Chardham Yatra Sets New Records at Gangotri and Yamunotri

Chardham Yatra Sets New Records at Gangotri and Yamunotri

Uttarkashi - The Chardham Yatra is witnessing an extraordinary gathering of pilgrims this year, leading to heightened activity in the revered Dhams. Yamunotri and Gangotri have both shattered previous records for pilgrim attendance, with the temple committees extending darshan timings into the late hours to accommodate the influx.

Yamunotri, which saw 12,045 pilgrims on its busiest day in 2023, broke its own record this year with 12,148 pilgrims arriving on the last day. The administration has implemented a barrier and gate system to manage the crowd, ensuring smooth darshan for all visitors.

Gangotri, too, has experienced a surge in pilgrim numbers. Last year's record of 13,670 pilgrims in a day was surpassed as 18,973 pilgrims visited on May 13 this year, marking the highest single-day attendance ever recorded. The influx has led to logistical challenges, particularly with big buses getting stuck on narrow routes, causing traffic congestion. To ease the situation, authorities are intermittently releasing vehicles from various points, including Uttarkashi Ramlila Maidan, Heena, Bhatwadi, Gangnani, Sukki, Jhala, Harsil, and Dharali.

In response to the increased pressure, the Gangotri Temple Committee has extended darshan timings and kept the market open till 2 am to cater to pilgrims' needs. Authorities are working tirelessly to ensure pilgrims' comfort and safety, providing refreshments and medical aid.

Uttarkashi District Magistrate Dr. Meharban Singh Bisht acknowledged the challenges posed by the increased traffic, especially with large buses. However, he assured that the situation is under control, with measures in place to manage the crowd effectively.

Shri Panch Gangotri Temple Committee Chairman Harish Semwal expressed readiness to cooperate with the administration to ensure pilgrims' convenience. The temple committee has facilitated late-night darshan and arranged for refreshments, aiming to make the pilgrimage as smooth as possible for all visitors.