After a break of nearly 18 months due to Civid-19, the Char Dham Yatra has resumed again In Uttarakhand on 16 September 2021.
Following the national lock-down due to the 1st wave of Covid-19, the Uttarakhand State Government imposed a general ban on the annual Char-Dham Yatra to the shrines of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath in March 2020. The ban continued into the year 2021.
Here we are reproducing a report by the Times of India on 16 September on the subject: “After nearly three months, the Uttarakhand high court (HC) on Thursday vacated its stay and allowed the resumption of Char Dham yatra. The court has said only fully vaccinated people carrying Covid negative report will be allowed to visit the shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
The order came from the bench of Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma which was hearing the application moved by the state government asking the court to allow the yatra which was stayed by the court on June 28. Apart from the state government, even local businessmen and traders had also approached the HC with the same request.
The state government meanwhile informed the court that it has severely limited the number of people to each of the shrines. Government said that only 800 pilgrims will be allowed into Kedarnath each day while 600 people will be allowed to travel to Gangotri and 400 to Yamunotri. The state said that 12,00 people will be allowed into Badrinath but the court limited the number to 1,000. The government added that only three people will be allowed into the sanctum sanctorum of the shrines at once.
The court has also directed the state government to station an appropriate number of policemen and authorities at each of the shrines to check overcrowding and adherence to Covid protocol. The bench added that secretaries of district legal services authority (DLSA) of Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag – districts where Char Dham shrines are located – will send weekly reports to the HC detailing the measures and status of crowding at each of the shrines.”
It is understood that in view of the cap on daily darshan in the 4 involved temples, Uttarakhand Government will put in place a system for online registration/booking for entry to these temples. We are waiting for this and will post the information whenever it is available.
Note: Since the Dream Mountain is located in Joshimath, we are naturally concerned with the tourist traffic to Badrinath Temple. For more information on the temple you can click HERE to reach our relevant page on the subject.