Char Dham Yatra:
Char Dham Yatra has come to be known as a risky pilgrimage because at least 23 pilgrims have died en route since the Char Dham Yatra began on May 3 in Uttarakhand.
- This was primarily owing to cardiac-related illnesses like heart attack, hypertension, or other comorbidities
- Tough terrains, high altitudes and changing weather conditions make the pilgrimage a tough one, especially for senior citizens.
- Those visiting are affected by sudden low temperature, low humidity, increased ultraviolet radiation, low air pressure, and low oxygen levels.
- Due to low humidity, within the first few hours of altitude exposure, water loss also increases, resulting in dehydration.