The token system providing the time for darshan at Badrinath shrine seems to be catching up with pilgrims as they are now able to spend time in the market or venture into nearby scenic environs.

“It's excellent. We had darshan at 11.25 a.m. on Sunday leaving us the morning to explore the picturesque surroundings and the afternoon to explore the eateries dishing out steaming hot local cuisine and shops selling souvenirs and woolens,” said Amitabh Bose from Murshidabad who plans to stay overnight before leaving for Hemkund Sahib.

Badri Prasad, a purohit, was all smiles as the pilgrims now had sufficient time to hire his services to hear the saga of Badrinathji in detail.

B. D. Singh, Chief Executive Officer of the Badrinath – Kedarnath Temple Committee seemed to be more than happy at the success of the token system introduced this yatra season. “The token system allows time management. This has done away with long queues giving pilgrims time to engage in other fruitful activities. The best outcome has been an upsurge in the local economy as the visitors now have more time to spend in the local markets,” he said, adding that nearly one lakh pilgrims have visited the temple so far.

The temple authorities have established three free token counters at the taxi stand and plans are afoot to open more.