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Char Dham Yatra Travel Tips

By Amar Rana

This devotional tour is completed when pilgrims visit the four sacred shrines located in the different districts of Uttarakhand, perched in the lap of the snow clad Garhwal Himalayas. This indicates that you are in for a lot of traveling on a really difficult path that will take you up hill over a terrain which no doubt challenges your physical tenacity and your spiritual fervor. Thus the following tourist information on Chardham Yatra would surely help you complete your pilgrimage journey in a successful manner and return with total peace of mind.

Planning the Tour:

  • Firstly plan the trip much ahead of the scheduled date. Chardhams is a difficult route and hasty planning may make your journey uncomfortable and troublesome indeed. If you have some idea about Chardham yatra, you will definitely know that the travel season to Chardhams is between May-October. The rest of the year heavy snow fall shuts down the route and pilgrims are kept waiting for the travel season to arrive again.
  • Secondly it is wise to do some prior research on Chardhams Yatra before you set out. The four Chardhams are situated on a high altitude and so you need to have a clear idea of the general weather conditions, availability of accommodations, availability of food etc out there. Internet is of course the easiest means to find all the required info on Chardhams before you embark on your holy trip. Prior research in fact will allow you take all the precautionary measures before you set out for the journey.
  • It is obvious that you will not be very familiar with the Chardham Yatra route. To make the journey safe and hassle-free the wisest decision on your part would be to get hooked up with the most renowned travel agent in your city, the one who is well experienced in arranging Chardham tours. Once you hire the services of a tour company, they will conduct the entire tour for you until you finish darshan of all the four dhams and also they will take the entire responsibility to drop at the station or airport for the journey back home.

Important Carry Alongs:

  • The first thing going into your suitcase should be your Medicines. If you are on a routine course, make sure you bring along extra strips with you. Painkillers, Anti allergic, Pain relief gels should also go into the bag because you would have to trek on steep uphill track.
  • Those who are easily susceptible to diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome should definitely carry jars of mineral water or distilled water for drinking purpose. Drinking the tap water on the trip may cause stomach infections.
  • As the yatra includes trekking and walking in a few places like at Kedarnath, make sure you bring along the right shoes with the right grip. Those who have health issues like arthritis can even go on pony back or take ‘doli’.
  • Extra pair of sweaters, warmers and woolens if you plan to in October-November as the temperature drops to freezing point. Old and infirm people should travel during because they might not be able to tolerate the intense cold.
  • Keep sunscreens, body lotions and moisturizers within your easy reach as the fast blowing wind often leads to the cracking of skin and unwanted skin rashes.

Other objects:

  • Torch light, camera chargers and extra batteries should be with you as places in such altitudes have power cuts more than you expect.
  • Umbrella, light blanket, rain coats and a muffler too would comfort you when there are showers or chills.
  • Chocolates especially dark ones, chewing gums etc are a must-have as they help to recover from nausea.

Important Advice:
Always carry along a pocket dairy having penned down important phone numbers. It would help you if you get lost in the huge crowd of pilgrims. You can check from the list of numbers and easily contact your group or travel guide.


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