Kedarnath
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Brief

Located within the laps of the colossal Himalayan mountains, Kedarnath is a small town located within the state of Uttarakhand. Its importance was manifold during the flash floods of June 2013. It remains to be the most remote of the four char dham sites and is flanked by the snow-capped peaks. However, the flash floods led devastation everywhere, the temple was safe, and some saying that divine intervention prevented the floods from damaging it.

 
Travel Tips

Kedarnath is a place where hundred take pilgrimage which makes advance bookings for hotels a must. Also all areas are accessed only by foot, therefore you have to remember while travelling, to pack in a pair of good shoes that can take in the rough terrain. Winters are severely cold and it is best not to visit the area as the main shrine also remains closed.

June 2013 was a year when Kedarnath faced the worst of nature. Hoping that nothing of this sort happens again, government are taking actions. However, Kedarnath is slowly getting back on its feet again. As a tourist, it is important to comprehend the delicate situation and act accordingly.



When to visit

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Things to do

The Kedarnath temple opens only during the Akshay Tritiya (April end or the first week of May) and closes on Bhai Dhuj (October end or November) mainly because of the extreme weather and cold. In between Gaurikhund and Kedarnath, there are several other pilgrimage places like the Ukhimath, Phauli- Pasalat Devi Maa, Bamsu, Agastyamuni, Trijugi Narayan, Maa Chandika Devi village lwara, Maa Kali at Kalimath. Each of these places has a specific has their own story to tell, like the Trijugi Narayan is the place where lord Shiva and Goddess Parwati celebrated their holy communion. The hawan kund, the fire which bore proof to this holy matrimony is still alive.

Believed to provide Nirvana to all those who visit there and worships the place, it is constructed by the great Sankarcharya. The road to mokhsa is often lined with perilous tasks, and the Kedarnath temple is the test of your wits and strength as it too demands a tiring trek to the deity. Winter months, the area is considered too severe and the whole hamlet remains closed. One of 12 Jyotirlingas, associated with Pandavas of Mahabharata, it is here that they sought redemption after the war of Kurukshetra. The original temple was nothing more than a stony edifice and the present temple has stood test of time. However, renovations are going on especially after the floods. Hindu religion believes that doing puja here relieves them of all sins.

Kedarnath is one of the most difficult places to reach in India, but once you are there, you will be enthralled by both the simplicity and the sanctity that it offers its people and the tourists there. The most famous of the places is the Chandrashila that is placed at 3679 m, which is the much desired trekking place for those adventure seekers. Taking a complete week, the trek through green valleys gives you an escape from the city’s hustle. Apart from this, it is also a place for the adventure sports lover like skiing and scaling that passes you through snow clad mountains and lush green meadows reminiscent of a picturesque place from postcards.

Kedarnath abounds in places for trekking and another such place is Chopta that offers trekking through the white snowy mountains of the Himalayas. Set at the altitude of 2900 m, the place is a part of protected area of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and therefore it is a place where you can witness many rare species of flora and fauna. The unruffled ecosystem is the hotspot for all those who live by adventure. Trekking is possible all the year through, however, it is only in winter that you will get the natural view of the place.

Lieing at the altitude of 1829 m, the Son Prayag bears witness to large number of tourists for it’s a tiny hamlet located at the convergence of Mandakini and Basuki rivers. All around surrounded by the snow clad peaks, the place offers calmness and serenity to all those who visit there. Pretty and beautiful personified, the place enthralls and allures anybody who visits it. The mountain peaks are covered with the soft white snow and gushing cold waters provide a tranquil locality that beholds even the tired eyes. As with the belief of the Hindu religion, a dip here will bring them great rewards.

 
Places to Stay

Kedarnath is one of the well known pilgrimage area and therefore there are hotels with deluxe rooms to the dharamshalas that offers lodging for at least Rs 500. With excellent hospitality services, the food served here is pure and veg. Non-veg is served in very few hotels.

Luxurious Hotels

Shivalik Valley Resorts, Kedarnath

Address: Sitapur, Kedarnath Dham, Uttarakhand, India.

The Chardham Camps Guptakashi, Kedarnath

Address: 3.KM Ahead Guptkashi, Kedarpuram P.O-Guptkashi, Rudraprayag, Kedarnath, Uttarakhand – 246439, India

Panday Hotel, Kedarnath

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Mid Range hotels

Hotel Punjab Sindh Awas Address

Address: Main Market, Near Post Office, Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, India

Anoop Tourist Guest House, Kedarnath

Address: 2 km from Phata Helipad, Kedarnath road, Uttarakhand – 246439, India

Madhuban Hotel, Kedarnath

Kedarnath Road, Main Market, Guptakashi, Kedarnath, Uttarakhand – 246439, India

 

Low range hotel

Gujarat Bhawan, Kedarnath

Phata, Kedarnath, Dist-Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India.

 

Sunil Lodge, Kedarnath Everest Tourist Lodge, Kedarnath

Kedarnath marg, Sitapur, Dist. Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India

 
How to Reach

  • The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is about 239 kms away from Kedarnath. A domestic airspace is 20 kms further from Dehradun. From here, there are taxicabs that are available which will charge about 3500 Rs. From the airport, there are daily flights that will take you to Delhi. Delhi is well connected by both domestic and international flights.
  • The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh which is 189 kms away from Kedarnath. From there, prepaid taxis are available directly from the railway station that charges about Rs 3000. The taxis take you up to 207 km and the rest 14 kms you will have to trek.
  • The place is well connected by roads. The National Highway from Delhi to Mana ( 538kms) is accessible throughout the year. Otherwise, Kedarnath can also be accessed from the foot of Gaurikund which is well connected by state buses from Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haridwar and other hill stations that are on Kumaon and Garhwal hills. The bus charges change according to the season.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Kedarnath explorations are usually coupled with the visits to other holy places in the nearby areas. This will definitely include Haridwar, where you can be mesmerized by the Ganga arti or be enthralled by nature’s beauty in Rishikesh. The bright and robust wildlife of the area, makes the place an interesting watch, especially if trekking is not an objection. There are other hill stations at the Garwah hill like Dehradun and Shimla which are commercialized and does not bear the sanctity as by Kedarnath.

 
Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102