If you want to go to Kedarnath Dham, then many questions will keep coming in your mind. Like when to go? how to go? what things to take with you? Where to stay? How will the weather be? What problems can you face? How much will the fare be for the transport, hotel? Many questions keep coming in your mind. People from India and all over the country come to visit Kedarnath Dham. Its prime location in Haridwar. You belong to anywhere in the country, you have to come to Haridwar first. Haridwar is connected to the entire country by railway route and bus route. Both the railway station and the bus stand face to face on the same road. From there, buses and taxis also run to Kedarnath. We will see how to reach Kedarnath Dham.
Facts of The holy place of Lord Shiva Kedarnath
Located in the lap of the Himalayan Mountains. Kedarnath is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Visiting here achieves salvation. The doors of this temple are closed for six months in a year due to bad weather. Kedarnath is one of the famous pilgrimage sites of Dham. This place was discovered by the Pandavas to get rid of their sins. Finding Bholenath reached Kedarnath.
According to the Puranas, during the Mahabharata war, the Pandavas had fought with their brother, Pandavas had reached Kashi to meet Bholenath to get rid of this burden. They did not find Bholenath there. So the Pandavas went to Kailash in search of him. Shiva had changed his form to dodge them. Eventually, Bholenath met him in the rocks of Kedar. Shivji came in front of the Pandavas as a buffalo. After this, Shivling was built there.
Since then, Shivling is worshiped there. This temple is not one but a group of 5 temples. It is also known as panch kedar. According to Rahul Sankrityayan, the Kedarnath temple was built about 1000 years ago. It is said that this temple was built by the Pandavas. Later the temple was rebuilt by Guru Shankaracharya.
The temple is built on a 6 feet tall square platform. The main part of the temple is the pradakshina path around the pandal and the sanctum sanctorum. And outside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, idols of Draupadi with five Pandavas have also been composed. It is believed that traveling to Badrinath without seeing Kedarnath is considered incomplete.
How to reach kedarnath dham?
So let’s know how to reach SonPrayag from Haridwar. Also, what is the fare to reach Son Prayag or Gaurikund? I will tell you everything. After reaching Haridwar, you will see that there are buses and taxis going to Kedarnath Dham. If you are thinking about going by bus, then you will see that when the bus runs in the morning, all its seats are full. So you have to reach Haridwar 1 day before. If you reach 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon. On the same day, book a bus ticket to Kedarnath.
If you take a ticket to Direct Sonprayag, the booking from the counter will be ₹ 350 and if the seat remains empty on the bus then after getting on the bus you will get a ticket of ₹ 330. But the safe option is that you book your ticket 1 day in advance. Confirm your seat. Just after that, the bus will take you from Haridwar to Sonprayag. Sonprayag is the last location The last city is as far as buses or taxis go. Then 5 km away is Gaurikund. To reach there, you will have to use the local taxi there. Because of any private vehicle or bus Or your own personal vehicle will not be allowed to go there. You will have to park your car in the parking lot in Sonprayag.
Now let’s talk about such a taxi that if you take a taxi from Haridwar, then the taxi rental will be slightly higher. If you are more mean four or five people then you can take a small taxi. Sonprayag You will arrive in the evening from 5: 00- 6:00 pm. After reaching Sonprayag, you have the option to either stay in Sonprayag or go to Gaurikund, 5 kilometers and stay there. I would advise you to stay in Sonprayag itself. To stay here you will need a hotel. If you talk about the hotel, it is very difficult to get hotels in the months of May and June.
Hotel bookin in kedarnath
Room rent is 4k -5k or more, per night. The cheapest method is that dormitory is available in Sonprayag. new dormitories have been created some time ago. There are some big halls on it. There are no beds in those halls, but you will get a mattress, a quilt, a pillow. Whose charges per person has been kept at 250 / -. It is also a convenient option. If you get a room etc., it is a very good thing, if you do not get it, then you can live there by paying 250 per person.
Night stay will have to be done right there. Next day when you get up, you have to go to Gaurikund. Before going to Gaurikund, get the biometric process done at Sonprayag in the evening, 1 day before. Biometric registration timings are up to 5:00 pm in the evening. Bio-metric registration will not be available in Sonprayag after 5:00. So if possible, get it done before 5:00. Only then you will be able to start the journey from there. So, one day in advance, you get the bi-metric registration done and your registration will remain valid for 7 days.
And the journey begins towards the holy Kedarnath Shivling of Lord Shiva.
To reach Gaurikund, the taxi would start from early morning at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. There is a very long queue for the taxi as well. You have to be in Que. When you get your number in Que, you will get a taxi, whose fare is going to be ₹ 20 per head. After that, the taxi will take you to Gaurikund. After reaching Gaurikund, your real journey begins. The road from Gaurikund to Kedarnath Dham is 16 km.
There you have three options to reach Kedarnath Dham, either go on foot or you can go for a horse ride or a basket. If you want to go by horse, then you can book it from Gorikund or Sonprayag, whose fare is about 2500 rupees. Talking about the basket, he will depend on your understanding of how there is a bargain there. On foot, you will find 16 km of track. You will get to see a lot of things in that 16-kilometer track. Like waterfalls, high mountains, everything and now if you go in the month of May, you will see a lot of glaciers there.
The breathless scene that captivates the journey of Kedarnath.
If you want to enjoy the whole nature, then I will advise you to travel on foot. Only then will you be able to photography those vivid scenes. If you go by helicopter or horse then you will not be able to enjoy this thing. And If you go on foot, if you start the journey from 6:00 am, you will reach the Evening by 5:00 pm. If you go too much and relax, then complete your journey in 11 to 12 hours.
Let’s talk about helicopter if you want to travel by helicopter to reach Kedarnath Dham, then you have to pay ₹ 6700 per head return journey. For that, you do not need to come from Haridwar to Sonprayag. Fata is a place before Sonprayag. You have to get down there. You will have to make a booking right there, because there is a helipad in FATA, and from there, helicopters fly and go to Kedarnath Dham. So you do not need to come to Sonprayag or Gaurikund at all.
Things to keep in mind once you reach Kedarnath Dham
After that, it comes to know what to do after you reach Kedarnath Dham. After reaching Dham, first of all, you have to book a room for yourself. The more you delay, the more trouble you will face. You will have a lot of options there. Either you book a nice room for yourself or you book the guest house of GMVN or book the tent or you can book the dormitory. Talking about the hotel, the rate of the hotel is up to 3000 4000 there. If we talk about dosimetry, Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam of GMVN, then there are charges per head ₹ 600, and charge of tents ₹ 300 per head.
Whatever you feel comfortable, whatever you feel right, you should book it after reaching Kedarnath first. Only then you go to see the temple. After visiting, I tell something else. When you reach Kedarnath Dham, the darshan which will be made available to you in Evening, will be done only from outside. You will not be allowed to reach the Shivalinga of Kedarnath.
For that you have to stay that night. The early morning darshan starts at 5:00 am. You go again the next day and engage in the line and see Kedarnath Dham. Whatever you want to do puja, you will be able to do it in the morning itself, because after 5 pm in the evening there will not be darshan like this. After 5:00 pm, they have darshan from outside and their doors are closed after 10:00 pm. So in such a situation you can get a chance to see twice. If you arrive in the evening.
Now let’s talk about what things you should carry in the journey of Kedarnath Dham
If you go to any month, you will have to take warm clothes with you. Other than that, if you have a raincoat, you will definitely take it. is a must. If it is possible, you can also keep an umbrella. Because on the way, when you are trekking 16 kilometers, the weather on the way is very bad. The rain keeps coming in between.
If you go in May-June, you will find everything expensive there. If you go in July-August, then you are going to have a lot of trouble with the weather because there is too much rain in that season. So the best season is September or October. There will be cold, but there will be less rush and you will find things very cheap.
food in Kedarnath Dham
Food in Kedarnath Dham will get more expensive. Lunch dinner is offered at ₹ 200 head there which is of very poor quality. He will not like it at all. So in this case, if you carry some things from home, then it will be convenient. The problem of water will not be there in any way because there are many water sources everywhere on the way. And the water that is there is also very active and it will also normalize your digestive system to a great extent.
Along with this, you have to take a lot of medicines like a pen killer and some gastritis for you or whatever problem you have, take all the medicines. There are some medical stores or dispensaries available in the Garhwal division. But even if you can, take your medicine by yourself. If you have respiratory disease. If you have trouble with BP, then you should never do trekking.
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