"The Char Dhams Trek" India Sports & Outdoors Tip by wrldtravler

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by wrldtravler

The char (four) dhams (starting points) - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. Traditionally, the yatra (journey) is carried out from west to east – starting with Yamunotri, it proceeds to Gangotri, then to Kedarnath and Badrinath. En route to the dhams are the awesome confluence points of the rivers – some of them easily among the most majestic in the world. One of the prettiest confluence points is at Dev Prayag, 70 km from Rishikesh. Here the river Bhagirathi, which emerges from Gaumukh, unites with the Alaknanda from Satopanth. It is at this point that Ganga begins to flow. Ahead of Dev Prayag lies Rudra Prayag, a small hilly town that has come up at the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers. It is at Rudra Prayag that roads branch off in two directions – one leads to Kedarnath (84 km away), the other to Badrinath (159 km away).

Equipment: Good Trekking Shoes, Back-Support Backpack, appropriate clothing for the season.

Address: State of Uttaranchal. Noreth Eastern India
Directions: Uttaranchal shares borders with Nepal and Tibet. The topography is mostly mountains and valleys.
Theme: Hiking

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 9, 2003
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