Kedarnath in Uttarakhand is one of the most popular pilgrim spots in India. Every year, thousands of devotees embark upon the Kedarnath Yatra to pay their respects at the revered Kedarnath shrine. The route to the shrine, although picturesque, is also quite difficult and prone to extreme weather conditions. While heavy snowfall is expected here during the winter months, it is unusual to have such conditions in May. But that is exactly what the region is witnessing right now.
In an unusual instance for the early days of May, Kedarnath region has received heavy snowfall leaving several people stranded. Those stranded in the region due to heavy snowfall include Uttarakhand ex-CM Harish Rawat and some other Congress leaders.
13 Indian states are already on a 2-day storm alert. Thunderstorms and squall was being forecast for several states by the MET. And now, several parts of north India have received heavy snowfall affecting tourism and road routes in the region. Even Badrinath has received 2 inches of snow this morning. Hemkund region in Uttarakhand too has received a fair amount of snowfall. The touristy Lahaul-Spiti region which attracts many visitors during May-September too received snowfall on Monday morning.
Many north Indian states, Uttarakhand in particular, are on alert due to these weather conditions. Schools and aanganwadis in Dehradun and Haridwar are to remain closed today. Travelers are advised to exercise caution and stay indoors if they are in one of these regions.