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Registration for Char Dham pilgrimage begins on February 20

The Yamunotri and Gangotri dhams will open on April 22 and Badrinath on April 27. The date for the opening of Kedarnath will be decided on Maha Shivratri on February 18.

DEHRADUN (Uttarakhand), Feb 12: The online and offline registration for Char Dham pilgrimage to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath temples will open on February 20. The registration also includes visit to Hemkund Sahib gurudwara.

The Yatra begins in April. The registration for the pilgrimage, which is free, can be done physically at the specified locations or through mobile app or by online at https://registrationandtouristcare.uk.gov.in/

The Char Dhams remain open from April-May to October-November and close for winter. This year the Yamunotri and Gangotri will open on Akshaya Tritiya on April 22, it was announced by the temple committee on Basant Panchami on January 26. The opening date for Kedarnath will be decided on Maha Shivratri on February 18. Badrinath will open on April 27. The temple closing dates - around Dussehra and Deepavali - will be announced later. The best time to go on the pilgrimage is April to June when the weather will be favourable.

Registration of pilgrims and tourists has been made compulsory since 2014 after the devastating floods of 2013 which claimed tens of thousands of lives. A large number of the victims were unidentified.

The daily limit on pilgrims in 2022 was 5,000 for Yamunotri, 8,000 for Gangotri, 13,000 for Kedarnath and 16,000 Badrinath.

The requirements for registration (online and physical) are: 1) Phone number; 2) ID like Aadhaar, voter card, PAN card, driving licence or passport.

The physical registration points are: Rahi Hotel, Haridwar; Haridwar railway station; Pahkhi, Chamoli; Badrinath; Hemkund Sahib; Govindghat; Joshimath; RTO, Dehradun; ISBT, Rishikesh; Sonprayag; Kedarnath; Phatta; Gaurikund; Hina, Uttarkashi; Jankichatti; Gangotri; Yamunotri; Dobatta, Barkot. Yatri Mitras will guide in the process.

A verification of the registration will be done at the respective dham. The verification will be done through the QR code on the wirst band allotted for those getting physical registration done at specified locations or through the mobile app for those registered using the mobile app (Tourist Care Uttarakhand ) or the Registration Letter downloaded from the website: https://registrationandtouristcare.uk.gov.in/ if registration is made online. In place of the Registration Letter, the SMS received on the mobile will also suffice. After verification, a Yatri Certificate is generated online.

Tour operators are also allowed to register on behalf of pilgrims and tourists.

A round trip to all the four dhams from Dehi is 2,500 km. It takes about 12 days by road. Helicopter service is also available. The yatra begins in April and lasts over six months till winter sets in with Deepavali.

Helpline numbers: 0135-1364

Emergency Numbers: Police: 112; Ambulance: 108


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