India, the land of Gods and Goddess, hymns and chants, miracles and curses, brims with religious abundance and mystic beliefs thoroughly. Quite naturally, the land teems with the holy abode of these Gods and clusters of pilgrimage sites. Among them, the most popular pilgrimage sites are located from west to east in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand namely, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. These pilgrimage sites are collectively called Char Dhams and the journey to these four holy abodes is referred to as the Chardham Yatra.
It is said that the only way to attain moksha for humans is by attempting a Chardham Yatra. Hindus worldwide have been embarking on this yatra for centuries to wash off the sins and find a path to enlightenment. It is believed that those who can attempt and complete this yatra with a holy heart, can break free from the cycle of birth and death and attain heaven in their afterlife.
Millions of pilgrims embark on the Chardham Yatra during the months of April to May and from the months of October to November when the weather remains pleasant and the surroundings remain dry. It is better to avoid the monsoons and winter months because there are chances of landslides in the monsoons and the roads remain blocked with snow during the winters.