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Kedarnath Dham

Kedarnath  is a holy Hindu town located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand in India . It is one of the Char Dhams located in the Himalayas. Kedarnath is situated at an astonishing height of 3584 meters above sea level near the head of Mandakini River. 

The Kedarnath temple lies amidst the majestic snow-capped Garhwal Himalayan ranges and is thronged by thousands of tourists each year.

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Kedarnath temple is a part of Char Dhams and Panch Kedar in Uttarakhand  and one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India . The historical name of this region is " K edar Khand ".

Visit to Kedarnath Dham is considered to be very auspicious and most important in the Char Dham Yatra circuit. 

Kedarnath is flanked by breathtaking snow-capped peaks, making it the most remote site among all four Char Dham Shrines. The scenic beauty of Kedarnath town attracts lots of tourists from all over the world. You will find it quite crowded during the summer season (May and June). 

The extreme weather condition of Kedarnath prompts the temple to remain open from the end of April to the beginning of November. 4G network is now available at Kedarnath by Jio, Airtel, and BSNL.

Kedarnath Temple Opening 2024

Opening of Date of Kedarnath Temple in 2024 will be announced later. Keep checking this page for more updates regarding opening of Kedarnath Dham.

Last year Kedarnath Dham Temple was opened on 25 April 2023 at  6:20 am. 

The opening date of Kedarnath temple is announced on the occasion of Mahashivratri. The 'Badrinath - Kedarnath Samiti' announce the opening dates of Kedarnath Dham along with Badrinath ,  Gangotri   Yamunotri dham .

Pilgrims coming to Char Dham need to register on the online portal of Uttarakhand Tourism Department.

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Kedarnath Doli Yatra Program (Tentative)

  • Day 1 :  The Panchmukhi Doli of Kedarnath Ji will start its journey from Omkareshwar Temple of Ukhimath . It will reach Vishwanath Temple at Guptkashi and will have overnight stay there.
  • Day 2:  The Kedarnath Doli will reach Phata from Guptkashi. It will stay overnight at Phata.
  • Day 3: The Kedarnath Doli will leave for Gaurikund from Phata. It will stay overnight at Gaurikund.
  • Day 4   The Doli journey will start from Gaurikund to reach Kedarnath Dham via Junglechatti, Bhimbali, Rambada, Lincholi, and Rudra Point.
  • Day 5 - Kedarnath Opening Day :  The Kedarnath Temple Kapat will be opened for pilgrims in the early hours. The opening will take place amid vedic chants and rituals at 6.20 am.

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Kedarnath Temple Closing date for 2024:   The closing date o Kedarnath Temple will be updated later. Last year Kedarnath was closed for winters on 15 Nov 2023 amidst the vedic rituals.

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Activities in Kedarnath

Pilgrimage – Perched at an altitude of 3,500 meters, Kedarnath is one of the most revered Hindu shrines and thousands of pilgrims partake in arduous pilgrimage every year. The shrine sleeps under a thick blanket of snow during winters. 

Trekking   – Kedarnath temple is located 19  km from Gaurikund , the nearest town with road connectivity. Thus, one has to trek 16 kms to the Kedarnath shrine making it a wonderful trekking experience. You can also extend your treks to Chorabari Tal , Vasuki Tal and Bhairon mandi in Kedarnath

Camping in Kedarnath – Since there is only little accommodation at Kedarnath, tourists and pilgrims can also set up tents near the town and enjoy the natural beauty that envelops the town as well as the towering Kedarnath peak in the background.

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Kedarnath Travel Tips

  • One can also find mules and porters for hire; Check the official price chart before hiring. 
  • For safety, reason do check the ID Cards issued to Porters and Mule Owners.
  • When traveling in monsoons, check with local authorities, tour guides or tour operators about the weather and road conditions before you actually start your journey.
  • Photography is generally not allowed inside the temple due to religious reasons. It would be wise to abide by the rules set up by temple authorities.
  • Weekends/Long weekends are so crowded, Weekdays are not so crowded. Also the temple closed on Mid-November.
  • After mid-October the night temperature will drop into minus, so carry enough woollens, plus avoid going around DIwali, its the most crowded time. Go 10-15 days before Diwali.

Staying in Kedarnath

You will find a big Govt tented colony consisted of Tents, Cottage, and rooms just before Kedarnath is operated by GMVN , which are sufficient to accommodate more than a thousand pilgrims and tourists. There are many hotels and lodges around the temple since Kedarnath is a small place. You can find a room upon reaching there.

All the stays and food is extremely basic, the geyser is a big luxury, so don't expect running hot water or room service, you're getting to sleep on a bed at that height is enough in itself.

Nowadays, many tourists take Helicopters to Kedarnath for a day's visit and come back from Kedarnath the same day. They generally stay in these locations: Phata , Rampur,   Gaurikund , Sitapur , Sonprayag , Guptkasthi , etc. For more details check hotels in Kedarnath.

How To Reach Kedarnath By Public Transport

Reach Rishikesh from wherever you are, From Rishikesh, you can take the direct shared cab/bus till Guptkashi, or do multiple shared cabs from Rishikesh to Rudraprayag then Rudraprayag to Guptkashi.

From Guptkashi, another shared cab or one of the less frequent buses till Sonprayag, spend the night at Sonprayag, then early morning leave for Gaurikund (roundhead) and start your 16 km trek from there.

Alternatively, you can also stay at Gaurikund overnight but stay options seem better in Sonprayag.

Also, if you are coming by your own vehicle, you can only take it till Sonprayag, there's a huge parking area available. Also, if you are coming from your own vehicle, Rishikesh to Rudraprayag main road is currently blocked, so take Rishikesh to Tehri to Srinagar to Rudraprayag route.

Kedarnath Food Guide

Apart from few roadside dhabas and tea stalls there are not many good eating options at Kedarnath. The local restaurants serve north Indian vegetarian food. Due to being a revered religious place, alcohol and non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited at Kedarnath.

History of Kedarnath

According to Mahabharata, the Pandavas had built the Kedarnath Temple where they pleased Lord Shiva with their penance. The temple was revived by the great Hindu philosopher, Adi Shankaracharya in the 8 th century CE, when he visited the place with his four disciples. Sadly, the temple was hit by the catastrophic floods of 2013, which engulfed hundreds innocent lives.

Mythology about Kedarnath

There is a famous Hindu mythology related to the origin of Kedarnath temple, which states that after the Mahabharata war, the Pandavas went on an anonymous journey to beg mercy from Lord Shiva. After failing multiple times, Bhima was able to find Lord Shiva, who had incarnated as a bull to hide from the Pandavas. 

Bhima tried to catch it and hit its hind part with his mace. The injured bull then immersed in the earth and its body parts appeared indifferent places. It is believed that the hind part of the bull appeared at Kedarnath, from which a ' Jyotirlinga ' or light flickered and Lord Shiva appeared in his divine avatar. 

It is said that after taking the blessings of the cosmic light, the Pandavas were exempted of their sins and Lord Shiva told them, “from now onwards, I will be present here as a triangular shaped Jyotir Linga and by paying obeisance at Kedarnath, the devotees would attain piety". From then onwards, a triangular shaped rock is worshiped in the ' Garbhagriha ' or the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

The other four parts of Lord Shiva fell at Tungnath , Rudranath , Madhmaheshwar and Kapleshwar . Kedarnath along with these four are also described as Panch Kedar.

Kedarnath Ropeway

15 May 2022 : The state government has approved construction of a ropeway to Kedarnath Temple . The DPR for Kedarnath Temple Ropeway has been prepared and it has estimated a cost of Rs. 1100 crores for the construction of Kedarnath Ropeway .

Day To Day Travel Guide for your Journey To Kedarnath Dham

If you are a traveler/pilgrim who wants to visit Kedarnath and don't know much about  how to do Kedarnath Dham then this travel guide is going to help you a lot to plan your Kedarnath Trip. 

Day 0: Reach Rishikesh

Rishikesh is one of the famous cities of north India and Uttarakhand. The city is well connected with rail routes, inter-state & national bus routes. In case if you are coming via flight then Jollygrant airport is just 20km or 35 minutes route. Try to complete this Journey in the night only so you can reach to Rishikesh in the sharp morning to start your road route to Kedarnath.

Day 1: Rishikesh To Sonprayag or Gaurikund (211 km / 8 hours by road).

From Rishikesh Bus terminal, you can catch public transport like buses or Tata Sumos to Sonprayag . Direct buses to Sonprayag are hard to get but try for Guptkashi which is well settled in the last town before Kedarnath and daily bus service is also available from major cities of Uttarakhand to Guptkashi. However, you can also get a bus to Rudraprayag and then Rudraprayag to Guptkashi. From Guptkashi you can complete your further journey to Sonprayag via sharable Jeeps or Tata Sumo. Below is the road  route from Rishikesh to Sonprayag:  Rishikesh - Devprayag - Srinagar - Rudraprayag - Augustmuni - Guptkashi - Sonprayag

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Bio-metric registration at Sonprayag

As instructed by the Uttarakhand government, it is necessary for every traveler to do bio-metric registration. This registration facility is also available online on the Uttarakhand tourism site or visit  How to do Char dham bio-metric registration online . However, if you missed that you can complete this process by reaching Sonprayag. You have to carry your ADHAR CARD with yourself for this registration. 

Below are the facilities you can found at Sonprayag :

  • Bio-metric registrations of pilgrimage or travelers for Kedarnath Dham yatra or for char Dham yatra.
  • Accommodation facility is from budget to deluxe hotels are available in Sonprayag.
  • Parking facility is also available in Sonprayag in case if you are coming from your personal vehicle.
  • Shuttle service to Gauri Kund , which are actually sharable jeeps.

Sonprayag to Gaurikund shuttle service & night stay at Gaurikund :

Please keep this in mind that Sonprayag is the last point for all kinds of vehicle. You can't travel by using your personal vehicle or by public transport. A huge parking facility is available at Sonprayag for all kinds of Vehicle on the bank of Mandakini river . You have to complete the further 5km journey by using shuttle service or through jeeps between Sonprayag and Gaurikund. The charge of shuttle service is 20 rupees per person. 

After reaching Gaurikund you can ask any hotel owner for a room. The charge of the room varies on the hotel to hotel or on season respectively. Least amount you can pay for a hotel room in the month of May and June is 500.

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Day 2 :  Gaurikund to Kedarnath (16 km trek / 5 - 6 hours).

You can reach Kedarnath only after a trek of 16 km through a paved road from Gaurikund. You can take a horse or ponies to climb up the steep path. 

Below are few trekking tips for  your journey to Kedarnath temple :

  • Try to start your trek early in the morning to avoid harsh sunlight of noon. 
  • Don't try to walk empty stomach it can make your journey even harder.
  • Carry umbrella/raincoat because the weather in the valley can be change dramatically.
  • Walk with good grip shoes and try to carry only necessary things in your bag cause heavy bag can slower your speed in the trek and etc load can hurt your back.
  • Carry water bottles but don't through it anywhere, respect nature.
  • Keep your eyes on trekking route most of the time cause sometimes ponies coming back from the temple can hit you or can cause serious injury.

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You will probably reach to Kedarnath valley post noon or around 3 pm if you have started your journey at 8 am int he morning. Search for a hotel room for your night stay. Maybe you have to share your room with others if you are traveling alone or if you have enough money then you can book the whole room for yourself or for your family. In the evening you can do photography in the valley and can enjoy the temple atmosphere. 

You can talk with other travelers from where they have come and about their journey to give some relief to your mind from the tiredness of trek. Walking around the temple and savoring the view of snow-capped Himalayas will surely gonna help to make this day the best day of your life. Eat your dinner & go to bed on time to give rest your body or to get prepare for next day journey. 

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After the flash flood of 2013 which greatly affected the Kedarnath region, it has been restored and work is being done by the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) to revive Kedarnath to its former glory. the new trekking path to Kedarnath is now from the right side of the valley which can be reached by crossing a bridge at Rambada, though Rambada is now completely destroyed. The NIM has set up sheds after every kilometer so that pilgrims can rest during the trek.

Day 3 :  Kedarnath Temple to Sonprayag via Gaurikund (16 km trek / 5 - 6 hours).

Try to wake up early in the morning. Take a bath and pay your obeisance at Kedarnath temple . From standing in the temple row to darshan, it will hardly take your 3 hours to complete this process. Prashad shops are available around the Kedarnath temple. After this, you can also visit the Baba Bhairav temple , which is situated on a hilltop near Kedarnath. It is around 600 meters far from the temple.

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eUttaranchal Tip 1:  If you want to visit Bhairavnath temple in Kedarnath then do this after checking out from your hotel room cause there is a small shortcut route from Bhairav temple to another side which will surely be going to save your time while coming back to Sonprayag/Gaurikund.

You can hire ponies/horse or Palki or can complete the further distance by simply trekking. It takes 5 to 6 hours to reach Gaurikund from where you have to take shuttle service to Sonprayag.

eUttaranchal Tip 2 :  If you have reached at Sonprayag around 2 to 3 pm then do travel to Guptkashi (30 km by road / 1.5 hours). It will save your 2 hours for the next day trip and is going to save you from morning traffic too.

Day 4 :  Guptkashi to Rishikesh ( 184 kms /  7 hours).

Say goodbye to this beautiful town of Uttarakhand. The journey will take 7 to 8 hours of your time. It is recommended to start your journey in the sharp morning so you can reach Rishikesh on time to catch night buses or trains.

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Easy way to visit Kedarnath Temple

If you are unable to do a hard trekking of more than 16 kms to reach Kedarnath temple then you have to take the help of a pony to reach there. They charge around 2500 to 3000 rs for one side but there is an easy way to reach kedarnath temple here it is.

  • Book your hotel to Phata which is close to Kedarnath
  • Book a Helicopter service to Kedarnath from Phata which charge around 7000 Rs. of both side almost like the rate of pony but  it will save your time and efforts to reach Kedarnath.
  • Do the darshan and reach at Kedarnath Helipad to come back to Phata .
  • In-case if you have low budget then book Helicopter from Sersi, it will cost you around 2500 for one side & come back through trekking route because walking to down is easier than climbing.

Kedarnath 2024 News & Latest Travel Updates

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Heli service to Kedarnath Dham will be started from October 9. On October 6, the DGCA team will inspect the Sirsa , Phata and Guptkashi helipads.

The maximum limit of devotees visiting the Kedarnath temple situated in Uttarakhand has been increased upto 3000 per day.

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Side view of Kedarnath Temple before 2013 flood.

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Kedarnath Weather in January

The minimun and maximum temperature in January in Kedarnath is -18 ° C and -4 ° C respectively. The weather is generally covered with snow in January and you would feel chilling cold throughout the day. clothes are recommended for Kedarnath in January.

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What is Kedarnath famous for?

Kedarnath is famous among tourist as Kedarnath Temple, Char Dham Yatra, Trekking, Himalayas, Pilgrimage, Panch Kedar, Religious.

Kedarnath is recommended destination for Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Kedarnath is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Char Dham Route , Char Dham Yatra , Helipads , Panch Kedar , Pilgrimage , Religious , Shiva Temples , Temples , Trekking .

Kedarnath Highlights

  • Highest Jyotrirlinga of Lord Shiva
  • One of the Panch Kedar Dhams
  • One of the Char Dhams of Uttarakhand

Kedarnath Travel Update

Best Winter Snow treks in Uttarakhand : Kedarkantha Trek , Har ki Dun , Kuari Pass Trek , Chopta , Deoriatal , Brahmatal Trek .

Check out the Weekend treks:  George Everest Camping , Nag Tibba , Chopta Trekking

Char Dham Closing Dates:  Gangotri , Yamunotri and Kedarnath dhams are closed now. Badrinath temple will be closed 19 Nov. Check out Char Dham Yatra tours : Char Dham News . Char Dham Registration is compulsory for visiting Char Dham Temples. Check Kedarnath Helicopter Ticket booking guide .

Traveling to Uttarakhand?  Check out Uttarakhand Covid Stats , Uttarakhand Travel Guidelines  and Uttarakhand Travel News

Char Dham Update:  Gangotri , Yamunotri , Kedarnath and Badrinath are open for pilgrims. Check out Char Dham Yatra tours : Char Dham News . Char Dham Registration is compulsory for visiting Char Dham Temples. Check Kedarnath Helicopter Ticket booking guide .

Last Updated: 05 Jan 2024

Kedarnath overview

  • Temperature in Jan -4 /-18 °C
  • Best time to visit Kedarnath May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov,
  • Located in Rudraprayag , Garhwal
  • Recommended stay 2 days
  • Railway Station Rishikesh, 228 kms
  • Nearest Airport Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, 248 kms
  • Famous for Kedarnath Temple, Char Dham Yatra, Trekking, Himalayas, Pilgrimage, Panch Kedar, Religious

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Planning a trip to Kedarnath? Here’s everything you need to know

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit all of us, we travelled in the third week of October 2020, a trip to Kedarnath via Rishikesh. Corona was posing a huge threat and we were fully aware of it. However, we did quite a bit of reading and understood that Uttarakhand was one of those safe states to travel to. We also learnt that Rishikesh and Kedarnath were less crowded than usual.

Before you read any further, if the pandemic situation is still the same as October 2020, kindly read this to know how we planned our entire trip to Rishikesh and Kedarnath and stayed careful.

Best time to plan a trip to Kedarnath

Every year, on the day of Shivratri, the priests will announce the date of opening and closing the temple. While the temple opens sometime in April, it closes on the day of Bhai Dooj. The remaining six months, Kedarnath faces heavy snow fall during the winter, making it impossible for people to visit.

Nature Kedarnath

Locals told us that beginning of September or just before closing is the right time to visit Kedarnath as the crowd will be lesser. We, however, would suggest October second or third week as the weather is just perfect.

Minimum number of days for a trip to Kedarnath

A trip to Kedarnath requires a minimum of 5 days from either Dehradun or Rishikesh. That’s because the Jolly Grant Airport, the nearest airport to Kedarnath is almost in between Dehradun and Rishikesh, thus serving as a good starting point for a trip to Kedarnath.

Walking Route Kedarnath

Day One: Dehradun Airport to Rishikesh

From Jolly Grant Airport (keeping COVID-19 in mind), we did not want to take public transport after exiting. On a regular day, this would have been the cheapest way to reach Rishikesh. The pre-paid taxis from the Airport could cost anywhere around Rs. 900 – 1200, depending on the location of the hotel/hostel. We walked a few metres away from the airport and saw a few taxi guys who were offering lesser rates to get to Rishikesh. We negotiated and took a taxi for Rs. 700 to Blue Jay Hostels (hostel review coming up soon!).

It takes about 40 minutes to cover approximately 20 km to reach Rishikesh.

A walk in Rishikesh

Mostly the first day will depend on when you reach, check-in etc. However, walking to Laxman Jhula and dinner at one of the famous cafes/restaurants could be a great way to start soaking oneself in this small holy yet hippie town.

Day Two: Rishikesh to Sonprayag

Start at 9 AM from Rishikesh so there is ample time to reach Sonprayag. The usual route to Sonprayag will be via Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Agastyamuni/Augustmuni and Phata.

Villages on the way to Sonprayag

This route is about 215 km long and takes 9-11 hours to reach the destination. The construction along the route and the narrow roads leads to traffic jam in each and every corner. Sometimes, because of blasting and road construction, the Devprayag route may be closed. This detour of 30-40 km will add another 2-3 hours of journey time (via Tehri Garhwal).

Interesting things about Devbhoomi

  • Devprayag is a confluence of two rivers – Bhagirathi and Alaknanda. River Saraswathi which originates underground also joins the other two rivers. This confluence forms the river Ganga or Ganges.

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  • Dhari Devi Temple between Srinagar and Rudraprayag. This temple is located on the banks of Alaknanda. The people believe that Dhari Devi is the guardian of the Chota Char Dhams of Uttarakhand. The authorities tried to remove the idol of Dhari Devi idol from the original place twice, once in the 1800s and once in 2013. The locals say that this has only resulted in natural calamities. The 2013 flood in Kedarnath washed away many villages and people. The country witnessed one of the worst natural disasters and some of the wounds are still fresh.

Guardian Deity of Uttarakhand

Other than traffic, lunch and tea, we never really stopped. We reached Sonprayag at around 7 pm, covering a distance of approximately 210 km in 10 hours. Yes, the roads were that bad. We checked in to GMVN Sonprayag and luckily got the entire dorm for ourselves.

Kedarnath Walking Route

Day Three: Sonprayag – Phata – Kedarnath

Start at 9 am to Triyugi Narayan Temple. It’s a 10 km drive with stunning views. This temple has a fascinating history and there’s an amazing vibe about the whole place.

Oldest temple in Uttarakhand

Goes without saying, do not miss this temple during your Kedarnath trip 🙂

Kedarnath by Walk / Mules / Helicopters

Kedarnath by walk: The walk to Kedarnath starts from Gaurikund. Private vehicles and taxies are stopped at a check-point in Sonprayag post which there are SUVs which take us to Gaurikund. The walking distance between Gaurikund to Kedarnath is about 18 km (although it is mentioned as 16.5 km). The time to cover the distance is anywhere between 6 and 12 hours depending on one’s fitness level. So starting early in the morning will help in reaching Kedarnath before the night sets in.

Walk Kedarnath

Walking down took us exactly 5 hours. We started at 10 AM and reached Gaurikund at 3 PM. We booked a full taxi for ourselves for Rs. 300. Else you will have to share the drive with 8-10 other people which was a big no for us at these times.

Kedarnath on mules: You can go up in mules from multiple points. Costs differ from time to time, and also from the point you wish to take. Food, water and restrooms are all available along the way.

Donkeys in Kedarnath

Kedarnath via helicopter: You can book helicopters in advance. We booked the 12 to 3 pm slot on Pawan Hans and took off from Phata. The helicopter took us from Phata to Kedarnath in exactly takes 9 minutes. You can also book the Prasad at the helicopter base.

Helicopter Kedarnath temple

Visiting the Kedarnath Temple

Once we landed in Kedarnath, we walked a bit and checked-in at Swargrohini Cottages. We reached on time to see the afternoon aarti before they shut the temple. Police ensured no one roams without a mask. If you have time to spare, you can also visit the Bhairavnath Temple, which is on the eastern direction.

Kedarnath Temple exterior

If you are a single traveller, you can also stay in the Rudra Cave which is on the western side. Enjoy the evening aarti which starts at 6 pm and takes place for about an hour. The next morning, at around 5:30 am (please check sunrise time), catch the first rays of the sun hitting the mountains behind the temple. Such sights are magnificent.

You will see long queues to enter the temple. We, however, suggest that you enter the temple after 8 am when the crowds are much lesser. Lesser time in the queue and also more time inside the temple. Win-win, no? 🙂

The stone behind the temple is something you shouldn’t miss. During the 2013 floods, the stone diverted the gushing water to the sides of the temple, saving those who went inside to take refuge. The flood also destroyed the Samadhi of Adi Shankara. You can ask the pandits there to see the idol (we weren’t able to).

Lanscape views of Kedarnath

Important things to note when planning your trip to Kedarnath

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  • E-Pass: Please ensure you have taken two e-passes, 1. Uttarakhand on Smart Dehradun Portal and 2. Individual E Pass for the Char Dham, in this case, for Kedarnath.
  • Commute : We didn’t see any public transport from Rishikesh to Sonprayag. This could be because of the COVID-19 restrictions. It would be best to hire a taxi or go by your own transport (bike/car).
  • Food : There are many small roadside shops and few big tea shops, restaurants that you find on the highways. In Rishikesh, there are many nice Ganga facing cafes/restaurants such as Little Buddha Cafe, Freedom Cafe, VJ’s Pizza and many more. In Kedarnath, you have a lot of options closer to the temple. We recommend Tiwari Hotel & Restaurant.
  • ATM’s : Withdraw cash in advance as ATM’s are few in number. Please note, mostly or only cash accepted. Very few places accept Digital payments.
  • Water : Mostly, natural water, wherever available can be refilled. Less plastic, remember? 🙂
  • Helicopter: There are multiple services. Book your helicopter to Kedarnath .
  • Weather : November to March is heavy snow season, April to June is summer, July to August is usually the rainy season and winter sets in from September.

We had a wonderful darshan and once we came back, we self quarantined ourselves at home and we suggest you do that too. We are glad our trip was safe from the Coronavirus.

We can now safely say, “thank god we took this trip”, and if you are going, stay safe and travel safer!

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Chardham Yatra 2023: Advisory for pilgrims visiting Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri. 10 points

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The Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimages in India. This pilgrimage is a tour of four holy sites - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri - nestled high up in the Himalayas. The advisory has been issued in 11 languages

Chardham yatra: Devotees during their pilgrimage at the Kedarnath Temple (PTI)

With unpredictable weather conditions in Uttarakhand and rising cases of heart attacks among several pilgrims, the Uttarakhand government has issued advisory pertaining to Char Dham Yatra. The Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimages in India. This pilgrimage is a tour of four holy sites - Badrinath, Kedarnath , Gangotri, and Yamunotri - nestled high up in the Himalayas. The advisory has been issued in 11 languages (Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi, and Oriya). This year roughly nine people have died during the char dham yatra because of cardiac arrest. Besides, inclement weather conditions have affected the religious journey of hundreds of pilgrims going to Kedarnath.

Here's all you need to know about the Uttarakhand government's advisory on Chardham Yatra:

  • The state government has advised that acclimatization before starting the journey is a must as the Himalayan temples in Chardham Yatra are located at a height of more than 2,700 metres.
  • The Uttarakhand government has appealed to pilgrims and trekkers to plan a trip for at least seven days, allowing time to acclimatize. Plan for frequent breaks – take 5-10 min breaks every one hour of a trek or every two hours of automobile ascent.
  • Pilgrims must ensure medical and trek preparedness before they travel. Because of the high altitude, travellers can be affected by extreme cold, low humidity, extreme ultraviolet radiation, low air pressure, and low oxygen. "High altitude can cause medical issues - it is critical to plan, prepare and pack for the same," the advisory said.
  • The advisory suggests continuing practice breathing exercises for 5-10 minutes daily. Walk daily for 20-30 minutes.
  • If someone has a history of heart disease, asthma, hypertension, or diabetes, get a health check-up done to ensure fitness for the trip.
  • Pilgrims with pre-existing conditions like heart disease, asthma, hypertension, and diabetes should carry all existing medication and test devices besides the contact number of their home physician. According to the advisory avoid the yatra if the doctor says it.
  • Always check the weather report before your travel, and ensure you have sufficient warm clothes to manage in extremely cold temperatures. Woolen sweaters, thermals, puffer jackets, gloves, socks, rain gear, raincoats, umbrellas, and basic health check equipment like Pulse Oximeter, thermometer, etc should be taken along.
  • In case a pilgrim experiences chest pain, shortness of breath, persistent coughing, dizziness, vomiting, icy/cold skin, weakness, or numbness in one side of the body, they should reach out to the nearest health service touchpoint.
  • Consumption of alcohol, sleeping pills, and strong painkillers during the yatra was prohibited.
  • Pilgrims should drink at least two litres of fluid and take plenty of nutritious diet throughout the Yatra.

This week, Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami flagged off vehicles equipped with medical facilities for Char Dham Yatra pilgrims. This time, the government has a special focus on the Kedarnath pilgrimage route. A medical relief post has been made here at every kilometre. To improve health services in Char Dham, 130 doctors have been deployed. this time.

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Kedarnath Trek and Yatra – Where, What & How? All the information you need

by Agni Amrita Treks & hikes , Uttarakhand

Last Updated on: May 20, 2023     |     

About this Blog: Kedarnath Yatra is one of the most spiritual pilgrimages in India. Kedarnath, the abode of Lord Shiva attracts thousands of devotees within a span of 6 months when the shrine remains open. Kedarnath is a part of the sacred Char Dhams (4 pilgrimages) as well as a part of the Panch Kedars . This blog is about our experience of the Kedarnath Trek done in the month of October. Read on to know more about Kedarnath Yatra, how to reach and where to stay and other related information.

Kedarnath is not just a place of pilgrimage for me. The place has much more significance. It was the first place that I had ever travelled with my family. I do hear every now and then that I had been a very difficult 2-year-old during that time who gave a tough time to my parents. Well, what else to expect from a toddler! Now after almost three decades, I was again ready for Kedarnath Yatra again with Agni in tow. Only this time, we decided to go on foot from Gaurikund and I was quite excited about the Kedarnath trek.

This trip was going to be a special one, not for a singular reason. To be honest, I was way too excited to visit a place that has such nostalgic memories for me. The moment we told our families about this trip, my father started telling me stories about “that” Kedarnath Yatra that happened almost 30 years ago. By stories, he meant all the embarrassing episodes of a two and a half-year-old on a trip with the family. It seemed he divulged all my idiotic secrets to my husband, who of course, did not forget to tease me later.

View of Kedarnath Temple

My uncle was quite excited to know we were visiting Kedarnath and Badrinath. He recalled all the special places and even told me to take pictures in the same pose as we had done previously. So much for changes! Overall, going to Kedarnath was exciting not only for us, but also for my family.

For Agni and me, Kedarnath trek was important because we were again trekking the Himalayan trails after almost 2 years. All these years, we had done a few short treks in the Western Ghats and the David Scott Trail in Meghalaya. We thought Kedarnath trek might be the catalyst that would overcome the drought in our trekking trips. After all, it was after Amarnath Yatra that we had fallen for trekking! So enough of my ramblings, let us start with all the information you wanted to know about Kedarnath Yatra, Kedarnath Temple and of course our amazing experience there.

Where is Kedarnath located?

Kedarnath Dham is a part of the Char Dhams Yatra (4 religious places) that also includes Gangotri, Yamunotri and Badrinath. Located in the Rudraprayag district of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand, the Kedarnath temple is located in the Kedar valley below the Chorabari glacier, which is the source of the river Mandakini.

Kedarnath – History, Legend and Stories

It is usually an obsession with me to find out about the past of any place that we visit, especially if the place happens to be a historical and religious place. For temples in India have numerous stories hidden in them. I did the same for Kedarnath.

It is believed that the Kedarnath shrine was buried under the snow for almost 400 years!

Like others, Kedarnath also has its fair share of mythologies and legends. There are various versions on the origin of the Kedarnath Temple. While there are claims that the temple was resurrected and built by the great Hindu seer Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century while others claim that it was built by the Hindu King Raja Bhoj of Malwa in the 2nd century AD. Well, as I said before, there are numerous versions.

Kedarnath finds mention in the great Hindu epic Mahabharata and this is where the legend of Panch kedar comes in. Did I mention before that Kedarnath is also one of the five (Panch) Kedars, the five holy places of Lord Shiva.

Kedarnath peak as seen from Kedarnath Temple

In the epic battle of Kurukshetra where the brothers fought against each other, the Pandavas defeated and killed their cousin brothers Kauravas. The Pandavas killed their own in the battle and were inflicted by self-remorse and guilt. They decided to ask for forgiveness from Lord Shiva, the master of the Universe. With this thought in mind, the Pandavas decided to go to Kashi to ask for forgiveness from God. Lord Shiva, on the other hand, was not too keen on forgiving the Pandavas for their carnage. He left his abode at Kashi and hid as a bull at Guptkashi. Bhima, the strongest of the Pandavas, however, was able to find Lord Shiva in the form of a bull. The bull again escaped and later rematerialized at five places and these 5 places came to be known as the Panch (five) Kedars.

Different parts of the bull materialized at different locations – the hump at Kedarnath, the arms at Tungnath , the navel and stomach at Madmaheshwar, the face at Rudranath and the hairs at Kalpeshwar. It is believed that the Pandavas had built temples at all the five locations and were freed of their sins. It is also believed that the front portion of the bull fell at Pashupatinath in Nepal. The Pandavas built temples at all five locations. It is believed that the Pandavas performed Yagna at Kedarnath before they left for Mahaprasthana (renouncing the world to attain salvation). Incidentally, the Mahaprasthana started from Mana village near Badrinath. That story is for some other time.

There is another story where Nara-Narayan, a Hindu deity worshipped Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He prayed to the Lord and asked him to stay at Kedarnath for the wellbeing of the human beings. Lord Shiva granted him his request and thus Kedarnath became the abode of Lord Shiva.

The Floods of 2013

Kedarnath is also now known for the devastating floods that occurred in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand in 2013. Surprisingly the Kedarnath Temple was one of the few structures that remained unscathed during the floods.

If the mythology is to be believed, then the temple was perhaps built almost 3000 years ago. However, there are inscriptions of the wall of the temple that dates towards a period in between 650 – 850 AD. How the temple withstood the ravages of the flood has been an area of interest for researchers.  The reason is apparently related to the glaciers of the region and the lichens grown there.

Ravinder Kumar Chaujar, a retired professor from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, studied lichens growing on the rocks of Chorabari’s moraines to determine the geological history of the place. Professor Chaujar found that the temple had remained submerged in ice or in the glacier for at least 400 years. This was perhaps one of the reasons for the resilience of the temple. It remained unharmed in the 2013 floods and will perhaps survive further such episodes of flooding.

Kedarnath Trek – Our Experience

As I have mentioned before that we decided to go on foot all the way to Kedarnath from the base point at Gaurikund. The journey started from Haridwar. Local buses from Haridwar to Guptkashi were very few because of the post-pandemic situation. So we rented a car for 5 days for a trip to Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Mandakini River on the way to Sonprayag

We started early in the morning from Kedarnath and passed through the winding mountain roads. We had been to these parts a few times, but the scenery never failed to enchant me. The meeting of Mandakini and Alaknanda Rivers at Rudraprayag still makes us wistful of the unadulterated beauty of the mountain rivers.

The Mandakini River was our constant companion throughout the road to Kedarnath. We reached Guptkashi at around 3 PM and then decided to travel to Sonprayag. There are a number of hotels at Guptkashi and is one of the places to stay for the night if you reach late.

We reached Sonprayag soon and found a hotel to stay for the night. We found a number of hotels at Sonprayag well but the majority of them were closed. It seemed this season the number of pilgrims were lesser than previous years, the reason being obvious.

Earlier, Sonprayag was the starting point of Kedarnath Yatra. But now, a motorable road upto Gaurikund has been built and the 5 km distance from Sonprayag to Gaurikund can be travelled by a shared jeep.

We started quite early in the morning. Once we were at Sonprayag, we headed towards the Yatra Registration Counter. To conduct the Chardham Yatra in a controlled manner after the flash floods of 2013, the number of Yatris (pilgrims) visiting the Kedarnath shrine is regulated. Yatra registration can be done online and you get an e-pass. You can do it yourself or ask your agent to do it for you. There is also a counter for getting the Yatra e-pass at Sonprayag. A man was sitting with a laptop and was making the Yatra e-pass for a fee of Rs.50/-.

We had our Yatra e-pass with us and went to the Registration Counter directly. They recorded the e-pass number, did thermal screening and we were given the permission to start our Yatra. Every year, the pilgrims get a physical pass as well. We did not get it this year, perhaps because of the lesser number of pilgrims.

Sonprayag – Gaurikund

As soon as we got ourselves registered for Kedarnath Yatra, we walked towards the jeeps standing for taking the yatris to Gaurikund. We got our seats in the jeep and were soon at Gaurikund.  The jeep fare was Rs30 per head.

The Kedarnath trek route starts from Gaurikund and concludes at Kedarnath covering a distance of 16km. The trekking route had changed and rebuilt after the flash floods of 2013. The old trekking route has now given way to a better and wider trekking trail.

Starting Point at Gaurikund

Kedarnath Trek Starts

The trek starts at Gaurikund. “Kund” literally means a reservoir and Gaurikund has a hot water spring where the pilgrims usually have a bath before embarking on the Yatra. The hot spring no longer exists after the floods of 2013. Now, there is a huge enclosure where pilgrims can take a bath.

Gaurikund is also known for the Gauri Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Close to the Gauri Temple is the Uma Maheswar Temple where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a rock.

Gaurikund

Gaurikund is congested and there are a number of shops catering to all the needs of the travellers. There are a number of accommodation facilities as well at Gaurikund.

We started from Gaurikund at around 8 AM. The Mandakini River was gushing down with beauty and spirit. As much as I wanted to stay there and admire the sprightly river, we had to start our trek towards Kedarnath Temple.

About half a kilometer from the starting gate, is a booking office for horses, mules and palkis and Pitthus . Pitthus are basically men carrying the pilgrims on their back. Usually very old and young pilgrims take the service of Pitthus . There is a fixed rate for mules and Pitthus . You can book them from here. However, you will find mules almost entirely through the trail.

Pitthu at Kedarnath Yatra

After a kilometer of trekking comes the Horse Point (Ghoda Pul) or the place from where you can get on your horses or mules to carry your journey. The horses are allowed from this point only. Upto this place, the trail is quite crowded with horses, mules and their owners. And don’t you forget, they will constantly ask you to get a mule for the journey! I had been told at least 15 times that I should take a horse to Kedarnath.

We trekked along the well-made trail. As usual, very soon we were quite tired and panting. Our legs were screaming for respite.  Well, this is what happens if you are out of any fitness regime and had not trekked for almost a year! Nevertheless, we continued to trek. Though I must admit that there were a couple of moments when I felt that I should have hired a mule.

Horses on the way to Kedarnath

The next significant stop on the trail is the Bheembali. The trekking route bifurcates at Bheembali – one for the trekkers and the other specially designated for horses and mules. Both the trails finally meet after Rambara.

Rambara was once one of the biggest settlements in the Kedarnath trek route. The floods of 2013 had completely wiped off the settlement. What remains now is the debris of the old trekking route which was pointed to us by a local shopkeeper. It is also here that we see the Mandakini River flowing down with force through the gorges.

Gushing Mandakini River at Kedarntah Trek

The older route to Kedarnath was through the left of Mandakini River and that route is now completely destroyed. The new route has now been constructed at the right side of the river. A few more minutes of trekking and we reached Chhoti Lincholi. It was almost 12.30 PM at that time and we decided to take a lunch break there. This place can be roughly said to be the midpoint of the trail.

Restaurant at Chhoti Lincholi on the way to Kedarnath Yatra

We had a good lunch of alu paratha at Chhoti Lincholi and were quite ready for our next stretch of the trek. And it was then, something sort of a miracle happened. It started snowing!  Well, not exactly all the big snowfall, but we could see the snowflakes on the tents and on us.

To be honest, it was a bright and sunny day when we started. The snowfall made all the people quite happy and a group started singing a local song. We were told that it was the second snow of the season and all the locals were quite happy to see the snow. We enjoyed the snowfall for almost half an hour after which it stopped.

The snowfall might have had us gushing like diehard romantics, but it definitely made the trail a bit difficult for us. We were already late for more than an hour and the weather became chilly. It was a lazy start after lunch and snowfall and gradually we trekked our way towards Kedarnath.

Trekking Trail at Kedarnath Yatra

Finally, we reached Lincholi. There are a few accommodation options at Lincholi. You can stay here for the night. Kedarnath is about 6 km from Lincholi. As much as we were tempted to stop at Lincholi, we decided to trek all the way to Kedarnath. After trekking for another hour, we reached Kedarnath Base Camp.

There is a GMVN Guest house and cottages at Kedarnath base Camp. Kedarnath shrine is another 500 m from here. There is also a check post here where they check the registration slips. They only ask for the e-pass numbers and really do not check any slips. We trekked towards the shrine and finally we reached there at around 4PM. Once we reached Kedarnath, we tried to look for a place to stay. There are a number of places to stay near the shrine, mostly dormitories. We finally chose to stay at Bikaner House just behind the Kedarnath Temple.

We were quite in time for the evening Aarti at the Kedarnath Temple. The Aarti starts at 5.30 PM. After watching the Aarti, we went to our guest house, had our dinner and simply snuggled into our sleeping bags.

Kedarnath Temple – the end of the trek

We awoke early the next morning and went to visit the Kedarnath Temple. This time we saw the temple in all its glory. The main temple of the Kedarnath remained unscathed in the floods of 2013.

People standing for Puja at Kedarnath Yatra

The interior of the temple is a bit dark. There are statues of the five Pandava brothers and Draupadi, their consort. Inside the main hall, there is a conical shaped stone that is said to be the hump of the bull that Lord Shiva transformed into (remember the story I mentioned before). There are statues of Lord Shiva and a few other deities inside the main hall as well.

We offered our prayers in the temple and then roamed around the place for some time. I had a few old pictures when I had visited Kedarnath Temple almost 3 decades back. I tried to connect the places with that of those pictures. Obviously, the place had changed, but the temple had remained intact.

Outside the Kedarnath Temple

Outside the temple, there is a statue of Nandi, the bull facing the temple. The entire place looks quite beautiful with the snow-covered Kedarnath peak (6940 m or 22,769 ft), the Kedar Dome (6,831 m 22,411 ft) and other peaks surrounding the temple on three sides.

Mountain peaks behind the Kedarnath Shrine

Just behind the temple is a huge rock known as the Shri Divya Bheem Shila. It is believed that this stone had protected the temple from the waters of the flood in 2013. When the waters of Gandhi Sarovar carried large chunks of moraines and stones, this huge stone boulder tumbled down and anchored just behind the temple. This rock then diverted the flow of water to the sides and the temple remained intact.

Divya Bheem Shila behind the Kedarnath Temple

You will invariably feel calmness at this place. All around the temple, you will see many ash-smeared saints and sadhus sitting with a trident (Trishul). They seem to be in a world of their own. It is quite interesting to see these sadhus all around the temple, sometimes singing while at other times having a pot of marijuana.

A holy man or Sadhu sitting near the Kedarnath Temple

After spending some time around the Kedarnath Temple, we started our return journey towards Gaurikund at around 8.30 AM. We descended to Gaurikund after taking occasional breaks and reached there by 2 PM. Our car had been waiting for us at Gaurikund. We continued our journey towards Guptkashi and decided to stop there for the night before continuing our journey towards Badrinath.  Our visit to Badrinath remains for the next story.

Kedarnath Temple Timings:

The temple remains open from 4 AM to 9 PM everyday.

All that you need to know about Kedarnath Trek and Yatra

How to Reach Kedarnath?

Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun is the nearest airport and is located about 235 km from Kedarnath. Taxis are available from the airport to Sonprayag.

The nearest railway station to Kedarnath is Haridwar or Rishikesh. From Haridwar and rishikesh, you will get direct buses to Guptkashi and Sonprayag. But these buses are few in number. You can check online bus sites to see the time of the buses. Buses to Guptkashi, Karnaprayag, Gopeshwar are now available from Delhi (ISBT) as well.

You can also hire a car to reach Guptkashi or Sonprayag. However, it is better to book a car for both Kedarnath and Badrinath or the entire Char Dham Package. The cars charge a lot more if you only ask them to drop at Sonprayag.

Rudraprayag

We had hired a car for 5 days to visit Kedarnath and Badrinath and it cost us about INR 11,000 for the 5 days (which I do consider to be cheap). We also stopped at Tungnath and Chopta on the way from Kedarnath to Badrinath.

If you are driving by your own car, you can follow the route:

Haridwar – Rishikesh – Pipalkoti – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Agastamuni – Guptkashi – Phata – Sonprayag

Sonprayag has a huge parking space where you can keep your car for the night. The Registration centre for the yatra is just a few metres ahead of the parking space.

The distance between Sonprayag and Gaurikund is about 5 km. You can start the trek from Sonprayag or else take the shared jeeps to Gaurikund. The jeep fare is INR 30 per head. The stretch of road from Sonprayag to Gaurikund is quite bumpy and rough.

Gaurikund serves as the base camp for the Kedarnath trek.

From Gaurikund, you can either trek or ride horses/mules to Kedarnath.

Kedarnath on foot (Kedarnath Trek)

Trekkers on Kedarnath Yatra

The total trekking distance from Gaurikund to Kedarnath Temple is about 16-17 km.

Kedarnath Trek Route

  • Gaurikund – Jungle Chatti (4 km)
  • Jungle Chatti – Bheembali (3 km)
  • Bheembali – Lincholi (4 km)
  • Lincholi – Kedarnath base camp (4 km)
  • Kedarnath base camp – Kedarnath temple (1 km)

The entire trail can be covered in a single day on foot. There are a few accommodation facilities in the middle.

Kedarnath by Horses/ Mules and Pitthus

Horses and Mules on the way - Kedarnath Trek

Horses, palkis , kandis and Pitthus are available from Gaurikund to Kedarnath. There is a booking office just before the starting point of the trek from where you can get them. There is a fixed rate for horses and mules. The rate for pitthus and kandis vary with weight. While you will get them easily at Gaurikund, you will also get them on the way.

Tip on riding horses/mules: Bend forward while climbing upward and bend backward while climbing down and hold the saddle tightly.

Kedarnath by Helicopter

Helicopter ride at Helipad in Kedarnath Base Camp

These days many people travel to Kedarnath by helicopter as well. The helipad is at Phata located between Guptkashi and Sonprayag. We found a couple of different operators providing helicopter services to Kedarnath. While Phata is the main place from where you can get helicopter rides, other helipads are found at Sersi and Sitapur. The helicopter would take you to Kedarnath Base Camp, about 1 km from the Kedarnath Temple. This distance has to be covered by foot. Even horses are not allowed beyond a certain point.

Things to remember for Helicopter ride to Kedarnath

  • The helipads are at Phata, Sersi and Sitapur.
  • Only 2 kg of luggage is allowed per person.
  • Additional charges are levied if you weigh more than 80 kg and above 120 kg, 2 seats need to be booked.
  • The price of the tickets depends on the helipad you are flying from. Usually a round trip cost somewhere between INR 5000 to 7000.
  • If you get the round trip ticket for the same day, then they usually allot 2 hours to visit the temple and come back to the helipad.
  • It takes roughly around 10 minutes to fly to Kedarnath Base Helipad and from there it is an easy trek of 15-20 minutes to the Kedarnath Temple.
  • Helicopter services might stop at any time due to bad weather conditions.

Where to stay at Kedarnath?

There are plenty of hotels and guest houses at Sonprayag as well as Gaurikund. GMVN Guest Houses are also available and you can book them online.

GMVN Guest House and cottages are also available at Kedarnath Base Camp. There are a number of guest houses and dormitories available near the temple as well. We stayed at Bikaner Bhawan just behind the temple.

Accommodation options are also available on the way to Kedarnath. GMVN Guest Houses are available at Jungle Chatti, Bheemabali and Lincholi. Online booking is available at these guest houses and I would recommend you to book them beforehand if you opt to stay in between.

We stayed at Bikaner Bhawan in a double-bed room which cost INR 2000. Hot water is also available and a bucket would cost you around INR 60 – 70.

The rates of the guesthouses and hotels near the Kedarnath temple can change randomly. We would recommend you to book your stay beforehand if you are visiting with family.

A Sadhu at Kedarnath

Medical facilities on Kedarnath Trek

Medical centres and facilities are available throughout the way. You can find them in between Jungle Chatti, Bheemabali and Lincholi.

Food, Drinks, Shops and Restaurants on Kedarnath Trek

Most of the hotels, guest houses and GMVN Guest Houses provide food at reasonable prices. The food available is vegetarian and quite tasty. There are many shops available all through the trek route selling Maggi, parathas, snacks and hot beverages. You will definitely not go hungry on your trek to Kedarnath.

Toilet Facilities on Kedarnath Trek

Make-shift toilet tents are available on the way at various places in the trekking route.

Is there Mobile and Internet Service at Kedarnath?

Mobile services are available at Gaurikund till Lincholi. However, it is a bit rough at Kedarnath. We found Jio and Airtel services at Kedarnath while there was no mobile service for Vodafone.

Free wifi is available at the main areas like Jungle Chatti, Bheemabali, Lincholi and Kedarnath. However, do not rely much on the free wifi services. We did not get any during our stay at Kedarnath.

Snow covered peaks on the way to Kedarnath Yatra

When is the best time to visit Kedarnath Temple ?

Kedarnath is a part of the Char Dham Yatra. The temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya (usually falls in April or May) and closes on the day of Bhai Dooj (falls in October or November). Kedarnath Dham can only be visited during this time.

Kedarnath is located at an altitude of 3553 m and remains cold most of the time. The weather is quite unpredictable in the mountains. Usually May to June and October to November is a good time for Kedarnath Trek. July to September are the monsoon months and there are chances for landslides during this time.

Kedarnath Temple Char Dham yatra Uttarakhand

Places around the Kedarnath Temple

Bhaironath Temple

This temple is located at a very short distance from the Kedarnath Temple. It is believed that Bhaironath guards the Kedarnath Temple by keeping the evil at bay.

Shankaracharya Samadhi

This is the resting place of Adi Shankaracharya and is located near the Kedarnath Temple.

Gandhi Sarovar

About 3 km from Kedarnath Temple lies the Gandhi Sarovar that is fed by the Chorabari Glacier. If you wish to trek there, start early in the morning. The weather can change quite abruptly.

Vasuki Tal is located about 8 km from Kedarnath Temple. The trekking trail is quite steep and should be done with the help of guides. The Vasuki Taal offers a great view of the Chaukhamba ranges.

Rudra Meditation Cave

This is an interesting place. Located about 1.5 km from the temple, there is an underground cave available for meditation and isolation. The caves have a window that provides a direct view of the Kedarnath Temple. You can book the cave for yourself for the purpose of meditation for a maximum of 3 days. Obviously, only one person can stay inside the cave. The cave has all living facilities like water, electricity, heater, attached toilet and a phone to call the authorities in case of emergency.

On the way to Kedarnath Trek

Some interesting Facts about the Kedarnath Temple

  • It is believed that the Kedarnath Temple is eternally protected and cannot be harmed.
  • Bhaironath Ji is the protector of the Kedarnath Temple and is known as the Kshetrapal.  He is the fiery avatar of Lord Shiva and is known for devastation and destruction.
  • Kedarnath is one of the 12 Jyotirlings of Lord Shiva. It is infact, the highest of all the Jyotirlings in India.
  • After Bhai Dooj, when the temple is closed, the main deity is brought down to Ukhimath.
  • The head priest of the Kedarnath Temple belongs to the Veerashaiva community of Karnataka and is known as Rawal. However, the head priest or Rawal does not conduct the ritual inside the temple. He only gives instructions to his assistants. The deity is transferred to Ukhimath during the winter. The puja is performed in Kannada language.
  • The temple is said to have been buried under ice for almost 400 years.

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56 Comments

Beautiful content and very informative 🙂 Har har mahadev 🙏🏼

Thank you so much!

Hi, beautiful article, wish had come across your article before, just couple of days back we trekked to kedarnath, myself 55 yrs old and my husband 58 yrs. It was dream come true for me at this age, can you with your rich experience share how to treat aching legs after trek. We use coconut oil, is there any other thing which can be of help. Thankyou. God bless both of you

Hello Ma’am! We are so glad to hear that you had trekked to Kedarnath. Time and again it os proved that age is just a number! As for treating aching legs, we recommend to apply ice pack on the aching area. It will help a lot. Also keep your legs elevated for few minutes every day. Hope this helps!

Very comprehensive and informative! I think these tips and advice are much helpful. Good you explained everything in detail it has been a great help.

A captivating tale of the Kedarnath trek! The personal experiences you share make it feel like we’re trekking right alongside you. The spiritual and natural beauty of the region shines through your words. Thanks for taking us on this unforgettable adventure through your storytelling – it’s both inspiring and informative

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Hi. Its very interesting to hear from you. Congratulation for the trek. Now I booked at gourikund . Can you provide any information the proceedings before start trek from Gourikund. Thanks again.

Thank you so much for your comment. Have a great trip and let us know how it went.

thank you for such a nice, elaborate and interesting blog!! while we have been aspiring to visit Kedarnath and badrinath much in recent times, i was actually looking for a visitor’s experience and just came across yours… thank you once again.

Thank you poorna for the kind words.

Thankyou for the amazing informative content on kedarnath yatra. Everybody needs this informative content keep sharing.

Wonderfully done article..Pretty complete. I am planning to do the Kedar trek with kids 7&12 and planning to rent a car.

You have mentioned you rented a car for 5 days. Does it come with a driver or you drive on your own. Any preferred rental companies for Car?

We had rented a car with driver. We got the car from a rental service at Haridwar. It was near Haridwar Railway Station. Have a wonderful trip to Kedarnath.

Hi… felt like a movie … scenes passes thru my imaginative mind! Clear cut, lively explanation. I am visiting kedar, badri and tungnath this June. Plz help me with a trustable travel agency or travel agents number. We are from bangalore and will come thru flight. Thanks a lot I. Advance. I am inspired to write a page later.. ( in my son’s notebook.. not here 😉 ) ha ha. Will be waiting for the reply

Thank you for a very informative write up. One question, how long did it take you to trek back to Gaurikund? You mentioned you reached at 12.30, but not state the start time. Did you have time to look around in the morning before starting the trek back?

Hello Sharmila! Thank you for reading our blog! And thank you also for pointing out the time. We had reached Gaurikund by 2PM and not 12PM. It was typo error. Now we have corrected it. We had started around 8.30AM after attending the morning aarti and just roaming around the place.

Woooow so nicely explain every minute details. This will help us a lot for sure for our planning.

Nice Blog…. This is really amazing. Great information about Kedarnath trek.

It’s amazing blog and very informative about Kedarnath trek….. This blog will very helpfull for newbies.

Amazing Blog… many things to learn. thanks for sharing.

Good Luck for the upcoming update.This article is really very interesting.

One of my biggest dreams is to go to Kedarnath and in this blog, I got all the information for my next trip. And all the images are extremely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful info with us.

Thank you so much Shivani! We are so glad you liked our blog.

Hi, How can we book hotels near the temple in Kedarnath? You mentioned that it’s better if done ahead of the travel?

Can it be done online?

There are a few websites from where you can find out the contact numbers of the hotels near Kedarnath Temple. But I doubt whether it can be done online. There are also a number of travel agents in Haridwar and Rishikesh from where you can get your stay. Thank you for stopping by our blog. Keep reading!

this is a great read, very engaging and informative. I have a quick question regarding the stay at Kedarnath, you mentioned your stay at Bikaner house, is there any way to pre-book it?

Thank you so much for the comment. I think the stay at Bikaner House can be pre-booked. Please try calling +91-8191900012.

Amazing Blog, Thank for sharing this wonderful website with us.

I felt as if I were doing the trek with you as I read this. Beautifully covered with useful tips within. I have been meaning to get here and now am even more tempted. Loved your pics of the Sonprayag and the various trekking spots. The history and legends around this place really make it special. I knew the bit about Mahabharat and Shankracharya but did not know about how it was discovered

Thank you so much, Ami!

I’m hoping to go on Kedarnath Yatra after a couple of years. Good to know that they trek is about 16-17km and can be done in a day and there are also some accommodations on the way. Hahaha, it is funny and awesome that you visited Kedarnath as a kid and now your dad managed to give all the embarassing details to Agni. Now that I travel with my toddler, I have quite a bit of such funny and embarassing moments. Hoping to pass it on to her partner in future… Am I evil? Hahaha..

I bet you are! Just imagine my embarrassment when my dad gave all my secrets to my hubby. And he teases me with those till date!

Oh my God! I am bookmarking this post. Kedarnath has been on the top of my list. I want to hike and visit this amazing place, especially to hike. And also take my mother as she loves these kinds of religious places even though I would send her to the temple by other means and not by hiking. Thanks for this post, I will try to visit it as soon as the pandemic is over.

Thank you, Raksha! I am sure you will love Kedarnath.

What a great travel story and also a guide for those who want to do this trek. The views are absolutely breathtaking! And I love all those hidden little stories you mentioned. This trip also get a very personal feeling as other family members told you all those stories. The temples are all beautiful.

Thank you so much, Paula!

So interesting to read about the Kedarnath Yatra pilgrimage. And great to return to a trek that brings back special family memories. I can certainly see why the scenery along the river way to the start of your trek intrigued you. It looks like an interesting trek up to the Kedarnath Temple. Even if there was snow along the way. I might want to visit by helicopter and see those amazing views from above.

Helicopter ride is a good way to reach the place for those who cannot hike. Thank you Linda for the lovely comment!

What a fantastic experience! You provided so much information about Kedarnath, I feel like I could go and have a good idea of what to expect. I think the Kedarnath Trek sounds fascinating, although it must have been tiring the cultural experience and natural views must have been worth it.

Thank you Chloe! Kedarnath trek is quite an experience.

This is a great comprehensive guide! We have never heard of Kedarnath Yatra, but it looks like an interesting place to discover. Spiritual, historic and hiking all in one trip? That sounds like our kind of thing. We’ll definitely include this in our India itinerary when it’s safe to travel.

Wow just look at those mountains. I would love to do this hike and when I visit India I need a long time to see the beautiful places in this country. This looks like a great 2 day and worth it and the views must be amazing during the whole trek. I hope I get to visit one day as it looks amazing.

That I totally agree to. You will need a lot of time to explore India! Thank you for the lovely comment!

I never heard of the Kedarnath and after this in-depth description and experience, I would love to do a trek here. I love a hike with beautiful mountains and culture combined and this has it. The backdrop to the temple is truly amazing and I would just go to the temple just to see that. A lot of information here to consider as well, so I have bookmarked this page as I hope to do some hiking in India once Covid clears off. This part of the world has been on my list for a long time.

Thank you Danik! Kedarnath is one of the spiritual places in India and is absolutely gorgeous.

This is by far the most amazing blog I found on Kedarnath yatra. All the information is quite helpful. I almost felt that I am right there with you on the trek.Thanks for writing.

Thank you so much, for your kind words.

Descriptive blog about Kedarnath, valuable info shared for first-time travelers. Trekking in Kedarnath is an exciting and adventurous journey where you can avail all the accommodation as well as camping facilities with an awestruck top view from hills. Worth visiting along the trails to experience the local life.

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Kedarnath – How to plan a trip [Complete Travel Guide]

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Kedarnath is a divine Hindu settlement situated in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is one of the Char Dhams located in the Himalayas, and is situated at an astounding height of 3584 meters above sea level near the head of Mandakini River.

The Kedarnath temple lies amidst the majestic snow-capped Garhwal Himalayan ranges and is thronged by thousands of tourists and pilgrims each year. Also, the Kedarnath trek is stunningly beautiful and quite eclectic, even in the trekking circuit.

Gangotri, Yamunotri and Kedarnath Closed for Winters

Famous for the ancient shrine devoted to Lord Shiva, it offers a calm atmosphere with a beautifully painted backdrop thanks to the rhododendron woods, snow-covered mountains, and splendid sights of nature. An amalgamation of devoutness and adventure is what makes it incomparable. A MUST VISIT for one and all.

Let's quickly dive into the details:

About Kedarnath

Kedarnath literally means the Lord of the field, and it is so called because the “crop of liberation” grows here. While it is not certain who constructed the temple or when! One of the earliest references of Kedarnath is in the 7th or 8th century. It is also believed that Adi Shankara died near the sanctuary.

History & Mythology

It is believed that post the battle of Kurukshetra, Pandavas went on a journey to Banaras in order to repent killing their own and seek blessings from the Lord. But, Shivji wanted to avoid meeting with the brothers, and thus, took solace in Guptakashi.

However, Pandavas were relinquishing in their search for the Lord and when they found him, Shivji decided to take the form of buffalo so that they couldn’t recognize him. Now, when Shivji saw the Pandavas approaching closer, he wanted to hide even further.

Thus, He took the decision to also become invisible by way of going underground. However, brother Bhīma tried hard to stop him from leaving by holding on to the legs and tail of the bull. Unfortunately, the Lord dived and evaporated at that place leaving behind his hump which is now worshipped at Kedarnath Temple.

It is however believed that through cosmic energy, the Pandavas were exempted from their sins and Shivji informed that from then onwards He would be present in Jyotirlinga form at Kedarnath.

Located in the Rudraprayag district, Kedarnath is the most remote of all Chota Char Dham sites. Situated near the Chorabari Glacier – the source of the Mandakini river, Kedarnath is flanked by snow-capped peaks – most prominently the Kedarnath mountain (6,940 mts) and the Kedar Dome (6,831 mts). Located at a distance of 223 KM from Rishikesh, the town is built on a barren stretch of land on the shored of the river.

The town unfortunately suffered extensive destruction during 2013 due to flash floods caused by torrential rains in Uttarakhand. The temple magnificently survived the harsh calamities!

In line with the Himalayan weather, Kedarnath experiences cool summers while the winters are extremely difficult and harsh. Summer is ideal for all sight-seeing, temple visits and experiencing nearby attractions as well. The average temperature is around 17 degrees in the summer.

Monsoon months are difficult and the area has suffered extreme rainfall many times, particularly in 2013. Monsoon weather is around 12 degrees. Winters are cold, complex and inhabitable. The palki of Lord Kedarnath is transferred to its winter abode near Guptakashi – Ukhimath from November to April. Weather in this season is always in the negative!

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Best time to visit Kedarnath

Right at the beginning of the season in April till the onset of monsoons and post-monsoon till close of the season. Kedarnath has a cold climate for most part of the year and the best months to travel are May, June, September, October.

Camping at Kedarkantha Trek

How to get there

Kedarnath is well connected with most of the important towns of Uttarakhand. The nearest road head to Kedarnath is about 18 KMs later, Gaurikund.

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Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the closest airport, at a distance of 238 KMs. The airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Taxis are easily available from the airport to Gaurikund.

The nearest railway station to Kedarnath is Rishikesh, at a distance of 216 KMs before Kedarnath on NH58. Further, Gaurikund is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are easily available to reach Gaurikund.

Prior to reaching Kedarnath, the last motorable point is Gaurikund. From there on out, you’ll be trekking for 16-odd-km. Gaurikund is connected with major destinations in North India. Buses and shared cabs are available from Haridwar, Rishikesh & Rudraprayag to Sonprayag, the last point until which private vehicles are allowed.

Buses to Rishikesh and Shrinagar are available from ISBT, Kashmiri Gate. From Sonprayag, there is a shared cab facility offered by the government, where the cab will drop you in Gaurikund for a fee.

Helicopter Options

You may even get a helicopter ride if you’re not into trekking (although I strongly recommend the trek!). The services are available from different helipads such as Guptkashi, Sersi, Phata etc.

What to do in Kedarnath

Given that Kedarnath is a religious destination, clearly the centermost attraction are places with mythological connotations.

Kedarnath Temple

Enveloped in the mighty Garhwal Himalayas, the Kedarnath Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kedarnath Temple is among the 275 temples of Paadal Petra Sthalams (the most powerful Shiva temples in the world) and is also the most important among the Panch Kedars.

With fresh air synonymous with the hills and stunning views that you have to earn – you will lose all sense of time here! For thousands of year, this place has been worshipped and the energy of the region is that of positivity, hope and beliefs for the future.

Inside the temple, you’ll be greeted with a small hall with images of Parvati as well as the Pandavas. The hall is decorated with statues of Krishna, Pandavas, Draupadi, Virbhadra and many other deities! There is a conical rock inside the temple which is worshipped as the Sadashiva (forever Shiv).

Made from grey stones which are interlocked with the use of iron clamps – the temple is truly striking in the backdrop of Himalayas.

Gandhi Sarovar

Gandhi Sarovar is a small crystal clear lake, also known as Chorabari Tal. This is so because it is situated on the mouth of Chorabari Bamak glacier. Gandhi Sarovar lies on the foot of Kedarnath and Kirthi Stambh peak at an astounding altitude of 3,900mts above sea level. The lake comes after completed further 4 KMs trek from Kedarnath Temple.

Kalimath is a religious place located on the banks of Saraswati river. Located at a height of 1800 mts, Kalimath is one of the 108 Shakti Peeths in India. Kalimath lies on lap of nature offering salubrious and divine environment. Goddess Kali Temple is located in Kalimath. Legends believe that after killing Raktbeej, Kali Goddess went underneath the ground at this place!

Bhairav Temple

Bhairavnath Temple or Bhairon Baba Mandir is situated south of the Kedarnath temple on the eastern hill of the lofty Himalayas of Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Bhairav – the fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva associated with destruction and devastation. The temple offers some stunning views of the Himalayas and it is a beautiful portion of your journey to Kedarnath!

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Gaurikund Temple

Gaurikund temple is a temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati. According to myths and legends, this is the place where Goddess Parvati did penance involving ascetic and yoga practices to win over Shiva’s heart. It is believed that Lord Shiva admitted his love for the Goddess here and they then married at Triyuginarayan temple.

Shankaracharya Samadhi

Adi Shankaracharya was a philosopher, credited with unifying and establishing the main thoughts in Hinduism. At the age 32, he decided to attain moksha at Kedarnath and merged under with the land near the Kedarnath Temple. The samadhi is situated right behind the temple.

What to do around Kedarnath

There is so much to explore around the Kedarnath Temple. So, remember to keep some time at hand to truly immerse yourself into the experience!

Vasuki Tal Lake

Vasuki Tal is a high glacial lake situated at an impressive altitude of 14,200 feet above sea level near Kedarnath Dham. One can spot Brahma Kamal and other Himalayan flowers blooming around the placid lake, making for some spectacular views.

Ideally, I would suggest you complete the route in the day time itself, and spend the night at Kedarnath! The trek distance from Kedarnath temple is 8 KMs, initial 3-4 KMs is easy before the ascend begins. The icy Vasuki Tal is just 900 meters downhill from Vasuki top.

Guptkashi is situated 47kms before the holy shrine of Lord Shiva, Kedarnath. It is located on the route to Kedarnath on a ridge on the west side of the Mandakini river valley at an elevation of 1,319mts above sea level.

Guptkashi is a religiously important town of Uttarakhand as it houses ancient temples like Vishwanath temple and Ardhnareshwar temple. A highly revered attraction, Manikarnika Kund is where two streams of the Ganga and Yamuna meet.

Kedarnatha Trek

Kedarnatha trek is in one of the most significantly religious areas, especially in the Hindu Mythology. The Temple of Lord Kedarnatha (Shivji), which sits at the base of the summit, has stood the test of time and is revered amongst spiritual believers.

Millions of pilgrims move mountains to offer their prayers and seek blessings of the Hindu Deity each year. The temple itself lies at the base of the Kedarnath Peak, facing the Kedar Parvat. A beginner level trek, Kedarnath is especially beautiful in the winter months.

One of the most remarkable crests in the Himalayan region, both nature lovers and ardent trekkers tend to enjoy the experience.

Char Dham Yatra

The Chota Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand is the four abodes of holy shrines – Badrinath , Kedarnath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri . All four of these temples are situated within the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The prominence of the Charm Dham Yatra is immense amongst Hindus.

Moreover, it is believed that every Hindu should do Char Dham Yatra at least once in their lifetime. The Great Reformer and Philosopher, Adi Shankaracharya, gathered together these Holy Pilgrimage places into a spiritual circuit around the 8th century.

Generation followed generations and hundreds of thousands of devotees have kept up the tradition of covering these pilgrimage spots every year. Thus, it is very common to complete the circuit in one religious pilgrimage!

Char Dham Yatra 2011 Begins

Best places to stay near Kedarnath

There is a huge government-run tented colony along with cottages as well as rooms run by GMVN. These are sufficient to home more than a thousand pilgrims and visitors. Also, there are hotels, guest houses, and Dharamshala as well.

A lot of folks have started taking the journey via helicopters and thus stay locations can be Phata, Rampur, Gaurikund, Sitapur etc.

Best places to eat

Unfortunately, the only option for decent food here is the food stalls and roadside dhabas. Food available is mostly north Indian cuisine. Of course, given the highly revered place in Hinduism that Kedarnath holds, it should come as no surprise that alcohol and non-vegetarian food is not served/ is prohibited.

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Things to keep in mind

  • As instructed by the Uttarakhand government, it is necessary for every traveler to do bio-metric registration. The facility is available online as well. Alternatively, you may also do the same at Sonprayag.
  • You can easily find mules & porters to accompany you on your journey. Do remember to check the prices officially posted so as to avoid paying a larger sum
  • Also, if you are hiring porters or mule owners – remember to check their official IDs
  • It is always wise to avoid the hilly terrain in the monsoon season. Especially given the tragedy of 2013, and how badly Kedarnath was hit. If you are still heading there in the monsoon period – do check with officials and local authorities
  • Photography is not allowed in the temple premises. Be mindful of the fact and abide by the rules of the temple authorities.

Tips when travelling to Kedarnath

  • The trek is 16 KM long and will take you 6 hours, depending on your health
  • Try to start your trek early in the morning to avoid the harshness of the afternoon sun
  • Remember to eat a hearty (though not heavy) breakfast
  • Drink water and stay hydrated. However, do remember to carry your own water bottles.

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If connecting with nature and the Gods, rejuvenation and some adventure is on the cards for you on your next holiday – head on over to Kedarnath. This place will take you back to a time of simplicity and authenticity.

You will fall in love with the quaint life of the hills and revered by the sheer power of belief. If you have any questions regarding this beautiful wonderland – do comment below and I will be happy to answer any of your queries.

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3 killed, 17 missing after landslide hits Kedarnath

Officials involved in the rescue operation indicated that there was little hope of finding any survivors.

Mussoorie/ Dehradun Three bodies were recovered and a frantic search was on for 17 people, including five children, after a landslide washed away a clutch of tarpaulin-covered shops along the Kedarnath Yatra route near Gaurikund into the Mandakini river, which has been in spate since Thursday night.

Uttarakhand SDRF personnel during a rescue and search operation following a landslide due to rains at Gaurikund in Rudraprayag on Friday (ANI)

Officials involved in the rescue operation indicated that there was little hope of finding any survivors.

Personnel of the State Disaster Relief Force reached spot shortly after the landslide at 11.50pm on Thursday, but had to put off rescue operations till the morning because of the constant rain, and boulders continuing to fall off the mountain face. Rudraprayag District Disaster Management Officer (DDMO) Nandan Singh Rajwar said that, on Friday morning, teams of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), SDRF, police and district administration were pressed into service.

The victims were shopkeepers (and their family members) who set up stalls along the 16km pilgrim trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, and not visitors, he added.

“Three bodies have been recovered from the debris of the landslide, while 17 are still missing after the shops were washed away. These include members of two Nepali families who worked as porters and did small jobs at a tea stall,” he said. Police said all three are males and their identity is yet to be ascertained.

“The search operation has been stopped at 6:30 pm due to darkness. The search operation will resume at 6:00 am Saturday,” he added.

The district administration said that they have identified 20 people that were washed away. Among the missing are at least five children, four of them under the age of 10.

The incident has, however, turned the lens back on safety precautions at the Kedarnath Dham, where between 300 and 400 shanties have mushroomed in Gaurikund, most built over precipitous landslide-prone slopes with the Mandakini flowing on one side. Forest and revenue officials that HT spoke to ascertain whether these small shops are either registered or have any clearances passed the buck to each other.

The landslide is 50 metres away from the controversial Char Dham all weather road, about which experts have raised multiple red flags. There has been concern about heavy engineering in an ecologically fragile area that has already shown evidence of causing instability in the mountains. Side railings and crash barriers, essential for driving safety, have already found themselves buried under debris on many stretches in both Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts. A note submitted by the Union government before the Supreme Court in November 2021 had said there are 125 locations vulnerable to landslides on the road.

Lalita Negi, spokesperson for SDRF, said that one of the teams was conducting a search operation at Kund Barrage, 2km downstream. “Rescue and search efforts are difficult due to rapid flow of water in the swollen Mandakini. Though boulders had stopped falling in the day, they can start at any point in because of the rains.”

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami visited the Disaster Control Room in Dehradun on Friday morning and asked the concerned officials to speed up relief and rescue work. “Search operations are ongoing the relatives of those missing are being contacted. SDRF, district administration, and other teams are at the spot and the government and local administration are fully prepared to deal with any situation,” Dhami said.

Jitendra Verma, subdivisional magistrate, Ukhimath, said, “The area where the landslide incident occurred is in Gaurikund village and is a part of forest land according to the revenue records according to our understanding. Such makeshift tents and shelters are used for mules and horses, and the forest department conducts regular drives to remove such illegal structures.”

Inder Singh Negi, divisional forest officer Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary however said that the area where the incident occurred is likely revenue land. “The forest land begins from Gaurikund where the motorable road ends and pedestrian pilgrim track begins. But for a clearer picture, I have directed my range officer to inspect the area,” Negi said.

Experts said the mushrooming of shops has taken place despite Rudraprayag and Tehri Garhwal among the districts to have the highest landslide density according to a satellite based study of 147 vulnerable districts by the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) in March 2023. “The state government has shown an indifferent attitude towards the NRSC report. The state government should not have allowed construction of these shops in such landslide-prone areas along the Kedarnath track,” said Anoop Nautiyal, a Dehradun-based social activist.

Experts also said that it is clear that the pilgrim influx in Himalayan valleys that contain the Char Dham shrines, all over 10,000 feet, are making them increasingly ecologically vulnerable. There have already been two tragedies in the area over the past decade, when 5000 people were killed in Kedarnath in 2013 after a cloudburst, and in Chamoli in 2021 when 204 people died.

After the state government removed the cap on daily pilgrim influx on April 21, over 3.6 million pilgrims have visited Char Dham shrines this year including over 1.1 million to Kedarnath. Thus far, 177 people have been killed this year, excluding the three confirmed dead today, 86 of them on the Kedarnath. Overall in 2022, there were 44 lakh Char Dham pilgrims, expected to cross 50 lakh this year, up from 12 lakh in 2000.

“Several reports have cautioned the government to show restraint towards any anthropogenic activity in such disaster-prone areas but the government’s indifferent attitude is baffling resulting in such huge loss of life,” he said .

The rescue team engaged in the search operation includes 12 personnel of NDRF, 15 personnel of SDRF and 10 personnel of DDRF.

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Kedarnath Solo Trip: Trip Budget | Things To Do | Adventure

Kedarnath Solo Trip

Kedarnath Solo Trip: Exploring the Spiritual Heart of the Himalayas

Are you a wanderlust-filled soul seeking a unique and enriching experience? Look no further than a solo trip to Kedarnath. Nestled in the breathtaking Himalayas, Kedarnath offers solo travelers a serene and spiritual retreat. As part of your solo trip planning to Kedarnath, Voy Trips trying to provide essential information, safety advice, and insight into its rich culture – so get ready for an incredible experience!

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1 – Planning a Solo Trip to Kedarnath

Planning a solo trip requires careful consideration and preparation. Here are a few factors to keep in mind when planning your Kedarnath adventure:

1.1 – Best Time to Visit Kedarnath

The optimal time to maximize the experience of visiting Kedarnath on a solo journey would be from May-June or September-October. The weather is good, and the temple is open for devotees. Avoid visiting Kedarnath during the monsoon season due to heavy rainfall and potential landslides.

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1.2 – How to Reach Kedarnath

Reaching Kedarnath involves a combination of road and trekking. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, where you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Sonprayag. From Sonprayag, it’s a 20-kilometer trek to Kedarnath. You can also reach Kedarnath by road from Rishikesh or Haridwar.

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1.3 – Accommodation Options in Kedarnath

Kedarnath offers various accommodation options for solo travelers. In Kedarnath town, you can find guesthouses, hotels, and dharmshalas (pilgrim shelters). Alternatively, for an even richer trekking experience, you could also opt for campsites along your trek route. Voy Trips Advice you to book your accommodation in advance, especially during peak seasons.

1.4 – Things to Do in Kedarnath

Kedarnath offers a plethora of activities and attractions for solo travelers. Here are some must-try experiences during your solo trip:

2 – Exploring the Kedarnath Temple

The Kedarnath Temple is the main highlight of the region, attracting thousands of devotees each year. The Kedarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and holds immense spiritual significance. Take your time to explore the inside hidden of the temple’s architecture, witness the mesmerizing Aarti ceremony, and seek blessings in this sacred abode.

1.1 – Trekking and Adventure Activities

For adventure enthusiasts, Kedarnath presents an excellent opportunity for trekking and other outdoor activities. Embark on a trek to Vasuki Tal, Chopta, or Tungnath to witness breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Engage in rock climbing, rappelling, and river rafting, adding an adrenaline rush to your solo trip.

1.2 – Nearby Attractions

Kedarnath is surrounded by several breathtaking attractions that are worth exploring. Visit the picturesque town of Guptkashi, famous for its ancient Vishwanath Temple. You can also plan a visit to the scenic Chorabari Tal (Gandhi Sarovar) or the majestic Triyuginarayan Temple, known for its association with Lord Shiva’s marriage.

1 – Safety Tips for Solo Travelers

While solo traveling can be an enriching experience, it’s crucial to prioritize your safety. Here are some safety tips for your solo trip to Kedarnath:

2- Immersing in the Local Culture

Kedarnath presents an unparalleled opportunity to experience and immerse oneself in the Himalayan region’s rich culture and traditions. Interact with the locals, participate in religious ceremonies, and savor local cuisine to experience the essence of Kedarnath truly. Take the chance to witness the local folk dances and music that reflect the vibrant cultural heritage.

3 – Packing Essentials for a Kedarnath Solo Trip

When packing for your solo trip to Kedarnath, carrying the right items is essential. Here’s a checklist of essentials to ensure a comfortable and safe journey:

4 – Budgeting for a Solo Trip to Kedarnath

Budgeting is an essential aspect of any trip. Here are some tips & tricks to help you plan your budget for a solo trip to Kedarnath:

Embarking on a solo trip to Kedarnath is a life-changing experience. The tranquil ambiance, stunning landscapes, and spiritual aura create a perfect setting for self-discovery and rejuvenation. From exploring the sacred temple to indulging in thrilling adventures, Kedarnath offers something for every solo traveler. Pack your bags, embark on this incredible adventure, and create memories to last a lifetime!

FAQs – For Kedarnath Solo Trip!

Question 1: is kedarnath safe for solo travelers.

Answer : Yes, Kedarnath is generally safe for solo travelers. The region receives many solo travelers each year who visit the sacred destination without any major safety concerns. However, Voy Trips suggest you take necessary precautions and be aware. Ensure you have appropriate travel insurance, stay on designated trails during treks, and follow the guidance of local authorities. It’s also recommended to inform someone about your travel plans and maintain regular communication. You can enjoy a safe and memorable solo trip to Kedarnath by staying cautious and prepared.

Question 2: Can I visit Kedarnath during the monsoon season?

Answer : Kedarnath should generally not be visited during its monsoon season from July to September due to heavy rainfall and potential landslides that make trekking routes inaccessible and unsafe, which authorities often close during these months to safeguard visitor safety and access. Therefore, for optimal travel planning purposes, it would be advisable to plan a visit from May-June or post-monsoon September-October when conditions are more suitable, and its temple is open for devotees.

Question 3: What are the accommodation options in Kedarnath?

Answer:  Kedarnath offers various accommodation options to meet the needs of its visitors. Here are a few popular choices:

Guesthouses:  Kedarnath boasts several guesthouses that provide comfortable yet budget-conscious lodging solutions, typically including beds with attached bathrooms and sometimes dining spaces.

Hotels: Kedarnath boasts several hotels offering more luxurious lodging with amenities such as room service, restaurants, and Wi-Fi connectivity – ideal for travelers seeking high levels of comfort and convenience.

Dharamshala’s (Pilgrim Shelters): Dharamshala’s are traditional pilgrim shelters that offer simple accommodation to devotees, typically providing dormitory-style rooms or shared spaces equipped with beds and shared bathrooms – and may be run by religious organizations to offer more cost-effective options to travelers.

Camping:  To experience nature first-hand, campsites along the trekking routes to Kedarnath offer unique camping experiences in their spectacular environs. Offering tents and basic facilities for accommodation overnight stay in the idyllic settings of Kedarnath makes camping unforgettable!

Booking accommodation early can ensure availability and secure an option that best matches your tastes and budget.

Question 4: Are there any age restrictions for trekking in Kedarnath?

Answer:  Trekking Kedarnath does not impose age restrictions. However, individuals should carefully assess their fitness levels and physical capabilities before embarking on any trek – remembering that getting there requires ascending steep trails with uneven surfaces, which may prove physically demanding.

Before beginning any trek, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional and undertake all the necessary fitness preparations, particularly if any preexisting medical conditions exist or older age is an issue. Beginning trekkers or those concerned about fitness levels should begin with shorter and easier treks at first.

There is no age restriction when trekking Kedarnath; however, it’s essential that you listen to your body, take breaks as needed, and trek at an easy and sustainable pace. Also, having an experienced local guide or trekking group as support could prove invaluable – think carefully about your fitness level before making decisions to ensure an enjoyable Kedarnath trek experience!

Question 5: How long does the trek to Kedarnath take?

Answer:  The trek duration to Kedarnath can depend on many variables, including starting point, personal fitness levels, and chosen route. Here are estimated trek durations for popular trekking paths commonly taken to Kedarnath:

Gaurikund to Kedarnath:  This route is by far the most popular and covers approximately 16 kilometers (10 miles). On average, this trek usually lasts 6-8 hours, depending on individual walking speed and rest stops taken along its course.

Sonprayag to Kedarnath:  This route covers roughly 5 kilometers (3 miles). Trekking from Sonprayag to Kedarnath typically lasts two to four hours, depending on one’s pace and fitness levels.

Therefore, extra time should be allowed for rest breaks, acclimatization, and simply taking in all nature offers along the journey.

Make sure you carry a water bottle and stay hydrated, carry trekking gear, and pay attention to what your body needs during the trek. Regular breaks and maintaining an even pace will guarantee a safe and rewarding journey to Kedarnath.

Question 5: Is Kedarnath good for a solo trip?

A: Yes, Kedarnath can be a great destination for a solo trip. The scenic beauty, spirituality, and adventure opportunities make it a popular choice among solo travellers.

Question 6: How much does a single trip to Kedarnath cost?

A: The cost of a solo trip to Kedarnath can vary depending on various factors, such as transportation, accommodation, and personal expenses. Your cost could be 9k to 12k. Planning a budget and researching current prices is recommended for a more accurate estimate.

Question 7: How to plan a solo trip to Kedarnath from Delhi?

A: To plan a solo trip to Kedarnath from Delhi, you can follow these steps:

Research:  Gather information about the best time to visit, weather conditions, and transportation options.

Itinerary:  Check the detailed itinerary of the Kedarnath trip plan.

Transportation:  Book your transportation from Delhi to Kedarnath, which can include a combination of flights, trains, and road journeys.

Accommodation:  Look for suitable accommodations in Kedarnath and make reservations in advance.

Permits: Obtain any necessary permits or passes for the trek or visit to Kedarnath.

Packing:  Pack appropriate clothing, essentials, and any specific gear needed for the trip.

Safety:  Ensure you have necessary safety measures, such as travel insurance and emergency contacts.

Enjoy: Embark on your solo trip to Kedarnath and maximize your experience while staying safe.

Question 8: Is Kedarnath good for beginners?

A: Kedarnath can be challenging for beginners, particularly the trek to the Kedarnath temple. The altitude, steep terrain, and unpredictable weather conditions can make it physically demanding. However, beginners can undertake the journey with proper preparation, fitness training, and taking the necessary precautions. It’s advisable to consult with experienced trekkers, hire a local guide, and start with shorter treks or acclimatization hikes before attempting the Kedarnath trek.

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A Complete Travel Guide to Badrinath Kedarnath Yatra 2024

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Badrinath Kedarnath Do Dham Yatra

Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham are two prominent pilgrimage sites for Hindu devotees in India and are among the most significant sacred sites in the holy Chardham of India. Devotees from all over the world visit these sites for spiritual salvation and wisdom. Badrinath Dham, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is an essential religious site where devotees worship to attain prosperity, wealth, self-righteousness, protection, health, and spiritual wisdom. Located in the high-altitude Himalayan region in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, the journey to Badrinath is challenging, but it is said that the journey to something difficult will result in a feeling of wholesomeness once it is attained. Visiting Badrinath Dham is a journey to discover one’s spiritual side and bring positive change in life. According to Hindu mythology, visiting Badrinath Dham is a means of attaining spiritual wisdom and protection from Lord Vishnu.

On the other hand, Lord Shiva in Kedarnath Dham is the god of Moksha, and the challenging journey to Kedarnath holds great significance in Hindu mythology. Attaining Moksha, the ultimate aim of human life, requires hard penance. The journey to Kedarnath symbolizes a transition from unwholesome qualities to wholesome human qualities such as righteousness, self-love, positivity, and spiritual salvation. According to Hindu mythology, visiting Kedarnath Dham frees the soul from sins and the karmic backlog of life.

If you are planning to go on the Badrinath Kedarnath Do Dham Yatra 2024 in the Himalayas, this blog provides a complete travel guide with all the necessary information to help you plan your pilgrimage journey to Badrinath and Kedarnath hassle-free. We have provided detailed information on every aspect that you need to know before visiting these places in the Himalayas. Go through the detailed description and plan your upcoming Badrinath-Kedarnath pilgrimage journey accordingly.

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Explore the Enchanting and Serene Badrinath Dham, a Sacred Destination in the Himalayas where Divinity Meets Nature

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Situated in the captivating Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Shri Badrinath Dham is one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in India, devoted to Lord Vishnu and one of the four sacred shrines of the Chota Char Dham Yatra . Visitors from around the world flock to Badrinath to worship Lord Vishnu in the renowned Badrinath Temple, the main highlight of the region.

Blessed with breathtaking views of the Nar and Narayan Mountain ranges, Badrinath is a paradise for trekkers and nature enthusiasts. A short trek to Badrinath Temple will lead you to the magnificent sights of Neelkanth Peak, Alaknanda River, and the confluence of Satopanth Glacier and Bhagirath Kharak Glacier, passing through the districts of Chamoli, Rudraprayag, and Pauri Garhwal.

The journey to Shri Badrinath Temple is a tranquil sojourn through the majestic Himalayas. As you approach the temple, its stunning architecture in the form of a cone-shaped shrine will leave you spellbound. Legend has it that the temple was established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya Ji in the 9th Century.

The temple is home to the idol of Lord Vishnu, also known as Badri Vishal. The black stone idol has four arms, two lifted up holding the Shankh (Conch) and a Chakra, while the other two rest on his lap in Yoga Mudra position. Visitors can also witness the idols of Lord Garuda, Narad Rishi, Lord Kuber, Udhava, and Nar and Narayan.

Interesting Fact About Badrinath Dham- An interesting fact about Badrinath Dham is that the idol of Lord Vishnu was discovered by Shankara in the Alaknanda River, which he enshrined in a cave near Tapt Hot Springs. It was in the 16th century that the King of Garhwal placed the idol in its current location.

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Kedarnath Dham – A Gateway to Spiritual Awakening Amidst the Himalayan Beauty

Kedarnath Dham

Kedarnath Yatra holds a special place in the hearts of Hindu devotees, as it offers a difficult but awe-inspiring journey to the Kedarnath shrine, nestled amidst the mighty Himalayan ranges. The picturesque valley of Kedarnath is surrounded by snow-capped peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas, lush alpine meadows, and the tranquil Mandakini River, offering a serene ambiance to the pilgrims. It is regarded as one of the holy shrines of Chota Char Dhams, and a revered abode of Lord Shiva.

The Kedarnath Temple is an ancient shrine where devotees seek the divine blessings of Lord Shiva, who is worshiped in the form of Swayambhu, emerging from the ground on its own. It is also among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines in India , believed to relieve the visitors of all their karmic debts. The locals greet each other with Jai Kedar or Jai Shree Kedar, a reference to both the place and the deity, highlighting the omnipresence of Lord Shiva in and around the temple.

The temple’s construction dates back to over a thousand years and is made up of large stone slabs arranged in a rectangular shape. The legend behind the formation of Kedarnath Dham is fascinating, tracing back to the Mahabharata era, where the five Pandava brothers sought Lord Shiva’s forgiveness for their sins. The lord, in the form of a buffalo, tried to evade them, but Bhima recognized his true identity and grabbed his hump, which fell to the ground, becoming the site of Kedarnath Shrine. The remaining parts of his body fell in four other places, known as Panch Kedars , where Lord Shiva is worshiped in five different forms, including Madhmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath, and Kalpeshwar.

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Panch Kedar Temples Name

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The beauty of Kedarnath Dham is one of a kind. Lakes, hot springs, colorful Rhododendrons will delight nature lovers and solace seekers. There are two fantastic routes to enjoy the beauty of Kedarnath Dham. First route to reach Kedarnath Temple is by Gaurikund. It is a very popular trek to do in Uttarakhand . Situated at an elevation of 6000 ft Gaurikund is a serene hot water spring in the Himalayas. You will also see a beautiful Gauri Devi Temple which is dedicated to goddess Parvati. According to legend it is the same place where Lord Ganesha acquired his elephant head. Second route to embrace the nature around Kedarnath Shrine is a trek to Vasuki Tal which is only 8 km from the shrine. You will see mesmerizing Chaukhamba Peaks and awe-inspiring Mandakini Valley. It is said that lord Vishnu took a bath in the Vasuki Tal during Raksha Bandhan.

Visiting Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham is an experience of a lifetime. You must experience the bliss of spirituality and nature’s ultimate beauty in Kedarnath and Badrinath Shrine.

Also Read: Complete Panch Kedar Yatra Travel Guide

Badrinath and Kedarnath Temple Opening Dates in 2024

When is the ideal time to plan a pilgrimage to badrinath and kedarnath.

Shri Badrinath Temple

If you are planning a Do Dham Yatra to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham, one of the most crucial aspects to consider is the timing of your visit. It is essential to be aware of the weather conditions of Kedarnath Dham and Badrinath Dham beforehand. These holy shrines are situated at high-altitude areas of the Himalayas, and heavy snowfall occurs during the winter season, covering the landscape in a thick blanket of snow. Winter season starts from November and lasts till March, and during this time, the portals of Char Dham remain closed, making it impossible to visit Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham. Therefore, the ideal time to plan your Yatra is in April to May. Monsoon season starts from the second half of June and ends in August, and it receives very heavy rainfall in these areas. It is not an ideal time to plan your Yatra as frequent landslides occur due to heavy rainfall in Char Dham destinations.

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Peak Tourism Season for Badrinath Kedarnath Do Dham Yatra

Getting there: how to reach badrinath and kedarnath.

Shri Kedarnath Mandir

To reach Badrinath (314 km), Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport which is well-connected to the major cities of India. Taxis, cabs, and tempos are easily available from the airport to Badrinath.

For Kedarnath Dham, Jolly Grant Airport is also the nearest airport, which is only 238 km from Kedarnath. Daily flights connect Jolly Grant Airport with Delhi.

Rishikesh Railway Station (295 km) is the nearest railway station to reach Badrinath Dham. Badrinath is well-connected with motorable roads to Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh to reach Badrinath.

Kedarnath Dham is located 216 km away from Rishikesh Railway Station on NH58. Taxis, buses, tempos, and private cabs are available from Rishikesh to reach Kedarnath. However, the route is not direct. You will not get direct buses for Kedarnath but you will get taxis and cabs for Sonprayag or Gaurikund to reach Kedarnath.

Badrinath and Kedarnath are both well-connected by motorable roads. The route to Kedarnath is challenging. Earlier, Gaurikund used to be the base point to trek to Kedarnath, but after the 2013 calamity, Sonprayag is considered the base point to start your journey to Kedarnath. Buses to Sonprayag are easily available from Rishikesh or Haridwar to reach Kedarnath.

Regardless of your location, you will have to start your Char Dham Yatra from either Rishikesh or Haridwar, as these two towns are the starting points for the Char Dham Pilgrimage Tour.

Buses, taxis, and cabs are available from the major cities of Uttarakhand, such as Rudraprayag, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Chamoli, Karanprayag, and Ukhimath, for Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Getting Registration for Badrinath and Kedarnath Yatra

Kedarnath Dham Temple View

In order to visit Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham, every pilgrim or tourist must fill out the Char Dham Yatra Registration Form , which is mandatory as per the government of Uttarakhand. Biometric registration is required for every pilgrim, either online or offline. Online registration is a convenient option as it saves time and eliminates the need to wait in long queues for biometric registration.

The following modes are available for biometric registration:

  • Online via the official government web portal
  • Mobile Application – Tourist Care Uttarakhand App download
  • Physical verification points or hand-held devices offered by trained personnel (Yatri Mitra)

To complete the online biometric registration process, a valid ID proof such as Aadhaar Card, PAN Card, Voter ID, driving license, passport or any valid certificate issued by the central government is required.

Tourists can contact the following helpline numbers to easily initiate the registration process:

  • WhatsApp – 91839483833 (Type – Yatra)
  • Mobile Application – Tourist Care Uttarakhand App
  • Toll-free number – 0135-1364.

Accommodation Options in Badrinath and Kedarnath Dhams

Shri Kedarnath Temple

The cost and availability of accommodations in Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham depend on the peak tourist season and your budget. During the peak season, the cost of accommodations tends to be higher. While Badrinath Dham has a good number of hotels and resorts that offer top-notch amenities, Kedarnath Dham only has a limited number of hotels in the form of guest houses and Dharamshalas that offer basic accommodation services.

Some of the Best Stay Options in and around Kedarnath Dham-

  • GMVN Cottage – Swarg Rohini Cottages
  • Trivedi House
  • GMVN Tents and Huts
  • Old Agra House
  • Shri Kedar Hotel
  • Bajpai House
  • New Himachal House
  • Shanti Palace
  • Gayatri Sadan
  • New Marwad House
  • Punjab and Sindh Awas
  • Himachal House
  • Aligarh- Hathras House
  • Punjab Sindh Awas
  • Jodhpur House
  • Bagwari House

Best Places to Stay in Sonprayag Near Main Market

  • Chauhan Hotel and Restaurant
  • Hotel Devlok
  • Devdarshan Hotel and Restaurant
  • Hotel Prayagraj and Restaurant

Best Hotels in Sitapur

  • Hotel Ashoka Palace and Restaurant
  • Ankur Tourist Guest House
  • Parth Guest House
  • Hotel Jagat Raj
  • Hotel JPG Palace
  • Shivalik Valley Resort and Spa
  • Hotel Priya Guest House
  • New Sanaika Guest House

Top Hotels & Resorts to Stay Near Badrinath Dham

  • Dwarikesh Hotel
  • New Snow Crest Hotel
  • Narayan palace Hotel
  • Hotel the Kedar Dev’s

Budgeting for Badrinath-Kedarnath Yatra: Things to Consider

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Are you curious about the budget for your Badrinath and Kedarnath pilgrimage tour? Don’t worry, we are here to assist you in preparing a budget-friendly plan for your amazing journey. There are certain factors that you need to consider while creating a budget for your Badrinath and Kedarnath Yatra.

Complete and Informative Information on Friendly Budget Travel to Badrinath and Kedarnath shrines for 2024 Char Dham pilgrimage Tour.

Transportation for Badrinath Kedarnath Tour

When planning your Do Dham Yatra to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dhams, one of the most important considerations is transportation. You can start your trip from either Haridwar or Rishikesh and aim to reach Sonprayag within your budget. Fortunately, there are many budget-friendly transportation options available, including government-owned buses and private cabs from the Haridwar or Rishikesh bus stand or railway station.

Private Cabs/ Cars Fare

The cost of hiring private cabs for the Badrinath and Kedarnath Yatra ranges from INR 5k to 6k, depending on the type of car. For instance, a Swift may charge up to INR 5k while an Innova can cost up to INR 6500 per day. The price of a Tempo will depend on the number of seats, ranging from 12-seater, 14-seater, to 16-seater, and the price will vary accordingly. For those on a budget, sharing cabs can be an option, with a cost of up to INR 1000 to 1200 per person. You can find cabs, tempos, or taxis at the Railway Station or Bus Stand in Haridwar or Rishikesh.

Government Buses

Government buses are one of the most economical modes of transportation. The fare for these buses is around INR 600 to 700 per person. You can catch these buses between 3:30 am to 9:30 am.

Helicopter Service

If you have a higher budget, you can consider using helicopter services for your Do Dham Yatra. The round-trip fare from Guptkashi can go up to INR 7750. However, private charter luxury helicopter services for Chardham Yatra can be quite expensive. You can find out the prices for luxury Chardham tour packages on this link .

Ponies, Palkis and Mules

If you are unable to trek long distances, you can choose to hire ponies, horses, or mules. The price for this service starts at INR 4550 and can go up to INR 7000 for a single ride.

Budget Stay in and around Badrinath and Kedarnath Dhams

When planning a budget-friendly trip to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham, finding the best accommodation option is a top priority. If your trek to Kedarnath takes more than one day, it’s important to have a comfortable place to stay overnight before continuing your journey the next day. Trekking to Kedarnath is only permitted between 4:30 am and 1:30 pm, so ideal accommodations can be found in Sonprayag, Rampur, and Gaurikund.

Note- It’s worth noting that the price of accommodations can vary depending on the tourism season. During the peak season of Char Dham Yatra, there may be more crowds, and the cost of hotels and guest houses may be higher.

The cost of food, adventure activities, excursions, and shopping during your trip will depend entirely on your individual preferences. In addition to the expenses related to visiting the temples, your overall budget will be influenced by the length of your stay in a particular location and the specific activities you choose to participate in.

Food Options in Badrinath and Kedarnath

The local cuisine of the Garhwal Himalayas is sure to be a highlight of your trip. Along the roadside, you will find numerous small cafes and shops offering delicious Garhwali cuisine. Additionally, there are women’s self-help groups along the trekking route from Gaurikund to Kedarnath that have been appointed by the district administration of Rudraprayag. These groups serve up local delicacies packed in paper boxes. There are also many other small eateries where you can try amazing dishes and savor the culinary heritage of Kumaon.

Popular Local Cuisines of Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham

  • Mandua ki Roti
  • Jhangore ki Kheer
  • Kumaoni Raita
  • Kode ki Roti
  • Bhatt ki Churkani
  • Bhang ki chutney

Physical Fitness Required for Badrinath and Kedarnath Yatra

If you’re planning a pilgrimage tour to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham, ensuring your physical fitness should be a top priority. In order to endure long hours of trekking, rough terrains, river crossings, and extremely cold weather in the high-altitude areas of the Himalayan region, it’s crucial to be in good health. Health tests are conducted before embarking on Char Dham Yatras, and only those who pass are permitted to visit the sacred shrines.

Daily exercise can help your body adapt to the extreme weather conditions and increase your immunity. Additionally, maintaining a balanced diet is critical for this trip, which should include adequate amounts of carbohydrates, fiber-rich elements, fruits, whole oats, green vegetables, and fresh fruit juices.

Staying properly hydrated is also important, as dehydrated muscles can make you weak and tired while trekking to Kedarnath Dham. It’s recommended to begin improving your physical fitness at least three months prior to the yatra.

Badrinath Kedarnath Yatra Itinerary 2024

Kedarnath Temple Uttarakhand

Planning your itinerary in advance is crucial for a memorable and hassle-free trip to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham. While the ambiance of these holy shrines is always beautiful, the harsh climatic conditions and treacherous terrains can make the journey challenging. With a safe and well-planned travel itinerary, you can save time and avoid unnecessary hassles, ensuring the most wonderful and wholesome travel memories.

Let us help you prepare a delightful itinerary for your Do Dham Yatra, which includes Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham, starting from Haridwar. Alternatively, you can also begin your Do Dham Yatra from Delhi and make your way to Haridwar or Rishikesh.

Day 1 – Haridwar – Ganga’s Bliss, Soul of the God

Note – No matter where you are, the journey to the Char Dhams will always start from Haridwar or Rishikesh as these two sacred places are the starting point to undertake the pilgrimage tour of Char Dham Yatra. In case if you want to visit only do Dhams i.e. Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham then also you have to start your journey from Haridwar.

Your First day at Haridwar will start from exploring its mesmerizing beauty. From your hotel after breakfast, you must go out to embrace the spiritual vibes of the town. The city of Haridwar is located at the foothills of Himalayas. Wherever you look you will see thousands of people taking holy dip into the holy water of Ganges.

Sound of soothing temple bells, chanting, smell of incense sticks, cheerful hustle and bustle of people at the Ghats and ethereal Ganga Aarti of the evening, our soul returns to what is sacred and finds eternal peace and wisdom.

There are many places to explore in Haridwar. Some of the most popular places to visit are Har Ki Pauri, Mansa devi temple, Chandi devi Temple, Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar etc. Experience of Ganga Aarti will elevate and nourish your thoughts to a whole new level.

After exploring an overnight stay at the hotel and enjoying a delicious Dinner.

Day 2 – Guptkashi – Hidden Benaras

Morning after breakfast at Haridwar. Check out from the hotel. It’s time to head to Guptkashi. At Guptkashi, after checking in at the hotel, Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Ardh Nareshwar Temple. It is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand.

There is a very interesting story behind the name of Guptkashi. Guptkashi means ‘Hidden Benares’. It is the first place where Lord Shiva concealed himself from Pandavas when they were searching for him before fleeing to the valley of Kedarnath. The priestess of Kedarnath shrine also lives in Guptkashi during winters.  The idol of Lord Shiva (Kedarnath) passes through Guptkashi to Ukhimath which is the winter home of Lord Kedarnath.

Other most beautiful divine destinations to visit in Guptkashi are Narayan Koti temple, Kalimath where you will feel your sacred contract with the universe.

Overnight stay at Guptkashi.

Day 3-Guptkashi to Kedarnath Shrine – Let’s See the Blessed Seat of Lord Shiva

From Guptkashi after breakfast. You must prepare for the Kedarnath Trek. The trek to Kedarnath shrine starts from Gaurikund. You need to take a bus to Sonprayag to reach Gaurikund as Gaurikund is just 6 km from Sonprayag. You will easily reach Gaurikund in a local jeep within 20-25 minutes.

Note- To avoid long crowds you need to start the trek early in the morning. The trek route closes after 1:30pm pm. So, you need to complete your trek before 1:30pm. The weather conditions are very harsh. Landslides, rainfall make the journey very difficult and risky. Hence it is always important to start the trek early in the morning to reach the Kedarnath temple on time. You can also hire Palki, horses, mules to travel to Kedarnath Shrine if you feel you are not able to walk.

Helicopter is also a very good option to reach Kedarnath Shrine. There Are three helipad locations – Guptkashi, Phata and Sersi. You can book your tickets to enjoy the helicopter services to reach Kedarnath Shrine. It is the best option if you have elderly people in your group.

Note- You can only book Heli tickets from the official government site. No other site has the right to make Heli Bookings.

Darshan of Lord Kedarnath

Situated at an elevation 3584 meters above the sea level, Kedarnath Shrine is one of the most popular and holiest pilgrimage shrines of Lord Shiva.  Gert the divine blessings of Lord Shiva. Embrace the divine bliss from the Aarti pooja.

The temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. According to a popular belief, visiting Kedarnath Shrine will free you from all the Karmic backlog. The beauty surrounding the Kedarnath shrine will reach to the depths of your soul.

After Darshan, come back to your hotel. An overnight stay at Guptkashi.

Day 4 – Guptkashi to Badrinath – Sacred reserve of Lord Vishnu

Morning after breakfast, Check out from the hotel. At Badrinath check in at the hotel. Head to Badrinath Dham. From Guptkashi you will get early morning buses to Badrinath Dham. Badrinath Shrine is a holy abode of Lord Vishnu. Nestled between the magnificent Nar and Narayan ranges, the temple is a wonderful site to spend some time alone with your thoughts. Get the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu, Badri Vishal.  After Darshan you can explore many other amazing places in and around Badrinath Dham. Joshimath is only 45 km away from Badrinath and it will take only 2 hours to reach Joshimath. There are many temples in Joshimath such as Narsingh temple, Bhavishya Kedar, Kalpvriksha etc. to rekindle spiritual energy. In Badrinath you can explore amazing spots like Mana Village, Matamoorti, Charan Paduka and Vyas Gufa etc.

Overnight Stay at Badrinath

Day 5- Badrinath to Rudraprayag

Check out from the hotel and Head to Rudraprayag via Joshimath. Check in at the hotel in Rudraprayag.   You must explore Rudraprayag Temple, Dhar Devi temple, Koteshwar Mahadev Temple, Indrasani Mansa Devi Temple and Augustmuni at Rudraprayag. Overnight Stay at Rudraprayag.

Day 6 – Rudraprayag to Haridwar or Rishikesh

Check out from the hotel. You will get an early morning bus for Haridwar. It would take 6 hours to reach Haridwar.  You will get the earliest bus at 3:15am. There are many options to go to Haridwar. You can also head to Rishikesh if you want to explore Rishikesh.  Rishikesh is also one of the most popular pilgrimage towns located in the foothills of Himalayas. It is also called the Adventure capital of India and Yoga capital of the world. The most interesting thing to do here is to explore the mesmerizing temples and Ashrams. You must visit Triveni Ghat, Laxman Jhoola, Ram Jhoola, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Parmartha Niketan.  Visiting Rishikesh is an alternative option. If you are interested in exploring more religious places, then Indeed Rishikesh is one of the best places to uplift your soul.

Heli Services for Badrinath and Kedarnath Yatra 2024

Kedarnath Yatra by Helicopter

If you’re not interested in trekking, you have the option of using Heli services for the Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham Yatra. Two types of Heli services are available for the Chardham Yatra. The first is a budget Helicopter tour service for the Kedarnath Yatra, which is offered at numerous mini helipads in the Kedar Valley. The second is a private charter Helicopter tour service operated from Dehradun, which is more expensive than the simple Heli service. Private helicopter tour operators provide VIP darshans at Chardham temples.

To book Heli services for the Kedarnath Dham, you can use the official government portal of Uttarakhand. Heli tickets can only be reserved through the government website, and no other private website has the authority to book Helicopter tickets for pilgrims. The three Helipad locations for Kedarnath Dham are Guptkashi, Phata, and Sersi.

For the Badrinath Yatra, you can book a private charter tour directly from a licensed Heli tour operator package.

Note that due to extreme weather conditions, challenging terrains, lack of oxygen levels at high altitude areas, and challenging river crossings, completing the Yatra can be extremely exhausting for some individuals. For this reason, Helicopter services are best suited for them. Additionally, if there are elderly people in your group, it is recommended to book Helicopter services for the Badrinath and Kedarnath Dhams.

Must Visit Places in Badrinath and Kedarnath Dhams

Neelkanth Peak View from Badrinath

Apart from the darshan to the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath, you can also explore some of the most beautiful places to capture in your lens. Badrinath and Kedarnath Dhams are two beautiful paradises to seduce your senses, uplift your spirit, rejuvenate your soul and discover yourself. It is a perfect place for nature lovers and solace seekers.

Some of the Must See & Visit Places in and around Badrinath are –

  • Neelkanth- It is one of the most beautiful mountains which forms the background of Badrinath Dham. Neelkanth Peak is also known as ‘Garhwal Queen’. It is situated at an altitude of 6,507 m. The mesmerizing views of sunrise from Neelkanth peak will blow your heart away.
  • Tapt Kund- Tapt kund is a holy water kund which is said to be the seat of the god of fire (Agni). A holy dip in its serene water before entering the Badrinath shrine will cure all the skin diseases as it has medicinal properties. It is one of the most popular sights to explore in Badrinath.
  • Brahma Kapal – It is a sacred place which is located 2kms from Badrinath where people pay respects to their ancestors. It is said that here lord brahma resides to give salvation to the family members of the people when they perform their last rites or shraddha karma.
  • Charan Paduka- Charan Paduka is very popular for the sighting of a boulder which has the footprints of lord Vishnu. It is also a great place for nature lovers as beautiful meadows of wildflowers which bloom in summer will delight every traveler’s soul who loves nature.
  • Mata Murti Mandir- At the blissful banks of Alaknanda River lies the magnificent Mata Murti Mandir which is dedicated to the mother of lord Badrinath. Devotees from far come here to take divine blessings of Mata Murti in Badrinath.
  • Panch Shillas -Located near Tapt Kund you must have seen the five blocks of mythological shillas, also known as Panch shillas dedicated to lord Narad, Narsimh, Barah, Garur & Markandeya. It is one of the most popular sights to explore in Badrinath.

Some Places to Visit in and around Kedarnath Dham are-

Kedarnath Dham

  • Triyuginarayan Temple- It is one of the most popular temples to explore near Kedarnath shrine. It is the sacred place where Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. The eternal flame burning here for decades has kept intact the memories of this auspicious wedding.
  • Gaurikund – Gauri Kund is one of the most popular places to explore before going to Kedarnath as it comes on the way when you are trekking for Kedarnath Dham. Gauri Kund is dedicated to goddess Parvati, wife of lord Shiva. A temple of Gauri is also situated near this Kund. Today we will not be able to see Gauri Kund as it was destroyed after the floods of 2013 but a small stream still flows at the location of the Kund.
  • Vasuki Tal Lake – Lies at an altitude of 4,150 m above the sea level, Vasuki Tal Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes to explore in Kedarnath. Capture mind boggling views of this mesmerizing lake in your lens. From Kedarnath shrine it is just 8 km away. You have to indulge in trekking to see the fascinating sights of Vasuki Tal Lake.
  • Shankaracharya Samadhi – Located just behind Kedarnath Temple is the grave of Adi Shankaracharya a sage who attained samadhi at the age of 32. He is the one who established Kedarnath Shrine and one of his four Mathas in the 8th century A.D.
  • Bhairav Temple- Bhairav temple is located at the south of Kedarnath Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Bhairav, a fierce form of Lord Shiva associated with destruction. Devotees who worship Kedarnath also visit Bhairav Temple to get the divine blessing of Lord Bhairav as per the ritual.
  • Rudra Cave – Located in the Kedarnath temple complex, Rudra cave is one of the best places for meditation and spiritual practice. The surroundings near Rudra Cave is scenically attractive which will compel you to nourish the inner radiance of your life.

Safety Measure to Follow During the Yatra

Here are some safety measures you should follow at any cost to make your journey safe and wholesome.

  • Always carry a basic first aid kit which contains all the necessary medicines such as pain killers, gels, antibiotics, medicines for fever and cold and inhaler etc.
  • Always check the weather conditions before planning your trip to Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham. In high altitude areas the weather is quite unpredictable. The best time to plan your yatra is during the summer season. In winters the entire landscape of Kedarnath and Badrinath is covered in snow. So, pilgrims are not allowed during the winter season. Monsoon is not favorable to plan this yatra. Due to heavy rainfall, frequent landslides will make the journey dangerous.
  • Prefer only bottled water or some clean natural source of water during the yatra.
  • Keep your yatra registration slip and a valid ID proof all the time with you.
  • Avoid cold food, raw vegetables, and drinks with ice.
  • Get yourself medically examined as physical fitness is extremely important for this yatra.

Important tips to keep in your mind to make the most of your Badrinath and Kedarnath Yatra

The journey to the folds of mighty Himalayas is not an easy task. It’s a blessed seat of divinity in the most revered holy Char Dhams. The journey is an ultimate test of faith. Getting the divine blessings and darshan of almighty in the holy shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath is an experience of a lifetime. The journey to Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham is difficult. It is located in the high Himalayan – altitude and challenging terrains. The weather is extremely cold and harsh. Sometimes the temperature drops down to sub-zero degrees.  Keeping these things in mind you must know some essential travel tips to prepare your Pilgrimage Tour to Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham smartly. It will save you time from unnecessary hassles and make the most of your time worth it in Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham.

Get the help of Best Tour Guide or Reputed Travel Agency- Why is it Important?

If you are traveling for the first time to the inhospitable terrains of Kedarnath then you must take the help of local guides to avoid difficult terrains which lead to dead ends.

A reputed travel agency or trustworthy tour operator will help you to plan your Kedarnath and Badrinath pilgrimage journey. They would act as a friendly guide and also prepare your itinerary for the whole trip. You won’t have to worry about minute details of the trip.

Badrinath Dham has a very good connectivity as it is connected to the major destinations of Uttarakhand but Kedarnath Dham on the other hand is a difficult and inhospitable terrain. It lacks good connectivity. From Haridwar you will get morning buses to Gaurikund. You can also make advance booking for this bus at (Garhwal Mandal Owners Association). You will also get buses and jeeps from Rishikesh to Gaurikund. From Gaurikund you have to get ready for a long 20 km trek to Kedarnath Dham. It’s a long journey so, if you are not a trekking lover you can opt for Helicopters, mules and Palkis for Kedarnath Dham.

Must Have Warm Clothes

The mind-boggling terrains of Himalayas would look good only if you have complete precaution to keep you safe from the harsh weather of the mountains. Otherwise, nothing will stop you from falling ill. Take an adequate number of warm woolen clothes such as thermals, sweaters, caps, footwears, gloves, blankets, umbrellas and raincoats etc. the weather remains cold throughout the year in these places.

Safety Kit!

As you move towards the high altitudes of Himalayan region, the narrow paths, zig zag terrains of the mountains will make you dizzy and weak. There will be symptoms of headache, stomach cramp or shortness of breath. First time travelers most of the time face these kinds of situations in their journey. So, you must take necessary medicines for fever or cold, painkillers, antibiotics, gels etc. with a basic first-aid kit.   

Have Enough Cash

You must know that you are traveling to some of the remotest of locations while traveling to Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham. The eateries and cafes falling on the narrow roads of these holy Dhams will not accept credit and Debit cards or e- mobile wallets. You must carry enough cash for your convenience.

Physical Fitness is Necessary

You are doing one of the most difficult journeys of your lifetime. Trekking to high Himalayan Altitude regions is not an easy task. You must be physically fit to travel to Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham. You must prepare yourself mentally in advance by practicing running, jogging and breathing exercises.  Withstanding the chill of the Upper Himalayan region is another task which you must endure with wholesomeness. It’s absolutely necessary to have energy. Carry Chocolates, dry fruits, and glucose for some instant energy. You must carry your own water bottle and some packaged snacks to eat at regular intervals.

Advance Accommodation Booking

One of the most important things is to plan your accommodation options in advance for the Char Dham Yatra. Once the peak tourism season of the Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham starts you will find it very difficult to get a comfortable stay option. Most of them will usually be full and you have to spend the entire night by the side of the temple.

Biometric Registration

It is very important to do Biometric registration before going to Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham. The government of India has made it compulsory for Darshan. In case you forgot then there are various verification points to do the same.

Beware of Scams

If you are hiring mules or Palkis to travel then you must check for their official ID’s. Also check the prices online before to avoid paying more unnecessarily.

Take Your Memory Maker!

Keep your camera with extra batteries to capture the beautiful views around Kedarnath and Badrinath Shrines. The memories you capture in your lens will stay with you forever.

Connectivity Issue

You must carry a BSNL sim card with you during yatra. None of the other networks will work here properly. BSNL is the best network to offer maximum connectivity at any point of time.

Light Baggage

Keep your baggage as light a s possible. The pilgrimage journey to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham is all about trekking for long hours. The more you keep less things in your bag the more comfortable it is for you to walk.

It is good to start traveling in the early morning. Before 3 am at Kedarnath Temple. The Temple gates would be closed after that. At 5pm in the evening the temple gate will again open for the visitors but there will be huge rush and long queues.

Essential Items to Pack for the Yatra

Pack basic toiletry kit which contains towel, toothpaste, toothbrush, face wash, handwash, hairbrush, soap, and umbrella. These are some important things you must not forget to pack while planning your Do Dham yatra to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham.

We trust that this blog has furnished you with plentiful informative insights for your 2024 Badri Kedar pilgrimage tour. In case you have any inquiries regarding the Yatra, we are delighted to assist you. Additionally, if you have already undertaken a pilgrimage to Badri Kedar Dham, we would be eager to hear about your experience. Please feel free to share your memories with us in the comments section of this blog.

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Char Dham Yatra 2024

Kedarnath Opening and Closing Dates

Kedarnath Temple Opening Date

Kedarnath Temple Opening Date

The opening and closing date of kedarnath temple shrine in 2024.

The opening date and time of Kedarnath Temple is depends on auspicious day of Akshay Tritya and declared on the Maha Shiva Ratri. The date of opening of Kedarnath shrine is decided by priests in Ukhimath’s Omkareshwar Temple after calculation of Panchang. The doors of the holy temple have been closed for the winter and will be reopened in April-May 2024. The date of opening of doors of Kedarnath Dham will be announced on Mahashivratri in 2024.

The closing date of Kedarnath is fixed i.e 2 days after Diwali when Bhai Dooj is celebrated. Kedarnath temple has been closed for winter after Pooja archana in morning and reopened on April-May 2024. Kedarnath Temple opening and closing date for 2024 will be updated soon.

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Kedarnath temple has been closed for winter..

Kedarnath Temple has a long ceremonial puja at the time of opening of Kedarnath shrine . Main Pujari Rawal of Kedarnath first takes blessing and view of lingam after opening of Kedarnath temple .

Kedarnath Dham Opening & Closing Ceremony

Kedarnath Dham opening ceremony witness thousands of pilgrims. Kedarnath Kapaat opening day is one of the auspicious moment for many pilgrims visiting Kedarnath from all round the country and the world. The gates of Kedarnath Temple open after long hours worship by Rawal and Pujaris of Kedarnath Dham. Pilgrims could take darshan only after first opening Puja at Kedarnath Temple by priests.

Closing ceremony of Kedarnath Dham is also very grand celebration with Garhwal Bands taking Baba Kedar Doli to Winter Abode of Kedarnath i.e Omkareshwar Temple, Ukhimath.

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Kedarnath in Winters

During Winters starting from the month of of November, there is heavy snowfall in Kedarnath and all the routes are closed. The shrine is also closed for 6 months. The holy statue of Lord Shiva, is shifted from Garhwal (Kedarkhand) to Ukhimath , and is reinstated at Kedarnath, in the first week of May. It is at this time, that the doors of the temple are thrown open to pilgrims, who gather from all parts of India, for a holy pilgrimage. The shrine closes on the week of Kartik, on the day of Bhai Dooj (October-November) and reopens after Akshay Tritya (April-May) every year. During its closure the shrine is submerged in snow and worship is performed at Ukhimath.

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Faqs for kedarnath opening and closing dates, what is the opening date of kedarnath dham in 2024.

The opening date of Kedarnath Dham in 2024 was declared on Maha Shiva Ratri, February 2024. The Tentative date of the opening of Kedarnath Dham in 2024 is April 2024.

What is the closing date of Kedarnath Dham in 2024?

Every Year, The Doors of Kedarnath Dham closes after two days of Diwali on the occassion of Bhai Dooj. The final closing date of Kedarnath Dham will be declared on Vijaydashmi. The tentative closing date of Kedarnath Dham in 2024 is November 14, 2024.

On which day is the opening date of Kedarnath Dham declared?

The opening date of Kedarnath Dham is declared on Maha Shivaratri every year.

On which day is the closing date of Kedarnath Dham declared?

The closing date of Kedarnath Dham is declared on Vijaydashmi every year.

Who decides the opening and closing dates of Kedarnath Dham?

The opening and closing dates of Kedarnath Dham are decided by the priest after the calculation of the Panchang.

Which is the best time to visit Kedarnath Dham?

The best time to visit Kedarnath Dham is during the month of April-May when the temple opens and during September and October when the crowd is lesser.

Where is Kedarnath Dham located?

Kedarnath Dham is located in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand.

For how many months will the doors of Kedarnath Dham remain open?

The doors of Kedarnath Dham remain open for six months during the summer and monsoon seasons.

For how many months will the doors of Kedarnath Dham remain closed?

The doors of Kedarnath Dham remain closed for six months during the winter season, as there is a lot of snowfall and the temple remains covered with snow.

What is the Bus Fare from Delhi to Kedarnath?

The bus fare from Delhi to Kedarnath ranges from Rs 1000 to 1500.

What are the ways to reach Kedarnath Dham?

The different ways to reach Kedarnath Dham are:

By Bus: The first and most used way to reach Kedarnath Dham is by bus, as this is the cheapest way to reach Kedarnath Dham. Buses to Kedarnath Dham are available from Rishikesh, Haridwar, Srinagar, and other locations as well.

By Flight: People from faraway locations coming to Kedarnath Dham can reach Kedarnath Dham by flight. The nearest airport to Kedarnath Dham is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is approximately 225 kilometres away. There are Charter Heli Services provided by various companies to Kedarnath from Sahatradhara Helidrome.

By Helicopter: Helicopter services are also available for Kedarnath Dham. Different private and government agencies offer helicopter services to Kedarnath Dham .

By Train: Pilgrims can also reach Kedarnath Dham by train. The nearest railway station to Kedarnath Dham is Rishikesh Railway Station, located approximately 205 km from Kedarnath Dham.

What are the famous nearby destinations to visit from Kedarnath Dham?

The famous destinations to visit near Kedarnath Dham include Vasuki Tal Lake, Guptkashi, Chopta, Tungnath, Chandrashila Trek, Augustmuni, Gaurikund, and others.

Is accommodation facilities available near Kedarnath Dham?

Yes, accommodation facilities are available near Kedarnath Dham. Various hotels, homestays, and resorts are available in Kedarnath Dham for accommodation.

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HUM BHI GRUOP ME 21 AUGUST KO KEDARNATH DHAM JA RAHE HE KYA AAP BATAYENGE KI US VAKT MANDIR YA MANDIR JANE KA RASTA BAND TO NHI RAHEGANA

Kedarnath mandir mai aarti ka subha or sham dono ka samya

Kya 18 February ko Shri kedarnath dham open rhega

फरवरी महाशिवरात्रि के लिए केदारनाथ मंदिर कितने दिनों के लिए कुलेगी फुरवरी 18-2023 में आना रहा

जय श्री केदार नाथ धाम भोले नाथ जल्दी बुला लो प्रभु 🥲🙏🚩

केदारनाथ मंदिर कब खुलेगा हमारा आने का प्लान बना है 30 मार्च को 2023 7 8 जण है

जनवरी में मंदिर खुला रहेगा या नही

26 April ko kualega mahakal Ji

नहीं अप्रैल या मई में खुलेगा

Hum smapan me shamil ho sakte h ya diwapli pr dershan ho sakte h

Hum 5 to 7 log baba ke Darshan ke liya jana chate hai but kuch log bol rahe hai ki is time waha bhut barish ho rahi hai or thand bhi bhut hai to kya hum 30 sep to 5 Oct ko kedarnath mandir ja sakte hai please reply

Haan ja sakte hain .. kuch Garam kapde saath rakh lena

We 2 friends were planning for a long time to visit Kedarnath with Bikes and now our plan was fixed from 12 Aug to 15 Aug, And everyone is saying that it rains a lot at this time, so please suggest can we visit kedarnath in these days. Please let me know as soon as possible because 12 Aug is not far as its already 9 Aug today

Chardham Roads are prone to landslides now a days due to rains. But nothing is impossible. You can ride to Kedarnath with some precautions.

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30 march 2022 in kedarnath ,is kedarnath temple open in march

I want to celebrate mahashivratri I.e 30 march 2022 in kedarnath ,is kedarnath temple open in march

Can we do darshan kedarnath Temple after 31 December 1/1/2022

can we do darshan Kedarnath Temple After 31 July

sir we will plan to go kedarnath & chardham yatra on 27th Aug 2021 , but now temple is open ?

I am planning to go kedarnath with my friends on 4 july 2021 Is it open in this lockdown can we do a darshan of temple? Please help me out

SIR, CAN I VISIT CHAR DHAM AND DO DARSHAN OF KEDARNATH AND BADRINATH DHAM ON 17/6/2021. I’ M FROM GURGAON HARYANA.

IS THERE ANY TERMS AND CONDITION FOR VISITORS WHICH I NEED TO FOLLOW

SIR KYA MANIDR IS TIME OPEN H KYA ME DELHI SE VISIT KRUGAAA TO AP EK BHR BHTAAA DETE

I am from Kolkata Mujhe a jana hai ki Kedarnath Mandir abhi Khula Hai Ki Nahin please help me

I am planing to go kedarnath with my friends on 30 june 2021 Is it open in this lockdown can we do a darshan of temple? Please help me out

we are plaining in 1st week of july, yatra chl rhi hai ya bnd krdi yhi hai due to covid

we are from mumbai can we visit in 1st week of june for kedarnath darshan

Kedarnath k darshan bhar se honge ya andr aabhi hum plan bna rhe the aane ka or kya kya chahie vha aane k liye.?

I’m planning solo trip to kedarnath & explore offbeat towns in uttarakhand

Can we do darshan of lord shiva after may 17th

Yes, sure ..

Is it Kedarnath opens on 17th may no it’s confirm or it may change due to corona

just confirm the date mandir is Open to 10th April

If I want to visit kedarnath just for trekking purposes, will the paths be open during the month of March-April?

I want to celebrate mahashivratri I.e 11 march 2021 in kedarnath ,is kedarnath temple open in march

No, Kedarnath Temple will open in May 2021 …

Sir we are planning to go Kedarnath 06 Nov . Can we worship and darshan there that day. Plz reply to me..

Aacha yadi hm idhr feb – march me gai to kya mandir ka darsan nhi ho paiga

Mandir k darshan bahar se honge, kapat band rehte hain …

Iam planning to visit kedarnath in first week of may 2021 is it open now

Hi Pavan, Kedarnath Temple will open on May 2021

I m planning to visit kedarnath on 21st april is it open on that date

Hi Utsav, Kedarnath Temple will open on May 2021

I m planning to visit kedarnath in last week of Feb 2021 Is it open now??

No, Kedarnath Temple will open on May 2021

No.. shri kedarnath mandir will be open in may mid…

Kedarnath ke kapat 15 may ko open honge

I m planning kedarnath temple. But kedarnath opening date 15 may 2021 confarm

2021 me baba k pat kab khulenge?

is tracking open now days at kedarnath ?

How to book a Ashram / hotel at Kedarnath dham ?? Plz suggest some hotels aur Ashram?

Wha pe pass me ek village wha mil skta h bs 1km ki dori pe

Hotel book karne ki jarurat nahi padti vaha pe GMVN ke tent hai unka rate rs 300 per hade hai, vo 4pm ke pehele book karna padta hai our vaha GMVN ka Aanapurna Restaurant hai rs 200 only

भगवान केदारनाथ मंदिर चालू है अभी या नही

it is open now we will plan to visit in in next month ending

Is it possible to visit kedarnath in month 24 December 2020

1)We are thinking to go kedarnath in the month of September..will the gates remains open during this time please help me..

2) if we go during MAY month will the snow will be there atleast little bit…please help me sir We are confused

Thanks Sachin r s

1. Yes gate remain open in september. Also it is the best time to travel because max. people travel in may and june, so rush is more which minimise facility. 2. In june first week you will get to see snow during trekking to kedarnath at 2 to 3 spot. you will pass in snow also.

Yes it will b closed on 16 Nov post bhaiya dooj

yes little a bits snow fall in may month

Hi, This is Asutos from Bangalore. We are 7-8 peoples planning to visit kedarnath and Badrinath Dham in the month of last week of May 2019. Could you please help me how we can plan like where to do all the registrations, where to stay, what are the price for the tent house, helicopter charges etc?

Thanks Asutos

Hi Nikhil, Kedarnath Temple will open from 09th May, so the trek route will open for pilgrims from then only.

Sir, My wife is mild asthma patient, if we go by ponny in kedarnath and stayed there at night in kedarnath, will it be create any problem in night and in emergency what measures are taken by kedarnath health camp for breathing problem if occured.

Dear Kaushik, as Kedarnath is located in high altitude and there is always lesser oxygen levels. Mild asthama patient will not have serious problem. There are medical camps for providing first aid etc, but take a compact oxygen cylinder with you for precaution. Also in case of emergency, contact nearest medical camp.

Hi Ravibabu, Kedarnath Kapats will be open in April-May month, exact dates will be declared on 4th March on the day of Mahashivratri. You could follow our fb page https://www.facebook.com/sacredyatra for up to date details.

Vishal, l am planning to visit kedarnath temple in May 15th ya 20th please tell me that time temple will be open.

Is it is possible to visit Kedarnadth temple in the month of February…

Can I take my 2 yr child on trek to Kedarnath? Is there any permit and health check required?

Hi Mr Thakur, You can trek to Kedarnath with 2 year old in May-June. Permit will be available at Sonprayag.

Planning kedarnath -Badrinath / auli-valley of flower tour on may. we are two couple with 4 child (9,11,12,14). We want reach kedarnath with trek.(no horse or helicopter). It is safe with child? which is comfort stay at kedarnath base camp. (gmvn tent or hut) and hows about food? permit and health check can possible before 1 day so we can trek early morning and reach there at evening and stay at kedarnath and return with helicopter(one way). and pls suggest me best and comfort itinerary for my trip(7-9 day) and also suggest good resort stay

Hi Raj, Kids of 9 – 11 – 12 – 14 years can trek to Kedarnath. You could also take help of Ponies & Kandi available there for kids, if they get tired on the route. Kedarnath base camp is ideal for everyone to stay. You will get permit at Sonprayag too before the trek. For the itinerary and other details fill details at https://www.sacredyatra.com/book-now . Our travel advisor will contact you soon.

When will kedernath gates will open in 2019. can any one having confirm or expected dates

Yamunotri Temple – 07 May 2019 Gangotri Temple – 07 May 2019 Kedarnath Temple – 09 May 2019 Badrinath Temple – 10 May 2019

Is it right time to visit Kedarnath in the month of October last week.

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Blinken’s latest diplomatic trip will take him to Africa as crises continue to vex US foreign policy

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pauses during his speech at the Annual Meeting of World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 15 until Jan. 19, 2024.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the plenary session at the Congress Hall during the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is planning to visit four African countries as the Biden administration tries to keep its eyes on all corners of the world while being consumed by crises in Ukraine, the Mideast and the Red Sea.

The State Department announced on Thursday that Blinken will go to Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Angola starting Sunday for talks focused on regional security, conflict prevention, democracy promotion and trade. Nigeria is West Africa’s regional heavyweight and plays a major role in security issues, especially those involving Islamic extremist violence in the Sahel, the vast arid expanse south of the Sahara Desert.

The trip will be his third overseas mission in the new year. He returned from a Gaza-focused, weeklong 10-nation trip to the Middle East last Thursday and a three-day trip to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Wednesday.

Blinken’s Africa trip comes as the United States is increasingly nervous about its relationships on the continent, particularly after coups last year in Niger and Gabon, and escalating unrest in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In addition, the U.S. and China are in a battle for influence throughout Africa. That topic will likely top his the agenda in Angola, which China has targeted for significant investment.

Blinken will highlight the administration’s partnership with African nation on issues such as the climate, economic investment, food and health, department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement.

While in Ivory Coast, Blinken may attend an Africa Cup of Nations soccer match between the host country and Equatorial Guinea.

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'Angel watching over us': Family grieves 13-year-old South Carolina boy after hunting death

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Loved ones are remembering a 13-year-old South Carolina boy as “kind” and “happy-go-lucky” after he died over the weekend during a hunting trip with his best friend.

According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources − the agency handling the death investigation − the victim and his friend were hunting in Orangeburg County on Sunday when one boy shot the other in what appears to be an accident.

Officials with the state agency said the teen died while the pair hunted on property in Santee, about 65 miles northwest of Charleston.

"This is an ongoing investigation, and we will update as we’re able," the agency posted on X. "Our thoughts are with the boy’s family and loved ones."

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Teen killed identified as Cameron Connor

The Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office and family members identified the teen as Cameron Connor of Dorchester .

Autopsy results and toxicology results are pending in the case.

Cameron's mother, Penny Wagers Connor, told USA TODAY her son and his best friend, who is also 13 years old, were hunting ducks when the shooting occured.

Wagers Conner, from Harleyville, South Carolina, said the boys attended Dorchester Academy, a private school where they were enrolled in eighth grade.

Cameron pitched for the baseball team and played tight end for the football team. His best friend, she said, also played for the school's football and baseball teams.

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Boy was an avid hunter and fisherman

An avid hunter and fisherman, Cameron's mom described her son as a happy-go-lucky, sweet boy who marched to the beat of his own drum.

"He would rather fish than sleep. He made a huge impact at his school as well as in our community," his mother said. "He had the ability to make anyone laugh with his amazing fishing and hunting stories that he loved to share."

Cameron's father, Marshall Connor of Dorchester, said his son always had a positive attitude and showed kindness to all. “He loved the outside, was outgoing, kind and generous."

His father asked for prayers for the family as well as for Cameron's best friend and his family as they also grieve.

"We’re asking people to wrap them up in love as well," he said Tuesday.

'An angel watching over us'

Cameron's parents emphasized the significance of teaching youth about proper gun safety.

"We were adamant about teaching Cam the importance of making sure the safety was always on and how dangerous a firearm can be if mishandled," his mother said.

In addition to his parents, Cameron is survived by his 17-year-old brother Bryson Conner and his 5-year-old half brother, Finnley Connor and his step-mother, Kelly Connor.

"My son was truly an angel walking around on this earth," his mother said Tuesday. "Now, he's an angel watching over us."

Natalie Neysa Alund is a senior reporter for USA TODAY. Reach her at [email protected] and follow her on X @nataliealund.

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A helicopter trip to a Coldplay concert lands a world leader in trouble

The leader of the Philippines has landed himself in trouble after using a presidential helicopter to bypass heavy traffic and make it to a Coldplay concert.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  and his wife were seen riding a chopper last Friday to the Philippine Arena— the world's largest indoor arena — just north of Manila, the country's notoriously traffic-heavy capital. 

He soon received backlash from some social media users, who questioned Marcos' use of taxpayers' money and criticized him for not solving transportation issues in the country.

"What he showed was a stark contrast to what many ordinary Filipino concertgoers had to go through," Nick Villavecer told NBC News on Monday via text message, adding that he was "utterly disappointed" but not surprised.

Villavecer said he left home seven hours before the concert in a carpool with other fans in order to avoid anticipated traffic jams.

"We have heard of some horrible stories of people being stuck in the traffic and missing the first half of the previous concerts," he said. "If the venue was more accessible, we wouldn't have to spend hours waiting outside."

In response to the wave of online criticism, Major General Nelson Morales, who heads the Presidential Security Command, said in a statement Saturday that the security agency "took decisive action by opting for the presidential chopper."

The arena experienced "an unprecedented influx of 40,000 individuals eagerly attending a concert, resulting in unforeseen traffic complications," which had posed a potential threat to the leader's security, Morales added. 

The statement did little to stem the backlash, however.

"If his security team identified the situation as unsafe and risky for the president and his family, then he shouldn't have gone there to begin with," said Villavecer.

"When the commuters have been suffering for few years, you have no 'decisive action,'" Filipino activist Renato Reyes Jr. said on X. "Please reveal how much public money was spent on this trip."

Reyes is a frequent critic of Marcos, who is the son and namesake of the country's late ousted dictator.

Manila's congestion problem was not lost on Coldplay, with the band's lead vocalist Chris Martin thanking fans for "making the effort to pull through" the traffic for the concert, while Marcos was in the audience, according to a video that was shared widely on social media.

"We've seen some traffic, but I think you have the number one in the world," he said.

On the following night, the singer-songwriter performed an impromptu song about the traffic situation. 

"There is only really one thing that remains. The traffic here in Manila is completely insane," Martin said, leading fans to cheer.

"If you want to drive somewhere then I warn you. A two-mile drive takes a week or two," Martin added.

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Logjams have been a persistent issue for Filipinos. Manila ranked first in the  2023 TomTom Traffic Index  list of metro areas among 400 cities worldwide, which was released earlier this month.

In 2023, it would take drivers in the city 25 minutes to travel every 6 miles, according to the traffic data provider, compared to 13 minutes for drivers in New York City — the slowest travel time in the U.S.

Some concertgoers said they hoped the government could solve the traffic issues as soon as possible.

"We genuinely only hope that serious action be taken and expect results from our government, especially now that it's been called out by a global artist, so they won't be discouraged to come and visit Manila," said Mikaela Lopez, who also recorded and posted the video of Martin talking about the traffic on TikTok.

Last Friday, the Philippine Department of Transportation responded to the ranking on TomTom, saying that the government would be "creative at finding last solutions" to the congestion.

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  1. Kedarnath Yatra 2024

    24 Tour Packages Send Enquiry Kedarnath Dham Kedarnath is a holy Hindu town located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand in India. It is one of the Char Dhams located in the Himalayas. Kedarnath is situated at an astonishing height of 3584 meters above sea level near the head of Mandakini River.

  2. Kedarnath News 2024

    Following is the latest Kedarnath news and updates More than 56 lakh devotees visited Chardham Yatra in 2023 In Chardham Yatra 2023, the enthusiasm of devotees coming from all over the country and the world for the Chardham Yatra has created a new... Read More † Snowfall in CharDham, All peaks covered in snow

  3. Planning a trip to Kedarnath

    October 2020 Locals told us that beginning of September or just before closing is the right time to visit Kedarnath as the crowd will be lesser. We, however, would suggest October second or third week as the weather is just perfect. Minimum number of days for a trip to Kedarnath

  4. Kedarnath Yatra 2023: Pilgrims Asked to Take Precautions ...

    Kedarnath Yatra 2023 Photo : iStock In a recent update, Yatra route towards Kedarnath Dham has been closed. The route has been closed after a fragment of a glacier broke at Bhairon today afternoon. "Due to the breaking of the glacier again at Bhairon Glacier at 2:25 pm, the Yatra route has been completely closed for movement," an official said.

  5. Chardham Yatra 2023: Advisory for pilgrims visiting Kedarnath ...

    2 min read 28 Apr 2023, 07:24 AM IST Join us Livemint The Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimages in India. This pilgrimage is a tour of four holy sites -...

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    Find Kedarnath Latest News, Videos & Pictures on Kedarnath and see latest updates, news, information from NDTV.COM. Explore more on Kedarnath.

  7. Kedarnath trek route blocked after avalanche, third in two days ...

    DEHRADUN: The trek route to Kedarnath shrine was blocked on Thursday following a massive avalanche that occurred after a piece of the Bhairav glacier, around three km from Kedarnath, broke off.

  8. Kedarnath Trek

    About this Blog: Kedarnath Yatra is one of the most spiritual pilgrimages in India. Kedarnath, the abode of Lord Shiva attracts thousands of devotees within a span of 6 months when the shrine remains open. Kedarnath is a part of the sacred Char Dhams (4 pilgrimages) as well as a part of the Panch Kedars.This blog is about our experience of the Kedarnath Trek done in the month of October.

  9. Kedarnath: 'Survivors took refuge in trees

    Kedarnath: 'Survivors took refuge in trees - and died of hunger'. 15th June 2023, 06:16 PDT. BBC. Ram Karan Beniwal lost his wife and five other family members in the floods. On 16 June 2013, a ...

  10. Kedarnath

    The temple has been shut for the winter of 2021-22. Where to stay KEDARNATH (Rudra Meditation Cave) Kedarnath (Swargarohini Complex) Itineraries CHAR DHAM YATRA

  11. Kedarnath

    Location. Located in the Rudraprayag district, Kedarnath is the most remote of all Chota Char Dham sites. Situated near the Chorabari Glacier - the source of the Mandakini river, Kedarnath is flanked by snow-capped peaks - most prominently the Kedarnath mountain (6,940 mts) and the Kedar Dome (6,831 mts). Located at a distance of 223 KM ...

  12. Kedarnath Yatra: tips on doing it right

    Basic information: Altitude: 3,553 meters above sea level Best time to visit: Summer (May - June) Best time to visit: Winter (September - October) Nearest airport - Dehradun 's Jolly Grant Airport Nearest Railway Station - Dehradun railway station

  13. The Holy Kedarnath: Complete Travel Guide

    All You Need To Know: We've summed up the best guide to a serene #kedarnath trip. The holiest shrine of #hinduism, the ancient temples here are dedicated to ...

  14. Kedarnath Yatra: Latest News & Videos, Photos about Kedarnath Yatra

    KEDARNATH YATRA Silkyara tunnel project to continue after safety audit, repair of broken structure: Official The Silkyara tunnel project in Uttarakhand, a part of the 900-km 'Char Dham Yatra All Weather Road,' will continue after a safety audit and repair of the collapsed structure, according to a senior road ministry official.

  15. Kedarnath Kapat Opening and Closing Dates, Kedarnath ...

    About Kedarnath Temple. Kedarnath Temple is among the most powerful Shiva temples in the world. It is located at an altitude of 3,580mts and surrounded by the mighty Garhwal Himalayas. Also, it is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Tourist and trekkers from all over the world await their trip to Kedarnath Dham. Kedarnath Temple Distance

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    24 Kedarnath Tour Packages 2024: Book Kedarnath Trip Packages at the Best Price Kedarnath Tour Packages About Kedarnath Tourism: Kedarnath is a town in Uttarakhand and a popular tourist destination known primarily for being one of the four Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites and housing the Kedarnath Temple.

  17. Kedarnath Yatra 2024

    Kedarnath is a tourist place itself but near Kedarnath Dham, there are numerous other pilgrimage and tourist attractions, including high altitude lakes and trekking excursions. Places like Triyuginarayan, Guptkashi, Chopta, Deoria Tal, Panch Kedar, Chandrashila, Kalimath and Agastyamuni can also be visited during the Kedarnath trip.

  18. Experience the Serenity of Kedarnath: Book Your 2024 Pilgrimage Package

    2024 Experience the Serenity of Kedarnath: Book Your 2024 Pilgrimage Package Now Embark on a transformative spiritual journey to Kedarnath, one of Hinduism's holiest pilgrimage sites, and experience the unparalleled serenity that envelops this sacred abode of Lord Shiva.

  19. 3 killed, 17 missing after landslide hits Kedarnath

    Mussoorie/ Dehradun Three bodies were recovered and a frantic search was on for 17 people, including five children, after a landslide washed away a clutch of tarpaulin-covered shops along the...

  20. Kedarnath Solo Trip: Trip Budget

    1.4 - Things to Do in Kedarnath. 2 - Exploring the Kedarnath Temple. 1.1 - Trekking and Adventure Activities. 1.2 - Nearby Attractions. 1 - Safety Tips for Solo Travelers. 2- Immersing in the Local Culture. 3 - Packing Essentials for a Kedarnath Solo Trip. 4 - Budgeting for a Solo Trip to Kedarnath. Conclusion.

  21. A Complete Travel Guide to Badrinath Kedarnath Yatra 2024

    Rishikesh Railway Station (295 km) is the nearest railway station to reach Badrinath Dham. Badrinath is well-connected with motorable roads to Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh to reach Badrinath. Kedarnath Dham is located 216 km away from Rishikesh Railway Station on NH58.

  22. The Trippers on Instagram: " Kedarnath Yatra 2022 Ex. Delhi About the

    165 likes, 5 comments - thetripperstours on February 18, 2022: " Kedarnath Yatra 2022 Ex. Delhi About the trip:- Mighty snow-capped Garhwal Himalayan ra..." The Trippers on Instagram: "🕉Kedarnath Yatra 2022 Ex. Delhi🕉 About the trip:- Mighty snow-capped Garhwal Himalayan ranges, legendary temple walls, and one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of ...

  23. Kedarnath Opening and Closing Dates

    Kedarnath Dham opens for pilgrims in the month of Apr-May each year with huge celebrations. The dates of opening of Kedarnath Temple announced on the occasion of Mahashivratri. Thousands of pilgrims visit Kedarnath shrine on the opening day. Watch Kedarnath opening video here and plan your trip to visit Kedarnath Dham

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