Friday 11 April 2014

Tourist interest in Uttarakhand Dhams drastically reduced

Only eight pilgrims have registered for road travel towards Kedarnath this year. Nearly 13 lakh had visited Kedarnath and Badrinath last year, during the Char Dham Yatra.

Rattled by last year's devastation, only 77 devotees have opted for the chopper service for Kedarnath this year.

With the Char Dham Yatra, the backbone of Uttarakhand's economy, scheduled to kick off in the first week of May, it is clear that the state is set to lose hundreds of crores in revenue.

The Char Dham Yatra used to have over 2 crore visitors through the pilgrimage season. It fueled the economy of Uttarakhand, triggering money circulation in the form of taxi rides, hotel bookings, chopper rides and road taxes.

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