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Generally, the Chardham remains open for 06 months from April/May – October/Nov, every year the opening & closing dates are announced. Best time to visit the Chardham is from May – June, and Oct – Nov. Heavy rainfall during monsoon causes frequent landslides & road blockages so better to avoid planning at that time. All four Shrines remain inaccessible during winters due to heavy snowfall thus during that period the idols of Chardham deities are brought down to nearby accessible town i.e. Ukhimath for Kedarnath, Joshimath for Badrinath, Mukhba for Gangotri and Kharsali for Yamunotri. Daily rituals for deities are performed at these respective places. These revered places are famous by the name Winter Chardham among devotees.
Chardham Yatra customarily starts from Haridwar or from Delhi. The nearest airport to Haridwar is Jolly grand airport which has good connectivity of flight from Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Chennai, and Cochin. A train is also a good option to reach Haridwar. A private car can be hired from Haridwar or Delhi for Chardham Yatra. Else, helicopter services are also available for all the Dhams and which also gives the advantage to do yatra at shortest time phase of 2 days. Helicopter packages for Chardham are also readily available. What are the places we can visit during Chardham? Apart from all four Dhams, you will cover Panch Prayag (Devprayag. Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag). If you can add 0-2 more days then you can do Auli and Chopta also.
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