Kedarnath Dham Yatra 2021 & Known How To Reach

Kedarnath Yatra

Kedarnath Yatra 2021: The doors of Kedarnath Dham (Kedarnath Dham) will be opened for devotees on May 17 for the darshan of Lord Shankar (Bhagwan Shankar). 

Panchkadar Gaddi site Omkareshwar Temple has been announced by Kedarnath Rawal in Ukhimath. According to the tradition that has been going on for years, every year on the day of Mahashivaratri, the opening day of the Kaparnath Dham in Omkareshwar temple Ukhimath is taken out.

The doors of Chardham, including Kedarnath, are closed every year in October-November in winter, which is again opened for devotees in April-May next year. Bhairavnach will be worshiped with pomp on May 13 to open the doors of Kedarnath Dham

Baba Kedar's Chalna Vigraha Doli will first reach Phata on 14 May from Ukhimath and after rest here will reach Gaurikund on 15 May and Kedarnath Dham on 16 May. On May 17, the doors of the Lord Kedarnath temple will be opened at five o'clock in the morning.


The valleys of Chardham, including Badrinath, are closed every year in October-November during winters, which open again in April-May next year. The doors of Badrinath Dham, present in Garhwal, Uttarakhand, will open for devotees from May 18. 

The Muhurta to open the Badrinath temple was taken out on Tuesday on the occasion of Basant Panchami at the court of the Tehri dynasty in Narendranagar. The shrines of Badrinath Dham, located in Chamoli district, were closed for the winter season on November 19 last year.

It is worth mentioning that the doors of Badrinath Dham will open at 4.15 am on May 18 this year and the Akshaya Tritiya of Gangotri-Yamunotri Dham will open on May 14.

This year's Chardham Yatra (Chardham) will officially begin with the opening of the kapat. On November 19 last year, the doors of Badrinath Dham were closed for the winter. 


The shrines of the Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri temples, known as the Char Dham of the Himalayas, are closed every year in October-November due to heavy snowfall and severe cold during the winter season, which will be repeated in April-May next year. Are opened. During the winter stay, the moving deity of Lord Kedarnath is worshiped in the Omkareshwar temple itself.  


How to reach Kedarnath Dham?

Kedarnath is located in the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand at an elevation of 3584 meters. Kedarnath is located in the Rudraprayag district. It is about 223 km from Rishikesh and 458 km from Delhi.

Kedarnath is a holy city located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, India, and one of the four dhams of Uttarakhand. Kedarnath is located in the Kedarnath valley at an elevation of 3584 meters. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini River, Kedarnath is located in the state of Uttarakhand, India.


Kedarnath is located at an elevation of 3586 meters and can be reached from here by trek, Dandi, Kandi, or helicopter. The trek route to Kedarnath is about 18 kilometers long.

By Road: Kedarnath is well connected by road to major cities like Chandigarh (387 km), Delhi (458 km), Nagpur (1421 km), Bangalore (2484 km), or Rishikesh (189 km). You can opt for a rail journey to Haridwar, Kotdwar, or Dehradun or you can also choose the air route from Dehradun.

Delhi to Kedarnath (by road): Buses leave for Haridwar from Delhi about every half an hour. It takes about 8 hours to reach Kedarnath by road. Apart from this, you can go to Haridwar by train, it will take 4-6 hours. 

From Haridwar, you can go directly to Kedarnath but you may have to stay there for at least one day. If you are traveling as a group of 5-6 persons then you can think about hiring a jeep. You can reach Gaurikund in 9-10 hours by jeep. Please note that the travel route from Rishikesh to Gaurikund is closed from 8 am to 4 am.

Haridwar to Kedarnath (by road): From Haridwar, the bus service to Gaurikund starts every morning. Booking of the bus can be done from the office of GMOA (Garhwal Mandal Owners Association) in front of Haridwar railway station. 

It takes almost a full day to reach Gaurikund if there is no landslide-like situation. Traveling by bus leads to bliss because during the journey you will get to see rivers, lush green mountains, which give a feeling of satiety to the mind.

By Train: The nearest railway stations to Kedarnath are Rishikesh (215 km), Haridwar (241 km), Dehradun (257 km), and Kotdwar (246 km). Rishikesh is not connected by fast trains and the number of trains in Kotdwar is very less. 

Thus if you are going to Kedarnath by train, Haridwar serves as the best railway station. Haridwar is connected to all parts of India by several trains.

By Air: The nearest airport from Kedarnath is Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun, which is about 239 km from Kedarnath. This airport is close to Rishikesh (about 16 km) and takes about 20-30 minutes to reach Rishikesh. From there you have to book a taxi or take a bus to reach Joshimath. 

Kingfisher Airlines connects Dehradun Airport with New Delhi through its Kingfisher Red service. From New Delhi Airport, there is a flight to Dehradun at 11:35 and 03:20, which reaches Dehradun at 12:30 pm and 04:20 pm respectively.

Kedarnath yatra by helicopter

Kedarnath can be reached very easily through helicopter services operating from various places in Uttarakhand. Some of the major places from where you can get helicopter service to Kedarnath are Dehradun, Guptkashi, Sirsi, and Phata.

Kedarnath yatra by taxi or private vehicle

If you are planning to travel with your vehicle, then make sure that there is "Ground Clearance" because there are rocks in the roadway during the entire journey which can cause damage to the vehicle. 

There are two parking lots just before Gaurikund (100 meters and 500 meters before Gaurikund). It is difficult to find space for private vehicles, but arrangements can be made after making polite requests to the caretakers.

Gate System: Before Kedarnath

Just 5 km down from Gaurikund to Gaurikund in Sonprayag there is a gate (gate) to carry vehicles in one direction only. 

It is used to deal with traffic jams during the journey but it takes an additional 1–1.5 hours of travel time. Travelers are advised to park their vehicles at Sonprayag and travel by public transit to Gaurikund.

Traffic facility in Gaurikund

From Gaurikund, one can reach Kedarnath via a paved road. There is also a system of horses, stems, ponies that are available on rent. Gaurikund is connected by road to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon areas in Uttaranchal... 

Online booking is not maintained for horses, dandies, and ponies, their rates are decided by the government. You can book them only after reaching there.

Journey to reach Kedarnath Dham

Journey route 1: Rishikesh to Kedarnath (223 km)

Rishikesh → Devprayag (70 km) → Srinagar (35 km) → Rudraprayag (34 km) → Tilwara (9 km) → Agastyamuni (10 km) → Kund (15 km) → Guptkashi (5 km) → Fata (11 km) → Rampur (9 km) → Sonprayag (3 km) → Gaurikund (5 km) → Rambara (7 km) → Linchauli (4 km) → Kedarnath (3 km).

Distance chart to reach Kedarnath Dham

  • Delhi to Kedarnath: 458 km
  • Rishikesh to Kedarnath: 223 km
  • Chandigarh to Kedarnath: 387 km
  • Nagpur to Kedarnath: 1421 km
  • Bangalore to Kedarnath: 2484 km

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