Ukhimath, Joshimath, Mukhba, and Kharsali are referred to as the winter circuit of Char Dham in Uttarakhand. These are the places where the idols of the Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri Dham are worshipped in winter. As in winter, the Char Dham yatra becomes inaccessible once the snow starts falling. To continue the same Char Dham Yatra in Winter, people can visit the winter abode of these four dhams in Uttarakhand. Generally, Hindus visit this pilgrimage, but people of other religions can also consider the visit if they want to.
Ukhimath is the winter abode of Lord “Kedarnath,” located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Omkareshwar temple is where the home of “Baba Kedar” in winter. This place, therefore, attracts devotees even in winter. Compared to Kedarnath Yatra in Summer, the Omkareshwer temple remains open for devotees to visit even in winter. With magical views of the Himalayas, this place is known for its beautiful natural surroundings and spiritual aura.
Yog Dhyan Badri, situated in Chamoli district, is the winter abode of Badrinath. It is in Pandukeshwar village, near the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway, only 18 km from Joshimath. It is also known as the worship place of King “Pandu” of the “Kuru Kingdom,” where he worshipped the Lord “Badrinath” for a long time. This temple of lord “Badri” attracts many Vishnu devotees. It is also a popular destination for tourists and mountaineers due to its beautiful natural surroundings and panoramic views of the Himalayas.
Mukhwa or Mukhba, the winter abode of “Gangotri Dham,” is a beautiful village in Uttarkashi. After the doors of Gangotri Dham are closed in winter, the idol of Maa Ganga shifts to the Mukhba. Once the idol is placed in Mukhba, people celebrate this event with Dhol and regional music. Devotees visit the Mukhba Temple to seek the blessings of Maa Ganga in winter.
The winter abode of Goddess Yamuna, Kharsali, is also a beautiful and spiritual place in the Uttarkashi district. After the doors of Yamunotri Dham are closed, the doli of Goddess Yamuna is taken to Kharsali with respect and enthusiasm. River Yamuna is seen as the primary source of water, due to which the local people and people of the Hindu religion see river Yamuna as their Devi or Goddess. Along with religious significance, the place is blessed with natural beauty.