Posted by: Helicop Aviation | June 7, 2011

Char Dham Yatra by Helicopter

It is believed that to revive the lost prestige of Hinduism and to unite the country in one bond, Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya built four pilgrimage centers in four corners of India. Among them were Badrikashram in the north, Rameshwaram in the south, Dwarkapuri in the west and Jagannath Puri in the east.

Char Dham Yatra by Helicopter

Badrinath

Badrinath is situated in the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat at an elevation of 3,133 m, with the towering Neelkanth peak in the background. Also known as the Vishal Badri, the largest among the five Badris, it is revered by all as the apt tribute to Lord Vishnu. Built in the 8th century, the temple has been renovated several times due to damage by avalanches and restored in the 19th century by the royal houses of Scindia & Holkar. The main entrance gate is colorful & imposing popularly known as Singhdwar.

Kedarnath

Kedarnath is the seat of Lord Shiva. It is one of the twelve “Jyotirlingas” of Lord Shiva. Kedar meaning powerful is another name of Lord Shiva the protector and the destroyer. Situated in the backdrop of the majestic Sri Kedarnath range, Kedarnath Temple is a 14 km trek from Gaurikund. At Kedarnath there are several Kunds (pools, tanks) that are known for their religious significance – Shivkund, Retkund, Hanskund, Udakkund, Rudhirkund are the most important.

Gangotri

The revered shrine of Gangotri, situated at an altitude of 3,200 m about sea-level amidst sylvan surroundings, constitutes one of the most important pilgrimages for the devout Hindu. The temple was constructed in the early 18th century by a Gorkha Commander Amar Singh Thapa and is said to be reconstructed by the Jaipur dynasty. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit the sacred shrine between May & October. The water from Gangotri is believed to have amrit (nectar) in it and will soothe the throat of Shiva who gulped the poison.

Yamunotri

The sacred shrine of Yamunotri is the westernmost shrine atop the Bandar Poonch Parvat and is the source of river Yamuna. The actual source, Champasar glacier is located on the Kalind Mountain at the height of 4421 m above sea level is not accessible and hence the shrine has been located on the foot of the hill and pilgrims offer pooja at the temple itself. Close to the temple are hot water springs of which the Suryakund is the most important Kund.

Helicop Aviation offers attractive packages for Char Dham Yatra by Bell 407 Helicopter (capacity 5 passengers) from Sahastradhara Heliport at Uttrakhand w.e.f 8th May 2011. For further details contact Mr. Gaurav Loomba (+91-8130555116, +91-11-41437920) or email at g.loomba@helicopaviation.com

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