Char Dham Allows Virtual Darshan Of Temples; Yatra Suspended

In the wake of the rising Covid-19 cases in India, the Uttarakhand government has suspended the Char Dham yatra this year. Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat said “Uttarakhand government has suspended Char Dham Yatra this year in view of Covid-19 situation in the state. Only priests of the four temples will perform rituals and puja.” However, Char Dham will allow visual darshan of temples.

Amid the infection spread, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Rawat has mandated negative RT-PCR test reports for incoming travellers. Apart from this, Dehradun has mandated registration on the SMart City Portal for all tourists and devotees entering Dehradun from outside Uttarakhand. A negative RT-PCR test not older than 72 hours is also mandatory.

RT-PCR Test Report Mandatory For Entering High Himalayan Valleys In Uttarakhand
COVID-19 cases are rising again in India and the virus has not spared the north Indian mountain state, Uttarakhand. Districts in Uttarakhand like Nainital, Dehradun, Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar have been adversely affected by the virus. Planning to visit the high Himalayan valleys of Darma, Vyas, and Chaudas in Dharchula in Uttarakhand? You will now have to produce a negative RT-PCR report not older than a week, to travel to these valleys. Outsiders
will be given permission to proceed to these valleys only after they produce a negative RT-PCR test report.


Travellers Entering Dehradun From Outside Uttarakhand Need To Register On Smart City Portal
Dehradun has mandated registration on Smart City Portal for tourists, devotees and coming from outside Uttarakhand. They will only be permitted inside the hill station after registering on Smart City Portal. Apart from this, they also have to show a negative RT-PCR Test not older than 72 hours. People returning to Uttarakhand must undergo a 7-day quarantine. The state is currently undergoing a night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am to tackle the rising covid cases.

Earlier, The State Had Mandated Covid Negative Report For Char Dham Yatra
Uttarakhand had mandated a negative RT-PCR test report for all Char Dham pilgrims from outside the state. State Tourism and Culture Minister Satpal Maharaj announced that all pilgrims entering Haridwar for Char Dham Yatra or Maha Kumbh must follow all Covid guidelines. This includes undertaking CBNAAT, TrueNaT or RT-PCR tests before entering Uttarakhand for the Char Dham Yatra. Apart from this, all pilgrims must register online, so they can be allowed into the shrine as per the shrine’s capacity.

RT-PCR Negative Report Mandatory In Uttarakhand From 12 States
Uttarakhand CM Tirath Rawat has made negative RT-PCR test reports compulsory for visitors from 12 states, namely Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan. The test reports must not be older than 24 hours before arriving at the state. RT-PCR testing facilities will be organised at the bathing ghats as well. Also, the CM has directed the designation of regions witnessing a rapid rise in virus cases as containment and micro-containment zones. Meanwhile, it’s one year of COVID-19 and here are 7 Ways In Which The Pandemic Has Changed Travel.