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After India's 2013 floods, key Hindu pilgrimage towns deserted
After India's 2013 floods, key Hindu pilgrimage towns deserted

Deserted hotels, barren shops, only the occasional tourist and barely any traffic. The scene is an unusual one for Badrinath, one of India's most popular Hindu pilgrimage sites, home to a centuries-old temple that features a black stone idol of the god Vishnu. The city and surrounding Himalayan pilgrimage circuit are still reeling from last year's devastating floods in the state of Uttarakhand, which left an estimated 5,700 people dead in the nation's worst natural disaster since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. "This is supposed to be that time of the year when we hardly get time to sleep," said B.S. Chauhan, the elderly, bespectacled receptionist at Hotel...

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