The state government on Saturday decided to remove the access restrictions imposed on the shrines of Kedarnath,Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri and opened these pilgrimage centers for devotees from across the country, subject to certain conditions.
Till now, only devotees from Uttarakhand were allowed to do darshan at these famous shrines, with restrictions imposed on outsiders, to check the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.
The state government has made it clear that all guidelines related to the pandemic would continue unchanged.
Chief Executive Officer of the Uttarakhand Chardham Devasthanam Management Board Ravinath Raman said that from now onwards, devotees from outside the state would be allowed to have darshan at the Char Dhams, but they need to carry a RTPCR -ve dated at least 72 hours prior to their arrival in the state.
Apart from this, the worshippers who come to Uttarakhand and complete the requisite quarantine period, would also be allowed to proceed to the pilgrim centers.
The visiting devotees need to get themselves registered at the website of the Devasthanam Management Board.
Apart from registration, they would be required to upload their identity proof, COVID-19 negative report, and carry the original documents, which they have already uploaded on the website.
The pilgrims, who have completed the required quarantine duration, need to upload their photo at the website, to get their passes for securing entry into the pilgrim centers.
The state government took the decision to allow devotees into the state, with a view to promote pilgrimage and tourism in the state.