Are you planning to visit Kedarnath Yatra? If yes, now you can book helicopter tickets online. As we all know about Kedarnath Dham, Located in the Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand Tourism Board has come up with an online portal for booking helicopter tickets for the Kedarnath Yatra. This facilitates pilgrims, who will now be able to access the online platform to book tickets for Kedarnath through authorized helicopter companies.
The online facility was started from August and, reportedly, enabled more than 1000 pilgrims to book their tickets to Kedarnath in the first two days. Further, from September 1, the second phase of helicopter services will start.
Passengers will have a window of 24 hours to cancel their tickets before their journey commences.
Dilip Jawalkar, Chief Executive Officer of Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA) and Tourism Secretary, said that the newly launched online ticketing system will help bring transparency to the ticketing process, and also reduce chances of corruption.
He added that although 70 percent of the ticket bookings will be processed online, the remaining percentage will be processed offline and on the spot. To ensure that the offline booking process is done without any hassle, three offline counters will be set up in Guptkashi and two in Phata.
However, because the internet services are always not proper at the Sirsi center, the offline booking of Sirsi helipad will be done from the second counter in Phata.
Earlier, websites of individual aviation companies used to process online ticket booking. Then, the issue of black ticket marketing came to light, i.e., during the first phase of yatra season this year, cases came up against the private aviation companies that were providing helicopter services to the shrine.
As many as seven cases were registered against alleged agents and the aviation companies. This move for an online portal comes as a saving grace for pilgrims and travelers in a move to resolve such issues.
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