Every year hundred thousands of devotees eagerly wait for the opening of Char Dham Yatra. Chardhams or the four sacred shrines – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath – in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand remain inaccessible in winter due to extreme weather conditions in the region. It is only in summer when snow melts and roads are cleared, the Char Dham Yatra begins.
Char Dham Yatra 2023 Opening Dates
- Yamunotri Temple Opening Date : 22 April 2023
- Gangotri Temple Opening Date: 22 April 2023
- Kedarnath Temple Opening Date: 26 April 2023
- Badrinath Temple Opening Date: 27 April 2023
The Hemkund Sahib Yatra to holy Sikh shrine – Shri Hemkunt Sahib also opens around the same time.
Traditionally Chardham Yatra is taken from west to east, which means the yatra starts from Yamunotri, proceeding to Gangotri, Kedarnath and then terminates at Badrinath.
The official announcement of opening of Char Dham Yatra is done by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN), a department of Uttrakhand Tourism, which manages tourist rest houses and other tourism activities in the Garhwal region.
The kapat (doors) of Char Dhams close as the winter sets in. Yamuntori Temple usually closes on Yama Dwitiya (the second day after Diwali). Gangotri Temple generally closes on the day of Diwali. The holy shrine of Kedarnath closes on Yama Dwitiya (the second day after Diwali) and Badrinath Temple closes on Vijaydashmi or Dusshera.
Char Dham Yatra 2023 Closing Dates (Tentative)
- Yamunotri Temple Closing Date : 20 Oct. 2023
- Gangotri Temple Closing Date: 19 Oct. 2023
- Kedarnath Temple Closing Date: 20 Oct. 2023
- Badrinath Temple Closing Date: 9 Oct. 2023
For more information you may contact:
GM (Tourism), Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.,
74/1, Rajpur Road, Dehradun-248001.
Ph.: 91-135- 2431793, 91 – 9568006639
Helpline No.: 0135 – 2746817, 2749308