Char dham ( Four abodes) is a four ancient Hindu pilgrimage sites located in the Garwal region of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It consists of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. It is also referred to as Chota Char Dham. Chota Char Dham shrines are closed in winter due to snowfall and reopen for pilgrims with the advent of summer. Access to the pilgrimage is either from Haridwar, or Rishikesh, or from Dehradun.The tradition is to visit the sites in the following order:
1. Yamunotri, the source of the Yamuna River and the head of the goddess Yamuna.
2. Gangotri, the source of the Ganges (River Ganga) and head of the goddess Ganga.
3. Kedarnath, where a form of the Hindu god Shiva is venerated as one of the twelve jyotirling.
4. Badrinath, the seat of the Hindu god Vishnu in his aspect of Badrinarayan.
Being a solo traveller I need a fixed departure package tour and I have been looking for a reputed and trusted travel agency that organises package trip to visit chardham. Through online searching, I found GMVN ( Garwal Mondal Bikash Nigam, A Govt. of Uttarakhand Enterprise ) that organizes package tours to visit Chota Chardham ( gmvnl.in)
I booked this trip ( Tour No. 3) from Kolkata office of GMVN ( Can be booked through online also) a month prior. It was a 10 Nights and 11 Days Bus trip. Package cost was around 14K only for lodging and transportation. Food was own payment basis. Pick up and drop point was Bharat Bhumi Tourist Complex, GMVN, Rishikesh.