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How to Reach Kedarnath

Kedarnath is one of the four pilgrimage spots which are a part of Chota Char Dham Spiritual Circuit. It is not motorable though, but the faith of devotees overlooks this barrier. People take a 16 km trek to Kedarnath from Gaurikund (Motorable area) to offer prayers in Kedarnath Temple.

Best way to reach Kedarnath Temple

Take a look details on How to reach Kedarnath by Train, Road, Flight

By Flight

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport from Kedarnath situated at a distance of 238 km. The airport is connected to Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram. It is connected to Gaurikund through buses and taxis. From Gaurikund, it is a 16 Km trek to Kedarnath. 

By Train

Rishikesh Railway station is the nearest railway station from Kedarnath, at a distance of 216 km. This railway station is well connected to major cities and towns of the country. You can hire a taxi from the station or board a bus from nearest bus station to reach Gaurikund (And further trek to Kedarnath).

By Road

Gaurikund is the nearest motorable area from Kedarnath. There are inter and intra state bus services that runs around it. These buses connects the vicinity with Chamoli, Srinagar, Tehri, Pauri, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttarkashi, Haridwar and many other destinations. Gaurikund is situated in NH 109.

 

How to Reach Kedarnath from Delhi by Road, Self Drive

 

  • By road: The best way to reach Kedarnath from Delhi, It is well-connected with the national capital from the road network. Gaurikund is the last point till the vehicle can travel and after that pilgrims have to trek or they can hire a pony/palki. The route is full of popular attractions and tourists can enjoy the ride.
  • By Cab/Taxi/Own Car: Tourists can hire a cab/ taxi, catch a bus, or travel in their own car. Government-run buses are easily available from Delhi to Haridwar and tourists can board a direct bus. They can also catch a shared jeep or Tata Sumo for Gaurikund.

 

Delhi to Kedarnath Route:  Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Rudraprayag – Ukhimath – Sonprayag - Kedarnath
Distance 450 km (approx.)
Travel Time 13 hours (approx.)


Road conditions Delhi to Kedarnath:

The route till Haridwar is in good condition and the ride will be smooth. After this, the hilly roads start and there are some rough patches and narrow roads on the way to Gaurikund.

In the monsoon season, the road becomes vulnerable for traveling due to heavy rain and landslides. If someone is planning the trip in monsoon then make sure to keep buffer days as one can be stuck due to road blockages.

How to reach Kedarnath from Rishikesh by Road

 

  • By Road: 

Kedarnath has good road connectivity from Rishikesh. There are regular buses and shared jeeps plying from Rishikesh to Kedarnath. However, Gaurikund is the last motorable road headed towards Kedarnath, after which pilgrims can trek or hire a pony/ palki. 

Rishikesh has its own railway station, which is connected with almost all the major cities of the country. During the Yatra season, direct buses are available from Rishikesh to Kedarnath. Pilgrims can catch the bus, board a shared taxi, or travel by their own car.

 

Rishikesh to Kedarnath Route:  Rishikesh – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Agastmuni – Guptkashi – Gaurikund - Kedarnath
Distance 211 km (approx.)
Travel Time 7 hours (approx.)

 

  • Road conditions from Rishikesh:

Rishikesh to Kedarnath route has several hairpin bends and rough patches. In the rainy season, the condition of roads worsened and driving became difficult. It is recommendable to keep buffer days as roads get blocked sometimes due to heavy rain and landslides.

 

How to reach Kedarnath Temple from Dehradun by Helicopter, by Road

By Helicopter: It is the best way to reach Kedarnath dham, Sahastradhara Helipad in Dehradun is well connected to reach Kedarnath. Pilgrims can board a helicopter from Dehradun to Sirsi/ Phata/ or Guptkashi. From the respective helipads, pilgrims can board the helicopter for Kedarnath.

  • From Sirsi to Kedarnath helicopter ride is of 7-minutes
  • From Phata to Kedarnath is of 9-minutes
  • From Guptkashi to Kedarnath it takes around 15-minutes.

 

  • Dehradun to Kedarnath Yatra by Road

Dehradun has good road connectivity for Kedarnath and pilgrims can travel via NH 7 and NH 107. This city has its own airport and railway station. Tourists can arrive there and then head towards Kedarnath. They can catch a bus or shared taxi from Dehradun. Direct buses are available from the Dehradun bus stand to Gaurikund. Traveling by their own car is also an option for tourists and they can also hire a cab for Kedarnath.

Route: Dehradun - Rishikesh – Devprayag - Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Agastmuni – Guptkashi – Gaurikund - Kedarnath
Distance 249 km (approx.)
Travel Time 8 hours (approx.)

 

Road conditions:

Dehradun to Kedarnath route is a hilly road that comprises several blind curves, narrow roads, and rough patches. The road conditions in the monsoon season become vulnerable due to heavy rain and landscapes.

 

How to reach Kedarnath from Badrinath by Road & by Helicopter

  • Badrinath to Kedarnath By Road

The most convenient way to travel to Kedarnath from Badrinath is by taxi or jeep as there are no direct bus runs between these places. One can board a shared jeep or hire a private taxi from Badrinath. Otherwise, one can catch a bus for Joshimath and then board another bus headed for Kedarnath.

Sonprayag is the last point for private vehicles. After that, pilgrims have to board a government-run shared jeep till Gaurikund, which is the starting point of the Kedarnath Yatra.

Devotees can trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath Temple, which is almost 16 km. They can also hire a pony/ palki/ pithu or Kedarnath by helicopter is also an option available for them. Pilgrims can board the helicopter from Sersi or Phata for Kedarnath. The helipad is situated 700 m from the temple.

Badrinath to Kedarnath Route:  Badrinath – Joshimath – Chamoli – Uktimath – Sonprayag – Gaurikund – Kedarnath
Distance 218 km (approx.)
Travel Time 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

 

  • Badrinath to Kedarnath by helicopter

Devotees can board a helicopter from Badrinath to Phata or Sersi and change the helicopter from these respective helipads for Kedarnath. The temple is situated nearby the helipad.

 

Trek route to Kedarnath From Gaurikund

Gaurikund - Rambara Bridge -Jungle Chatti – Bheembali – Linchauli – Kedarnath Base Camp –Kedarnath Temple

 

Distance of Kedarnath From Major Cities

  • Delhi to Kedarnath: 450 Kms
  • Badrinath to Kedarnath: 218 Kms
  • Rishikesh to Kedarnath: 211 Kms
  • Gaurikund to Kedarnath: 16 Kms trek
  • Sonprayag to Kedarnath : 20 Kms
  • Phata to kedarnath: 31 Kms
  • Guptkashi to Kedarnath : 45 Kms
  • Ukhimath to Kedarnath: 74 Kms
  • Chamoli to Kedarnath: 135 Kms
  • Tungnath to Kedarnath : 88 Kms
  • Rudraprayag to Kedarnath 88 Kms
  • Govindghat to Kedarnath: 202 Kms
  • Dehradun to Kedarnath: 270 Kms
  • Srinagar to Kedarnath :119 Kms
  • Agastmuni to Kedarnath: 96 Kms

 

How to reach Kedarnath Yatra from Gaurikund

There are two ways to embark on the Kedarnath Yatra – by road and by air.

1. By Road

Pilgrims can trek or hire a pony/ palki for the temple. They can embark on the Yatra from Gaurikund, which is the base of the Yatra. The devotees have to cover 18 km from Gaurikund to reach the temple.

2. By Air (helicopter)

Helicopter service available for Kedarnath Temple from various locations. Those who do not have much time or cannot trek to the temple can book a helicopter ride for the temple. From the Kedarnath helipad, the temple is situated at just 700 m. The helicopter is available from Sahastradhara (Dehradun), Phata, Sersi, and Guptkashi for Kedarnath.

Tips During Kedarnath Yatra

  • It is advisable to break the journey as it is very hectic to travel continuously on the hill roads.
  • Carry heavy woolens, comfortable trekking shoes, cap, and gloves. Pack the necessary medicines and first aid box.
  • Don’t forget to carry an umbrella and raincoat. It is advisable to avoid the monsoon season as roads get blocked due to landslides.
  • Sunscreen and moisturizer must be packed. Carry important documents and ID proofs.
  • Registration for Yatra is mandatory and it is compulsory to show an e-pass before commencing the Yatra.
  • Carry a torch and extra batteries. Make sure the vehicle has the good ground clearance and is in good condition.