Char Dham Pilgrims Must Lose Weight Before Boarding Helicopter Or Pay Extra

by Sanjana Shenoy
Char Dham Pilgrims Must Lose Weight Before Boarding Helicopter Or Pay Extra

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we travel. Indians are now opting for remote getaways, wildlife safaris, road trips and pilgrimage destinations over crowded touristy spots. Kedarnath temple is one of the holiest shrines in India. With the drop in Covid-19 cases and the lifting of travel restrictions, tourists are embarking on the Char Dham Yatra to Kedarnath. Nestled at 12,000 feet above in Uttarakhand, the Kedarnath temple is accessible by an 18km long trek or a helicopter ride. But if you want to fly to Kedarnath temple, then here are the new rules in-store.

Pay Extra For Chopper Rides To Kedarnath If You Weigh Over 80 Kg

There’s a new rule in store if you’re visiting the Kedarnath shrine via a helicopter ride. You must weigh less than 80 kg. According to new guidelines, pilgrims who weigh over 80 kg must be ready to pay a whopping ₹150 per kg as an additional charge. And that’s not all. People who weigh over 120 kg must pay double the fare. The fare remains within the range of ₹6500 to ₹8000 for a round trip to the Kedarnath shrine per person. For a one-way journey chopper, companies charge anywhere between ₹3000 to ₹3500.

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Ony 2 kg Baggage Permitted In Chopper

When t comes to weight, do keep in mind that the helicopter services will consider the weight of individual passengers. It will not cancel out another passenger if travelling together. When flying only baggage up to 2 kg in weight is permitted. You can obtain chopper services to Kedarnath from companies like Pawan Hans, Heritage Aviation, Pinnacle Air and more. You can board choppers from Dehradun, Sitapur, Phata, Delhi, Sersi and Guptkashi.