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How to plan Kedarnath Yatra


Kedarnath is a holy place and a sacred pilgrimage of lord Shiva situated at a height of 11,755 ft in Rudraprayag, Garhwal district in Uttarakhand. It is one of the most important Dham from Char Dham Yatra and one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of lord Shiva.


This place is known as Kedarnath means “the lord of the land”, one of the other names of lord Shiva. It has a stunning mythology that is related to Pandvas of Mahabharat. In the war of Kurukshetra they killed so many people and became sinners. To get rid of these sins they needed the blessings of lord Shiva. But lord Shiva avoided them, so he turned himself into a bull and hid in Garhwal region. But Pandvas reached to the Garhwal region and Bheem recognized the bull as lord Shiva and caught the bull by his tail and hind legs, but it disappeared and reappeared in parts, hump in Kedarnath, arm in Tungnath, face in Rudranath, navel and stomach in Madhyamaheshwar and hair in Kalpeshwar.

Best time to visit Kedarnath

You can visit the shrine from mid-April to mid-November because the temple remains closed before and after due to heavy rainfall and snowfall. Best time to visit Kedarnath shrine in October.


The location of the temple is in the Himalayas. The weather is cold in summer while in winter the weather becomes extremely harsh and rough. Summer is ideal weather to visit the shrine but in monsoon this area suffers extremely heavy rainfall many times.

How to reach there

  • Visiting the temple by road

   From wherever you came from you need to travel till you reach Dehradun by road, railways or airways. After reaching Dehradun you have to travel to Gaurikund by road. From Gaurikund to Kedarnath is 16 kilometer, to reach there you have get through this route- Gaurikund to Jungle Chatti is 4 kilometer, Jungle Chatti to Bheembali is 3 kilometer, Bheembali to Linchauli is 4 kilometer, Linchauli to Kedarnath Base camp is 4 kilometer, Base camp to temple is 1 kilometer. You can visit the temple by trekking or by hiring a pony or palki, you have to make sure that you have done prior booking at Gaurikund or Sonpayag.

  •         Visiting the temple by air

If you aren’t able to do trekking or not, then you can visit the temple by booking the helicopter service.

You can take the helicopter service from Sahastradhara helipad in Dehradun, it will take 40 minutes or from other helipads like Guptakashi, Sersi, Phata etc.

Wherever before starting this yatra every person needs to check their physical condition, if you are not physically fit then you need to consult your doctor whether you should visit or not, because this is a high altitude trek.

KedarKantha is an ancient and popular trip in Uttarakhand, but it is frequently combined with the Kedarnath climb. The predicament not only produces commotion, but it also leads to misconceptions and misperceptions among trekkers and trek leaders. Both hikes are gorgeous and can have a significant impact on your well-being once you decide which one to take. They may have identical names, but they are very distinct people.


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