This 18th century temple is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga. This year the shrine of Gangotri reopens on 16 May.

The shrine of Kedarnath is scenically located amidst the majestic mountains of the Garhwal Hills. Kedarnath at the head of the Mandakini River is a very sacred pilgrimage of the Hindus. It is a famous pilgrim site for Lord Shiva devotees and will open on May 16 for this year.

Badrinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in India. It is situated in the hill town of Badrinath in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. Badrinath temple is dedicated to lord Vishnu which is also known by the names Badri Vishal and Badrinarayan. The Badrinath temple will be opened for pilgrims on May 19 at 8.05 A.M.

The temple opens every year in the month of April-May. The temples are open only for six months every year (between the end of April and the beginning of November), due to extreme weather conditions in the Himalayan region.

“Chardham is a place for religious minded people and tourists. Being one of the most famous Hindu Yatra, the Yatra to Chardham is the backbone of the thriving religious tourism in the state”, said the tourist head at

Thousands of pilgrims visit the shrines with a deep religious sentiment around the world each year. It is believed that going for a Chardham Yatra leads one to salvation.
Spiritual Yatra to Chardham will start from May this year and will continue until the end of November. This is the best time to visit Char Dhams and enjoy the scenic beauty of the environment and nature.

As per official statistics of Uttarakhand Government it is expecting that more than 600,000 pilgrims will be visiting Chardham in 2010.

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Char Dham Yatra is the most popular pilgrimage centre in Uttarakhand,India. It comprises of 4 most popular temples namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. It is believe that going for a Chardham Yatra releases an individual from all sins. For more information about Char Dham Yatra 2010 visit