Kedarnath is an amazing holy town which is nestled in the Himalayas. It is one of the most sacred pilgrimages of Lord Shiva and is one of the most popular sites of char dham located in Uttarakhand. This scenic and beautiful city offers a tranquil ambience with its snow peaks, beautiful landscapes, green & dense forests and vibrant rhododendrons. This city is both a religious center and an idyllic holiday destination.
This place is not just devout but is for the people who love to conquer the rough terrain of Garhwal who used to visit this hilly land. There are also so many other spots to visit in Kedarnath- Bhairava temple, Gandhi sarovar or chorabari lake which is a beautiful glacier lake, son prayag and many more. Chandrashila is a magnificent summit located just 89 kilometers from Kedarnath and it is the most popular trekking and hiking spot in the region.
Here people can shop for herbs, precious stones,shawls, religious items and so many other things.
Best Time To Visit Kedarnath
The most suitable time to visit Kedarnath is during the summer season from May to June when the minimum temperature is 5°C and the maximum is around 18°C. This season is the most ideal season for visiting temples and sightseeing. The monsoon season lasts from the month July to August which is accompanied by heavy rains that leads to landslides and floods which makes it unfavorable to visit.
How to reach Kedarnath?
The nearest airport from Kedarnath is just 239 kilometers away from Jolly grant airport and it is 22 km southeast from Dehradun. There are also regular flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Trivadrum and Lucknow. This airport has been served by major Indian airlines such as indigo, spice jet airways and many more. These helicopters are run by Pawan Hans helicopter service which can be hired from Sitapur, Dehradun, Augustmuni, Gauchar or Phata.
The only way to Kedarnath by road is till Gaurikund which is a steep 14 km trek away. Horses, Palanquins or Solis can be hired to reach Kedarnath from here. Gaurikund is well connected to other major destinations of Uttarakhand. There are daily buses and taxis available from Haridwar, Dehradun, Srinagar, Rishikesh etc. That will operate during the pilgrim season around May to October. It is also connected by road to other major cities such as Rishikesh (189 km), Chandigarh (387 km), Delhi (458 km), Bangalore (2484 km) etc.
Rainy season should be avoided due to the landslides in various regions of Kedarnath. The closest railway stations to Kedarnath are at Haridwar (241 km), Rishikesh (251 km), Kotdwar (246 km) and Dehradun (257 km).
Rishikesh is very well connected with all major destinations of India but there are no super fast trains from here. Kotdwar region has a limited number of trains. The railway station of Haridwar is the best option .Which has frequent trains to and from Delhi, Amritsar, Mumbai, Howrah and Ahmedabad.
Transports of Kedarnath
*Local bus network- there are no local buses in Kedarnath. All the buses leading to the city also stop 14 km away at Gaurikund.
*Cab- there are also no other cab services available in the town of Kedarnath.
*Rentals- there are no car rental services in Kedarnath.
*Metro- Kedarnath also does not have a metro rail system.
*Local train- there is also no railway station in Kedarnath.
*Trekking- this is the only way to get around Kedarnath. There are horses, mules and dolis operated by the porters.
Language of Kedarnath
The official language of Kedarnath in Hindi. Since people come here from all over the world, the English language is also spoken and understood here. The other languages which are spoken here are Garhwali and Kumaoni.
Culture of Kedarnath
Religions, customs and culture are very important for the people of Kedarnath. There are so many events and festivals celebrated here. The biggest of all festivals is Badri Kedar festival .That occurs in the month of June at the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. The festival is celebrated for the eight days in which artists from all over the world visit Kedarnath. The other Hindu festivals celebrated here are Diwali, Holi and Durga Puja.
So where is the lifetime experience of Kedarnath yatra which is very amazing and adventurous.