How to Reach Kedarnath – Kedarnath Yatra Road Route Map

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

  1. New Delhi to Kedarnath (460 km)
  2. Bengaluru to Kedarnath (2486 km)
  3. Rishikesh to Kedarnath (224 km)
  4. Chandigarh to Kedarnath (390 km)
  5. 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).

Transportation Services in Uttarakhand – Uttaranchal Transportation

If you mention Uttarakhand it probably brings to mind Char Dham Yatra because this is what the State is famous for not that it lacks in other scenic attractions. You could undertake Chardham Yatra by car and be back in a week or ten days after visiting Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. You might feel spiritually fulfilled but you will be missing out on a whole lot of attractions such as Chamoli, Chopta, Auli and other spots of scenic splendors and repositories of the beauties of Mother Nature.

uttarakhand transportation

Chardham Yatra? Go by car
A car is your best transport friend if you wish to undertake the chardham yatra. Chardham Yatra with taxi/car is fast and you have the added convenience of being able to stop when you like, stop where you like and proceed at your own pace. You could spend a whole month in Uttarakhand and visit its many attractions like the beautiful hill stations of Mussoorie and Nainital, the resorts of Chamoli and Auli or undertake adventure activities like Hand Gliding, Paragliding, River rafting and skiing in Munsiyari, Mundali and Auli, not to mention Dhanaulti and Lansdowne, two picturesque places. Chamba is another region to explore when you go on chardham yatra by car. If you have come this far, it is only fair that you spare time to take in Kausani, Ranikhet, Almora or Binsar. The choices are difficult.

Transport Options
A car is a good idea. You will need a vehicle with good amount of ground clearance to navigate rock laden terrain and a SUV is a better option. If you are concerned that your car might break down then you can hire any number of private SUVs with a driver in attendance. They know the roads and will drive safely over rough and risky terrain. Those traveling on a budget will not lack for options.

State Transport Buses and Private Buses
Buses are the best way to get around in Uttarakhand since the mountainous region has very few railheads. Buses go to major and even minor towns. For families and individuals on a budget, buses run by state transport corporation and private operators are the most cost effective option. Buses are affordable and you can choose to travel during day time and admire the countryside.

Private SUVs and cabs
Where buses do not go or if they are not available on time you can always join SUV being driven by a private cab operator as a passenger. The fares are reasonable, just a little bit higher than bus fares but you get where you want to go. These jeeps and SUVs are popular and their drivers are experts at navigating tricky roads and rough terrain.

Train
Train services in the mountainous region are limited. The major railway stations that serve as jumping off points to travel onwards are Dehradun, Rishikesh, Nainital, Haridwar, Lalkua, Haldwani and Kathgodam. There are interesting small places along each section that you might want to explore. Railway travel is cheaper than bus travel and, in addition, you travel in comfort across scenic mountainous countryside.

Air travel
The mountainous countryside has limited the number of airports in Uttarakhand to just two for commercial travel. One is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun and the other is Pant Nagar Airport in Nainital.

Hitchhiking?
Try your luck. It could be an interesting adventure.

Motorcycling
The scenery and the winding roads up and down mountains are perfect for motorcycling in fair weather. Get on to your Bullets and go chugging along, alone or with friends.

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