Char Dham Yatra: From state government to horses to mule owners, all stakeholders earn millions of dollars in revenue

This year’s Char Dham Yatra in the Indian state of Uttarakhand has made a fortune for many people, and the state has generated Rs 40 crore in revenue generated till August 2022, the Managing Director and CEO has informed. Information from Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN), Bansidhar Tiwari.

“The Char Dham Yatra went well. Revenues of Rs 40 cr generated till August. Rs 21.75 cr in business done in Yamunotri,” Tiwari said, news agency ANI tweeted.

Women belonging to self-help groups (SHGs) have earned Rs 43.50 lakh selling ‘Prasad’ during Kedarnath Dham Yatra this year, the Uttarakhand Department of Information has said.

Known as the Chota Char Dham Yatra, it is an important Hindu pilgrimage route in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is located in the Garhwal region of the state. The circuit consists of four sites: Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Badrinath is also part of the longer Char Dham Yatra. These are four destinations in different corners of the country.

In the month of April or May, Akshaya Tritiya marks the beginning of the Chota Char Dham Yatra. The yatra closes two days after Diwali, the day of Bhai Dooj. Generally, during the months of May and June, tourists flock in large numbers. In July and August, during the monsoon season due to heavy rains and increased risk of roadblocks/landslides, there is less traffic.

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Interestingly, this year on October 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Badrinath and Kedarnath to lay the foundation stones for connectivity projects worth over ₹3,400 crore. The projects aim to improve not only the region’s connectivity but also religious tourism. Apparently, this year, a record number of 41 lakh pilgrims visited Chota Char Dham.

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