The dates for closing the Chardham temples including Kedarnath and Badrinath temples have been announced.
While entry to Gangotri, the source of holy river Ganga, will be stopped from October 18, to Yamunotri, the origin of river Yamuna, it will be closed for devotees for winter from October 19, sources said.
The portals of Badrinath will be closed from November 17 and of Kedarnath from October 19.
Besides, the pilgrimage to Madmaheshwar and Tungnath will also be suspended for winter from November 20 and November 26 respectively, they said.
The dates for closing the portals of Rudranath and Kalpeshwar are yet to be decided.
Madmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar are the remaining four Kedars, part of the Chardham yatra.
The Chardham yatra would remain suspended for six-months during the winter. The auspicious date and time for closure of various shrines is decided every year on the occasion of Dusshera in the presence of the head priest of each temple.
This year, around 25 lakh pilgrims took the yatra to holy Chardhams, situated between 10,000 ft and 13,000 ft in the Himalayan region in the northern state of Uttarakhand.