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Badrinath shrine in Chamoli district covered in snow on Tuesday.(HT PHOTO.)

Char Dham shrines, hilly areas of Uttarakhand receive fresh snowfall

Hindustan Times, Dehradun/Uttarkashi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 12:43 AM IST
The MeT department on Tuesday predicted that moderate to dense fog is likely to occur in some parts of the plains especially in Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar from January 6-9. It further predicted that light to moderate rainfall or snowfall is likely to occur at many places in the state on Wednesday.
The Char Dham shrines were opened for pilgrims on July 1 this year by the state government.(HT Photo)
The Char Dham shrines were opened for pilgrims on July 1 this year by the state government.(HT Photo)

Gangotri shrine portals close after 23,000 pilgrims visited shrine amid pandemic

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 06:23 PM IST
The pilgrimage to Gangotri, part of the famous Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra’ was affected this year due to the coronavirus disease.
The Badrinath shrine.(HT photo)
The Badrinath shrine.(HT photo)

Char Dham shrine portals to close for winter months beginning November 15

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Neeraj Santoshi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 25, 2020 04:28 PM IST
Those of Badrinath to close on Nov 19, Gangotri on Nov 15, and those of Yamunotri and Kedarnath to close on Nov 16
As this paper had said before, the Char Dham project needs to be reviewed, and the SC needs to take a strict view of those undermining its orders.(PTI)
As this paper had said before, the Char Dham project needs to be reviewed, and the SC needs to take a strict view of those undermining its orders.(PTI)

Don’t undermine SC on Char Dham plan

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 02:06 PM IST
The Supreme Court (SC)-appointed high-powered committee met on October 17 to decide the “future course of action” on the project. But what is surprising — and wrong — is that the meeting happened without HPC chairman Ravi Chopra’s approval and participation.
The four Himalayan pilgrimage sites - Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath - collectively called Char Dham, are among the most revered pilgrimage sites in Hindu tradition.(HT Photo)
The four Himalayan pilgrimage sites - Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath - collectively called Char Dham, are among the most revered pilgrimage sites in Hindu tradition.(HT Photo)

Over 50,000 pilgrims visit Char Dham shrines, more than 92,000 e-passes issued

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 06:58 PM IST
On Saturday, 4,844 pilgrims made bookings for e-passes for Char Dham pilgrimage which is a single-day record during the pandemic.
CM Rawat puts pine needles in the state’s first pine needle power generation plant inaugurated in Uttarkashi district.(HT PHOTO.)
CM Rawat puts pine needles in the state’s first pine needle power generation plant inaugurated in Uttarkashi district.(HT PHOTO.)

Uttarakhand gets its first pine needle power generation plant

Hindustan Times, Dehradun/Uttarkashi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 10:47 PM IST
Rawat said that this project will be very useful to protect the environment from forest fires as pine needles with high resin content are one of the main reasons for the spread of forest fires in Uttarakhand.
File photo: Gangotri shrine.(Santosh Bhatt/HT Photo)
File photo: Gangotri shrine.(Santosh Bhatt/HT Photo)

Gangotri priests end agitation against Char Dham Board after talks with state govt

Hindustan Times, Uttarkashi | By Vipin Negi
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 08:56 AM IST
The priests will be submitting a list of their demands/suggestions to the state government within a week.
HT Image
HT Image

Kedarnath search operation restarts

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Neeraj Santoshi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2020 05:00 PM IST
File photo: Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.(HT Photo)
File photo: Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.(HT Photo)

Uttarakhand CM to write to Gadkari highlighting importance of wider Char Dham roads

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Suparna Roy | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 04:48 PM IST
Char Dham highway project, or the all-weather road, aims to connect the four shrines of the state - Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri - through an 826 kilometre-long road.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled the width of the highway shall not exceed the 5.5 metres that the Union road transport and highways ministry specified in 2018 for under-construction roads in mountainous terrain.(HT Photo)
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled the width of the highway shall not exceed the 5.5 metres that the Union road transport and highways ministry specified in 2018 for under-construction roads in mountainous terrain.(HT Photo)

New landslide zones activated on Char Dham road: Experts

By Suparna Roy
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 11:55 AM IST
They say heavy road construction without considering the fragility of the region has weakened the mountain areas, considering most of the work has been done on steep slopes
Tour, travel, hotel operators protesting for relief package in Haridwar.(HT Photo)
Tour, travel, hotel operators protesting for relief package in Haridwar.(HT Photo)

Covid-19 hits Uttarakhand’s tourism sector, operators demand compensation

Hindustan Times, Haridwar | By Sandeep Rawat | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 08:27 PM IST
Traders associated to Tour Operator Association have resorted to staging sit-in demonstrations and protests demanding adequate compensation, waiver of road tax and opening of Char Dham pilgrimage without any restrictions.
Earlier on July 24, the Trivdendra Singh Rawat-led Uttarakhand government had decided to allow pilgrims from other states to visit Char Dham shrines, albeit with certain pre-condition amid the viral outbreak.(HT Photo)
Earlier on July 24, the Trivdendra Singh Rawat-led Uttarakhand government had decided to allow pilgrims from other states to visit Char Dham shrines, albeit with certain pre-condition amid the viral outbreak.(HT Photo)

Char Dham Board warns Gangotri priests of legal action if they stop pilgrims from other states

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Neeraj Santoshi
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 02:15 PM IST
Ravinath Raman, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Board, said that the Gangotri priests took the decision on Tuesday to bar the pilgrims from other states.
Barricade put up outside the main gate of Gangotri shrine in Uttarkashi district on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Barricade put up outside the main gate of Gangotri shrine in Uttarkashi district on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

Gangotri shrine shut till August 15 days after govt allows pilgrims from other states

Hindustan Times, Uttarkashi/Dehradun | By Vipin Negi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 05:07 PM IST
The decision has been taken by the priests at the shrine in the wake of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the Himalayan state.
Kailash Kher is most likely to be caught composing a song on his harmonium when home alone(Kailasa (KEPL))
Kailash Kher is most likely to be caught composing a song on his harmonium when home alone(Kailasa (KEPL))

Personal Agenda: “Home for me is where my song and heart reside,” says Kailash Kher

Hindustan Times | By Ananya Ghosh
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 08:16 AM IST
The singer has an advice for his 14-year-old self and shares his secret skills
The Rishikesh-Yamunotri NH was blocked for traffic near Dabur Kot.(PTI)
The Rishikesh-Yamunotri NH was blocked for traffic near Dabur Kot.(PTI)

Uttarakhand: Landslides, triggered by heavy rain, block three national highways

Hindustan Times, Dehradun/Uttarkashi | By Suparna Roy
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 05:09 PM IST
The Uttarakhand government announced on Thursday morning that the Rishikesh-Gangotri NH was blocked for traffic, as debris had fallen from mountains near Bhatwadi in Uttarkashi district.
For the first time, Odisha reported five Covid-19 deaths in a single day, taking the toll to 34.(HT Photo)
For the first time, Odisha reported five Covid-19 deaths in a single day, taking the toll to 34.(HT Photo)

No kanwariyas to be allowed in Odisha as local Covid-19 cases spike

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty| Edited by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2020 06:56 AM IST
Kanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage as Shiva devotees walk to the River Ganga at different places such as Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri. They carry the holy water back to the local Shiva shrines in their areas.
Due to their arrival in huge numbers, the Uttarakhand government has to make special arrangements for their safety and to facilitate the smooth conduct of the yatra.(HT PHOTO.)
Due to their arrival in huge numbers, the Uttarakhand government has to make special arrangements for their safety and to facilitate the smooth conduct of the yatra.(HT PHOTO.)

Uttarakhand govt to decide on allowing Kanwar Yatra after Centre’s guidelines on lockdown 4.0

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Neeraj Santoshi
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2020 03:38 PM IST
Kanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage of Shiva devotees, known as Kanvarias to Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch the holy water of the Ganga River.
The Centre on Friday extended the lockdown till May 17 , but allowed almost all activities, except opening of malls, educational institutions, restaurants and hotels, running of public transport , inter-state travel and social, political and religious gatherings, in about 370 green districts.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The Centre on Friday extended the lockdown till May 17 , but allowed almost all activities, except opening of malls, educational institutions, restaurants and hotels, running of public transport , inter-state travel and social, political and religious gatherings, in about 370 green districts.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

States issue guidelines for extended lockdown

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2020 01:45 AM IST
Maharashtra decided to continue with a hard lockdown in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Thane, overlooking the exemptions provided by the Centre for red zones, from where the most number of cases have been reported, and allowed liquor sales but not that of tobacco products.
Kedarnath shrine.(HT Photo)
Kedarnath shrine.(HT Photo)

Amid Covid-19 lockdown, religious rituals, ceremonies take digital avatar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2020 09:11 AM IST
Those who used to start their day with a visit to the temples are now performing online darshan to start their day.
For a majority of residents, it was a pleasant surprise and for others who had grown up listening to stories from their elders about the Himalayas being visible from Saharanpur town, it was a slice of those stories come alive.(TWITTER.)
For a majority of residents, it was a pleasant surprise and for others who had grown up listening to stories from their elders about the Himalayas being visible from Saharanpur town, it was a slice of those stories come alive.(TWITTER.)

With AQI below 50, UP’s Saharanpur catches glimpse of snow-capped Himalayas

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 11:33 PM IST
Pictures of the snow capped peaks soon became viral as surprised residents took to social media to share the pictures they had taken of the snow-laden mountains.
Last year, Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat gave credit to PM Modi’s frequent visits to the state as the reason behind the record influx of pilgrims to the four holy shrines of the state.(HT PHOTO.)
Last year, Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat gave credit to PM Modi’s frequent visits to the state as the reason behind the record influx of pilgrims to the four holy shrines of the state.(HT PHOTO.)

In Uttarakhand, priests to offer first prayers at Kedarnath, Badrinath for PM Modi

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Suparna Roy/Bipin Negi
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 10:25 AM IST
After the first prayers were offered at the Gangotri shrine on Sunday on behalf of PM Modi, the priests will now send holy Ganga water for the prime minister through the post, as a blessing to strengthen the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The portals of Gangotri and Yamunotri, both part of Uttarakhand’s Char Dham Yatra were opened on Sunday(HT Photo)
The portals of Gangotri and Yamunotri, both part of Uttarakhand’s Char Dham Yatra were opened on Sunday(HT Photo)

Gangotri and Yamunotri open on Akshay Tritiya with 1st prayers on PM Narendra Modi’s behalf

Hindustan Times, Dehradun/Uttarkashi | By Vipin Negi
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2020 04:11 PM IST
The portals of Gangotri and Yamunotri were opened in a simple manner following lockdown prescription
An aerial view of the Gangotri glacier / Photo: DMMC
An aerial view of the Gangotri glacier / Photo: DMMC

Forest fire, tourism causing Gangotri Glacier to melt faster: Study

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2020 05:34 AM IST
Developmental activities, pollution from local, regional and global sources accumulate over the Himalayan region and increase the concentration of black carbon.
Kedarnath temple covered in a sheet of snow, Nov 27, 2019. The Uttarakhand cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to manage the Char Dham,or four holy Hindu abodes in the state.(ANI)
Kedarnath temple covered in a sheet of snow, Nov 27, 2019. The Uttarakhand cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to manage the Char Dham,or four holy Hindu abodes in the state.(ANI)

Hindu minister to be chairperson in case of Muslim CM: Char Dham proposal

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Kalyan Das
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2019 05:42 AM IST
The state government plans to enact the Chardham Shrine Management Board Act 2019 to oversee the management of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Rudra meditation cave in Kedarnath in May, 2019. He spent a day meditating at the Rudra caves, nearly a km from the Kedarnath shrine.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Rudra meditation cave in Kedarnath in May, 2019. He spent a day meditating at the Rudra caves, nearly a km from the Kedarnath shrine.(PTI)

Uttarakhand CM gives credit to PM Modi’s visits for record number of pilgrims to Chardham

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By HT Correspondent, Dehradun
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2019 07:54 AM IST
Over 10 lakh pilgrims visited Kedarnath this year, Badrinath welcomed over 12.44 lakh pilgrims. Over 4.65 lakh pilgrims visited Yamunotri and over 5.30 lakh pilgrims went to Gangotri this year. Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib witnessed over 2.40 lakh pilgrims this year.
Former Ganga rejuvenation minister Uma Bharti in Haridwar. She is seeking permission for a foot march from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar in West Bengal(HT Photo)
Former Ganga rejuvenation minister Uma Bharti in Haridwar. She is seeking permission for a foot march from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar in West Bengal(HT Photo)

Uma Bharti opposes hydro power project on Ganga, plans march from Gangotri

Hindustan Times, Haridwar | By Sandeep Rawat
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 08:38 PM IST
Uma Bharti is opposed to hydro power projects on river Ganga and has sought a Ganga Act to preserve the sanctity and the flow of the river.
The floating museum in Varanasi.(HT Photo)
The floating museum in Varanasi.(HT Photo)

Floating museum creating awareness for a clean Ganga in Varanasi

Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2019 01:43 PM IST
The museum keeps floating from one ghat to other one and generates public awareness. Many people pay a visit to the museum and see the pictures.
102-year- old seer Ramanand Saraswati (second from right) along with other seers in Gangotri shrine where for the first time a polling booth was established for Lok Sabha elections. All five seats in Uttarakhand voted in first phase on April 11, 2019.
102-year- old seer Ramanand Saraswati (second from right) along with other seers in Gangotri shrine where for the first time a polling booth was established for Lok Sabha elections. All five seats in Uttarakhand voted in first phase on April 11, 2019.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Seers cast their vote at polling booth set up in Uttarakhand’s Gangotri for first time

Hindustan Times, Gangotri (Uttarkashi) | By Vipin Negi
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 01:55 PM IST
Situated at 3,140m, there were 141 voters registered at the polling booth in Gangotri shrine in Uttarakhand. All of them were seers, including eight women.
Chaturangi glacier, a tributary of the Gangotri glacier, is retreating at a “considerable rate” and may vanish in the future, according to a research paper accepted to be published in the Current Science journal’s February edition.(Picture for representation)
Chaturangi glacier, a tributary of the Gangotri glacier, is retreating at a “considerable rate” and may vanish in the future, according to a research paper accepted to be published in the Current Science journal’s February edition.(Picture for representation)

Himalayan glacier recedes as climate change hits home

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2019 08:37 AM IST
Chaturangi proves more vulnerable to climatic variability than Gangotri, retreats at much faster clip.
An earth-moving machine at the site of a landslide, which left at least seven labourers dead, in Uttarkhand’s Rudraprayag district(HT Photo)
An earth-moving machine at the site of a landslide, which left at least seven labourers dead, in Uttarkhand’s Rudraprayag district(HT Photo)

7 labourers on Char Dham road project in Uttarakhand killed in landslide

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2018 03:50 PM IST
A rescue operation is underway by local administration and police to rescue the injured who are feared to be trapped under the debris at the accident site in the state’s Rudraprayag district
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