What do you say about a Char Dham yatra in winters which includes Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath :roll:?? The first thought shoots a wave of chill in my body 😀 and like me, if you wonder how it could be possible in feets of snow then wait, as officials have proposed to start a Char Dham yatra even in winters for the pilgrims.
The deities from four dhams – Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath – are relocated to shrines of Mukhva, Kharsali, Ukhimath and Pandukeshwar (Joshimath) respectively for the six months of winter. Hence, authorities are planning to develop the four alternative places – Mukhva, Kharsali, Ukhimath and Pandukeshwar (Joshimath) – as the winter version of the Char Dham yatra.
The primary reason for the proposal could be to attract more tourism in the Uttrakhand region which will ultimately provide more employment to the people of the respective regions. The devotees will also be benefitted as there are less chances of natural calamities like Flash Floods, Cloudburst etc in winter, there by proving the pilgrimage in a more safe version. The pilgrims can also enjoy mesmerizing views of Snow Clad peaks, winter sports activities, local cultural programmes such as fairs, festivals, Pandav dance, Kaurav puja etc which would help in introducing the local culture more closely.
But, before anything happens a lot needs to be done to develop and maintain the infrastructure such as roads, electricity and accommodation in harsh winter conditions. Overall, a very nice step in lieu of development in the tourism sector as well as raise the days for pilgrimage for the famous Char Dham yatra. So, let’s keep our figures crossed and wait for the final flag to wave to kick start the development. Read more on the source link below:
In order to boost tourism in winter and provide employment to locals, the Char Dham Vikas Parishad (CDVP) has given a proposal to the Chief Minister to develop the four alternative places – Mukhva, Kharsali, Ukhimath and Pandukeshwar (Joshimath) – as the winter version of the yatra. The deities from four dhams – Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath – are shifted respectively at these shrines for the six months of winter. Surat Ram Nautiyal, Vice-President, CDVP, said that the CM had appreciated their proposal and they would soon chalk out plans to develop these areas by connecting these with other tourist circuits in the vicinity.
Tourism activities in the state hinge around the four dhams when these are open for the public in the six months of summer. These come to a sudden halt after the deities are shifted. Source: Now, a winter Char Dham yatra