Top YATRA Places to visit in uttarakhand in summer :
Best yatra places to visit in uttarakhand in summer sessions are gangotri yamunotri badrinath and kedarnath, Read char dham Yatra destination one by one .
1. Gangotri Temple
- Gangotri Temple stands on the origin of the Ganga River.
- Most Hindus believe it to be the home of Ganga, Goddess of Wisdom and the sacred soul of river Ganga.
- It is another important point of Chota Char Dham yatra route.
- Today’s temple was built by warlord Amar Singh Thapa in the 1800 century.
- According to Hindu sacred history, king Bhagiratha meditated at this place in order to earn the Goddess Ganga blessing able to absolve the sins of his predecessors. After austere penances Ganga took a form of a river to free their souls and grant them salvation.
- Every April Goddess Ganga returns to Gangotri from her winter shelter. This day has been celebrated for almost 700 years with carrying on the palanquin the Goddess’s murti in red and green cloths.
- Gangotri is one of the best places to visit in uttarakhand in summer .
2. Yamunotri Temple
- Yamunotri Temple is situated in the western region of Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 3,235 metres (10,614 ft) near the river source.
- The original temple was built by Maharani Guleria of Jaipur in the 19th century. The current temple is of recent origin as earlier constructions have been destroyed by weather and the elements.
- There seems to be a confusion as to who built the temple of Yamunotri. However, according to sources, the Gangotri temple was originally constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal.
According to the ancient legend, sage Asit Muni had his hermitage here. All his life, he bathed daily both in the Ganges and the Yamuna. Unable to go to Gangotri during his old age, a stream of the Ganges appeared oppositeYamunotri for him.
- The temple and the place opens every year on the auspicious day of the Akshaya Tritya, which generally falls during the last week of April, or the first week of May.
- The temple always closes on the sacred day of Diwali in mid-October – first week of November, with a brief ceremony. The temple staff return to their villages and for the rest of the time the valley is gripped in no-man silence and covered with a white sheet of snow. With the melting of the snow next summer, the temple re-opens.
- Sangya is the birthplace of the Yamuna in the Champasar Glacier (4,421 m) just below the Banderpoonch Mountain.
- The mountain adjacent to the river source is dedicated to her father, and is called Kalind Parvat, (Kalind being another name for the sun deity – Surya).
- Yamuna is known for her frivolousness, a trait that she developed because, according to a common story, Yamuna’s mother could never make eye contact with her dazzling husband.
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Hindi, Garwali
Best Season: May – June and Sep – Oct
Weather: Summer 7 to 18°C,
Winter: -1 to -18°C
Altitude: 3415 m
STD code: 01381
Best Season / Best time to visit
- Badrinath has a cool and chilly climate all through the year but the best time to visit is from May to June and again from September to October.
- Winter (October to April) has chilly days with average minimum touching near 5°C. Minimum can touch sub zero levels and snowfall is very common. These months are not the perfect time for travelling.
- Summer (May to June) are very pleasant with moderately cold climate, with average around 18°C. Summers is ideal for all sight seeing and the holy Badrinath pilgrimage.
- Monsoon (July to mid-September) are accompanied with regular rains and also temperature drops down to 15°C. The region is prone to occasional landslides and travelling can be difficult.
The holy city of Badrinath is open for public views from May to October but the temple remains closed during the monsoon months as landslides are common and can mar the journey of the pilgrims. The region experiences pleasant and cool summer while winters are very chilly and snowfall is a regular occurrence.
- Delhi to Badrinath: 491 km
- Jaipur to Badrinath: 801 km
- Kolkata to Badrinath: 1719 km
- Pune to Badrinath: 1947 km
- Bangalore to Badrinath: 2495 km
4. Kedarnath :
- Lord Shiva manifested in the form of Jyotirlingam or the cosmic light.
- Kedarnath is highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas. This ancient and magnificent temple is located in the Rudra Himalaya range. This temple, over a thousand years old is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform.
- The present temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya.
- The inner walls of the temple sanctum are adorned with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology.
- The origin of the revered temple can be found in the great epic – Mahabharata. According to legends, the Pandavas sought the blessings of lord Shiva to atone their sin after the battle of Mahabharata.
- Lord Shiva eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed, he dived into ground leaving behind his hump on the surface.
- Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form.
- The temple, believed to be very ancient, has been continually renovated over the centuries. It is situated at an altitude of 3,581 mt. It is a 21 km trek from Sonprayag.
- At the approach of winters in the month of November, the holy statue of Lord Shiva, is carried down from Kedarnath to Ukhimath, and is reinstated at Kedarnath, in the first week of May. It is at this time, that the doors of the temple are thrown open to pilgrims, who flock from all parts of India, for a holy pilgrimage. The shrine closes on the first day of Kartik (Oct-Nov) and reopens in Vaishakh (Apr-May) every year. During its closure the shrine is submerged in snow and worship is performed at Ukhimath.
- Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the devout Hindu. It is set amidst the stunning mountainscape of the Garhwal Himalayas at the head of the Mandakini River.
- Kedar is another name of lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. Shiva is considered the embodiment of all passions – love, hatred, fear, death and mysticism which are expressed through his various forms.
- The shrine of Kedarnath is very scenically placed, and is surrounded by lofty, snow – covered mountains, and during summer grassy meadows covering the valleys. Immediately behind the temple, is the high Keadardome peak, which can be sighted from great distances. The sight of the temple and the peak with its perpetual snows is simply enthralling.
4.2. Best Time to visit –
- The ideal time or peak season to go for a Char Dham Yatra is from May to October, except monsoons. During the winters, the idols from Kedarnath temple, and Madhyamaheshwar are brought to Ukhimath and worshipped here for six months.
- Ukhimath – Winter Seat of KedarnathUkhimath – Winter Seat of Kedarnath
- Ukhimath is situated at an elevation of 1,317mts above sea level in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state. Ukhimath is also written as Okhimath sometimes. Ukhimath is the home of Lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar during winters. Worship is performed at the Omkareshwar Temple here during winters, when the temple of Kedarnath remains closed.
- Ukhimath is mainly inhabited by the Rawal’s who are the head priests (pundits) of Kedarnath. Snow capped peaks of the splendid Himalayan range are distinctly visible from Ukhimath.