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Let's explore all four dhams in details.

Yamunotri Dham

Yamunotri Temple is situated in the western region of Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 3,291 metres (10,797 ft) in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna and has a black marble idol of the goddess. Being the beginning point of Char Dham Pilgrim Tour, it attracts thousands of devotees every year. Yamuna is the daughter of Sun God & sister of Yama.

As per beliefs of devotees and Hindi Mythology, it is said to be raw rice get cooked in hot springs of Yamunotri and that is the prasad of this Holy place. Nearby attractions from Yamunotri are Kharsali, Surya Kund, Divya Shila, Janki Chatti, Saptrishi Kund Lake etc. The Yamunotri Temple opens on auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya and closes on Yama Dwitiya.

Gangotri Dham

Gangotri is one of the origin sources of Holy River Ganga (Ganges), and one of the important Char Dham pilgrimage in Hindu Religion. The main origin of the river is “Gaumukh” which is a glacier located 19 km away from gangotri temple. Ganga river is the longest and most sacred river in world.

As per mythological belief, Lord Shiva has gifted King Bhagirathi as penance but with fast flow of Ganga, The Earth would get overwhelmed, so Lord Shiva locked Ganga in his hair(jata) and then releases with slow movement on Earth. After originating from Gaumukh, the river is known as Bhagirathi. Ganga river is very sacred and worshipped in various places. Starting from Haridwar, you can attain Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri.

The Gangotri temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya which falls in the month of May and closes down on Yama Dwitiya or Bhai Duj which falls in the month of November.

Kedarnath Dham

Kedarnath Temple is a Hindu temple roughly 1200 years old dedicated to Shiva. The temple is located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river, in the state of Uttarakhand, India.

The Temple has exquisite architecture and built of grey stone slabs which are so string that high stream of flood not able to destroy the Temple. Pilgrims can witness the Kedarnath peak, Kedar Dome and other Himalayan peaks at the backdrop of the Temple. According to Hindu mythological, the temple was initially built by the Pandavas, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest Hindu shrines of Shiva.

Nearby attractions from Kedarnath Dham are Sonprayag, Mount, Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi, Sumeru parbat, Mayali Pass and Vasuli Taal. Adventure lovers enhance the Fun with trekking, camping and rock climbing in the area. The Kedarnath Temple opens couple days after auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya and closes on Yama Dwitiya.

Badrinath Dham

Badrinath or Badrinarayana Temple is a temple dedicated to Vishnu. The temple is also one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu - holy shrines for Vaishnavas - who is worshipped as Badrinath. The temple is located in Garhwal hill tracks in Chamoli district along the banks of Alaknanda River.

The Dham opens few days after Akshay Tritiya & Closing dates of the temple get decided on Vijaya Dashmi that usually falls in month of October. As per Hindu Mythological belief, Lord Shiva meditated here for thousand of years while Goddess Laxmi provided shadow to her husband in the form a Badri tree. Nearby Attractions from Badrinath Dham are Vasudhara Falls, Satopanth Tal, Hemkund Sahib, Bheem Pul, Mana Village, Vyas Gufa & Tapt Kunds.