VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT AND MEASURES OF RISK REDUCTION OF CHAR DHAM YATRA IN UTTARAKHAND
Dr. Deepshikha Sharma
‘Char Dham Yatra’ of Uttarakhand state is the most renowned and holy pilgrimage of Hindu culture. This consists of four pilgrimage sites i.e. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. All these holy destinations are situated in the most vulnerable areas of the State where incidences of cloudburst, flood, earthquake and forest fire are common.
Present paper attempts to analyze the impact of natural disaster on Char Dham Yatra (Chhota Char Dham Yatra). The State is divided in four zones on the bases of the intensity of vulnerability, which is derived by considering incidences of natural disaster for the past twenty years and the climatic information from NATMO. Measuring the proportion of the route passing through the different risk zones also assesses vulnerability pilgrimage route. The paper also suggests measures of risk reduction so that people of all the age groups can complete this holy pilgrimage without inconvenience.
KEYWORDS: Char Dham Yatra, Pilgrimage, Moksha Yatra, Risk Reduction, Vulnerability Assessment