Kedarnath Massage Centres To Enhance Pilgrim Experience From 2021

As per sources, the Uttarakhand Government is planning to introduce improved facilities for an easy trekking experience of pilgrims from Gaurikund to Kedarnath. There would be massage centres installed at various halts along the 16-kilometre trek from 2020. 

Kedarnath: The Abode of Lord Shiva

Situated at an elevation of nearly 3,583 metres in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, the Kedarnath temple is only open for 6 months a year due to the severe weather conditions. One of the Char Dham Yatra destinations, this temple is visited by millions of pilgrims every year. It is estimated that more than 1 million pilgrims have visited Kedarnath temple in 2019 alone.

Although no vehicles are allowed to reach the temple, pilgrims travel by trekking 16-kilometre either on foot or on a horse. Helicopter services from Gaurikund to Kedarnath and vice versa are also operational for pilgrims.

About The Planned Massage Services

As per the State Government, seven massage centres will be constructed at significant halting places along the trekking route such as Bheembali, Rudra Point, Lincholi and Junglechatti. Each of these which will be equipped with electronic massage chairs. As discussed with one of the government officials, the launch of massage services will enhance the trekking experience of pilgrims while generating employment opportunities for the locals. The number of pilgrims is also expected to increase in the coming years.

With such an interesting development planned at Kedarnath by the State Government of Uttarakhand, what are your views on this decision? Are you planning to visit the famous Kedarnath Temple? Let us know in the comments below!

This post was published by Ashutosh Chandra

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