How to Reach Kedarnath

Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to Kedarnath at a distance of 216 km. Jolly Grant is the nearest airport. Gaurikund, the commencement point for the trek to Kedarnath, is well connected by road to major cities in Uttarakhand and Delhi.

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How to reach Kedarnath by flight

The closest airport to Gaurikund is the Jolly Grant Airport, from where you can take a taxi to Gaurikund. Gaurikund is the last road head to Kedarnath, after which the only option is to trek (or take a horse/palanquin ride) for a distance of about 14 km. However, an alternative is to skip the trek and make use of the helicopter services available at Dehradun.

Kedarnath by Helicopter
Kedarnath temple is one of the highest temples in the country. It is located near the Mandakini river in Uttarakhand and houses one out of the twelve Jyotirlingas in the country. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it worships the Lord as Kedar Nath, meaning the master of Kedar Khand, the name by which the region was known earlier.

There is no road access available to the temple and it can only be reached through a tough, uphill 18 km long trek which starts from Gaurikund. Kedarnath is one of the holiest Hindu pilgrim sites and earlier completing a journey to the sacred temple was considered no less than an accomplishment for the religiously inclined.

However, the tough journey is now much simpler because of the daily helicopter service which plies from the helipad in Phata village in Kedarnath. Some operators also offer a helicopter service from the town of Agustmuni in Rudraprayag.

Devotees can visit Kedarnath temple and return the same day as helicopter service plies at regular intervals from Phata and Agustmuni helipads. 5-seater helicopters are operated by different tour companies.

The last helicopter back to Phata leaves at 11:10 AM and those who wish to have an overnight stay at Kedarnath can choose to take this flight the next day. Even with a same day return flight, devotees get around 1:30 hours for darshan in the temple.

Accommodation options are available at both Phata and Kedarnath.

Cost for a round trip from Phata-Kedarnath-Phata comes to INR 6500 per person with extra applicable taxes. One way helicopter rides can also be booked subject to seat availability. A one-way ticket costs between INR 3,000 to INR 3,500 with applicable taxes.

Nearest Airport: Dehradun - 110 kms from Kedarnath

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Tentative return flight prices to Dehradun from major cities in India.

Starting city Return price (approx)
Mumbai ₹ 9,564 View
New Delhi ₹ 4,994 Non-stop View
Bengaluru ₹ 11,588 View
Chennai ₹ 11,122 View
Hyderabad ₹ 9,949 Non-stop View
Kolkata ₹ 10,230 View

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How to reach Kedarnath by road

Lying on the National Highway 109 which connects Rudraprayag and Kedarnath, Gaurikund is well connected to all nearby cities such as Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Srinagar, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Tehri etc, by cabs and buses. You can find buses in Delhi from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Srinagar and Rishikesh. Taxi and buses can also be hired from major destinations in Uttarakhand.

How to reach Kedarnath by train

The nearest railway station to Badrinath is Rishikesh which is distanced at 216 km from Kedarnath. It is well connected with frequent trains to and from major destinations in India. You will find it easy to commute from the railway station to Gaurikund through taxis or buses.

Local transport in Kedarnath

From Gaurikund onwards, walking is your only option. You can, however, also opt for horse rides and palanquin services available in the area.

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