The word “Chota Char Dham” itself defines its meaning.
(Literally translated as 'the small four abodes', meaning 'the small circuit of four abodes'), the circuit consists of four sites—Yamunotri (यमनोत्री), Gangotri (गंगोत्री), Kedarnath (केदारनाथ), and Badrinath (बद्रीनाथ). It is an important Hindu pilgrimage circuit on the under up gradation in the Indian Himalayas, Located in the Garhwal region of the state of Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand is known as Dev Bhoomi (Land of Gods), as it is the land of great pilgrimages, sacred temples and places, which attracts millions of pilgrims and spiritual seekers to get enlightenment. Every year, thousands of tourists visit some of the most important pilgrimage places for Hindus and Sikhs in the state. The Chota Char Dham Yatra is one of the most popular pilgrimage tours, followed by Do Dham Yatra, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Haridwar & Rishikesh. Hemkunt Sahib, the place where Guru Gobind Singhji meditated in his previous birth, attracts thousands of Sikhs every year.
Originally, the appellation Char Dham referred to a pilgrimage circuit encompassing four important temples—Puri, Rameswaram, Dwarka, and Badrinath—located roughly at the four cardinal points of the subcontinent. The formation of the original Char Dham is credited to the great 8th century reformer and philosopher Shankaracharya (Adi Sankara). In the original Char Dham, three of the three sites are Vaishnava (Puri, Dwarka and Badrinath) while one is Shaiva (Rameswaram).
The gods who inhabit the Himalayan shrine revered Chota Char dham, very demanding. Pilgrims embarking on this sacred journey, as it should have to work hard to be worthy of their attention. These sanctuaries are located in the breathtaking beauty - deep gorges, snow-covered peaks, dense forests, silver waterfalls, frozen rivers, meadows full of wild flowers, and the harsh tales, billowing into the sky.
The day of Akha-Trij or Akha-Teej (in the month of May) marks the beginning of the Chota Char Dham Yatra. The ‘Yatra’ typically closes 2 days after Diwali, on the day of Bhai-Bij or Bhai Dooj (in the month of Oct - Nov).