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Chardham Yatra Opening Dates

Nestled in the far corners of north India, lies the state of Uttarakhand which every year, starting from the month of April/May attracts thousands of pilgrims for the sacred journey of The Char Dham.

This circuit of the ‘Four sacred abodes’ consists of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath in a clockwise manner. The much awaited Yatra commences from the month of April/May and ends by November, before the heavy snowfall of Himalayas blocks the road during the winter months.

The specific dates for the Char Dham Yatra are announced by the Char Dham Temple Committee, Kedar-Badri Mandir Samiti after consulting the holy Hindu calendar known as the ‘Panchang’ before the holy day of Akshaya Tritiya also known as Akha Teej. It is believed that if you buy gold on this day, it will never fade away and continue to grow.

Whereas the opening dates for the Char Dham Yatra for 2022 are concerned, the tentative dates are as follows:

  • Every year the Yamunotri temple opens its gates to the devotees on the day of Akshaya Tritiya which tentatively will be on 22 April, 2023.
  • Next in line is the Gangotri temple dedicated to goddess Ganga, which will be open for visitors starting 22 April, 2023.
  • This will be followed by the opening of the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva - the Kedarnath Temple, after a few days, tentatively by 26 April 2023.
  • And finally, the temple of Badrinath will be accessible starting two days later from 28 April, 2023.

Closing dates for the Char Dham Yatra are mentioned below:

  • Devotees can expect to bid adieu to the pious Gangotri temple on Deepawali expected on November 14, 2023.
  • The temples of Kedarnath and Yamunotri close doors on Bhai Dooj/Yama Dwitiya, which is two days after Deepawali on November 15, 2023.
  • The final Dham, which is the Badrinath Dham will be closed for the remaining year from Vijay Dashami marked on November 25, 2023.
Opening dates of yatra 2023
Closing dates (dates may vary)
Yamunotri Temple  -  22 April
05 November
Gangotri Temple    -  22 April
05 November
Kedarnath Temple  -  26 April
06 November
Badrinath Temple  -  28 April
25 November

As the colder days descend upon the Char Dham, the deities come down to their winter homes. During this time the deities of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath are worshipped at the Yamuna mandir in Kharsali village, the Ganga mandir in Mukhba village, the Onkareshwar temple in Ukhimath and Narsingh temple in Joshimath respectively.

These temples are open and accessible even during the winters so that the inaccessibility of the roads due to snowfall do not get in the way of the devotees’ bhakti until the next year.

It is always the perfect time to start planning your spiritual journey to the Char Dham and go on an entrancing journey of a lifetime. So keep an eye on the lookout for any further updates on the opening and closing dates for Char Dham Yatra.

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