Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board is the highest body to advise Government on all matters relating to tourism in the State. Hill stations of Uttarakhand are gateways to some veiled enchanting place offering beauty with exquisiteness. Uttarakhand is almost entirely situated on the mountains of the gigantic Himalayan range. Also Uttarakhand is famous for Char Dham Yatra, which literally meaning 'journey to four centres'. These four religious centres in Uttarakhand are represented by Badrinath (dedicated to Lord Vishnu), Kedarnath(dedicated to Lord Shiva), Gangotri (the holy origin of river Ganga)and Yamunotri (the holy origin of river Yamuna).
The Char Dham Yatra begins around the first to second week of May every year. These dates are announced in the national media. The base for the yatra is generally the Rishikesh town which has all the amenities available for pilgrims and tourists alike. Pilgrims and tourists generally book their journey through the local travel agents to all the four locations.
Also termed as "Prayag pentad", namely the five river confluences are Vishnu Prayag, Nand Prayag, Karn prayag, Rudra Prayag and Dev Prayag, in the descending flow sequence of their occurrence.
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