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    According to the latest unlock down developments in India, Vaishno Devi Yatra has been reopened after being closed for five months. The yatra was suspended on March 18 due to COVID-19 outspread. Later it was announced that the Yatra will commence from August 16 but there were chances of extending the date. Currently, the yatra has been restarted and strict guidelines & precautions are being followed by the state government and the Shrine Board to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. According to the reports, important measures ensuring the safety of the visitors are being followed by the Government.

    Announcements By Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Board

    The following announcements have been made by Ramesh Kumar, CEO of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board:

    • Daily two thousand pilgrims will be allowed to visit the temple in the first week of the reopening of the Yatra. Out of which, 100 passengers will be allowed from the other states.
    • Visitors will be allowed to go on the Yatra only after online registration.
    • Devotees are required to be masked properly during the entire journey
    • Devotees must carry respective Corona negative reports
    • Devotees must have Arogya Setu App in their smartphones

    Additional Guidelines For Vaishno Devi Yatra

    The following are the additional guidelines mentioned by the board for pilgrims heading on Vaishno Devi Yatra:

    • Visitors from other states will have to undergo COVID-19 antigen test
    • Visitors coming from the red zone districts of Jammu & Kashmir will also have to undergo the same test
    • Not more than 600 individuals including pilgrims, security personnel, and staff members will not be allowed in the Bhawan complex
    • Proper social distancing is required to be maintained throughout the yatra
    • Pregnant women, adults above the age of 60 years and children below the age of 10 years are advised to avoid visiting religious sites in the state

    Suggested Read: 10 Reverential Temples In Jammu Where You Can Actually Feel The Divinity In 2020

    Things To Be Kept In Mind

    As numerous precautions are taken by the Shrine Board and the state government to ensure a safe and secured experience for the visitors, the following things must be kept in mind before heading for the Yatra:

    • Ponies, palanquins, & mules will not be available
    • Battery-powered vehicles & helicopter services have been arranged
    • The traditional route will be used to reach Bhawan, that is, Banganga-Ardhkuwari-Sanjichhat
    • Himkoti Marg-Tarakot route will be available while coming back

    Further Read: 27 Best Places To Visit In Jammu For A Beautiful Escape In 2020

    Vaishno Devi Temple is among the most-visited pilgrim centers in the world. Nestled in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains in Jammu & Kashmir, the temple welcomes millions of devotees throughout the year. If you are planning to visit Jammu & Kashmir then plan your visit with TravelTriangle and enjoy holidaying!

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