How to reach Kedarnath from Delhi?
Ans. Situated in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, Kedarnath can be reached from Delhi in a number of ways. However, one must understand that the last motorable road to Kedarnath ends at Gaurikund. From Gaurikund, one has to trek 18-19 km to reach Kedarnath. Following are the ways from which one can choose:
By Air: The nearest airport to Kedarnath is in Dehradun, which is at a distance of 240 km. From Delhi, there are regular flights to Dehradun. One can get cabs from Dehradun for Gaurikund.
By Helicopter: Helicopter service is available from Guptkashi, Sersi, and Phata in Uttarakhand. One can travel from Delhi to one of these places by road and avail helicopter service.
By Rail: The nearest railway stations to Kedarnath are in Haridwar and Dehradun. There are regular trains between these destinations in Uttarakhand and Delhi. One has to take a cab to Gaurikund/Rudraprayag from Haridwar and Dehradun to reach Kedarnath.
By Road: Meerut-Pauri Highway and National Highway 34 connects Delhi to Kedarnath. State-run buses run between Delhi and Rishikesh and Delhi and Dehradun, from where one can board buses to Rudraprayag. For further journey to Gaurikund (the last motorable road near Kedarnath), cabs are available from Rudraprayag.
How can I go to Kedarnath from Delhi?
Ans. The best way to reach Kedarnath from Delhi is to fly till Dehradun and then take a cab to Rudraprayag and then further to Gaurikund, from where the trek for Kedarnath begins.
Another way to go to Kedarnath from Delhi is to first board a train to Dehradun or Haridwar and then further take a cab. One can also reach Guptkashi, Sersi or Phata by cab and take a helicopter ride to Kedarnath.
How to reach Kedarnath from Delhi by train?
Ans. The nearest railway stations to Kedarnath are in Dehradun and Haridwar. The two destinations have great rail connectivity to Delhi. Upon arrival at one of these destinations, one can hire a cab to Rudraprayag/Gaurikund.
How much time does it take to reach Kedarnath from Delhi?
Ans. It is to be noted that Kedarnath is not connected directly by road. The nearest motorable to Kedarnath is in Gaurikund, from where one has to trek 18-19 km to reach the temple. Therefore, the journey to Kedarnath isn’t done in one stretch.
One has to first reach Dehradun or Haridwar, which alone take 5-6 hours to reach from Delhi. From Dehradun or Haridwar, it takes around 6-7 hours to reach Rudraprayag. Gaurikund, from where the trek to Kedarnath starts, is another 3-4 hours ahead of Rudraprayag. The trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath is again some 5-6 hours long.
Which month is best for visiting Kedarnath?
Ans. Kedarnath remains open only for 6 months in a year. The temple opens from April end or in the first week of May and closes in October/November after Diwali. Therefore, this entire 6 months period is considered the best time to visit Kedarnath.
In the monsoon months – mid-June to September, Uttarakhand receives heavy rainfall which sometimes lead to floods and landslides. Therefore, it is advised to check the weather forecast before planning your Kedarnath Yatra during the monsoon season.
What is the fare of a helicopter tour to Kedarnath?
Ans. Helicopter tour charges are fixed by the state government each year. It is to be noted that helicopter service to Kedarnath is available from three places namely, Guptkashi, Sirsi and Phata. The fare varies from each helipad. Following are the recent helicopter service fare to Kedarnath fixed by Uttarakhand Government from the three helipads:
Guptkashi: Between INR 4000-5000
Sirsi: INR 2349
Phata: INR 2360
Is it safe to visit Kedarnath?
Ans. Yes, it is safe to visit Kedarnath. Hundreds of pilgrims from across India visit the temple each year and that too without hassle. You can ensure your safety while visiting Kedarnath by following the below mentioned guidelines:
Make sure you book your tour with a reputed travel company.
If you’re an elderly individual or physically disabled, you can choose to either hire a pony or palanquinn from Gaurikund or opt for helicopter service.
If you are planning your visit to Kedarnath in the monsoon season, it is highly recommended to check the weather forecast. Keeping an eye on the news about Uttarakhand and Kedarnath yatra is also a good way to ensure your safety.
How much does it cost to go to Kedarnath?
Ans. The cost of Kedarnath yatra depends on the destination you are visiting, the services you choose, accommodation type, transport vehicle as well as on the number of days. On an average, a 3-day trip to Kedarnath may cost around INR 10000.
Is Kedarnath safe now?
Ans. Yes, Kedarnath is safe to visit now.
Can we go to Kedarnath by car?
Ans. Yes, it is possible to take your car to Kedarnath. It is to be noted that Kedarnath is not directly connected by road. The last motorable road ends at Gaurikund, from where one has to trek 18-19 km to reach Kedarnath.
Does Kedarnath have snow?
Ans. Owing to its high altitude, Kedarnath remains covered in snow for half of the year. When the yatra starts, the snow is removed from the trekking trail to make it convenient for the pilgrims to reach. If you visit Kedarnath, in the first or second week of May, you can find some snow around the temple and on the trekking trail. In the monsoon season, the snow melts away completely, however, you can still witness snow on mountains surrounding Kedarnath.
What comes first: Badrinath or Kedarnath?
Ans. If we measure the distance from Rudraprayag, then Kedarnath is closer than Badrinath. According to Hindu mythology, one should visit Kedarnath first. In fact, as per the Hindu mythology, Badrinath should be the last destination on the Chota Chardham Yatra.