After the Kedarnath disaster, the Covid epidemic in the year 2020 has given a major blow to the tourism industry.



Just before the Chardham Yatra, the backbone of the state’s economy, tourism and pilgrimage business was completely destroyed due to the knock of corona virus. Thousands of people associated with tourism business including hotels, restaurants, dhabas, river rafting, had faced the crisis of livelihood, but the government showed great courage to grow the tourism industry and started the Chardham Yatra in the midst of the transition. .

Tourism and pilgrimage in the state gained momentum following the Kedarnath disaster in 2013. But by the start of 2020, the corona virus knock began to shock the tourism industry. On March 15, the first case of corona was found in the state. Due to this, the preparations for Chardham Yatra were left behind. In the midst of lockdown, the doors of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri Dham opened, but initially there was a complete ban on visiting pilgrims.

In order to bring the tourism business back on track, the government started the Chardham Yatra from July 1, after protests by the pilgrims. In which people of the state were allowed to visit through e-pass. After this, from July 25, the government allowed pilgrims coming from outside states to go on conditional journey. After which the government abolished the condition of negative report of Covid investigation. With this, the wheel of tourism business started spinning.

Financial assistance to 2.43 lakh people associated with tourism business:
The government also provided financial assistance in view of the economic loss to the tourism industry due to the lockdown by the Covid epidemic. Financial assistance of Rs 2,000 was given to 2.43 lakh people and employees associated with tourism business.

Hotels were given exemption in payment of electricity and water bills. Financial assistance of five thousand rupees was provided to 584 guides related to river rafting. At the same time, registration under the Tourism Department, renewal fee was abolished for one year. Financial assistance of two thousand rupees was given to the taxi, maxi cab, auto rickshaw operators associated with the tourism industry.

More than three lakh pilgrims reached Chardham:
More than three lakh pilgrims visited Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri Dham during the Corona period from July 1 to November 19. However, in the year 2019, more than 32 lakh pilgrims visited Chardham. This was the record of pilgrims after the Kedarnath disaster. In 2020 the Covid epidemic caused a massive decline.

Tourist places remain deserted:
Due to Covid epidemic, the tourist destinations of the state remained deserted this year. The chalk-initiative that began in early 2020 disappeared after two months. Then the lockdown took place and other tourist places of the state including Mussoorie, Nainital, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Auli, Chowpatha, Ranikhet were deserted. Although the arrival of tourists started after the year was over after the ban was lifted, the shadow of Covid did not allow tourism to come back on track.
Pilgrims visiting Chardham:
Pilgrimage                 Year 2019             Year 2020
Badrinath                 12.44 Lakh             1.45 Lakh
Kedarnath               10 Lakh                    1.35 Lakh
Gangotri                  5.30 Lakh                 23837
Yamunotri              4.65 Lakh                 7731

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