Portals of Gangotri closed for winter

Dehra Dun: The portals of the famous Himalayan shrine of Gangotri was on Friday closed for pilgrims for winter season, official sources said.

The temple in Garhwal Himalayas was closed at 1 pm, with the main priest locking its doors in the presence of senior administrative and police officials.

Two other Himalayan shrines of Kedarnath and Yamunotri will be closed tomorrow while the Badrinath temple will be closed on November 17.

These four shrines, comprising the 'Char Dham Yatra', are closed every year in October-November and reopened the next year in April-May as the area remains snow-bound during the winters.

The shrines attract lakhs of pilgrims every year during the yatra season from April to November.