Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand is one of the most challenging and most spiritually significant pilgrimage tours for Hindus. You can avoid the hours of continuous trekking and rough mountain jeep rides by hiring private helicopters. You can find several helicopter service providers running in this route. Before you book the tickets, here is what you should know.
There are two types of helicopter services that you can pick. The first type is the 4 Dham tour, which covers all four destinations – Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. This tour is usually offered in a private helicopter ride, usually in a luxury chopper.
On the other hand, you can choose to cover one, two, or three temples in the circuit. Such customized tours are available only in shared helicopters, where you will be riding with other pilgrims. The most commonly chosen one Dham (Ek Dham) tour is to Kedarnath, as it is the most challenging route.
Other common helicopter packages are
There are both private and government helicopter services. The government tour agents can be booked via the official government websites or local booking centers. If you are looking for private tour agents, remember to read the terms and conditions. Surf the internet for reviews about the helicopter service providers. It is best to book the service via any reputed travel agents.
Most of the helicopter tours start at Dehradun's Sahastradhara Helipad. You will be dropped off very close to the temples. You might still have to walk for a couple of minutes to reach the temples. In some cases, the tour agent might assign cars to reach the temple.
At Yamunotri, the helicopter lands at Kharsali Helipad, and Harsil Helipad at Gangotri. From Gangotri, it takes 30 to 45 minutes to reach Kedarnath Helipad, which is ten minutes away from the temple. Before reaching Kedarnath Helipad, the tourists first halt at Guptkashi Helipad, and from there, they will be transferred to Kedarnath Helipad. At Badrinath, the helicopter lands at Badrinath Helipad.
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