The holy Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand opens up during the onset of the summer months and after 6 months of being open for Darshan for tourists and pilgrims it shuts down again for the winter months. Here are the opening and closing dates for the Char Dham portals during which you can make your visit to the ancient Dham temples and offer your prayers.
The temple of Kedarnath will open up during the holy eve of Akshaya Tritiya at 6:15 am on 10th may 2019. On 8th may 2019 the idol of the presiding deity is shifted from Omkareshwar temple at Ukhimath after the traditional Bhairavnath puja at 10 am in the morning it is then transferred to its destination of Phata where it will stay for a night. The idol will then be taken to Guptkashi at the Gauri Mata temple on 9th may 2019 and after an overnight stay there, on 10th may 2019 it will finally reach its home in Kedarnath Dham.
As the winter time commences the and the region starts experiencing its snowfall the Kapat of the temple shuts down for Darshan for six months. The temple shuts down on the holy eve of Bhai Dooj which takes place after Diwali on 21st October 2019. The idol of the presiding deity is then shifted to its winter home in Ukhimath.
This holy abode of Lord Vishnu will open up during the holy eve of Akshaya Tritiya at 4:30 am on 10th May. The idol of the pressing deity is brought back to the main temple Dham amongst great zeal and enthusiasm from Joshimath. These opening dates are decided by the temple committee during the holy day of Basant Panchami.
The closing dates for the temple is decided during the holy eve of Vijaya Dashmi and generally falls on the auspicious day of Bhai Dooj which is predicted to be on 9th November 2019. The idol of the presiding deity is then shifted to its winter home in Joshimath where the pilgrims continue to visit as a part of their winter Char Dham Yatra.
The holy shrine of Gangotri Dham opens up for Darshan during the auspicious eve of Akshaya Tritiya which will take place on 7th May 2019. During this time the idol of the presiding deity is brought back from its winter home in Mukhba which is located in close proximity to the main Dham shrine. These dates are also decided by the temple committee here. The temple stays open for six months where the pilgrims throng here.
The closing dates for this year has been decided for 9th November 2019 which is during the holy eve of Bhai Dooj. During this time the idol of the presiding deity is shifted to his winter home in the nearby scenic village of Mukhba within the town of Harsil. The temple Kapat remains shut down for Darshan for the following 6 months when the entire temple gets covered in a thick blanket of snow making accessibility impossible.
As per the current dates the holy Kapat of Yamunotri Dham will open up on 8th May 2019 during the holy day of Akshaya Tritiya. Generally, the holy Char Dham Yatra commences from Yamunotri Dham and goes on from east to west. During this time the idol of the presiding goddess is shifted from her winter home in Kharsali.
The closing date for Yamunotri Dham has been decided to be on 9th November 2019. As the winter month commences and the region starts getting covered in snow, the idol of the presiding deity is shifted among great fun and traditional music to its winter home in Kharsali and the Darshan there continues as a part of the winter Char Dham Yatra.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time to go on a holy pilgrimage of Char Dham Yatra is from its opening dates in May to July. The monsoon months are not considered to be the appropriate time to go on a Char Dham Yatra since due to the torrential rains the entire region remains prone to unexpected and heavy rainfall and storms. You will also be able to visit the Char Dham sites during the months of September to the closing date which falls on the month of November. However be sure to carry appropriate winter wear and woolen clothing during any time you decide to visit since being located on high altitudes these Char Dham destinations remain cold throughout the year. You can also choose to visit the winter Char Dham sites comfortably during the closed months of the Char Dham portals.