Char Dham, tourist spots in Uttarakhand safe: Minister

Dismissing apprehensions of visitors planning to cancel their bookings for Uttarakhand in the wake of the latest earthquake in Nepal, the state government on Wednesday said Char Dham yatra routes and all tourist spots are absolutely safe and there is no need to worry.

Day 1 of Char Dham Yatra logs increased footfalls

After two years, Char Dham Yatra - an annual Hindu pilgrimage in the hill state of Uttarakhand - finally showed signs of picking up on its first day, officials said on Wednesday.

Watch: Know the Puja Muhurat to buy gold on Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya, the holy festival is celebrated among Hindus and Jains. Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be an auspicious day to inaugurate new ventures. This year the auspicious day is on April 21. It is also known as Akha Teej, celebrated on the third day of the Hindu month of Vaisakha.

Chardham yatra: BJP to send its MLAs to assess preparations

With the 'chardham yatra' scheduled to begin on April 21, main opposition BJP in Uttarakhand on Thursday said it will send its MLAs to areas close to the four Himalayan shrines to take stock of the condition of roads and other arrangements for devotees on the route.

Badrinath highway in Uttarakhand closed after snowfall

 The Badrinath highway was closed due to to heavy snowfall in Uttarakhand, officials said on Monday.

Purohits in Uttarakhand to get pension

The Uttarakhand government has decided to grant a pension of Rs 800 per month to purohits living in the hills to stop their migration to the plains in search of livelihood, a senior official said here on Saturday.

Kedarnath, Yamunotri close for winters

The sacred portals of Kedarnath and Yamunotri shrines in Garhwal Himalayas were closed on Saturday for winters after elaborate rituals held amid chanting of vedic hymns.

Now, 'Char Dham Yatra' in winter

Priests and temple committees concerned have unanimously approved a proposal to start an annual yatra to places where the char dham deities are worshipped during their winter sojourn.

Badrinath Temple to close for winter on November 27

Badrinath Temple, one of the four Char Dhams, will close for winters on November 27 this year.

Weather clears in Uttarakhand; pilgrims leave for `Char Dham`

The weather was clear in most parts of Uttarakhand today except light to moderate rain at isolated places, allowing `Char Dham` pilgrims to leave for Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

Uttarakhand rivers in spate; hundreds of pilgrims stranded

Hundreds of pilgrims continued to remain stranded in Uttarakhand on Thursday with heavy rains lashing the hill state.

Chardham yatra to start on May 2

All preparations are complete for the start of Chardham yatra from May 2 with the road from Rudraprayag to Joshimath on way to Badrinath fully black-topped and the snow-clogged highway leading to the Himalayan shrine cleared of snow and opened to traffic, Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar on Sunday said.

Portals of Kedarnath, Yamunotri closed for winter

Portals of Kedarnath and Yamunotri, the two major chardham pilgrimage centres in Garhwal Himalayas, were closed to visitors on Tuesday for winters during which they become snowbound and inaccessible.

Yatra to Kedarnath-Badrinath to resume on October 5

Pilgrimage to the famous Himalayan shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath will resume on October 5 with the start of the Navratras.

5,360 missing in Uttarakhand, fresh rains add to woes

The Uttarakhand government puts the number of missing people in last month`s tragedy at 5,360.

Portals of Gangotri, Yamunotri shrines thrown open to public

Devotees thronged major chardham destinations in U`khand as the portals of the Himalayan shrines were thrown open to public on occasion of Akshaya Tritiya amid chanting of vedic hymns and blowing of conch shells.

Kedarnath portals to reopen on May 14

The sacred portals of the famous Kedarnath temple in Garhwal Himalayas will reopen on May 14 after its six month annual closure during winters.

Kedarnath, Yamunotri shrines closed for winter

The sacred portals of the Himalayan shrines of Kedarnath and Yamunotri in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand were closed on Thursday.

Yamunotri, Gangotri highways closed

The Rishikesh-Gangotri and Rishikesh-Yamunotri highways were blocked for traffic following landslides at some areas on Friday, officials said.

Helicopter services to Kedarnath suspended

Helicopter services to famous Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath were on Tuesday suspended in view of the monsoon season.