Uttarakhand Tourism Minister urges pilgrims for Char Dham to follow health guidelines
Due to the rising risk posed by sub-variant H3N2, the state administration has published guidelines for the usage of masks and hand sanitizers in order to prevent the virus from spreading to inhabitants of Uttarakhand and outside visitors. The Minister of Tourism and Public Works, in Government of Uttarakhand, Satpal Maharaj, has encouraged both parties to abide by these directives. He stated, “As it is anticipated that the Chardham Yatra would draw much more pilgrims than it did last year, it is crucial to take precautions in advance due to the rising possibility of influenza-A subtype of H3N2”.
The Minister has reported that 1,47,240 devotees for Kedarnath and 1,20,194 for Badrinath have registered under the Chardham Yatra registration which started on February 18, 2023. So far, 2,67,434 (two lakhs sixty-seven thousand four hundred thirty-four) devotees have registered for Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Amidst the Char Dham Yatra arrangements, the Tourism Department has been working with full diligence, according to the Minister. Booking for the guest houses owned by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) began on February 16, 2023, and as of today, booking of INR 43,360, has been completed.