Chardham Yatra by Helicopter: All you need to know
Have your mom and dad (like typical Indian parents) ever asked you to take them on the Chardham Yatra before they reach their extreme old age? If so then why not make it more special?
How? Take them on the yatra by helicopter. Is this possible? Yes, there’s facility provided by Chardham Helicopter Service that takes you on a tour of Chardham places i.e. Badrinath Dham, Kedarnath Dham, Gangotri Dham, and Yamunotri Dham by helicopter.
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We are here to provide you some important information regarding Chardham Yatra by Helicopter
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Chardham Yatra by Helicopter
Day 1: Dehradun to Yamunotri
From here, you’ll be starting your journey by reaching the state government helipad on Sahastradhara Road, Dehradun. Also, note that this would be your starting as well as the ending point of your journey.
You’ll be giving all the details of do’s and don’ts by the staff. Listen to them really carefully. The helicopter will leave from here around 7:00 am and once you reach the Karsali helipad of Yamunotri, you’ll be then taken to your hotel.
Get freshen up because you’ll be taken to Yamunotri temple for darshan. Yamunotri, also known as the seat of the river Goddess Yamuna, lies on the top of Bandar Poonch Parvat.
The best part about your first stop is the Goddess Yamuna and beautiful thermal springs at Janki Chatti that is about 7km away. Talking about the Champasar Glacier, it is at a height of 4421m above the sea level but is not approachable. Remember, you’ll be staying overnight at your hotel. If you traveling to Uttrakhand then you can visit for some famous places and make sure to visit in good time.
Day 2: Yamunotri to Gangotri
On the second day, you’ll be leaving for Gangotri from the Yamunotri helipad and reaching the Harsil helipad that lies amidst the fantastic lush valleys of Uttarakhand.
It is usually suggested that one should visit the Gangotri temple right from the helipad, which is just 22 km from the helipad and one can reach there in around 50 minutes. The temple is situated on the banks of Bhagirathi River and the point from where it is originated is holy River Ganga.
The temple is at a height of 3100m. The name Ganga comes from Devprayag where it meets Alaknanda River. Now, talking about Gaumukh in the Gangotri Glacier, this is the starting point of Ganges River and is a 19km trek from here.
After darshan, you can leave for your hotel so that you can have your lunch and rest for some time. Not to worry, you won’t be spending your whole evening in the hotel rooms. Step out and take an evening walk in the nearby villages. You can even pick some good-quality woolens from there.
Day 3: Gangotri to Kedarnath
Make sure you don’t spend the whole night wandering in the villages because you need to start early next day (day 3). You’ll be leaving from the Harsil helipad by 9:00 am and then change the chopper at Guptkashi helipad due to government by-laws to reach Kedarnath. Your new helicopter will be there to take you to Kedarnath. You’ll be reaching there by 10:00 am approx.
Kedarnath is definitely the most amazing sites amongst all the chardhams and remains surrounded by beautiful snow clad mountains. To reach the holy Kedarnath temple of Lord Shiva will take mere 15 minutes and is just 500m from your helipad.
At the entrance gate of the temple, you’ll find Nandi bull statue. Don’t miss to pay your respects to the bull and the godly lingam of Lord Shiva.
Next, you’ll be visiting the ancient Triyuginarayan temple that is devoted to Lord Vishnu.
It is believed that the temple is built on the same place where Vishnu saw the wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. You’ll be staying for the night at Kedarnath because you’ll also be witnessing the very famous Rudra Abhishek at the temple at 4 in the morning.
Day 4: Kedarnath to Badrinath
So, you’ll be again taken to the Guptkashi helipad for the change of new helicopter at around 10:15 am and will be arriving at Badrinath helipad at 11:00 am. After then you’ll be going to your hotels, complete all the formalities at the hotel, freshen up and get ready to visit the Badrinath Temple.
The holy temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu also called Lord Badri is one of the godly 108 divya desams. After taking the blessings from Lord Vishnu, you can move to the Mana village nearby Badrinath temple. The Mana village is the last one before Indo-China Border occupied by the Indo-Mangolian tribe. Stay here at Badrinath for overnight.
The best part about the Badrinath Yatra is the exceptional Maha Abhishek Pooja that starts sharply at 4:00 am in the morning and continues for around 2 hours. The temple has taken care of the seating arrangements of all the devotees so that you can sit and watch all the Shringar rituals of the Holy Spirit.
Day 5: Badrinath to Dehradun
So, the last has come and you’ll be leaving from Badrinath Helipad at around 11:30 am and will be arriving at your beginning point, Sahastradhara helipad by 12:30. After attending the pooja, seek blessings of the deity from close quarters and return to Dehradun. This is where your tour ends.