Guwahati: The Char Dham Yatra is all set to begin from September 18 amid COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami informed that government has started preparing for the yatra after the Nainital High Court lifted that ban on pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage will start with restrictions like a daily limit on the number of devotees visiting the temples.
Carrying a negative Covid test report and a vaccination certificate will also be mandatory for the visitors, the court said.
Pilgrims will not be allowed to take a bath in any of the springs around the temples, it said.
Police force will be deployed as per requirements during the Char Dham Yatra in Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts.
The court order comes as a big relief to the state government which was under pressure from various quarters to start the pilgrimage with which the livelihoods of lakhs of people including travel agents and pilgrimage priests are linked.