God-Land Kedarnath Trip Guide- How to reach Kedarnath ? Best Season, Timing
If you want to visit Kedarnath dhaam and don’t know How To Reach Kedarnath ? then you are at right place. In this travel guide we will give you complete information about the holy Kedarnath Dhaam, how to reach Kedarnath, which is the best season to visit Kedarnath and opening timings of the Kedarnath Temple.
The temple of Shri Kedarnath Ji is situated on the peak called ‘Kedar’ of the mountain range Himalayas. The holy shrine of Lord Badri Vishal is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda river flowing in the east direction of this peak and Lord Shri Kedarnath is seated on the banks of the holy Mandakini river in the west.
The holy confluence of both the Alaknanda and Mandakini river is at Rudraprayag and from there it becomes a stream again and joins Bhagirathi at Devprayag and is known as Ganga hereafter.
The temple of Lord Shri Kedareshwar Jyotirlinga is the beauty of picturesque nature. The sweet sound of Mandakini below, the white sheets of snow on the mountains above, the cool moonlight that splattered that night, the melodious music of the temple bell, the hymns of the Vedas, and in-between “Har Har Mahadev and Namah Shivay” The sound of gives a real experience of Shivalik.
Kedarnath Is A Religious Place Not A Tourist Place
Kedarnath is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. This place is located in the Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 3584 meters above sea level.
Kedarnath Temple is considered one of the holiest destinations (Char Dham) of Hindus and the tallest of the twelve Jyotirlingas is situated here. The magnificent Mandakini river flows near the temple.
Whenever you come here, remember that Kedarnath is a religious place and not a tourist place. Do not come here to roam and have fun and spend your holidays, but to immerse yourself in the stream of devotion.
Huge crowds of tourists visit this shrine during summers to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. By the way, this area is not a tourist place but a religious place.
People who come here should never say that they are going to spend a vacation or go for a walk. If you just come here, then come to get engrossed in the devotion of Bholenath. Come here just like a child and consider yourself to be devoted to the innocent Shiv Shankar.
How To Reach Kedarnath
The journey to Kedarnath truly starts from Haridwar or Rishikesh. Haridwar is connected by rail to all major and major cities of the country.
You can reach Haridwar by train. To go further from here, you can either book a taxi or go by bus.
Haridwar to Sonprayag 235 km and Sonprayag to Gaurikund 5 km, you can go by road by any type of vehicle.
Beyond this, you will have to walk the 16-kilometer path, you can go by palanquin or horse. The road is also going to be very smooth.
Take 2 days to reach Gaurikund from Haridwar or Rishikesh, wherever you start your journey.
You should stay overnight at Srinagar (Garhwal) or Rudraprayag and the next day go to Gaurikund.
If you go to Gaurikund in one day, you will be so tired on this mountainous route that the next day you will find it very difficult to climb from Gaurikund to Kedarnath in a ship with adverse weather.
It would be good if you take 2 days, I believe this and my experience is also.
On the way to Haridwar, you will find many such places where you can stay for the night. But in these places, Srinagar and Rudraprayag are about half the distance.
you can also stop at Guptkashi and if you reach Guptkashi from Haridwar or Rishikesh on the first day then there is no need to stop at Gaurikund the next day as Gaurikund is only 1 to 1:30 hours from Guptkashi.
After keeping your luggage in the locker room in the hotel or guest house, leave Guptkashi early by 6 am and start climbing from Gaurikund by 8 am.
Visit Kedarnath till evening and stay at Kedarnath at night. If you want, visit again in the morning and then come back to Gaurikund and then come to Guptkashi from Gaurikund and stay at night.
If you stay in Srinagar or Rudraprayag on the first day, then on the next day you take all the luggage along and reach Gaurikund and stay at Gaurikund for the night. And then the next day, keep the luggage in the locker room and start climbing at 5 in the morning.
After reaching Kedarnath, stay in the night or come back to Gaurikund. But I believe that if you go to Kedarnath, then you must spend a night on that land of Bholenath.
One more thing, on the way from Gaurikund to Kedarnath after 11 o’clock the weather becomes bad, which continues for about 2 to 3 o’clock and it happens every day, not for a day or two.
To go by bus, you must first go to Rudraprayag. There are two routes from Rudraprayag. One way leads to Kedarnath and the other to Badrinath.
There is a bus from Haridwar or Rishikesh which goes to Chamoli via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, and goes from Chamoli to Gopeshwar.
To reach Kedarnath, one has to reach Rudraprayag first, from Rudraprayag jeep or bus goes to Guptkashi or direct to Sonprayag.
Another jeep has to be taken from Sonprayag which goes till Gaurikund. The road from Gaurikund to Kedarnath is on foot. From here one can go on foot, palanquin or horse.
It takes 4 days for Haridwar to reach Kedarnath and then back to Haridwar and 7 days for those who go to Badrinath after Kedarnath. The entire path ahead of Rishikesh is in the mountains.
People also get vomit on this path. The nearest airport to Kedarnath is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun at a distance of 239 km.
Best Season To Visit Kedarnath
The time between May to October is considered ideal for visiting Kedarnath as the weather remains pleasant during this time. The natives of Kedarnath also migrate in winters due to heavy snowfall.
Anyway, this temple opens only in summer. It opens in the first week of May and remains open till mid-November. Every year there is a difference in the opening and closing of the temple for a few days because the Muhurta is taken out for it according to the Hindi calendar.
The date of opening of the doors is around Akshaya Tritiya and the date of closing is around Diwali. It is not good to go here during the rainy season because during this time the risk of land sliding increases and the roads get closed. Travelers get stuck here and there.
Temple Opening And Visit Timings
- The temple of Kedarnath Ji opens for the general visitors at 7:00 am.
- Special worship is done two times in the afternoon and after that, the temple is closed for rest.
- Again the temple is opened for public darshan at 5 pm.
- After duly adorning the five-faced Lord Shiva idol, regular aarti is performed from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm.
- The temple of Kedareshwar is closed at 8:30 pm.
- Kedar Valley gets covered with snow in winters. Although the auspicious moment for the opening and closing of the Kedarnath temple is taken, it usually closes before the 15th of November and opens after six months i.e. in the month of Vaishakh.
- In such a situation, the Panchmukhi idol of Kedarnath is brought to ‘Ukhimath’. Rawal Ji worships this idol here too.
- In Kedarnath, the public receives the receipt by depositing the fee, and according to that, it performs the worship-aarti of the temple or receives the offerings.
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