Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand to Start From April 21
The dates for annual pilgrimage in Uttarakhand have been declared as April 21. According to Suresh Semwal, Gangotri Temple Secretary, both Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines shall reopen on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritya Festival. The gates are likely to open at 12.30 PM for Gangotri and 11.30 AM for Yamunotri.
According to report, the other two pilgrimage destinations i.e Kedarnath and Badrinath will reopen of April 24 and 26 respectively. Suresh Semwal also informed that these two shrines will remain closed from October or November due to extreme fall in temperature.
Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand is the biggest revenue source in the state. According to reports due to the flash floods of June 2013 number of tourists has decreased in the state. As per, Dinesh Dhanai, Uttarakhand Tourism Minister, after the calamity in 2013, number of pilgrims from 2.84cr (2012) declined to 2.09cr (2013). However, in the year 2014, pilgrims’ number slightly rose to 2.26cr. In order to increase the footfall of the tourists, Uttarakhand government is running Surakshit Uttarakhand campaign. Chief Minister of the state, Harish Rawat also stated that the government is taking all the measures to promote yatra. Several tour operators have also been approached by government to help promote the Char dham Yatra as safe and convenient.