Only Uttarakhand residents allowed to visit Char Dham shrines till June 30
DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand government on Tuesday issued guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for visiting Char Dham shrines this year.
Pilgrims from outside the state, however, will not be allowed to visit the shrines until June 30. At present, only locals from the districts where the temples are located will be allowed to visit the shrines in a limited number.
Till June 30, a maximum of 1,200 local pilgrims per day would be allowed for Badrinath, 800 for Kedarnath, 600 for Gangotri and 400 for Yamunotri
shrine. An order issued by Ravinath Raman, CEO of Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board, said, “It has been decided that Char
Dham yatra will remain suspended for pilgrims from outside the state till June 30. However, the priests and locals have agreed to allow pilgrims from within the district and nearby areas following all norms.”
Pilgrims will be allowed to visit the shrines between 7am to 7pm after taking a token from counters set up at the shrines.
It will be mandatory for pilgrims to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
Maximum of 80 pilgrims per hour will be allowed to enter the Kedarnath shrine and 120 pilgrims in the same time frame at Badrinath shrine .
At Kedarnath, the pilgrims will be given only a minute for ‘darshan ‘while the time limit has been capped to 30 seconds for the Badrinath shrine. ’
A man marking circles to ensure proper physical distance between visitors outside the Badrinath temple.