UP to allow Kanwar Yatra

Lucknow

The Uttar Pradesh government will allow the annual Kanwar Yatra in the state from July 25 and officials have been asked to coordinate with neighbouring states to ensure Covid guidelines are followed, a senior official said on Wednesday.

'Kanwariyas' (devotees of Lord Shiva) collect water from River Ganga at Haridwar to offer at Shiva temples in their areas as part of the yatra. Uttarakhand has cancelled the yatra this year citing the pandemic.

Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary, Navneet Sehgal told PTI that "Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked to coordinate with neighbouring Bihar and Uttarakhand and ensure Covid guidelines are following during the yatra,"

Sehgal said that detailed guidelines regarding the Yatra will be issued soon.

IRCTC to conduct 'Char Dham Yatra' in new normal

With Covid cases declining, the Indian Railways has decided to operate a special train in September covering several top tourist destinations, including Char Dham--Badrinath, Jagannath Puri, Rameshwaram, and Dwarkadhish.

After the great popularity and success of the 'Shri Ramayana Yatra' train operated on the Ramayana circuit, IRCTC has now launched another very popular pilgrimage circuit 'Chardham Yatra' by 'Dekho Apna Desh' Deluxe AC Tourist Train.

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