Travelling to Kedarnath at least once in a lifetime is on a lot of people’s bucket lists. And if you are reading this, we are sure you also want to witness the magnificent beauty of the divine temple. Surrounded by the snow-capped Garhwal Himalayan ranges and majestic aura, the Kedarnath temple is standing tall at a height of 3,583 metre above sea level. Infinity devotees travel to this holy land every year to pray to Lord Shiva. For Hindus, it is one of the holiest pilgrimages and it is also one of the Char Dhams as well. If you are planning your trip to Kedarnath, here’s a guide that will help you to plan your itinerary easily.
The Complete Travel Guide For Your Kedarnath Trip:
You cannot travel to Kedarnath temple all throughout the year. The doors are open to tourists only for a certain period of time every year. For the year 2022, the tourists are allowed to travel here from 6 May 2022. The opening date for the year was announced on Mahashivratri. And the closing date of 2022 is 26 October, the day next to Diwali.
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You can register for the trip to the sacred temple on the ‘Tourist Care Uttarakhand’ website and the mobile application. In fact, you can register here for the Char Dham Yatra. Registration is compulsory for everyone.
How To Travel To Kedarnath?
You can reach Kedarnath by various means of transport. You can travel by train, car, bus, or flight.
- Railway Services:
The closest railway station to reach Kedarnath is in Rishikesh. The station is at a distance of about 215 km from your destination. After coming out of the railway station, you can travel by taxi or bus to reach Gaurikund. And from Gaurikund, you will have to trek to reach the ultimate destination.
- Road Services:
To reach Gaurikund, you can easily travel by road as the place has great connections all around by roadways. And from Gaurikund, trekking is the only option to set foot in Kedarnath.
- Flight Services:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is about 239 km away from Kedarnath and is the closest airport too. This airport is properly connected with the base camp of Kedarnath. It will take you almost 7 hours of journey to reach Rudraprayag by road.
- Helicopter Services:
Helicopter services are very convenient in Uttarakhand. The state has many options for this specific service. The options are:
1. You can book a chopper either from Guptkashi or Sersi, or Phata.
2. There are services available directly from Dehradun too. Chopper directly from Dehradun will cost you over ₹1 lakh and will cover all the four dhams.
Riding a helicopter might not be easy for everyone. It is better to adapt to the situation and surroundings at least a day before flying to Kedarnath on the helicopter.
For a traveller, the cost of a round trip stands at about ₹8000. The entire cost exactly depends on which option you opted for. Before flying, everyone needs to follow a biometric medical check-up.
What Is The Best Time to Visit Kedarnath?
You can travel to Kedarnath only for some months when the weather is pleasant. Sometime between May and June is the best time to be at Kedarnath. The weather conditions in July are not that great always as it is the time of the monsoons to enter here in full capacity. Post rainfall to October, the crowd visits Kedarnath the most.