The celestial shrine is an important part of the holy Char Dham Yatra. Thus, as per Hindu beliefs, it is considered necessary to visit the sanctum Santorum at least once in a lifetime. The trip to the Kedarnath Temple is not just a journey, rather it is a matchless travel experience.
Despite the tough conditions here, pilgrims still plan Kedarnath Yatra. The tough pilgrimage needs lots of planning. But, once here, you can treat your eyes to the stunning views of the snow-laden mountains and lush greenery. Bask in the bliss and delight in the spiritual awakening. If trekking is not your cup of tea, you can also choose Kedarnath Yatra by helicopter.
A major highlight of the Kedarnath tour is the sightseeing opportunity offered by the serene town. Walk through the local markets to buy souvenirs and savor local cuisine. Admire the beauty of the Deora Tal. The picturesque lake is fringed by snow-laden peaks. While in Kedarnath, don’t miss to visit the Gandhi Sarovar.
Though due to heavy snowfall from November to March, the temple remains closed. But for the convenience of devotees, the idols of the temple are shifted to Ukhimath in Rudraprayag district, for that particular period. This initiative was so that the Chhota Char Dham Yatra should continue, even during winter months.
Strengthen your faith in the almighty by planning a trip and booking Kedarnath holiday packages. The journey is not only blissful for the nature lovers but also offer the desired respite to the trekking enthusiasts. Witness stunning views and the feel the divine aura as you get closer to the heavenly shrine slowly and steadily.
To indulge completely into God, you can further extend your Yatra to explore other sacred places to visit in Uttarakhand. Doing so, you can appease other deities as well. A journey to this land which is also known as the ‘Dev Bhoomi’, will surely rejuvenate your senses.
Faqs of Kedarnath Tour Packages
Ques: Where is Kedarnath located?
Ans: Kedarnath Temple is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand State. It comes in Garhwal Himalayas and is at an altitude of 3584 m above sea level.
Ques: Why is Kedarnath Temple Famous for?
Ans: Kedarnath is one of the most important Hindu Pilgrimage destination of India. Kedarnath Temple is one amongst the 12 Jyotirlingas in India and the shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Ques: What is the opening & closing date of Kedarnath Temple?
Ans: Kedarnath temple will be opened on 28th April till 30th October 2020. The opening date is decided on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya and declared on Maha Shivaratri.
Ques: Who built the present Kedarnath Temple?
Ans: According to legends, this Temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya.
Ques: Is Kedarnath Temple open round the Year?
Ans: No, the Kedarnath Temple is not open throughout the year. The opening and closing day change every year. It is according to the date decided by the priests. Generally, the opening date of the temple depends on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritya whereas the closing date is fixed that is Bhai Dooj just after Diwali.
Ques: What is best season to visit Kedarnath?
Ans: Summers are the best season to visit Kedarnath that is April till June, but you can also visit Kedarnath between April to November (on the day of Bhai Dooj i.e after Diwali).
Ques: How to reach Kedarnath Temple?
Ans: Kedarnath Temple is well connected to other cities by different modes of transportation such as air, road, and Train. Below is the list:
By Flight: The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport/Dehradun Airport which is at a distance of 239 km from Kedarnath. Gaurikund is the last road that heads toward Kedarnath. You can hire cabs or taxis after reaching the airport.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Kedarnath is Rishikesh that is about 215 km. Rishikesh is well connected with all major destinations of India.
By Road: The last road to Kedarnath is Gauri Kund, You can reach Gaurikund by buses, cars, taxies, etc. Gaurikund is well connected to all nearby cities such as Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Uttarkashi, Srinagar, Chamoli, Tehri, etc.
Ques: How long trek is Kedarnath Temple from Sonprayag?
Ans: The trek is about 19 km from Sonprayag to Kedarnath Temple.
Ques: How much time does it take to reach Kedarnath from Guptkashi?
Ans: Guptkashi is located at a distance of 22 Km from Kedarnath. If you choose to trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (6 to 7hrs), Otherwise, take helicopter from Guptkashi to Kedarnath you can reach in 5 minutes.
Ques: What are the options available to reach Kedarnath?
Ans: There are plenty of options to reach the Kedarnath temple trekking is the most common way to reach the temple, but if you cannot walk or trek a long distance you can hire pony, palki, or doli to reach Kedarnath. Helicopter Services are also available for convenience.
Ques: How can we book Helicopter Tickets for Kedarnath Dham?
Ans: Before the yatra starts, Uttarakhand Government announces the name of the aviation company with fare every year. Guests can book the helicopter tickets online from the announced websites or booking can also be done via Gharwal Mandal Vikas Nigam.
Ques: Can we get good accommodation at Kedarnath?
Ans: You will get the basic accommodation at Kedarnath. Indian Holiday assists you to make the reservation in hotels like Punjab Sindh Awas, Gayatri Bhawan, New Himachal House, Bikaner.
Ques: Is it advisable to stay overnight at Kedarnath?
Ans: It all depends on which means of transportation you are taking to reach the Kedarnath temple & the month of travel, as the months of May & June are fine for a night stay at Kedarnath. Since the temple is located at a high altitude so the temperature will get low especially in the night, hence it is not advisable to stay overnight at Kedarnath if one is old or suffering from a health condition. If you can get Helicopter tickets, then after darshan you can return the same day.
Ques: Do we get room heater at hotels of Kedarnath?
Ans: Room heaters will not be provided in the hotels of Kedarnath. Because there is no electricity. They will only provide blankets.
Ques: Can we get an oxygen cylinder at Kedarnath?
Ans: Generally, an oxygen cylinder is not required for a Kedarnath trip. However, it is recommended to carry an oxygen cylinder to the elderly or those who are having breathing problems. Kedarnath is situated in the high altitude region and has poor oxygen conditions. Although, you can easily borrow an oxygen cylinder from Haridwar/Dehradun.
Ques: What are sightseeing places we can visit along with Kedarnath?
Ans:Here are some of the famous sightseeing places near Kedarnath. If you are planning a trip to Kedarnath, then you must visit these beautiful places near Kedarnath at least once.
Guptkashi- It is situated 47kms before the holy shrine of Lord Shiva, Kedarnath. It is located on the route to Kedarnath on a ridge on the west side of the Mandakini river valley.
Rudraprayag- The famous town of Rudraprayag is named after the Rudra avatar of Lord Shiva.
Joshimath- The sacred town of Joshimath spreads its celestial aura in the entire Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
Badrinath- The famous town of Badrinath is among the Char Dham of India.
Ques: How many minimum days are required to visit Kedarnath Temple?
Ans:It depends on which mode of travel you will choose to visit Kedarnath Temple. If you wish to visit by Helicopter then it can be possible in 01 Day only where as if you are going by Trek then minimum 3 days will be required.
Indian Holiday offers couple of Packages as follows which can further customized as per your requirements.
Ques: Are VIP tickets available for darshan at Kedarnath Temple?
Ans: Yes, there are special VIP darshan tickets available for Maha Puja, Rudra Abhishek and Maha Abhishek at Kedarnath Temple.
Ques: Is it safe to travel to Kedarnath temple for senior citizens?
Ans: Yes, it is safe for senior citizens to travel to the Kedarnath temple.
Ques: How much distance is from Helipad to Kedarnath Temple?
Ans: Kedarnath Temple is at approx. 700 meters from Helipad.
Ques: Is it possible to go to Kedarnath by Car?
Ans: Yes, it is possible to go to Kedarnath by car. Gaurikund is the last motorable road till where you may drive. You need to trek for 16 km from Gaurikund to reach Kedarnath Temple. You can hire Pony, Palki & Doli from Gaurikund.