Helicopter Services to Begin for Adi Kailash, Om Parvat, Parvati Sarovar darshan.

Prepare for an extraordinary journey as helicopter services are set to launch for the revered pilgrimage sites of Adi Kailash, Om Parvat, and Parvati Sarovar. Initially proposed for a six-month trial period, these aerial services will undergo rigorous testing to ensure seamless travel experiences, paving the way for regular access to these sacred destinations for travelers and tourists alike.

Adi Kailash Yatra by Helicopter

Chief Secretary Radha Ratudi, in collaboration with the Tourism Department, deliberated on enhancing facilities and connectivity for tourists visiting Adi Kailash. Aligned with the Prime Minister’s vision, helicopter services for darshan (sacred viewing) at Adi Kailash, also known as Chhota Kailash, along with Om Parvat and Parvati Sarovar, are being introduced in the Dharchula area of Pithoragarh district.

The helicopter services will cover

  • Adi Kailash
  • Chhota Kailash
  • Om Parvat
  • Parvati Sarovar
  • Darshan of Adi Kailash and Om Parvat

Plans are in motion to facilitate tourist visits to Adi Kailash and Om Parvat from Jyolingkong and Nabi Dhang, particularly during harsh weather conditions when commercial activities dwindle, compelling locals to migrate for livelihoods. However, these regions hold immense strategic, religious, and adventure tourism significance.

Boosting Local Economy

Furthermore, by promoting winter tourism in the region, ensuring year-round human presence, economic prosperity is anticipated alongside strategic benefits. This initiative is poised to transform the area into a sought-after winter tourism destination, empowering locals to engage in crafting local products and enhancing livelihoods.

Pilot Phase: Six-Month Helicopter Services

Initially, helicopter services will operate for six months, subject to extensive testing for operational efficiency. Subsequently, the plan aims for regularization, providing a reliable mode of transportation for travelers and tourists. Chief Secretary Radha Ratudi has directed the Tourism Department to devise a comprehensive work plan for developing essential tourist facilities in the Adi Kailash region, with Secretary Sachin Kurve and Deputy Secretary Puja Gabryal in attendance.

International Recognition

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Adi Kailash in October 2023, the state government asserts that the pilgrimage has garnered international acclaim. While Kailash Mansarovar necessitates a visa from the Chinese government, Adi Kailash only requires an internal permit, a testament to its growing prominence. The state government is actively advancing initiatives in this direction, marking a significant milestone in pilgrimage tourism.