The place Char Dham is a set of four pilgrimage sites in India. It is acknowledged by Hindus that every Hindu must visit the char dhams throughout one's lifetime. At an ancient time, that place was filled with berry trees. In Sanskrit language berries are named "Badri", so the place was named Badrika-Van. Town people believe that Mata Lakshmi became the berry tree to save the life of Lord Narayan. People will always like Her Name before His Name, hence Hindus always refer "Lakshmi-Narayan ". It was hence called Badri-Nath i.e. the Lord of Berry forest. Char Dham originally used to relate to a pilgrimage circuit encompassing four holiest sites which were found at four directions of India - Badrinath, Puri, Rameshwaram, and Dwarka. Hindu pilgrimage circuit of Indian Himalayas represents all the original cults by having two Shakta places (Yamunotri and Gangotri), one Vaishnava place (Badrinath) and one Shaiva place (Kedarnath). The temples of Chota Char Dham are positioned in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Yamunotri and Gangotri are placed in Uttarkashi district, Kedarnath is in Rudraprayag district and Badrinath is in Chamoli district. Land of Uttarakhand is also recognized as Dev Bhumi (Land of Gods) because of the various stories of divine beings finding its permanent home in the ever-flowing rivers, river confluences, shrines, rocks, caves and, most importantly, in people's belief.
Those planning a travel tour to Chardham in Uttarakhand will now have to experience an alcohol test before the yatra. Uttarakhand Tourism Department has planned to make alcohol test mandatory for travelers who are visiting Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines.
Chitkul Yamunotri is a light frequented trail, however, it is one of the most beautiful ones in Uttarakhand. One requires good physical toughness to do this rough terrain. The trek starts from Chitkul, which is the last village on the Indo-China Border and is a portion of Himachal Pradesh. The trek passes through dense forest and lush meadows, wherefrom the great view of surrounding Himalayas is simply stunning.
If tracking from all the way from Chitkul looks difficult, one might think to do a fascinating trek across the Ruinsara Tal and Yamunotri Pass trek. This exciting trek passes through Har ki Dun valley and Bali Pass, which is also being termed as the Yamunotri Pass. According to Hindu belief, Dodital is the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. The lake starts from natural springs of River Asi Ganga and has a length of 1.5km, it is also the home of Brown and rare Himalayan Trout. The Shivling Peak rising at a height of 6543m is amongst the most sacred peaks in Uttarakhand. Near to the snout of the Gangotri Glacier, the peak symbolizes the Shiva Linga. Let me warn you the trek is not for the novice or weak hearted.
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