The Uttarakhand government announced the commencement of ‘Char Dham Yatra’ from Saturday and issued a list of SOPs for people who wish to undertake the pilgrimage.
Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government announced the commencement of ‘Char Dham Yatra’ from Saturday and issued a list of SOPs for people who wish to undertake the pilgrimage. The yatra remained suspended for months due to the pandemic in 2020 and opened in the month of June with a total of 3,21,609 devotees visiting temples during the entire season amid the Covid restrictions.
Here are the guidelines for Chardham Yatra
1. 1,000 pilgrims allowed daily on Badrinath, 800 on Kedarnath, 600 on Gangotri and 400 on Yamunotri
2. Mandatory for devotees to carry a certificate of complete COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative RT-PCR test report, not older than 72 hours
3. For devotees from Kerala, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, a negative COVID report not older than 72 hours before the date of travel has been made mandatory, despite having received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
4. Pilgrims from within Uttarakhand will not be required to register on the Smart City portal
5. Devotees coming from outside the state will have to mandatorily register on the Smart City portal
6. Registration and e-pass will be mandatory for ‘darshan’ in the four dhams
7. Holy dip in the ‘kunds’ at the dhams is prohibited
8. For compliance with the arrangements related to the journey, the checkpoints set up on the travel routes will be checked
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Earlier on June 28, the High Court had put a stay on the Chardham Yatra until further orders on the basis of lack of health services in the yatra districts, lack of adequate preparations to control COVID-19 infection, shortage of doctors and the report of the district administration.
The Nainital High Court on Thursday lifted the ban on Chardham Yatra and allowed only fully Covid vaccinated people with a mandatory COVID-19 negative report for the annual pilgrimage.
After getting permission for the conditional yatra from the High Court, the government had made it clear on Thursday night that the yatra would start from Saturday.
The Chardham Yatra, which includes a visit to the Kedarnath temple, attracts lakhs of tourists and devotees every year from across the country and abroad.
first published:Sept. 18, 2021, 2:49 p.m.