Dehradun : The dates for the closure of portals of the Char Dham for the winter break were announced , on the occasion of Vijayadashmi . This year’s annual pilgrimage – which has witnessed a record footfall – would end on November 19 , with the closure of the doors of Badrinath dham . First the doors of Gangotri would be closed on October 26 , which will be followed by the closure of portals of Kedarnath and Yamunotri on October 27.
Usually , the doors of Kedarnath are closed on Bhai Dooj – two days after Diwali , which falls this year on October 24. However , as per priests , this year , the timing of Bhai Dooj commences in the evening hours of October 26 and continues till 12 noon on October 27. Therefore , a decision was taken to close the portals in the morning hours of October 27 .