Some of the country’s most beautiful places are also religious
sites. Four of these have been clubbed together as Char Dham. These
places are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. It’s said that
these four places are the most sacred for devout Hindus. In the earlier
days the pilgrimage to the Char Dham, known as Char Dham Yatra, used to
be treacherous and very tough. Pilgrims used to walk most of the way.
Those that could not, travelled on ponies or in palanquins.
The advent of better roads and mechanized transportation changed all
this considerably though pilgrims still have a small stretch that is
arduous and this has to be covered by means as in the earlier days.
Overnight stays used to be spent in charitable lodgings in the olden
days. These provided the basics and were far from being comfortable.
However, today there are hotels in Badrinath
and the other holy sites. A hotel in Badrinath or elsewhere is a far
cry from the charitable lodgings that were available earlier. These are
luxurious and comfortable and have all the modern amenities that one
expects in a modern hotel.
The modern hotels in Badrinath and the other holy sites came up in
2003 for the first time. These camps for Char Dham introduced the
concept of integrated luxury pilgrimage travel in a sector where this
idea had never been thought of before. The pilgrim or the tourist
wanting to experience a different kind of holiday, can today drive up
from Delhi to Rishikesh or Haridwar or Dehra Doon and join the Char
Dham Yatra. The organizers of the hotel in Badrinath look after all the
requirements of the Aarti, bhajans and kirtan and for those that are
interested, a guided trek at Harsil and Tungnath and a visit to Chopta.
There’s a bonfire everyday in the evening while a cultural evening is
organized every other day in Joshimath. As a matter of fact at these
hotels one can experience a very warm and hospitable service. This is a
factor that will definitely urge those that are planning a pilgrimage
These hotels in Badrinath and elsewhere in the Char Dham circuit go
beyond providing a great cuisine and comfortable and hygienic
accommodation. A stay in one of the Swiss style luxury tents is an
experience to remember. These thatched roof cottage camps have attached
baths and toilets with hot and cold water. At the hotel in Badrinath
you will get a hot water bottle at the end of a tiring day. There are
local masseurs to take away your aches and pains. One will remember the
pilgrimage long after all the pains have disappeared.
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