Uttarakhand allows Char Dham Yatra after COVID-19. The Uttarakhand government on Friday permitted devotees from other states to participate in the Char Dham Yatra, which includes four destinations namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The announcement was made by Ravinath Raman, the chief executive officer of Char Dham Devasthanam Board.
Only Uttarakhand residents were earlier allowed to take part in yatra this year due to COVID-19 pandemic. Even they had to follow certain guidelines like obtaining an e-pass to undertake the yatra. Arrangements regarding online bookings for puja/path/aarti/bhog were made for those pilgrims, who hail from other states.
Now, the state government has permitted people belonging to other states to undertake the yatra. However, there is a condition. The devotees will have to carry a negative RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) result, the test of which has to be taken 72 hours before entering the state.
Those devotees who have completed their quarantine period after reaching Uttarakhand can also take part in the holy yatra.
It will be mandatory to register themselves on the website of Char Dham Devasthanam Board. They shall also upload their ID as well as COVID-19 negative report as part of their registration process.
As Uttarakhand allows Char Dham Yatra after COVID-19 Pilgrims can download e-permit from the portal on their mobile phones but they shall carry the photo ID, address proof and COVID-19 negative report for validation purpose.
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