The cheap way to Kedarnath Yatra 2024

The cheap way to Kedarnath Yatra 2024

Kedarnath Yatra is a sacred pilgrimage to the Kedarnath Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India. It’s a part of the Char Dham Yatra circuit and Panch Kedar in Uttarakhand. The temple is situated in a breathtaking location, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, and attracts many tourists from around the world. The temple remains open from the end of April to the beginning of November due to extreme weather conditions. This year, the Kedarnath Dham Temple reopened for Char Dham Yatra on May 10, 2024, at 7 am.

The Kedarnath Yatra can be undertaken by two routes:

Helicopter Services: For a more comfortable and time-saving journey, helicopter services are available from various locations like Dehradun, Phata, Guptkashi, and Sersi. These services take you directly to the Kedarnath Helipad, from where the temple is a short walk away.

Trekking Route: The traditional and most popular route to Kedarnath is the 14 km trek from Gaurikund. The trek passes through beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, and forests. Ponies, palanquins, and porters are available for hire to assist with the trek.

Gaurikund can be reached by road from major cities like Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Haridwar. The nearest railway station is Rishikesh, and the nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.

Regardless of the route chosen, it is essential to be well-prepared for the journey, considering the high altitude and unpredictable weather conditions.

Unknown facts

Here are some unknown facts about the Kedarnath Yatra:

  • The Kedarnath Temple is believed to have survived the devastating floods in 2013, while the surrounding areas were severely affected.
  • The temple remains closed for six months every year due to harsh weather conditions. It is closed on Bhaiduj and reopens on Akshaya Tritiya.
  • The management of the Kedarnath Temple is governed by the Uttar Pradesh State Government Act No. 30/1948 as Act no. 16,1939.
  • According to legend, the Pandavas built the Kedarnath Temple after the Mahabharata. The temple is one of the Panch Kedar, where Lord Shiva is believed to have appeared in the form of a bull.
  • The Bhairavnath Temple, dedicated to Lord Bhairava, is located near the Kedarnath Temple and is believed to protect the region from evil spirits.
  • The priests who perform rituals in the Kedarnath Temple belong to the Rawal community of Karnataka, and they have been performing the same rituals since the 10th Century AD.
  • The Kedarnath Temple was featured in the 2018 movie “Kedarnath,” starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan.
  • Udak Kund, located near the Kedarnath Temple, is believed to have great spiritual significance. Devotees believe that the water of Udak Kund has purification abilities and frees one from the cycle of birth and death.
  • The people of Kedarnath greet each other with “Jai kedar” or “Jai Shri Kedar.”
  • The Archeological Survey of India warned against applying ghee to the Lingam during prayers, as it is causing damage to the stones of the temple.

For a Kedarnath Yatra, you can consider a Kedarnath tour package from various cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, or Bangalore. There are also Badrinath Kedarnath tour packages available, including helicopter tours.

Pricing

The pricing for the Kedarnath Yatra varies depending on the mode of transportation and services chosen. Here are some current pricing details for reference:

Pony Rates from Sonprayag/ Gaurikund to Kedarnath (as of 2023):

Sonprayag to Kedarnath: INR 2,500
Gaurikund to Kedarnath: INR 2,300
Kedarnath to Sonprayag: INR 1,700
Kedarnath to Gaurikund: INR 1,500

Dandi (Palanquin) Rates from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (as of 2)

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