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Number of Char Dham pilgrims during initial days in 2016 (15th May, 2016): This year the Char Dham yatra is indicating a good traffic flow in comparison to previous last three years since 2013. This year from first day onwards after the opening of Char Dham kapats, there is big rush of tourists at all four Char Dham. As per the official records, in last six days after the opening of the kapats nearly 1 lakh pilgrims have paid visit of all the four shrines altogether,  while the number of pilgrims was merely 55336 during initial 10 days in 2015. In 2015,  the opening dates of the Gangotri  Dham and the Yamunotri  Dham was 21st April. The total number of pilgrims at Gangotri Dham during 21st April, 2015 to 30th April, 2015 was 8344, while the number of pilgrims in Yamunotri was 7260 during the same time.

The Kedarnath Dham was opened on 24th April in 2015. The total number of pilgrims during 24th April to 30th April was 10,928. The Badrinath Dham was opened on 26th April in 2015. The total number of pilgrims at Badrinath Dham during 24th April to 39th April in 2015 was 28804. However, this year the figures are very encouraging. The total number of pilgrims who visited one or all the Char Dhams till 14th May is 98,341. This year, the opening dates of the Yamunotri, Gangotri and Kedarnath  was 9th May and that of Badrinath Dham was 11th May.

No. of pilgrims (day wise)

Date                     Yamunotri           Gangotri              Kedarnath           Badrinath

9th May                 1249                       2941                       7064                       –

10th May               4578                       2946                       1576                       –

11th May               4752                       3464                       1842                       15220

12th May               5398                       4367                       2782                       2826

13th May               5479                       4132                       3343                       3000

14TH May              7000                       4489                       5185                       4708

Total                      28456                    22339                    21792                    25754

No. of buses in Char Dham routes:

Date                                                      Numbers             Date                                      Numbers

7th May                                                 24                           11th May                               155

8th May                                                 84                           12th May                               182

9th May                                                 84                           13th May                               145

10th May                                               97                           14th May                               129

The Char Dham yatra begins from Rishikesh. All the formalities of Char Dham Yatra may be processed in Rishikesh. The distance of Rishikesh to New Delhi is around 230 km which can be covered in 6 to 9 hours depending on the traffic, mode of transport etc.

The Char Dhams of Uttarakhand