If you are a devotee planning to go on the Chardham Yatra then you will have to follow the strict guidelines as per the government circular. Pilgrims will have to register themselves online for the yatra through the Devasthanam Board website. The Nainital High Court on September 16 lifted the ban on yatra. The High Court mentioned that the people who have taken both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine will only be allowed to visit char dham. Visitors will have to bring covid negative report with them and only limited devotees will be allowed.
Maximum 800 people can visit Kedarnath, 1200 for Badrinath, 600 for Gangotri and 400 for Yamunotri Dhams, according to the Uttarakhand HC directive. Only People carrying vaccination certificate with a Covid-19 negative test will be permitted for the yatra.
The court stated that the visitors coming from other states will have to register themselves at the Smart City portal. Additionally, the court said that no devotee will be allowed to take a bath in any of the springs around the temples. As per requirement, police force will be deployed during the Char Dham Yatra in Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts.
The SOP also stated that the pilgrims will have to carry a certificate of both doses of the COVID vaccine at least 15 days back or a negative RT/PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT/RAT COVID-19 test report not older than 72 hours.
The SOP included-
• a negative RT/PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT/RAT COVID-19 test report not older than 72 hours.
•certificate of both doses of the COVID vaccine
• In a day, only 800 devotees will be allowed at Kedarnath Dham.
• At Badrinath Dham, only 1200 devotees will be allowed
•600 devotees at Gangotri
•400 devotees at Yamunotri Dham
When the yatra was permitted last year, a total of 70 people visited Gangotri per day from all over the country, around 400 visited daily at Badrinath, 40 visited Yamunotri, and 180 Kedarnath.
Due to pandemic in 2020, the yatra was suspended for months and a total of 3,21,609 devotees visited temples during the entire season following the Covid restrictions, in the month of June.