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Chardhams tourist season to begin soon
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | April 26, 2006 13:02 IST
The doors of Gangotri and Yamunotri will be thrown open to pilgrims on April 30. Pilgrims wanting to have darshan of Bhagwan Badrinath and Kedarnath would have to wait till May 4 when the doors of these two important Hindu shrines would also be flung open for devotees thereby marking the beginning of the tourist season not just to the Chardhams, but also to other parts of the state.
"The handcart is now banned in Mussoorie and this has been replaced by cycle rickshaws. We have about 150 horse owners who bring their horses for providing rides to the tourists. The trolley to Gunhill on the Mall road is the biggest attraction of tourists and fetches a lot of money. Another ropeway at the Kempty Falls has helped in increasing the money collection for Gharwal Vikas Mandal Nigam and it has also lessened the effort involved in going down to the bottom of the falls," said Anil Pandi, who is building a five star hotel in Mussoorie in collaboration with a firm in Ludhiana.