Within just over a month of its commencement, the Char Dham Yatra in Garhwal Himalayas received a record number of over 18 lakh pilgrims. As of June 10, Badrinath received 6,18,312 pilgrims and Kedarnath 5,98,590. Meanwhile, Gangotri received 3,33,909 pilgrims and Yamunotri received 2,50,398 pilgrims. With this a total of 18,01,209 pilgrims visited the Himalayan temples this year.
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Uttarakhand Health DG Dr. Shailja Bhatt informed that approximately 91 pilgrims lost lives during the 2022 Char Dham Yatra. On May 27, Bhatt said, "Most of the pilgrims died due to heart-attacks". Furthermore, highlighting the strengthened medical services compared to earlier, Shailja Bhatt said, for the Char Dham yatra in Uttarakhand, nearly 169 doctors were deployed to treat patients in the course of the yatra, which started on May 3.
The Char Dham Yatra opens on May 3, with the opening on Gangotri-Yamnotri in Uttarakhand. In regard to this Uttarakhand Transport Commissioner Minister Ranveer Sing Chouhan announced that Pushkar Singh Dhami-led Government banned vehicular movements on mountain routes from 10 am to 4 pm during Char Dham Yatra. The doors of Kedarnath Dham will open on May 6 and the doors of Badrinath Dham will open by May 8.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to assist pilgrims in the Char Dham Yatra through its special train. The Yatra has been resumed by the Uttarakhand government on September 18. The Deluxe AC tourist train is launched under the 'Dekho Apna Desh' program to ensure tourists have appropriate amenities. Char Dham Yatra is to last for 16 days. The tour begins at the Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi.
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After the High Court's approval, the Uttarakhand government published the Char-Dham yatra Standard Operating Procedure, allowing devotees to begin their journeys to Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath, from September 18. However, a vaccination certificate is mandatory for devotees who arrive in Uttarakhand, 15-days after taking a double dose of the vaccine. If a devotee has not received either of the doses, a negative RT-PCR report… read-more
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Uttarakhand government took a decision late-night to postpone the Char Dham Yatra with immediate effect till further orders. Earlier, High Court had ordered to hold the Char Dham Yatra, but the state government went against it. The government has now issued a fresh set of COVID-19 guidelines for pilgrimage with the first phase of Yatra, which would have begun from July 1 and with the second phase to commence from July 11.
Uttarakhand High Court has asked the state to follow all SOPs' during Char Dham Yatra and has warned about lack of strictness. Highlighting the surge in COVID cases due to Kumbh, Court has directed the authorities to submit SOPs before June 21 and has asked for personal appearance of Chief Secretary, Health Secretary, and the Additional Tourism Secretary in the next hearing. The Char Dham Yatra was disallowed till June 22.
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The Char Dham yatra was cancelled due to the COVID-19 surge in the country. However, the Char Dham Devasthanam board has planned a virtual visit for the devotees. Amid pandemic, the local population is also prohibited in the temples. Dilip Javalkar, Uttarakhand Tourism Secretary asserted that the outline of the virtual tour is being fixed. This will take the devotees through Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri Dhams virtually.
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Amid looming COVID threat, the Uttarakhand government has cancelled the Char Dham Yatra scheduled to begin on May 14, 2021. CM Tirath Singh Rawat said that only priests of the four pilgrimage sites in Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri will be allowed to perform religious rituals. While portals of Badrinath Dham and Kedarnath temples will soon open for pilgrims, the temple will open at Brahmamuhurt on May 18.
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Concerning the COVID-19 second wave, Uttarakhand HC on April 21, has directed the government to release Standard Operating Procedure on conducting Char Dham Yatra, scheduled from May 14. Recently, in Kumbh Mela the pilgrims openly flouted COVID-19 guidelines creating panic. Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma have asked the state government to establish mobile testing vans and build hospitals with support from the central… read-more
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