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).

General Information About Kedarnath – Kedarnath Travel Guide

Kedarnath dham, one of the most vital dhams of the chota chardham circuit pulls scores of pilgrims each owing to its immense spiritual glory. If you wish to reach Kedarnath dham to seek the blessings of Kedarnath Ji this general travel info guide would prove quite helpful for you. So read on-

Of the four holy points of the Chota Chardham in Uttarakhand, Kedarnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. He is among the holy trinity, and is the God of Destruction. At an elevation of 3,583 m (11,755 ft), the ancient shrine is situated on the top of Garhwal Mountains. Located on the shore of the gurgling Mandakini River, it stands as a stunning time-beaten edifice reminding us of its past glory. It is believed that this temple was established by the legendary Pandavas. Later, it was lost in the hilly wilderness with Time. In 8th century AD, Adi Shankaracharya, an eminent scholar, reformer and Hindu revivalist, restored the old temple. The high priest of Kedarnath hails of the Veershaiva family from Karnataka and is called as ‘rawal’. Unlike the rawal of Badrinath, the rawal of Kedarnath do not partake in the worship and rituals of Lord Kedarnath. He acts as a guide to his subordinate priests.

The catastrophic deluge at Kedarnath and adjoining areas in June, 2013 washed away the trekking road to Kedarnath from Gaurikund. Now, the new road takes longer time to reach. Also, there is provision to visit the temple by helicopter.

Excursion:

Kedarnath Temple

The temple itself is the most significant tourist spot here. It is a big, strong, stone built shrine housing one of the 12 jyotirlings, Kedarnath. It draws thousands of pilgrims nationwide during its peak season.

Adi Shakaracharya Samadhi

Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi

Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi

It is documented that Adi Shankaracharya attained Samadhi (Liberation) here at the age of 32. He was a well known Sanskrit scholar, poet, social reformer and spiritual leader.

Gaurikund

Gauri Kund

Gauri Kund

It is the place; myth has it, that Lord Shiva accepted the proposal of marrying Gauri, other name of goddess Parvati. There is a hot water tank here which I considered holy.

Panch Kedar

Panch Kedar

Panch Kedar

It is believed that 5 body parts of the bull (Lord Shiva took the form to scare Pandavas) scattered through the five places in the Garhwal region and are together called Panch Kedar.

Chota Chardham
Chota Chardham includes Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Kedarnath is during the summers. The tourist season starts from late April and ends at late October. The door of Kedarnath opens on the auspicious occasion of Akshyay Tritiya and closes on Bhatri Dwitiya or Bhai Dooj, two days after Diwali. These 6 months, from April to October, the pilgrims keep the Himalayan air buzzing with Lord Shiva’s name.

How to Reach:

By Air:
Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport. It is well-connected with Delhi, and Delhi in turn is well connected to the rest of the world by regular flights. From the airport, buses and taxis ply regularly.

By Rail:
Rishikesh is the nearest railway station. But, it is a small station and express trains do not pass through it. So, it is advisable to start the journey from Haridwar which is the nearest railhead of all the journeys into the Himlayas Buses and taxis are available from both Hrishikesh and Haridwar to Guptkashi.

By Road:
Buses and taxis ply regularly from important destinations nearby. Private cars follow the route of the buses. But, to reach Kedarnath, there will be two options, a 3-day long trekking from Guptkashi upwards, or helicopter flight from nearby locations.

Accommodation:
Various accommodations are available. There are quite a handful of options available to choose from, like hotels, lodges, rest houses, ashrams and dharamshalas. There is GMVN tourist house which offers decent stay for the travelers. The accommodation is cheap and not burdensome for the pocket.