Char Dham means Four Dhams i.e. Four religious places. Char Dham in Uttarakhand is a collective term used for religous circuit covering Holy hindu pilgrimage centres of Badarinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. This is considered as most sacred religious places to be visited by Hindus, to get rid of their sins and pave path to ultimate goal of human life - the Moksha, ie redemption from cycle of birth & death in this world. Every Hindu is expected to perform the Yatra at least once in their life time. There is no restriction on visiting the temples for Foreigners, Women etc., Nor is there any strict Dress code, even though pilgrims are advised to dress decently. Piligrims performing the Char Dham yatra are also requested not to use Polyrhene bags, to preserve the sanctity of the temples and conserve the environment.
All four temple shrines are located in Garhwal Himalayas range of Uttarakhand.Haridwar is the traditional point to start Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand.
Haridwar is in the plains and easily accessible by Road and Train from other locations of India, including New Delhi. It is also accessible by Road from Dehradun,
which has Airport. So, Piligrims can fly to Dehradun from Delhi and other locations in India and then proceed to Haridwar by Road travel.
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