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Pilgrimage in Uttaranchal - The Holiest Of All

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Read to know about the famous pilgrim destinations and Yatra that one can be a part of during the pilgrim tours of Uttaranchal.

Uttaranchal is one of the holiest pilgrim destination in the country as well as the world. The state boasts of some of the most visited holy destination that are thronged by thousands of tourists all year round. Uttaranchal is a popular place to holiday as well and is included in most of North India tour packages.

Char Dham - Where Even the Mighty Heads Bow

This is not only one of the holiest but also one of the toughest journey that one can undertake in India. The four Dham that are visited on this Yatra include Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. These are the four holy cities famous all over for their beautiful temples and panoramic views. Interesting mythological legends associated with these temples also allure the tourists to visit these places. Take up the Char Dham tours in Uttaranchal and enjoy trekking to the temples, as trekking is not only the means of reaching the sites but also allows the tourists and pilgrims to enjoy the natural vista of Himalayas.

Panch Kedar Yatra - In Hunt of Lord Shiva

The Panch Kedar Yatra is another holy journey pilgrims undertake in Uttaranchal. This journey includes the five most famous spots dedicated to Lord Shiva. The famous temples that tourists can visit while on this journey are - Kedarnath Temple, Madhyamaheshwar Temple, Tunganth Temple, Kalpeshwar Temple and Rudranath Temple. This Yatra can be completed only during the months from April till November as during the rest of the area remains inaccessible because of heavy snowing. Trekking is the only means to reach the various temples.

Panch Prayag Yatra - Celebrating the Confluences

This pilgrimage journey covers the five destinations of Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandprayag and Vinshnuprayag. The pilgrimage marks the confluence of the five holiest rivers in the Garhwal region - Bhagirathi, Mandakani, Pindar, Nandakini and Dhauliganga. The Yatra is accessible throughout the year and tourists can take taxis and buses to reach the respective destinations. The famous temples where one can go during this journey are Raghunath Temple at Devaprayag, Koteshwar Mahadev Temple in Rudraprayag, Uma Temple at Karnaprayag, Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple and Gopalji & Chandika Ma Temple at Nandprayag.

Haridwar - Riverside Holiness

Haridwar in Uttaranchal is one of the most exuberant holy city. Serving as a host to the famous Kumbh Mela, this town is known for its multitudinous temple attractions. Situated on the banks of river Ganga, there are many holy ghats in the city. The Maha Aarti, held every evening on the Har Ki Pauri Ghat is a delightful attraction that should not be missed. The famous temples in Haridwar are Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Saptrishi Kund, Gorakh Nath Temple and Daksha Mahadev. Besides, temples tourists can indulge in shopping for a host of artifacts or take up Ayurvedic classes from ashrams that too are located on the banks of Ganges.

Rishikesh - The Journey to Heavens

Rishikesh, the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ also holds a dignified place as far as religion and pilgrimage is concerned. The main temples to be visited here are Bharat Mandir, Rishi Kund & Raghunath Temple, Shatrughan Temple,Tera Manzil Temple and Pushkar Temple. This city too is located on the banks of the holy Ganga and being a part of the the evening Ganga Aarti performed on the Triveni ghat is an enriching experience. Besides, revering at the temples, tourists can enjoy rafting, take yoga classes and shop in the various shops and government emporium on their holidays in Rishikesh. Rishikesh is the ultimate destination for pilgrims and leisure tourists alike.

Hemkund Sahib - The Sole Sikh Shrine in Uttaranchal

The only Sikh pilgrimage in Uttaranchal, Hemkund Sahib is said to be the the place where Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh sat in meditation in his previous incarnation. The place gained popularity only in the year 1930 and since then has become a holy spot for the Sikhs. Pilgrims take dips in the icy water of the lake before succumbing themselves in the Gurudwara located close by.

Besides there are various other destinations that too are noted for their mythological and historical connections. Joshimath, Uttraakashi and Srinagar are a few other holy destinations in Uttaranchal that should not be missed by the pilgrims.
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