Is state govt prepared to organise Char Dham Yatra twice a year?


#Uttarakhand Riding high on the record tourist inflow during the recent Char Dham Yatra, the Uttarakhand government is now planning to organise the adventurous pilgrimage in winters too. Though the government seems positive about the success of its plan, it might not prove to be a cake walk due to damaged routs and unpredictable weather. Although it comes with a promise to boost Uttarakhand’s economy, the state government’s plan to start the Char Dham Yatra for lesser-known religious destinations such as Joshimath, Ukhimath, Mukhba and Kharsali will be a tight rope walk. During this year’s yatra in the summers, the pilgrimage was affected due to the highways leading to the major shrines of Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri were blocked at several places. The same thing might happen in winters too due to heavy snowfall. Also, the risk of landslides and rockslides will always remain on such routes due to region’s geological structure and government’s vulnerability to handle natural calamities is not a secret anymore. On the other hand, it won’t be easy for the government to accommodate a large number of pilgrims during winters as guest houses and hotels that lay along the yatra route were either washed away in the devastating floods or are closed.

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