The journey to the four holiest places, known as the Char Dham Yatra, is one of the most important annual Hindu pilgrimages. This year’s Yatra is expected to attract a large number of worshippers due to the many restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID -19 pandemic. For the first time, online registration has been proposed, and as of February 24 (as reported by the Hindustan Herald), over 81,000 pilgrims had registered for the journey to Kedarnath and Badrinath.
NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 2023 CHAR DHAM YATRA
- One major difference between this year and last is that this year, pilgrims are encouraged to register in advance online rather than waiting in long lines outside in the cold.
- Following registration, a QR code will be sent to the devotee’s mobile phone via the method of contact they used during signup. Then, at the time of darshan, everyone must present it along with a token and a timed ticket at the entrance.
- Officials claim that by registering pilgrims online, they will have a better idea of how many people to expect, allowing them to better plan for their needs.
- Registration for Kedarnath and Badrinath begins on April 25 and 27, respectively. Registration will begin once the opening dates for the Yamunotri and Gangotri temples are announced.
How to Register for the CHAR DHAM Yatra in 2023 Online
- First, go to registrationandtouristcare.uk.gov.in, the government’s official website for foreigners in the United Kingdom. By clicking the register button, you can access the Yatra signup form.
- Fill out the form with all of your personal information. A one-time password (OTP) verification system will be used.
- After completing registration, log in with the mobile number and password you created.
- After that, go to the dashboard and select the Add or Manage Pilgrims or Tourists option to start entering your trip information.
- After successfully registering, the pilgrim will receive an SMS with their unique registration number, from which they can download their travel letter.
- According to SS Samant, a tourism department senior research officer, pilgrims will be able to register for the event online via WhatsApp, the tourism department’s website, and a special mobile app that will be available for trial within the next week or so and for download in April.
The Char Dham Yatra cannot begin until a devotee’s photo and biometric data have been registered. Participants will receive a Yatra registration letter after completing the online or paper registration process. Pilgrims can purchase tickets for the helicopter ride to Kedarnath on the official website (uk.gov.in). Passengers must provide photo identification when making an Internet reservation.
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