Advance online registration is mandatory for Char Dham Yatra.
Posted on May 20, 2022 by Ghoomophiro
The state government of Uttarakhand has reiterated that pilgrims wanting to make the Char Dham Yatra will have to make sure that they have registered themselves online in advance to undertaking the tour. The state government of Uttarakhand has made it clear that this registration procedure is mandatory, failing which pilgrims with no prior registration will be stopped at Rishikesh. The reader must note that Rishikesh is the starting point of the annual pilgrimage. In short, prior registration for the Char Dham yatra has now been made compulsory for all the pilgrims.
Referring to this, Dilip Jawalkar has elaborated that the number of pilgrims supposed to visit each of the Char Dhams is fixed by the government, keeping in mind the safety issues of the pilgrims. This process will also come in handy if every pilgrim starts their journey only after getting themselves registered to avoid any inconvenience at a later stage. Dilip Jawalkar is the Principal Secretary of Tourism in the state Government of Uttarakhand.
As per the latest developments, pilgrims will have to come for the Char Dham yatra as per the dates allocated to them during the registration and can not come before that. Only after their registration has been confirmed will the pilgrims be asked to go for hotels and other bookings.
The Tourism secretary of the state government of Uttarakhand has also urged the Char Dham Yatra pilgrims to follow health advisory to keep themselves safe. If reports are to go by, at least 31 pilgrims have so far lost their lives during the pilgrimage. As reported earlier, the state government of Uttarakhand has also issued a health advisory and has asked Char Dham Yatra pilgrims to get themselves a complete check-up before starting the yatra as though the weather conditions and challenging terrain cover during the Char Dham Yatra could pose a significant challenge for them and their health.
As per the health advisory, since all the four holy places covered as Char Dhams sit at a height above 2700 m above sea level, the pilgrims might face various health issues, including those caused by low oxygen levels, excess ultraviolet radiation, and others; thus, an advanced health check-up is advisable for all who wish to undertake the Char Dham Yatra.
The Char Dham Yatra (or literally journey to four religious destinations) is a tour of the four religious destinations located in the Himalayas – Namely, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. These sare Chota char Dhams – and all are in Uttarkhand. Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, and Rameswaram are the bigger original char Dham. This journey is of immense religious importance to Hindus. Hinduism believes that the journey can help one obtain moksha or freedom from the circle of births and deaths. Every year, numerous Hindus make this difficult journey in the tough terrain and altitudes of the Himalayas. At times, there are some casualties – accidents that occur every year because the pilgrims weren’t well prepared or not healthy enough to make the arduous trip.
Yamunotri Dham is the first Dham reader should visit first. It is named after the Goddess river, the Yamuna, and it is the first Dham in the journey of Char Dham yatra.
Gauri Kund is another Hindu pilgrimage site of importance, and it acts as the base camp for the trek to Kedarnath Temple, located in the Uttarakhand state of India, India. May to June and September to October are generally considered the best months to visit the Kedarnath temple.
The reader is highly advised to follow the government mandates and advisory. An advanced health check-up can help save unnecessary loss of lives. And registration in advance will allow the authorities to provide enough infrastructure to welcome the tourists.