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The Char Dham Yatra opens on day of Akshaya Tritiya which is also known as Akha Teej is highly auspicious and holy day for Hindu communities. It falls during Shukla Paksha Tritiya in the month of Vaishakha. Akshaya Tritiya falling on a Rohini Nakshatra day with Wednesday is considered very auspicious. Char Dham opening and closing dates are declared by the Char Dham temple committee that is Kedar-Badir Madir Simitee . Chardham Yatra 2016 opening date is 09 May on Akshaya Tritiya day – Gangotri and Yamunotri temples opens on 08. Badrinath Temple on 10 May 2016 and Kedarnath Shrine on 09 May 2016. Akshaya Tritiya is believed to bring good luck and success. Char Dham Yatra is believed to be very sacred in Hindu religion in India. Char Dham Yatra in india includes Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri temple. Among four scared sites Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva while Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. On the other hand, Yamunotri and Gangotri are dedicated to Goddess Ganga and Yamuna rivers respectively. All four Char Dham temples are residing in Uttarakhand state of India.

Tirupati Balaji is one of the holiest and most frequented religious spots in India. Present as an abode of Lord Venkateshwara, an incretion of Lord Vishnu, this temple is popular as 'Vaikuntam' on the earth. A horde of spiritual travelers swarms this place every year to drench themselves in utter spirituality and serenity. Thousands of devotees visit this temple everyday to pay homage to the utmost power.

Sabarimala is Dharma Sastha/Lord Ayyappan/Ayyanaar, one of the most venerated deities among the Hindu pantheon of gods. Every year millions of Indians, irrespective of caste, creed or religion throng the tiny complex to have darshan of Lord Ayyappan. True to the Hindu philosophy of 'thathvamasi' (that thou art), at Sabarimala, Lord and his devotee commune directly, sans intermediaries. Legend has it that the temple at Sabarimala was built by Parasurama, the warrior-sage who reclaimed the Land of Kerala from the sea. Sabarimala is one of the five 'panchashastha' temples erected by the powerful yogi to protect Kerala from destructive elements, the others being Kulathuppuzha, Aryankavu, Achankovil and Erumeli.

Sabarimala

Sabarimala is Dharma Sastha/Lord Ayyappan/Ayyanaar, one of the most venerated deities among the Hindu pantheon of gods. Every year millions of Indians, irrespective of caste, creed or religion throng the tiny complex to have darshan of Lord Ayyappan. True to the Hindu philosophy of 'thathvamasi' (that thou art), at Sabarimala, Lord and his devotee commune directly, sans intermediaries. Legend has it that the temple at Sabarimala was built by Parasurama, the warrior-sage who reclaimed the Land of Kerala from the sea. Sabarimala is one of the five 'panchashastha' temples erected by the powerful yogi to protect Kerala from destructive elements, the others being Kulathuppuzha, Aryankavu, Achankovil and Erumeli.

Guruvayoor

The Guruvayur/Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple is one of the most important and sacred pilgrim centres of Kerala. Located in the Guruvayur town of Thrissur district in Kerala ,India it is easily accessible by road and rail. The presiding deity is MahaVishnu The glory of Guruvayur was revealed by sage Dattatreya to King Janamejaya , the son of Parikshit. According to the sage, the image of Guruvayur was originally worshipped by Narayana.

Tirupathi

Tirupati Balaji is one of the holiest and most frequented religious spots in India. Present as an abode of Lord Venkateshwara, an incretion of Lord Vishnu, this temple is popular as 'Vaikuntam' on the earth. A horde of spiritual travelers swarms this place every year to drench themselves in utter spirituality and serenity. Thousands of devotees visit this temple everyday to pay homage to the utmost power.

Virupaksha Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva (Virupaksha), the temple is extensively famous for its tall gopuram, grand architecture and intricate carvings. The temple, built in the 7th century underwent a lot of additions by various rulers that ruled the kingdom, to display their power. The central pillared hall, Ranga Mandapa, is the most ornate addition by Raja Krishnadevaraya. Virupaksha temple is a centre of marriages as well as the festivities of Virupaksha-Pampa in December.

Meenakshi Temple

Located on the southern banks of river Vaigai, Meenakshi Temple is dedicated to Parvati and her consort, Lord Shiva. Also called Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, this architectural marvel is a throbbing centre of culture and art. Two very distinct features in terms of iconography are the shrine of Meenakshi holding a parrot and the right raised leg of Nataraja.

Venkateswara Temple

Venkateswara Temple is one of the famous and majestic South Indian temples. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is also known as Tirupati Balaji temple

Ramanathaswamy Temple

Located on Rameswaram island in Tamil Nadu, Ramanathaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is also one of the twelve sacred Jyotirlinga temples of the country. The legend narrates the tale of Lord Rama who is believed to have prayed to Lord Shiva here. The temple has one of the longest and most ornate corridor among other South Indian temples.

Aihole and Pattadakal

Famous for their beautiful temples in Karnataka. These South Indian temples date back to 5th century CE, very elaborate in their architecture and grandeur. Aihole is also called the “cradle of Hindu Rock Architecture

Mahabodhi Temple

This is the holy place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and thus it stands as the most revered sites for the Buddhists. Recognized as a world heritage site by the UNESCO, the Mahabodhi temple is visited by both Hindus and Buddhists from all over the world.

Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple has been revered as the first jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva and it is said to have been built by the Moon God after Lord Shiva freed him from the curse of waning. The temple has been restored several times since then.