To boost the ancient Kailash Yatra pilgrimage and to attract more pilgrims from across the country and elsewhere, Bhaderwah Development Authority (BDA) has decided to start chopper services for the pilgrims from Thursday.
Kailash Kund, which is located on 14,700 feet from the sea level, will be the second Hindu shrine in Chenab Valley to have a chopper service from Bhaderwah, as the facility is already available to pilgrims visiting Machail Shrine in Padder area of Kishtwar.
Disclosing the details, CEO BDA Rajinder Prasad Khajuria said that the construction of helipad and allied infrastructure at Rishi Dal has been completed and recce has been done successfully. Chopper service on trail basis was carried out from Government Degree College Bhaderwah to Rishi Dal helipad recently and it covered the distance in 10 minutes," he said.
"The chopper service will be available from GDC Bhaderwah, which is 5,500 feet from sea level on first come first serve basis and will carry the pilgrims to Rishi Dal, which is at a height of 13,000 feet," the CEO said, adding, "The two way fare per person has been fixed at Rs 5,900, while one way fare will be Rs 2,950. The first flight will take off on Thursday at 9:30 am."
Pertinently, the Kailash Kund lake is located at a height of 14,700 feet in Kailash mountain range and is nearly 17 km from Bhaderwah town. The annual pilgrimage, which dates back centuries ago, is considered the symbol of nag culture and most revered and ancient pilgrimage of Chenab Valley.