How to visit Kedarnath Dham in 2023? Char Dham Yatra || Kedarnath Trip || Make your trip Hassle Free and Enoyable.

Kedarnath is a town located in the Rudraprayag district of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is situated at about 3,583 meters (11,755 feet) above sea level. Kedarnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.

The temple holds significant religious importance and attracts thousands of devotees from all over India and abroad. It is believed to have been constructed by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century CE, although the exact origins of the temple are unclear.

Kedarnath town is situated near the Mandakini River, which adds to the region’s natural beauty. The surrounding landscape is picturesque, with snow-capped peaks, dense forests, and beautiful valleys. The region is also a part of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to various flora and fauna species, including musk deer, Himalayan black bear, and many bird species.

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Budget

The price breakdown is for a single person and one can plan according to their budget.

  • Bus Fare from Haridwar to Gaurikund (500 to 800)
  • Rented Motor Bikes (1200-1500 per day)
  • Hotels (1500 -to 4000)
  • Food: rice daal(80/plate), paratha (60/piece), water bottle (50)
  • Khachar Seva from Bhimbali (1100 to 1500 one way)
  • Pithoo Service (4000 to 10000/person) one way, price varies according to weight and distance
  • Helicopter Service(2500 to 7500), book here.
  • GMVN stays (sharing 5 to 10 people, food provided, no toilets )price around 500 to 800 per person. book here.
  • Performing pooja inside the main temple (4000 to 6000) prior registration at badrinath-kedarnath.gov.in

Giving you an estimate of avg price per person including hotel and meals if:

  1. By Bus (5000 to 6000)
  2. By Car (9000 to 10000)
  3. MotorBike rented (9000 to 10000)
  4. Helicopter (17000 to 20000) 

*Note: According to season/month (peak /nonpeak) You should add 1000 to 2000 extra just in case of emergency.

simply put you will have to spend more on peak(April to June) seasons and less on nonpeak seasons(September to October.

बर्फ की चादर में लिपटा केदारनाथ मंदिर
रात में केदारनाथ मंदिर
वसंत ऋतु में केदारनाथ

Time to Visit 🤔

Although the temple is open only for six months (April to October) during a year, it can change depending on weather conditions there. also the Uttarakhand govt. can limit the registration of pilgrims due to bad weather conditions.

The best time to visit Kedarnath is during the summer months from May to June and September to October. During this period, the weather in Kedarnath is relatively pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F) during the day. The snow has usually melted by May, making it easier to access the temple and surrounding areas.

In May and June, the pilgrimage season is at its peak, and the temple is open for devotees. The atmosphere is lively, and you can witness various religious ceremonies and rituals.

Crowd at kedarnath temple
Crowd at kedarnath temple during peak moths

September and October also offer favorable weather conditions for visiting Kedarnath. The temperatures are mild, ranging from 10°C to 25°C (50°F to 77°F), and the skies are usually clear. This period is considered the post-monsoon season, and the region experiences lesser rainfall.

It is a good time to avoid the peak tourist crowds and enjoy a more serene and peaceful visit to the temple. Gates of the temple are open from 5 AM to 3 PM and after that from 5 PM to 10 PM.

Before planning your visit, do check the current weather conditions and the opening dates of the temple so that you have a smooth and safe pilgrimage experience.

 

How To Go?

*Note: Pilgrims have to register themselves and their vehicles (if using private vehicles) prior to visiting Kedarnath or Badrinath shrines at badrinath-kedarnath.gov.in. if you are using public transport then only pilgrim registration is required if not then you have to register your vehicle too (also known as Green Card).

The trip can be covered in 3 to 4 days (from Haridwar). One who is from outside Uttarakhand has to reach Haridwar.  Day 1 Haridwar to Gaurikund. You have several options to reach Gaurikund:

    • Motor Bikes (rented/ or your own if you are a solo rider, green card required)

    • Local Bus

    • Cars (rented/or your own, green card required)

Day 2 Gaurikund to Kedarnath temple, one has to trek a distance of approximately 16 kilometers (10 miles) to reach the Kedarnath Temple. The trek is considered challenging, but there are also options like pony rides and palanquins, and now a helicopter facility is also available for those who cannot undertake the trek on foot.

Day 3 Kedarnath to directly Haridwar, if you want to cover in 3 days else you can stay at Gaurikund and on 4th day, can leave for Haridwar.

Where to Stay?🥱🏪

You will get a lot of hotels/shops/homestays to stay they can be single as well as shared, which depends on your spending capacity. Their rates are usually fixed and are more expensive during peak season but you can negotiate the price.

And If you are an adventurer then you can bring your tent and can camp at many places but you will have to take permission from the respective owners. Sometimes it is free and sometimes you will have to pay (it will be much less than booking a room ).

Things to Remember.🧐

  • Register yourself at Badrinath-kedarnath.gov.in.
  • Register your vehicle ( if your own or rented )at Badrinath-kedarnath.gov.in.
  • Carry enough money (for emergencies)
  • Bring warm clothes
  • Travel light while Trekking
  • Carry First Aid and your medications(if any)
  • Carry a water bottle and some snacks, and
  • ENJOY THE JOURNEY AND “DO NOT LITTER”🙅

FAQs

Q1 What is the Khachar price in Kedarnath?

Ans: Khachar Seva from Bhimbali will cost around Rs1100 to Rs1500 one way but I recommend you take other means as these animals are subjected to a lot of cruelty.

Q2 Can we complete Kedarnath in 1 day?

Ans: The trek is 16 KMs long and would easily take 6 to 8 hrs for a fit person with some luggage to reach the temple. so the simple answer is no you can’t. Even if you do you won’t be in a very good condition.

Q3 Can we go Kedarnath any time?

Ans: The temple is open for only 6 months from April to October, and you will be allowed to visit only during this period.

Q4 Can I wear anything at Kedarnath?

Ans: No, you can not. Now it has been made mandatory for both men and women to wear decent clothes in the temple compound.

Q5 Can I take photos, selfies etc. at Kedarnath?

Ans: Due to a recent event where a woman proposed a man at the temple compound the temple committee has unanimously banned smartphones and cameras in the temple compound.

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