Yatra Chardham is a one of the wish of a Sanatan Hindu to undertake at least once in life time, one is to prepare well in advance to undertake this journey which is in high Himalayas covered with snow and thin air, less in oxygen. Travelling at this height certain precautions and preparations are required to make the body capable to face the harsh weather, biting cold, thin air less in oxygen and able to climb the steep trek .
Journey starts from Hardwar / Rishikesh after Bio-metric Registration and getting the Photo I-Card issued from the Uttrakhand Govt. which is to be carried in person throughout the journey .
The trek to Yamunotri Dahm is the small but tough trek of 6 km from Janki Chatti .
All four Dhams are situated at a height , Yamunotri 3235 meters , Gangotri 3042 meters, Sri Kedarnath 3581 meters and Sri Badrinath 3133 meters . all these places are covered under the snow in the winters ,temperature in the months of May – June is around 15 degree Celsius during the day and at night drops down to 2-3 degree Celsius, rain and strong winds are very cold, there are few shelters which become over crowded or unable to accommodate the pilgrims . Treks are well maintained but when it rains the mud from the slops make it slippery .
People planing to have their pilgrimage for Yatra Chardham this year must prepare them self to under take a 12 days journey on bumpy mountain roads , drastic change in temperature and height , acclimatization to this weather and atmosphere is required before leaving for this journey .
Start daily walk with comfortable rubber sole shoes , physical exercises for legs calf and thigh muscles and Breathing yoga exercises such as Pranayam to be done 20-30 days before leaving for the journey. Sandles, Chapples are strictly no for walking, ladies must trim their toe nails .
Must wear Warm woolen clothes , woolen socks , woolen cap, goggles , water proof jacket and trouser, keep yourself as light as possible while walking up in the Himalayas .
Hot water bottle is required at Sri Kedarnath to keep the body warm where fire or heaters are not allowed in the rooms.
In the months of May and June there is a heavy rush due to school holidays, unpredictable rains, loose rocks falling on roads at many places results in road blocks for hours, pilgrims are advised to carry some biscuits, dry fruits etc. those carrying battery operated instruments i.e. camera, mobile phone etc. must carry additional batteries, have a BSNL / Idea SIM card in your phone as it works at all these places.
When walking try to make slow walk taking short breaks and keep drinking liquids and have deep breaths .
One is to take care of Mules and Palki carried by porters at Yamunotri and Sri Kedarnath .
Try to save yourself from getting wet in rain water .
Carry your personal medicines in a small bag, if advised by your doctor you may purchase small Oxygen cylinder at Hardwar or Rishikesh.
Must carry your photo ID proof from the year 2014 the Yatra Registration is made compulsory .
Select your accommodations in good hotels with attached private facilities with availability of hot water for bath, in the month of May and June try to get AC buses up to Haridwar / Rishikesh , up in the hills AC is not operated in the buses. The Puja and Priority Darshan charges are displayed at all places and Administration issues official receipt for the money paid.
If one take above mentioned precautions, will enjoy more and not only have darshan of Lords but also the beautiful landscapes of Himalayas will keep you refreshed through out your journey.
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