Kedarnath is a sacred town and an integral part of the holy Char Dhams of Uttarakhand. It is located in the Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand. Kedarnath is located at the stunning altitude of 3585 meters in Kedarnath Valley.
Reaching Kedarnath by Road
Kedarnath enjoys good connectivity via road to many major cities like Chandigarh (390 km), Delhi (460 km), Nagpur (1420 km), Rishikesh (190 km) and Bangalore (2485 km). it is possible to drive up to Kedarnath from the above mentioned cities.
Buses also run till a certain point in the Kedarnath route. The last bus stop point in the Kedarnath route is Gaurikund. Advance bookings for the morning bus service from Haridwar to Gaurikund can be made at the Garhwal Mandal Owner Association Office which is right in front of the rail station. One full day is taken to reach Gaurikund from Haridwar but the beauty of the bus route and scenic beauty of the mountains makes up for it. Most tarvellers who come from New Delhi arrange for a stopover in Haridwar before leaving for Kedarnath.
Another way to approach Kedarnath via road is by renting or driving a vehicle. However, the vehicle needs to have good ground clearance as it is a very rocky route. There are two parking lots (500 m and 100 m away) from Gaurikund and getting parking space is quite tough.
5 km behind Gaurikund, there is a place called Sonprayag where there is a huge Fatak that ensures vehicles move in one direction only. This gate ensures that there are less traffic issues but the journey time is increased because of the gate.
Delhi to Kedarnath Road Route Map
Reaching Kedarnath by Air / Helicopter
The nearest air base is the Jolly Grant Airport which is in Dehradun and about 240 km away from Kedarnath. Many flights including Kingfisher Red service is available to Jolly Grant Airport from major cities. However, from the airport, you again need to take a taxi or cab to reach Gaurikund. Most people opt to travel to Rishikesh which is only 16 km away and spend some time there before approaching Kedarnath via the Joshimath route.
Kedarnath can be easily approached by Helicopter services that operate within the state of Uttarakhand. The helicopter ride is hassle free and will save you from the trek and the discomfort of the long journey. The helicopter ride can be booked and availed from Gauchar, Sitapur, Dehradun, Agustumuni, Phata etc.
Reaching Kedarnath by Train
There are many railway stations in the rote near Kedarnath and they are Haridwar (240 km), Dehradun (258 km) and Rishikesh (216 km). there are no fast trains connecting Rishikesh and Kotdwar has few interstate trains. However, Haridwar is a popular railway station commanding good connectivity to many major Indian cities especially Howrah, Mumbai, New Delhi, Amritsar and Ahmadabad.
Route Map and Distance Guide of Kedarnath
Kedarnath’s distance from the following major Indian Cities
- New Delhi to Kedarnath (460 km)
- Bengaluru to Kedarnath (2486 km)
- Rishikesh to Kedarnath (224 km)
- Chandigarh to Kedarnath (390 km)
- Nagpur to Kedarnath (1420 km)
Rishikesh to Kedarnath Route Map
Rishikesh to Devprayag (71 km) to Srinagar (36 km) to Rudraprayag (35 km) to Tilwara (10 km) to Agastamuni (11 km) to Kund (16 km) to Guptakashi (6 km) to Phata (12 km) to Rampur (10 km) to Sonprayag (4 km) to Gaurikund (5 km) to Rambara (7 km) to Gaurud Chatti (5 km) to Kedarnath (4 km).