In just 11 days of being operational, the Chardham Yatra of Himalaya in Uttarakhand has seen flocking of over 1.75 Lac pilgrims from all over India. Where the shrine of Gangotri and Yamunotri were visited by 29696 and 43644 devotees respectively from April 28 to May 9, the temple of Kedarnath received 39540 pilgrims between May 3 and May 9. However, the exhilarating record of more than 62000 pilgrims thronging Badrinath in just two days of its portal opening is what indicates a promising Chardham Yatra season in Uttarakhand. It is worth noticing that last year in 2016, only 18026 pilgrims paid a visit to Badrinath Dham in two days.
On Monday, May 8, 2017, the total recorded visits were 24830, with 9036 pilgrims seeking the blessings at Badrinath Temple alone. Those paying homage to Lord Badri are also including a visit to the last village of Indo-China Border, Mana, and to Bhim Pul, River Saraswati and Vyas Gufa. In Kedarnath, the count of pilgrims thronging the temple was recorded as 6673 and in Yamunotri, 3950 and Gangotri 5171 on Monday.
In 2016, the total pilgrimage tourism from Chardham Yatra was recorded around 14Lac and this year, in just 11 days the number has reached the mark of 1.75Lac. According to State Tourism Minister, Satpal Maharaj, the count of pilgrims for Chardham Yatra 2017 is likely to reach 21 or 22Lac mark. The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat have ordered the availability of medicines and public convenience (toilets) on every major halt and ensured to have put a room rate list in every hotel offering accommodation to the pilgrims.