Memorable Char Dham Hotel
Hordes of Pilgrims
We have come a long way since the time of the earliest Hindu pilgrims who had to travel across the length and breadth of the country.
The pilgrimages were to the northern mountains and to small islands in the Arabian Sea or the Bay of Bengal.
There would be hordes of pilgrims making their way to the southern tip of the country as well as to the western or eastern coasts.
On arrival at the pilgrimage center, pilgrims would be put up in very basic accommodation generally run by the priests of the temples.
Today, things have changed.
The Char Dham tours, for instance, that take you to the four pilgrimages of Gangotri, the origin of the Ganges, Yamunotri, the origin of the river Yamuna, Kedarnath, the abode of Lord Shiva or Badrinath, the abode of Lord Vishnu; are no longer arduous as the accommodation & food both are of high standards.
The Modern Concept of Chardham Hotels
Garhwal is home to two of the countrys most sacred river. These are the Ganges and Yamuna.
Some of the countrys holiest shrines are also located in Garhwal and these constitute the Char Dham or the four places of pilgrimage.
In the days gone by, reaching the Char Dham was quite hazardous and pilgrims even had to take their beds & groceries with them.
Chardham Hotels or Resorts/Camps
They would stop under a tree, cook their food and sleep in their bed.
This would go on for days. Today, there is a special hospitality group that has eleven functioning hotels or resorts/camps in the state of Uttarakhand.
When one takes the Char dham tour, these organizers make all the necessary arrangements.
Chardham Camp-More Than Just a Camp
The arrangements at the Chardham tour include not only accommodation and food but also various services such as the evening aarti conducted by the local priest besides bhajan & kirtan.
A bonfire is lit every evening while cultural evenings are organized every alternate day at Joshimath.
While on the Char Dham tours, one can go on a guided trek to Harsil and visit Chopta.
Treks to Tungnath are organized too and there is a traditional welcome with a steamed towel when you arrive.
The Accommodation & Meals At Chardham Camp
When you go on the Char Dham tours, you will be amazed to find a standard of accommodation and food that one will not find in any of the local hotels. The accommodation provided is in luxury tents that have the provision of toilets and bath with running hot & cold water while the food served is fit for a gourmet.
The meals are all pure vegetarian and it is evident that special care is taken to ensure that the quality of the food is exceptional at all times.
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