Char Dham is one of the oldest pilgrimage site in India, which connects 4 Dhams or abodes.These four abodes are Badrinath,Dwarka, Puri Rameshwaram. people of Hindu religion believe to achieve salvation doing Char Dham yatra. Mini Char Dham includes Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath.
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If anybody wants to visit Char Dham from any corner of the world they must come to a certain point and that is Rishikesh or Haridwar ( these two are the biggest and important towns of Uttarakhand ).
Delhi is situated in the Northern part of India. Several transportation systems are available to reach Haridwar from Delhi or Delhi NCR region. Travellers don’t have to face problem while traveling as there are plenty of vehicles from Delhi or nearer region of Delhi to Haridwar.
Road: If anybody chooses to go by road then he can take direct buses from Delhi (Delhi ISBT) to Haridwar (Haridwar ISBT). Direct bus from Kashmere gate in Delhi to Haridwar/ Rishikesh/ Srinagar are available all the time.
The route is
Delhi- Ghaziabad- Meerut- Muzaffarnagar- Roorkee- Haridwar/ Rishikesh/ Srinagar.
Train: Direct railway connectivity is available from Delhi (Delhi railway station) to Haridwar. Haridwar/ Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railway station.
Air: Pilgrims from Delhi can avail airways service from Delhi Airport to Jolly Grant airport I’m Haridwar.
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Bengaluru is in the Southern part of India.Bengaluru is 2321 km away from Haridwar. Direct bus, railway connectivity provide ease in travelling.
By bus: Pilgrims take direct bus from Bengaluru to Haridwar coverings the below mentioned stopages-Bengaluru- Hyderabad- Nagpur- Lakhnadon- Kanpur- Jhansi- Agra- Ghaziabad – Haridwar.
By flight: No airport is present in Haridwar. You first have to come to Dehradun Airport (DED) from Bengaluru Airport. It just takes 2- 3 hours.
By train: Railway connectivity is direct from Bengaluru railway station (Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna) to Haridwar railway station. Trains are easily available.
Bengaluru Rly stn- Meerut- Muzaffarnagar- Rapri- Roorkee- Haridwar Rly Stn.
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Kolkata is one the biggest city in Eastern part of India. So many pilgrims come for Chardham yatra each year.
Road:Route from Kolkata to Haridwar by road; Kolkata- Burdwan- Durgapur- Asansol- Aurangabad- Varanasi- Madariganj- Nababganj- Lucknow- Greater Noida- Meerut- Muzaffarnagar- Roorkee- Jwalapur- Haridwar.
Flight: No direct flight is available from Kolkata to Haridwar. But you can come to pantnagar Airport from Kolkata Airport in just 8- 9 hours and from there take some taxi or cab to reach Haridwar which is near about 210 km from
Train: Easy available trains from Kolkata- Howrah junction to Haridwar is one of the easiest route to reach Haridwar.
Kolkata- Howrah junction- Asansol junction- Patna Railway station Ara junction- Bexar junction- Varanasi junction railway station- Lucknow Bareilly Junction- Laksar junction- Haridwar railway station.
It is a big city in western region of India (state: Maharashtra). Now it is also easy to access Haridwar from Mumbai also due to availability of transport.
Road:There is direct bus from Mumbai to Haridwar. Route by bus is: Mumbai- Nasik- Indore- Gwalior- Delhi- Haridwar.
Air: You can take flight from Mumbai Airport to nearest airport of Haridwar i.e. Jolly Grant airport or also can come to Delhi Airport first then from there head towards Dehradun Airport.
Train: Mumbai central railway station- Surat- Vadodara- Kota- Mathura- Faridabad- Ghaziabad- Meerut- Muzaffarnagar- Saharanpur- Roorkee- Haridwar. This is the direct route through railway.
Now after reaching Haridwar or Rishikesh you can avail the following available ways to reach your destination towards Chardham yatra.
Gangotri is located at 3100 mtr altitude in Himalayas and near Northern part of Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is 288 km away from Haridwar.
Kedarnath is Situated at about 11,755 ft. above the sea level in Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Total distance between Haridwar and Kedarnath is 252 km.
Bus:Number of direct busses are very less in comparison to passengers from Haridwar to Kedarnath. Limited bus timings are 5:15 am and 7:10 am. Thus it is recommended to reach Rishikesh first, as multiple buses are available from there.
Shareable jeeps: Shareable jeeps can provide you comfortable journey on the hilly roads. This is costly but you can explore places easily without any problem.
Taxi and cabs: You can hire taxi to cover 225 km from Haridwar to Gaurikund covering the places mentioned below;
Haridwar- Rishikesh- Devprayag- Srinagar- Agastamuni- Guptkashi- Sonprayag- Gaurikund.
Then the final 16 km have to be covered on foot only as no vehicles are allowed after that certain point.
Jolly Grant airport, the nearest airport on Rishikesh road situated at a distance of 239 km from Kedarnath. Any domestic flights, choppers and helicopters are available airport.
Bus:There are several buses available to reach Badrinath from Rishikesh. You can take any state or private bus as per your convenience. But the only problem is you will not get any direct bus all the way from Haridwar to Badrinath. So you will have to break your journey in the following mentioned stoppages:
Haridwar- Rishikesh- Deoprayag- Kirtinagar- Srinagar- Rudraprayag- Gauchar- Karnaprayag- Nandprayag- Chamoli- Birahi- Pipalkoti- Garur Ganga- Helang- Joshimath- Vishnuprayag- Govindghat- Pandukeshwar- Hanumanchatti- Badrinath.
Taxi and cabs: Taxi, cabs are also available. Shareable jeeps are very common and time saving transport system to reach Badrinath. And it will also provide you hectic free journey.
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Distance between Kedarnath and Badrinath is 220 km. You can not reach directly from Kedarnath to Badrinath, but you have to split your journey. After reaching Kedarnath from Rishikesh/ Haridwar you have to come back to Sonprayag or Guptkashi. 16 km trek towards Kedarnath from Gaurikund is mandatory as there is no other option except trekking on those hilly road.Pilgrims also can take helicopter service instead of trekking.
By road: Due to not having direct bus from Kedarnath to Badrinath, pilgrims first have to reach Gaurikund. From there take any cab , come to Sonprayag bus stand. From here you can get direct bus for Badrinath. There are two bus routes.
Second route is the most preferred route as it is less hilly and condition of the road is comparatively better than the first one.
By Airways: Helipad is at Guptkashi, Phata or at Sirsi. You can take helicopter service to travel from Kedarnath to Badrinath to avoid hilly road trip.