Char Dham Yatra Opening Ceremony 2018

Kapat Opening Dates for 2018: –

  1. Yamunotri Temple – The Kapat of Shri Yamunotri Temple will open on 18 April 2018 (Tentative).
  2. Gangotri Temple – The Kapat of Shri Gangotri Temple will open on 18 April 2018 (Tentative).
  3. Kedarnath Temple – The Kapat of Shri Kedarnath Temple will open on 24 April 2018 (Tentative).
  4. Badrinath Temple  – The Kapat of Shri Badrinath Temple will on 27 April 2018 (Tentative).

Kapat Closing Dates for 2017: –

  1. Yamunotri Temple – The Kapat of Shri Yamunotri Temple will close on 21 October 2017.
  2. Gangotri Temple – The Kapat of Shri Gangotri Temple will close on 21 October 2017.
  3. Kedarnath Temple – The Kapat of Shri Kedarnath Temple will close on 21 October 2017.
  4. Badrinath Temple  – The Kapat of Shri Badrinath Temple will close on 19 November 2017.
  5. Madhmeshwar Temple  – The Kapat of Shri Madhmeshwar Temple will close on 22 November 2017.
  6. Tungnath Temple  – The Kapat of Shri Tungnath Temple will close on 27 October 2017.
Chardhams is a seasonal yatra and each Chardham shrine opens and closes at a particular time of the year.
  1. Yamunotri Temple -The Yamunotri shrine kapat opens on Akshaya tritiya and shuts down on Yama Dwitiya day each year.
  2. Gangotri Temple – The Gangotri shrine Kapat opens on Akshaya Tritiya day and closes with the onset of the Diwali festival.
  3. Kedarnath Temple -The opening and closing of the Kapat of Kedarnath shrine is decided by temple committee on the day of Maha Shivratri. Generally the shrine closes on the Yama Dwitiya day (the day following Diwali ) each year.
  4. Badrinath Temple  -In case of the Badrinath shrine, the Kapat opening date is decided on the occasion of Basant Panchami by head priest each year while the closing date is decided by Mandir committee on the occasion of Vijayadashami each year.

Opening Closing Dates of Char Dham Yatra

If you are a pious Hindu, you would definitely long to visit Chardhams at least once in your lifetime. This informative article on Chardham yatra opening dates would let you know when to get ready for this holy Yatra. So read on..

Chardham Temples Committee

The Chardham Yatra starts in the month of April-May and ends around Oct-Nov each year. The four holy spots of Chardham: Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri – are located in the remote hilly corners of Uttaranchal. During the winter months the shrines get inaccessible due to heavy snowfall. So, the Chardhams is actually open for tourists for six months only.

The opening and closing of the holy shrines follow the age-old traditional almanac. Highly auspicious dates are considered for the opening and closing of the holy portals of the shrines. Yamunotri and Gangotri Dham portals are thrown open on Akshay Tritiya, considered auspicious by Hindus. It is believed that any good or holy deed done on this day remains ‘Akshay’(non-perishable). So, there is general tendency amongst the devout Hindus to do charity, buy gold, visit temples and shrines and the likes. Nothing can be more propitious than to visit the most revered shrines on this day. The Kedarnath shrine opens for the pilgrims on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shiv Chaturdashi or Shiv-Ratri. Since Kedarnath ji is considered an incarnation of Shiv, or Lord Shiv himself, so Shivratri is considered the best day to visit him. Badrinath, on the other hand, opens on Basant Panchami, another auspicious day.

The closure of the portals is on different dates. Yamunotri temple closes on Yama Dwitiya or Bhai Dooj as we know. It is on the second day after Diwali. Kedarnath shrine too closes on this day. Gangotri temple shuts its door on Diwali whereas Badrinath shrine shuts down on Vijaya Dashami. All the dates of closure and opening of the shrines are fixed by the respective governing Mandir committees administered by the Purohits or priests. It is believed that after the Mandir closure, the gods and goddesses, come down to do the regular Puja of the deities.

The Chardham Yatra is recommended to be done in clockwise direction, i.e, from East to West. Therefore, the Yatra should start from Yamunotri proceeding towards Gangotri, then Kedarnath and ultimately terminate at Badrinath. Each of the four shrines has its own unique history, legend, folk-lore and spiritual significance. The devout Hindus believe that every Hindu should visit Chardham at least once in their lifetime. Not only it washes away all the sins, the arduous journey reveals greater knowledge of one’s own self and the universe. In ancient times, the journey was so strenuous and full of perils that it was marked for Vanprastha ashram, the penultimate stage of one’s life. The journey was considered so holy that the pilgrimage was equalled to the quest for ‘Nirvana’ meaning the final liberation.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Chardham is from April to June as the weather remains sunny and comfortable. The snow melts away in small rivulets unveiling the lush green underneath. The mountains muffled in white clouds, whispering cedars, blooming flowers, crystal blue sky, dancing rivers together make a picture perfect mountain scape.

The journey continues- the journey from ignorance to Enlightenment, from Death to Immortality.

Opening Ceremony of Kadarnath Temple 2017


Opening Ceremony of Badrinath Temple 2017


Opening Ceremony of Gangotri Temple 2017


Opening Ceremony of Yamunotri Temple 2017


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many thanks for sharing, you have done excellent job on the site, its so beautiful and helpful… god bless you all the happiness..

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Gunapalli Nageswararao

What a wonderful Description ! Thanks for sharing the beauty, the tips and all the information you’ve included! A very interesting and informative post for the day! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Rajesh Kumar

I planning to do Chardham yatra this year by solo travel from Rishikesh , can suggest it wise decision to going alone (means any difficulties?) or it good to depend on tour package?


No Difficulties…everything is availible on the way…just try to reach everyplace before the sunsets,..else you will not get any service to reach your destination.. Make your plan according to the place where u want to visit.

Bhadresh dalal

Comment. real timing to chardham yatra means how much time and days for chardham

Gajanand Singh

we are going to badrinath nath on 29 April 2017 on the occasion of akshay tritiya this date kapat will open or not

Parth sarthi Nayak

Hello Sir/Mam,
I want to have a tour for badrinath and Kedarnath (optional) with my family (total 6 people including me) on 15th may 2017. I want to know each and every information regarding the tour and the essential we have to carry. Also let me the total budget of this tour including the number of days


We are planning for Char Dham Yatra during third week of September ( From 22nd Sept to 12 days) and is this the ideal time for this trip.