IRCTC to start helicopter services to Kedarnath Dham
IRCTC will soon start the online booking of helicopter service for the Kedarnath Dhamtemple. Pilgrims can now book their their tickets from the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website.
The trial run of the services would be completed by 31 March and booking would likely to be open from 1 April. In February, the DGCA had issued a circular for the conduct of helicopter pilgrimage operation for 2023. The circular, lays down the responsibilities of the helicopter operators and also certain guidance or guidelines to respective Shrine Boards or District Administration to ensure safe and smooth helicopter operations.
This comes as IRCTC recently signed an MoU with Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA) for a period of 5 years for providing Helicopter ticket booking service to the pilgrims of Shri Kedarnath Dham.
As per the official website notice, “Helicopter services for 2023 Shri Kedarnath Dham Yatra will be booked through IRCTC heliyatra website.”
However, in order to book the helicopter services, pilgrims first need to do an mandatory registration on Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board for visiting holy shrine of Kedarnath. Registation can also be done through mobile application by downloading the Tourist Care Uttarakhand App and also through WhatsApp Facility. Pilgrim just need to Type Yatra to initiate the registration process on Mobile no. 91 8394833833. (Source the Mint)