Cave in Kedarnath Where PM Meditated Overnight to Be Opened as Spiritual Tourist Destination
Developed by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, the cave - at a height of over 12,000 feet in the hills around the shrine - comprises a small area with an attached bathroom and a window overlooking the temple.
Kedarnath: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meditating in a holy cave near Kedarnath Temple, during his two-day pilgrimage to Himalayan shrines, in Rudraprayag district, Saturday, May 18, 2019. PM Modi will visit Badrinath on Sunday. (PTI Photo)(PTI5_18_2019_000145B)
Dehradun: The cave at the Kedarnath shrine where Prime Minister Narendra Modi meditated overnight is all set to become a spiritual tourist destination.
Within a few days, the "Dhyan Kutia" where Modi stayed to meditate on Saturday has virtually been rechristened as the "Modi cave" by a large number of people who are enquiring about its booking.
Developed by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN), a government enterprise which promotes tourism in the state, the cave - at a height of over 12,000 feet in the hills around the shrine - comprises a small area with an attached bathroom and a window overlooking the majestic temple.
Wrapped in a saffron robe, Modi had meditated there for nearly 17 hours. His photos have gone viral on social media.
"We will shortly open this cave for tourists through online booking. Until now, due to some technical snag, booking is closed," GMVN General Manager BL Rana said.
Denying media reports that there are luxuries inside the cave, Rana said there is only a single bed, a bucket and a mug for bathing. The cave has an electricity connection but there is no network for mobile phones.
Modi had said he remained cut off from the world when he was inside the cave. "There was no communication (inside the cave) and there was a small window through which I could see the Kedarnath temple," he had said.
At the moment, the bell system connecting the cave with the GMVN office at the shrine is not working. Through this bell, the visitor in the cave can reach the GMVN office for enquiries or help at any time.
"We are trying to restore the bell system and will open the cave for bookings when it is restored," said Rana.
The rent per day of the cave has been lowered to Rs 990, from the earlier rate of Rs 3,000.
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