Taking the Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand is akin to a journey to the innermost self. The four Hindu religious sites located in the Garhwal Himalaya ranges in Uttarakhand, draw devotees from India and around the world, all of them eager to attain salvation, or moksha, the ultimate state of liberation in Hinduism. What is called the Chota Char Dham is a Hindu pilgrimage circuit in Uttarakhand, consisting of four holy abodes which are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath. There is another Char Dham, which consists of four holy sites scattered all over India. Established by Adi Shankaracharya, these are Badrinath in Uttarakhand, Dwarka in Gujarat, Puri in Odisha and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.
Visiting the 4 Dham Temples in Uttarakhand is a unique experience because each of the dhams of this Hindu pilgrimage circuit are dedicated to a different deity, and have their own major significance. Yamunotri, from where the Char Dham Darshan Tour begins, is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, while Gangotri is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. Kedarnath, which is revered as one of the 12 jyotirlingas, is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and Badrinath, which is also a part of the Char Dham established by Adi Shankaracharya, is dedicated to Lord Badri, or Vishnu.