Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kedarnath chopper service a big hit among pilgrims

Dehradun: Helicopters services in the Kedar valley are proving to be a big hit for well-off pilgrims. The service not only helps them avoid arduous trekking but also saves them precious time. Chopper services are already all booked till May 20 in the region.
Chopper services from Guptkashi till Kedarnath have been there for some years now. These choppers fly from three locations in Guptkashi — Narayan Koti, Sirsi and Phata — and reach Kedarnath and vice versa. The popularity of the heli services can be gauged from the fact that there is a mad scramble among pilgrims to avail the chopper service to reach Kedarnath.
Apart from saving time and hard physical activity involved in trekking, a ride in chopper helps tourists get a bird’s-eye view of the Kedar valley. A large number of pilgrims, particularly from southern states and western states of Gujarat, prefer taking to chopper services.
The Divyadham chopper service that operates from the Narayan Koti helipad has put up a notice seeking excuse from pilgrims uptil May 20 due to all packed bookings. Same is the case with other aviation companies that are all booked by May end.
Indo copter aviation pvt limited manager Madan Mohan said most bookings were done online while some book at the very helipad office at Guptkashi. He said helicopter services are quite popular with pilgrims.
16/05/17 Jotirmay Thapliyal/Tribune