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Char Dham Yatra 2024 to start on May 10, Check helicopter booking fare, helpline details here

As the spiritual air fills with anticipation and devotion, the sacred Char Dham Yatra, a pilgrimage revered by millions, is all set to commence on May 10th. This holy expedition encompasses a journey to the four divine abodes of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath, each holding profound significance in Hindu mythology. Pilgrims embark on this reverent voyage, traversing through the majestic Himalayas, seeking blessings and spiritual solace.

The Char Dham Yatra unfolds in a rhythmic progression, starting from the sacred Yamunotri, moving on to the revered Gangotri, continuing to the ethereal Kedarnath, and culminating at the divine Badrinath, following a clockwise trajectory. These high-altitude sanctuaries, nestled amidst nature’s grandeur, remain veiled in snow and solitude for approximately six months each year, opening their gates to devotees in the vibrant hues of summer, typically around April or May, and bidding farewell as winter’s embrace draws near, usually around October or November.

Booking Aerial Services and Essential Information

Pilgrims embarking on the Char Dham Yatra have the option to traverse the sacred path by road or take to the skies with helicopter services, offering a unique perspective of the majestic Himalayan landscape. To ensure a seamless experience and avoid fraudulent activities, Vinay Shankar Pandey, the Commissioner of Garhwal, advises pilgrims to book helicopter tickets exclusively through the official IRCTC website. This precautionary measure aims to safeguard devotees from falling victim to black market schemes surrounding helicopter services.

For those opting for aerial transport, the Civil Aviation Department is introducing a heli-transport service from Gauchar to Badrinath, offering a one-way fare of ₹3,970. However, it’s important to note that this fare does not include GST or the IRCTC convenience fee, which must be settled separately.

Enhanced Facilities and Helpline Assistance

This year, several enhancements have been implemented to enrich the pilgrimage experience. Upgraded parking facilities, with 20 designated areas accommodating 1,495 vehicles, aim to streamline traffic management. A dedicated mobile app will monitor parking, ensuring efficient utilization of space.

Additionally, to maintain cleanliness along the pilgrimage routes, 700 sanitation workers have been deployed. The introduction of four new high-tech modular restrooms and an equal number of mobile modular restrooms further augments facilities for pilgrims.

For any queries or assistance during the journey, pilgrims can rely on helpline numbers provided by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board and the Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board. These helplines operate from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering support and guidance to pilgrims throughout their sacred expedition.

As the sacred Char Dham Yatra commences, let us embark on this divine odyssey with reverence and humility, seeking blessings and spiritual enlightenment amidst the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Himalayas. May this pilgrimage be a transformative journey, enriching the soul and deepening our connection with the divine.

Helpline Numbers:

Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board:

  • 0135-2559898
  • 0135-2552628
  • 0135-2552627
  • 0135-2552626

Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board:

  • 0135-2741600

General Inquiries and Online Prasad Services:

  • +91-7302257116

Shri Kedarnath Temple Pilgrims’ Assistance:

  • +91-8534001008

Shri Badrinath Temple Pilgrims’ Assistance:

  • +91-8979001008

Online Services and International Pilgrims’ Assistance:

  • +91-7060728843

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