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Rishikesh is world’s most revered pilgrimage site that invites millions of pilgrims on various auscpious days when they take a dip in the holy waters of Ganga along the beaches of Haridwar and Rishikesh. Infect, Rishikesh is the starting point of the world famous pilgrimage to Chardham comprising Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. The best time for the pilgrimage is from April end to October or November beginning. As believed by the Hindu Scriptures, the world is a vast ocean, and a "Yatra" to holy places is the only way to attain nirvana. Therefore, pilgrimage tour to holy places in the Himalayas offers you both- spiritual happiness as well as mental peace!

There are four Abodes in Himalayas collectively referred as "Chota Char Dham of India " and popular as "Chardham Yatra" which includes four holy shrines of Hindus: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. All of these temples are situated within the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state in North India.

Among four Scared sites Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva while Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. On the other hand, Yamunotri and Gangotri are dedicated to Goddess Ganga and Yamuna rivers respectively. In Hindu religion, the Chardham Yatra have a great importance, and it is considered that every hindu should do Chardham yatra at least once in a lifetime.

Yamunotri shrine situated 3,235 mt above sea level is an important pilgrimage spot for Hindus. It is situated opposite to Gangotri, and you can also visit the shrine via Mussoorie and Barkot.

The shrine of Gangotri is situated at the height of 3200 meters. It is a beautiful site surrounded by trees of pines and deodars. Thousands of people visit the shrine every year people. The place houses many ashrams and dharamshalas along side the river. You can also visit the natural Shivling at Gangotri, which is submerged in the river. According to mythology, Lord Shiva sat here when he received the Goddess Ganga in his entwined tresses.

Visit Kedarnath shrine to see one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. This too is a beautiful place set against the majestic Kedarnath range at an altitude of 3,581 mt. It is a 14 km trek from Gaurikund. Kedarnath has more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in Chamoli district itself, and Kedarnath is one of the most important shrine.

The shrine of Badrinath is situated in the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat, and is one of the most religious Hindu shrines of India. You can visit one of the most pious shrines -Badrinath temple, which is situated at a height of 3,133 mt. The place is extremely beautiful and offers many recreational spots for tourists from across the globe.

Preparation Tips
The best time for the pilgrimage is from April end to October or November beginning. Rishikesh is the beginning point of the pilgrimage to Chardham of Yamunotri, Gangotri , kedarnath & Badrinath. The Pilgrimage season starts in end April/ Early may and lasts till the day of Deepawali or end of October/early November.

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Hotel Yog Vashishth is a 3 star category hotel and is situated at one of the best areas in and around Swargashram, Rishikesh - the Yoga Capital of the World, a serene and peaceful locale away from the main highway. Each deluxe room at Hotel Yog Vashishth offers breath taking views of the Himalayan Hills and a private quiet balcony area to relax, sip a cup of tea or just read a book to the sound of the wind kissing the hills.


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