How To Reach Kedarnath Dham In Uttarakhand Opening And Closing Dates

Chris Steward
Chris Steward
How To Reach Kedarnath Dham

How To Reach Kedarnath Dham: Uttarakhand, popularly known as the city of temples, holds great significance when it comes to holy shrines and or Hindu mythology. The state has been known for its Char Dham Yatra, which starts from Yamunotri towards Gangotri, followed by Kedarnath, and finally ending at Badrinath.

Every year a number of visitors and pilgrims thick How To Reach Kedarnath Dham to take blessings of the Lord. It is also believed that every person once in their life should adorn the shrines to avail themselves of the blessings. However, these holy shrines of Char Dham open every year in summer (April/May) and close with the starting of winter months (October/November).

Kedarnath which is one of the most visited places by pilgrims across India and abroad is dedicated to Lord Shiva that is said to provide harmony and prosperity in one’s life. It is also one of the favorite tourist places often visited due to its scenic beauty and enthralling weather around.

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Kedarnath Yatra in 2021(May 17, 2021)

Kedarnath temple is located on the bank of the Mandakini river at an altitude of 3584 meters above sea level. Many people think that How To Reach Kedarnath Dham. It can be reached by road from the base Gaurikund. It has connectivity with some railway stations and airports. The kapat of Shri Kedarnath Dham will open on May 17, 2021. The idol will be shifted from Ukhimath to the main temple.

How To Reach Kedarnath?

Below is the information that will help tourists reach Kedarnath Temple safely bu all ways be it road, air and train.

How To Reach Kedarnath By Air

Jolly Grant Airport: Situated in Dehradun, one can reach Kedarnath by booking a direct flight to Jolly Grant Airport which is about 239 km from Kedarnath and operates daily flights to Delhi. Taxis are available from Dehradun airport to Kedarnath. Bus services are also available from Dehradun To Kedarnath. The nearest international airport is Delhi.

How to reach Kedarnath By Train

The nearest railway station near Kedarnath is Rishikesh which is about 243 kms away. Pre-paid taxi services are available at the railway station which charge about Rs 3,000. One has to travel 207 km by road and the rest 14 km on foot to reach Kedarnath.

How to reach Kedarnath By Road

Gaurikund is well connected by roads. Visitors can board regular buses from Rishikesh and Kotdwar to Kedarnath. Private taxis can also be hired from these places. The National Highway from Delhi to Mana (538 km) remains open throughout the year. Kedarnath is also accessible by foot from Gauri Kund, which is connected by state buses to Rishikesh, Dehradun, Kotdwara, and Haridwar. The bus fares vary depending on the season.

Kedarnath Distance Chart

Kedarnath is well connected through the road network. Since air and rail connectivity in Uttarakhand is limited, the road network is the best and easily available transport option. You can either drive to Kedarnath or hire a cab/taxi to reach Kedarnath from Delhi or any other nearby cities.

How To Reach Kedarnath Dham By Helicopter

Not all people can reach the Kedarnath Dham by foot as most of them are senior citizens. As a result, devotees can now visit Kedarnath through the medium of daily helicopter service to Kedarnath plying at short intervals of time every day. Devotees can book their tickets in advance to avail of the service; many charter companies have resumed the Kedarnath Service. People can visit the Kedarnath temple and return back to Phata on the same day or wish to stay overnight and come back the next day by helicopter.

Closing Date Of Kedarnath

Kedarnath temple closing date in 2021: November 06, 2021 (Eve of Bhai Dooj)

Kedarnath Dham History

The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector, and the destroyer. According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kaurava in the Kurukshetra war felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface.

The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations. The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above-mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar.

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