The opening date for this year’s annual Char Dham pilgrimage in Uttarakhand is expected to be April 18 and will coincide with the auspicious ‘Akshaya Tritya’ festival. Akshaya Tritya, which falls on the third Tithi (lunar day) of Bright Half (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Vaisakha of the Hindu calendar, is a pious day for the Hindus and Jains. According to officials, the pilgrim sites will be formally opened to devotees by reopening the Gangotri and the Yamunotri shrines, which are located in the Garhwal Himalayas.
The other two shrines constituting the Char Dham, the Kedarnath and the Badrinath shines are expected to open respectively on April 21 and May 23. But since the two shrines are located at high altitudes and are subject to extreme cold conditions, they will remain closed in winters, from October to November.
Opening Dates of Chardham Shrines 2018 (expected)
- Yamunotri Temple: 18 April, 2018
- Gangotri Temple: 18 April, 2018
- Kedarnath Temple: 21 April, 2018
- Badrinath Temple: 23 April, 2018
On November 29, 2016, The tourism minister of Uttarakhand, Mr. Harish Rawat termed Char Dham 2016 a successful one. He shared the fact that about 15 lakh tourists visited Chardham shrines along with Hemkunt Sahib. He also said that the pilgrims numbers is expected to double in the coming years.
On December 27, 2016, PM Narendra Modi inaugurated “Char Dham Rajmarg Vikas Pariyojna”, the 900-km long Char Dham Highway Development project that will connect the four points of the Char Dham. The prime minister stated that the project is a tribute to all those who lost their lives in flash floods of 2013 in Uttarakhand. The project will also boost Chardham tourism in near future.
For 2018, The tourism department has already sought the help of tour operators in the country to help promote the yatra on their sites. The Chief Minster also exhorted the tourists to take the yatra, which he promised will be a safe and convenient one.
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