Dehradun, May 23 UNI | 2 months ago

Char Dham pilgrims may experience rains during the yatra as Uttarkhand weather department today predicted light to medium shower in next 72 hours. The weather department, as a precautionary measure, has asked the pilgrims, in the char dham circuit, to carry rainwear and other measures.

The news could come as a dampener, also, for devotees looking forward to participate in the pilgrimage to the Himalayan Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib, which is to be flagged off from Govind Ghat tomorrow.

The portals of the famous Gurdwara would open for devotees from May 25.

The overcast skies and high winds were witnessed, specially in plains of Uttarakhand, including in this capital city, since this afternoon, providing a respite from harsh sun.

The plains and hills of Uttarkashi, Pauri, Rudraprayag and Chamoli could experience light to medium rains in next three days, stated Met department head Dr Anand Sharma.

The cloudy weather has also raised hope of an increase in tourists to the hill resorts over the week-end and shopkeepers were hopeful of good business, especially in the Queen of Hills Mussoorie and the lake city 'Nainital'.

They were, however, hoping that the rains would not be too strong to turn the weather inclement.

Meanwhile, the health experts opined that the fluctuation in temperatures could cause health problems and advised people, specially children and elders to take precaution.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)