In Hindu religion, there is an affirmation where they say “nothing can be more pious and religious than taking your parents to Chardham Yatra”. These four pious pilgrimage sites of Hindus are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath, which are located in the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. This holy journey starts from Yamunotri and ends at Badrinath for about 10 days or less, depending on the mode of transportation.

These holy shrines are open from around May to October. To be precise, the opening dates of the Chardham shrines are decided as per following:

Yamunotri: Opens on the day of Akshay Tritiya every year.

Gangotri: Opens on the day of Akshay Tritiya every year.

Kedarnath: Opening date is announced by the temple authorities on Maha Shivratri every year.

Badrinath: Opening date is announced by the temple authorities on Basant Panchmi every year.

However, things have drastically changed since the Pandemic. Around April 2021, the time when our country was suffering from the second COVID wave, the State government was ordered by the High Court to keep the Chardham Yatra closed for the pilgrims. 
It was finally opened for the public around Mid-September 2021, with tight travel restrictions initially.


Yamunotri is said to be the source of the river Yamuna where it is said that if you take a bath in the river then all your sins are absolved into it and you get a new life to start. The accessibility to reach this place is on foot. You need to trek from Janki Chhati where the options for horses or palkis are there for the travelers.

Gangotri evening aarti is one of the things that you should witness, really something to witness. The temple is located at the banks of the Bhagirathi River where Goddess Ganga is worshipped. Since the town is set around the temple, it is not so tough to reach the temple.

Kedarnath is one of the temples which is completely dedicated to Lord Shiva at a high altitude. Initially, post-natural disaster there was a different route for the travelers but later on, it was constructed and formed the new route for the temple. It’s a 14km long trek with steep roads but then you can get the horses or palkis for the trek. Due to seasonal changes this temple opened from around May to October end and closed for the rest of the six months.

Badrinath is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This is the colorful temple that was founded in the 9th century by famous Indian philosopher, Adi Shankaracharya. The trek for Badrinath is not so tough and can easily be done and one can also visit the village Mana, which is the last village of India on that side.


We can’t overlook the fact that Chardham Yatra holds a significant place in every Indian’s life. But because of the pandemic, most people haven’t been able to visit the Chardhams in the past two years. 

As for Himalayan Heli, our helicopter services for the Chardham yatra remained closed during the May-June months, on account of the government guidelines. This was the second consecutive year since the pandemic that the Chardham yatra remained completely closed to the public during the peak May-June season.

However, in 2021, the COVID wave subsided across the country, and the yatra finally resumed Mid-September, with strict travel guidelines. The opening of the yatra was definitely a respite for us and all the pilgrims who were awaiting the Chardham’s opening all year long.

In October 2021, when it seemed completely stable and fit, the government decided to relax the guidelines for the yatris. After the relaxation of guidelines, there was a spike in the demand for Chardham packages as travel became all the more easier for the yatris.

It was truly a smooth yet jam-packed Chardham flying season. And, Himalayan Heli’s Chardham services went on from September 24th till 6th November, 2021 – The day of Bhai Duj, when Kedarnath Ji Dham closes.

The popular Chardham Yatra is the most loved and one of our most-demanded helicopter packages among the yatris, especially the elderly. And we, as an organization, felt content that we were able to successfully deliver the best of our services in 2021, despite several challenges. A special mention for this goes to our highly experienced and trained staff, who never hesitate to go the extra mile to curate the best experience for our passengers.

Here’s the glimpse of our Chardham operations 2021:


Chardham shrines are best accessible by helicopters – Safe, Fast & most comfortable mode of transport. Himalayan Heli operates the Chardham Yatra Tours by Helicopter in as short as a 1 Night/2 Days trip and a 4 Night/5 Days package. To say the least, Chardham yatra by Helicopter is an experience in itself.

The details of our two most demanded Chardham packages are as below:

1. Chardham 4 Nights/5 Days
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2. Chardham 1 Night /2 Days
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These packages are curated for two different types of clients – One who wishes to finish the yatra very fast, and the other who wishes to spend good quality time at each destination. Thus, the choice depends on the Yatris and what package they want to opt for.

The other most demanded package for the Chardham shrines is the DO-DHAM SAME DAY HELI-TOUR, where you get to cover both Kedarnath ji and Badrinath ji in a half day helicopter tour from Dehradun, and Sersi as well.

In the above-mentioned Chardham packages, the helicopter journey starts from Sahastradhara Heliport, Dehradun, and covers all four holy shrines for darshan.

Dehradun is the main base for our Helicopter tours – The starting and ending point of the yatra. Himalayan Heli picks up the yatris from airports or railway stations right when they arrive, and offers complimentary stay as well at Dehradun. The journey is made as smooth and easy by Himalayan Heli, as it can get.

If you travel to the Chardhams by local buses or cars then this may take up to 10 to 12 days or even more, which is a very arduous and painful journey, especially for elderly people and children. Also, the food and lodging is a concern in that case. While with Himalayan Heli, it’s like, the whole yatra is taken care of with the best possible experience and safety promised!

*** Himalayan Heli’s Helicopter tours for Do Dham and Ek Dham yatra can be checked out on our website here: ***

Just FYI, Himalayan Heli also provides Shuttle Services from Sersi for Kedarnath ji during the Chardham yatra, which is a per seat helicopter ticket booking for just Kedarnath ji from Sersi/Phata/Guptkashi. The Kedarnath shuttle services in 2021 opened around October 1st, 2021, and the online advance bookings for the same were done through GMVN


Here’s the glimpse of our Kedarnath operations 2021:


Government-provided protocols are strictly adhered to by Himalayan Heli.

  • -The PPE kits, masks, and sanitizers are provided to all the passengers whereas after every flight the entire helicopter is sanitized.
  • -The regular checkups of passengers as well as for the employees are done during boarding.
  • -The helicopters are operational while keeping in mind the lockdown and curfew rules.

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We all know for a fact that the situations and scenarios won’t be the same hence we have to start living with the new normal and follow the rules and guidelines that are shared by health advisory boards and the government.

Keeping that in mind, Himalayan Heli’s Chardham Helicopter tours will be operational for the 2022 season. Everyone at Himalayan Heli, including our pilots, crew members, and operational staff is prepared, and at the same time, VERY excited to take Yatris on their Chardham Yatra with all the safety measures in place.

As we always say, we take pride in being the most trusted and reliable Helicopter services provider in not only the Chardham sector, but the whole country; because safety and experience is our utmost priority.

In 2022, Chardham yatra is opening on 3rd May, 2022. And, bookings are NOW OPEN for our below mentioned Helicopter tours, as per the following details:

So, what are you waiting for now? Get in touch with us for Chardham Yatra 2022 and book your spots before we get fully booked.

Also, we keep sharing our regular updates on our Website, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and you can stay well connected with us there!

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Misty Mountain views, clouds floating, the abundance of nature, and people cheering “Zor se bolo – Jai Mata Di” all around, pretty much sums up the aura and vibes of one of the most popular and holiest pilgrimages of our times – Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine.

Popular the world over as the mother who fulfills whatever Her children wish for, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji resides in a Holy Cave located in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains in Jammu and Kashmir. Every year there are lakhs of people visiting this holy place in the Jammu’s Reasi district near Katra to offer prayers to Mata Vaishno Devi.

The shrine is considered the holiest sojourn and is among the 108 Shakti Peethas. Shri Mata Vaishno is the incarnation of Goddess Durga, believed to be an abode of the goddess, the holy cave is located at an altitude of 5,200 feet above sea level

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“Har Har Mahadev” all around, temple bells, highly energetic devotees, panoramic views of snow-capped mountains & icy cold winds describes Amarnath Yatra.

A journey that is on the bucket list of almost every Shiva Bhakt. Situated at an altitude of 3,888 meters, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the holy Indian Shrine- Amarnath Cave is visited by Indians in abundance every year in July/August. 

Amarnath Cave is a Hindu Pilgrimage where a Shivlinga appears naturally in the form of ice, holds significant religious importance, and is considered as the holiest shrine by Hindus all over the world. Legend has it that the Amarnath Yatra was undertaken by Lord Shiva himself along with Goddess Parvati, where Shiva narrated the immortality lessons to Parvati.

Continue reading “Amarnath Yatra Cancelled for the 2nd Consecutive Year due to COVID”

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of Flowers trek is one of India’s most popular treks in the Himalayan Region of Uttarakhand state, which is also one of India’s oldest known treks. It is situated at a height of 3600 m above sea level.

It is a moderate level trek with slightly longer trekking days and steep trails to Hemkund Sahib, which is not only famous among Indians, but it’s on the bucket list of foreigners as well.

Valley of Flowers National Park is believed to have been accidentally discovered in 1931, by 3 Britishers who lost their way. It is spread across 87 sq km in the Chamoli District and forms one of the two core zones (the other being the Nanda Devi National Park) of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.

Continue reading “Discover Valley of Flowers in an Exclusive Same Day Heli-Tour with Himalayan Heli”

Thanks to the advancement in technology and air transport services by helicopters that the transportation of cargo has become possible almost at every place. External Load Operations (ELO), by definition, means- the process of lifting underslung loads by helicopters and transporting them to the areas which are inaccessible otherwise. 

In a country like ours, Cargo transportation by air has mostly been associated with relief work, military transportation, rescue operations, etc. However, in recent times, Helicopters have started getting recognition for being used for External Load Operations. These services are gradually becoming popular in India, unlike foreign nations where the demand and applications of ELO services are vast, however, this is expected to multiply here shortly as this is one of the most useful utilities of helicopters globally. 

In India, where power supply and infrastructure is still present at very inferior levels (or even non-existent) in remote destinations, the application of helicopters can greatly be explored to easily reach out to these regions and construct infrastructure facilities & powerlines for faster development.

Continue reading “Himalayan Heli: Pioneers in Helicopter Underslung External Load Operations in India”

One of the most sought-after services in recent times, LiDAR- Light Detection & Ranging, is a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the earth. It’s touted as one of the most accurate & effective technologies for the creation of 3-Dimensional topographical aerial maps.

Since the demand for LiDAR services has gone up for capturing geodata, the use of Helicopters has significantly increased for this service. Why Helicopters? You see, Helicopters can access areas that are not possible to reach otherwise. Moreover, they can hover over an area under inspection & capture the required data from different angles & perspectives, which can help in acquiring higher resolution imagery, covering a much wider area from the air in a much shorter time than it would be possible to cover by land. Also, helicopters are much more manoeuvrable in high winds and high altitudes than UAVs (drones), and most importantly they can equip and fly LiDAR equipment which is currently not possible with UAVs. 

Now, for over two decades, Himalayan Heli has been operating Aerial work service s in India for important Government Organisations and leading private giants. After providing a vast range of reliable & dedicated heli-services for so long, we are touted as India’s leading helicopter company in the Aerial work industry, which is one of our primary segments of heli-services. 

Continue reading “Aerial LiDAR Surveys by Helicopters: The Most Cost-Efficient Solution for Covering Data, Wider & Faster”

Nestled in the lap of mesmerizing Himalayas, in the Indian state- Uttarakhand, Char Dham holds a significant spot in the hearts of Indian Hindu devotees. Char Dham is a pilgrimage circuit, located in the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand, which includes 4 sites to be covered to complete the circuit- Yamunotri Dham, Gangotri Dham, Kedarnath Dham, and Badrinath Dham. It is believed that, if you are seeking moksha and salvation by washing away your sins, Char Dham is a must-do Yatra at least once in your lifetime.

Completing the Char Dham Circuit is very challenging. It requires one to cover approx. 1000 km from Dehradun via road and 37 km of the trek over the period of 10-12 days, which requires a lot of time, stamina, preparation, and more than anything- willpower.

The major constraint that one has to face while Char Dham via road is “The road” itself. As in, it’s a very bumpy ride & a significant portion of the whole stretch is under construction. Mountain Roads can be tricky; hence it demands extra precautionary measures to be taken.

Whereas, it’s not the case in Heli Tours. Rather, it’s the opposite. While flying, one can enjoy the mesmerizing aerial views of the mountains.

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Over seven lakh pilgrims have visited the Kedarnath Dham during 2018, this is the highest footfall to the holy shrine in almost four decades as per the state government officials. This is the highest number of pilgrims ever recorded since the time data of pilgirms is available with the government authorities. As stated by a government official, the records of pilgrims have been kept since 1981.


Earlier, the highest number of tourists visiting the shrine was recorded in 2012, where 5.83 lakh pilgrims came to Kedarnath. The increase in yatri numbers since the tragedy of 2013 can be attributed to the availability of better facilities by government authorities in the present day. Many yatri conveniences have been created, and are still being created for future betterment. All of government’s initiatives greatly help the helicopter operators as well for smooth running of operations.
Continue reading “Highest Footfall in Four Decades! Shri Kedarnath Ji Yatra 2018- Crosses 7 Lakh Mark”

An interview of our directors Mr. Harsh Vardhan Sharma and Mr. Wangchuk Shamshu was featured in the latest BizAv India magazine in the April ’17 issue. They share the story of Himalayan Heli Services and their view on how the non-scheduled aviation market has grown and how the new National Civil Aviation Policy-NCAP has impacted us and the helicopter sector.

Continue reading “Directors’ Interview: BizAvIndia Aviation Magazine April’17.”