Amid heavy rush, Uttarakhand CM urges devotees to arrange accommodation, darshan before arrival

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Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami

Dehradun: Amid huge footsteps of worshipers for the chardham Yatra, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami Sunday urged tourists to plan their accommodation and other arrangements well in advance of their arrival.

Speaking to the media, he said, “The attendance of devotees at Chardham Yatra, which is resuming after two years, is more than expected. We are making all possible arrangements, but the people are more than the capacity of the four dhams.”

“We ask devotees to make accommodation and other arrangements before they arrive,” Dhami said.

He went on to point out that due to the low temperature at night, tourists face problems.

“Although we have made sufficient arrangements and will continue to do more, I urge tourists to plan their stay and darshan in advance,” added the CM of Uttarakhand.

The annual Chardham Yatra began on May 3 on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya with the opening of the gates of Gangotri and Yamunotri temples in Uttarkashi district.

Kedarnath The temple opened its doors to pilgrims on Friday morning while the Badrinath temple gates opened on May 8.

Located on the slopes of Garhwal hill in Chamoli district along the banks of Alaknanda river, Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The shrine is one of the four ancient pilgrimage sites called “Char Dham”, which also include Yamunotri, Gangotri and Kedarnath.

It is located in the city of Badrinath in Uttarakhand. It is open six months a year (between the end of April and the beginning of November).

Earlier this month, the state government capped the number of pilgrims visiting the Char Dhams. A total of 15,000 pilgrims will be allowed daily to Badrinath, 12,000 to Kedarnath, 7,000 to Gangotri and 4,000 to Yamunotri. This arrangement was concluded for 45 days.

This year, it is not mandatory for pilgrims to carry a negative COVID-19 test report or vaccination certificate.

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