This holy place is power-packed with the blessings of Shiva at an elevated level of 3583 m above sea level. The Kedarnath temple is nestled between the Garhwal Himalayan ranges. Kedarnath Yatra is one of the most sacred and important religious places among the Char Dham yatra. To make this yatra successful one needs to keep in mind a lot of things and be well prepared for the same.
Ways to Reach Kedarnath
By Road – There are many options to reach Kedarnath, like buses, taxis or even one can drive in his/her car. Planning to come from Delhi then one can directly take the bus to Gurikund from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Many palkhi options are also there; one can book them at Gaurikund or Sonpryag. The rates will vary from distance and route. It will be quite a comfortable journey by road to Kedarnath.
- By Air – Nowadays one can reach Kedarnath by air. Don’t want the tiresome journey to Kedarnath then a Helicopter facility is there from Dehradun, Haridwar, and Rishikesh.
- From Dehradun – If you want to travel from Dehradun then you have to travel to Sahastradhara helipad in Dehradun further then it will drop you in about 40 minutes to Kedarnath.
- From Haridwar/ Rishikesh – If travelling from Haridwar or Rishikesh then you have to travel to Phata via taxi then can reach Kedarnath.
If travelling from any other city in the country then Jolly Grant airport in Uttarakhand is the nearest airport to Kedarnath.
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The whole trek is about 16 km which will start from Gaurikund. The route has been changed from 2013 when the flood hit Kedarnath. The route is mentioned below
- From Gaurikund to Sonprayag via taxi, cab
- From Gourikund to Jungle Chatti is an almost 4 km trek through the Rambara Bridge
- Jungle Chatti to Bheembali is about 3 km trek
- From Linchauli to Kedarnath base camp is about 4 km trek
- From Kedarnath Base camp to Kedarnath temple 1 km trek
Kedarnath Yatra is not that easy to complete. One must have a good level of fitness to complete the Kedarnath Yatra. Those who have heart and respiratory concerns need to take extra care and need to consult a doctor. Other basic facilities are available at Kedarnath like small shops, tented accommodation, drinking water, and restaurants.
Things To Keep In Mind for Kedarnath Yatra
- One should get done prior checkups before starting Kedarnath Yatra
- Prior to starting the Kedarnath yatra, those who have heart and respiratory complications need to consult the doctor.
- Planning to go by palki or poni then do prior bookings at Gaurikund or Sonprayag
- Make a note that there are timings from 4 am to 1.30 pm for the trek to Kedarnath after that pilgrimage are not allowed.
- If not able to reach the trek by time then Palki services are available or one can simply take the rest at campsites situated at Jungle Chatti, Bheem Bali, Linchauli for a night and then start the trek early morning.
Kedarnath Temple Opening Dates
The day on which the temple is going to close is mostly Bhai dooj day. On Mahashivratri the opening day of the Kedarnath temple is going to be disclosed every year.
The summer season is the best time to plan Kedarnath Yatra.
- Kedarnath Temple timing: Approx 4.00 am to 9.00 pm
- Kedarnath Visiting timing: Approx May to October (Depending on Hindu Calendar i.e. Panchang)
There are several places to visit near Kedarnath
- Kedarnath Dham
- Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi
- Panch Kedar
- Vasuki Lake
Tips to Remember for Kedarnath Yatra
- A good pair of shoes
- Trekking comfortable clothes
- Carry windproof jacket
- Carry lightweight woollen clothing
- Sun cap, Sunglasses
- Carry sunscreen lotion
- Carry walking stick
- Personal toiletry
- Carry a personal water bottle
- Good energy-packed snacks
The proper planning and book a good package are the keys to making a successful Kedarnath yatra. Also, take proper care of health before and after the Kedarnath yatra as the journey is going to be strenuous but with devotion and spirituality, one will gracefully complete the yatra.