Mountain buffs, here’s a piece of great news for y’all! The hilly state of Uttarakhand has finally opened up for the tourists. The government of Uttarakhand has now lifted all the restrictions on inter-state and inter-district travel. International travellers are also allowed inside the state now. Hotels and homestays outside the containment zones have already started their businesses. But before planning your summer vacation at Uttarakhand, you need to know certain things. Read on!
Uttarakhand Reopens For Tourists
The government of Uttarakhand is allowing entry of tourists from other parts of the country now. However, the state has issued certain guidelines for the visitors, which are as follows:
1. People visiting Uttarakhand from other parts of the country will have to upload a COVID-19 test report on the Dehradun Smart City web portal.
2. The district authorities will verify the medical reports of the visitors at the entry points.
3. At the hotels, tourists will have to present an RT-PCR report, not older than 72 hours, reflecting COVID-19 negative, from an ICMR-authorized lab. We take this opportunity to tell you about staying in a forest at Woodnotes Forest Stay, Uttarakhand.
4. International tourists need to register themselves on the aforementioned web portal and undergo a period of seven days institutional and seven days home quarantine.
5. Those travelling from other Indian states do not need to be quarantined. However, they will have to register themselves on the web portal before their journey.
6. Tourists can remain in the state as long as they want. Hotels and homestays have been instructed to take bookings for a minimum period of seven days.
7. Bars in the hotel premises will continue to remain closed. However, liquor can be served as part of room service.
Uttarakhand’s Char Dham Yatra Started On July 1 Only For The Pilgrims Of The State
The Char Dham yatra for the four Himalayan shrines of Uttarakhand- Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri has begun on July 1 for the pilgrims of the state. To ensure that adequate social distancing is maintained, the Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Board has issued a fresh list of guidelines to be followed by the devotees. As per the guidelines, only residents of Uttarakhand can avail e-passes for temple darshan. They have been strictly advised not to touch any idol while visiting the temples.
Uttarakhand has reported about 2984 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which nearly 2405 patients have recovered. Unquestionably, it is one of the safest places to visit now within India. Also, if you are planning a trip, try to take the road as driving can be the most reliable mode of travel during the pandemic, as per the CDC. On that note, did you know that the world’s biggest tulip garden is also in Uttarakhand?