How to plan Kedarnath Trip

Story by: Surendra Singh     Date: 22 October 2020    Image by: Surendra Singh

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Kedarnath, India is one of the most astounding shrines of Char Dham. The home to the almighty Lord Shiva, surrounded by beautiful mountains, besides the sparkling river, the lush green valley with the flowers fluttering, and the soothing, serene sky above the head, this place is explicitly beautiful.

Sitting in the most peaceful environment above the sea level at 3581 Metre, the impressive temple was built in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya. A perfect place to explore and find inner peace, Kedarnath is the best. So, planning a peaceful and day-wise trip to enjoy the beauty of the site to the maximum is necessary.

Let us take a look at how one can plan this beautiful trip.

Best Time To Visit

Surrounded by the ice-capped mountains, the weather conditions are extreme. So, before you plan to visit Kedarnath, check out the weather and temperature once.

The best time to visit Kedarnath is when the climate is calm which is September to October and May to June. The period is one when the ice melts, and rainfall is yet to start. The temperature is between 5 degrees Celcius to 18 degrees Celcius. The temple stays closed for six months from November to March each year due to snowfall.

A further comprehensive view of the climate can be understood from the below:

  • Summer (May – June) is cool, pleasant, and perfect for sightseeing. With the temperature between 15 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius, the trekking is beautiful.
  • Monsoon (July – August) is the period of heavy rainfall and occasional landslides making it the time bit less suitable to offer the visit. The temperature is maintained at a steady average of 12 degrees and with rains on the side, the temple is usually shut.
  • Winter (November – April) is the period of heavy snowfall remarking the situation critical. The temple is practically inaccessible, and the temperatures go below sub-zero levels with snowfall and rainfall, making the town standstill.

So, the most lucrative time is summers and starting monsoon when the climate is soothing and calm.

Reaching Kedarnath

So, once you have decided to pay your visit, the next step is to book your tickets to reach Kedarnath. So, the itinerary that you can book to reach here are as follows:

  • By Air

The city does not have an airport, but the one which is nearest to it is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. Just 250 km away from Kedarnath, the airport is well connected with major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. Booking a cab or a bus from the airport to Kedarnath are the options available then.

  • By Road

The city is well connected with New Delhi and Dehradun by the bus network. From the plenty of options to choose from A/C sleeper, non-A/C sleeper, Volvo A/C, Volvo A/C, and semi-sleeper buses. Gaurikund is the nearest motorable area from Kedarnath.

Also if you are looking to have the sweet taste of the sightseeing on your way, then booking a cab from Dehradun to Kedarnath is a good option.

  • By Train

Rishikesh Railway Station, located about 210 Km from Gaurikund is the nearest railway station from Kedarnath. While the trains daily operate from the major cities, one can reach Gaurikund from the Rishikesh by bus or cab.

Staying in Kedarnath

Having a clean and peaceful hotel to stay in and that too with all the necessary amenities and in the budget is a must to have a peaceful stay at any place. The same is what we are looking for in Kedarnath as well. Some of the budget hotels to book your stay with the distance from the Kedarnath are:

  • Nest and Hives – 16.9 km
  • Gazaari Greenz Resort -17.5 km
  • juSTa Mukteshwar Retreat & Spa -19.8 km
  • The Himalayan View Cottage – 21.2 km
  • Jaishnavi Himalayan Resort – 21.8 km
  • The Perch – 21.9 km
  • The Chirping Orchard – 22.7 km
  • The Moksh Eco Inn – 22.8 km
  • Rosewood Dhanachuli Retreat – 23.2 km
  • Dyo- The Organic Village Resort – 23.2 km

Apart, there are Government tented colonies that offer tents, cottage, and rooms to the tourists and pilgrims just before the Kedarnath, operated by GMVN. Also, there are a few luxurious stays, a bit far from Kedarnath, but perfect for the weekend. They are:

  • Atali Ganga – 75 Km
  • The Glasshouse On The Ganges – 80 Km
  • Amritara Raga on The Ganges – 85 Km
  • Mosaic Hotel – 115 Km

Tickle your taste bud with the food guide

From the roadside tea stalls to the dhabas, the place offers lip-smacking delicacies to taste at the budgeted price. Remember that Kedarnath is a strictly vegetarian place with no alcohol and non-vegetarian dishes being served. The local delicacies that you can try at Kedarnath include Thenchwani, Kaafuli, Kode ki Roti, Aloo Ke Gutke Kumaoni, Chaunsu, Phaana, Bhatt ki Churkani, Dubuk, Bhang ki Chutney, and Kumauni Raita.

Some of the fabulous restaurants to visit are:

  • Natraj Restaurant
  • TF Chatti
  • Umendra Bhatt Cafe
  • Hotel Sri Hari and Restaurant
  • Appetizer Restaurant and Cafe

Things to Do at Kedarnath

Kedarnath is not a place to offers your prayers to the almighty, but a site is offering the opportunity to indulge in various other activities as well. The things to see and explore at Kedarnath are:

  • Visit the Kedarnath Temple
  • Explore the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Visit Guptkashi
  • Experience the calmness at Shankaracharya Samadhi
  • Feel the serenity at Vasuki Tal and Kedar Tal
  • Explore the temple of Agastyamuni
  • Visit the Gaurikund
  • Explore the gushing valleys of Sonprayag
  • Trail at Chopta
  • Praise the beauty of Chorbari
  • Get involved in adventure activities

The Itinerary To plan

Well, now once you know the places to visit and explore, then you can plan out your itinerary based on your budget. From the 7-day itinerary to the 10-day itinerary, the day-wise plan can quickly be drafted covering all the places to visit.

The 7-day itinerary
Day 1: Reach Rishikesh

Day 2-3: Travel To Gaurikund and explore Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Augustmuni, Guptkashi, and the last Sonpryaga on the way

Day 4: Start Trek to Kedarnath

Day 5: Retreat to Sonprayag

Day 6: Visit Shankaracharya Samadhi and Vasuki Tal Mountain Lake

Day 7: Reach Back to Rishikesh

The 10-day itinerary
Day 1: Reach Rishikesh

Day 2-3: Travel To Gaurikund and explore Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Augustmuni, Guptkashi, and the last Sonpryaga on the way

Day 4: Start Trek to Kedarnath

Day 5: Visit Chorbari while you Retreat to Sonprayag

Day 6: Visit Shankaracharya Samadhi and Vasuki Tal Mountain Lake

Day 7: Explore the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and Kedar Taal

Day 8: Visit Chopta and Sonprayag

Day 9: Spend a day involved in adventurous activities or explore Guptkashi

Day 10: Return to Rishikesh

To Wrap Up
While you travel to Kedarnath, the budget per day will range in between INR 1000 to INR 2500 and the packages starting from INR 15000 for 5 days, the trip is undoubtedly going to be blissful. With the connectivity and calming stay offering the beauty of nature, Kedarnath is flabbergastingly breathtaking.

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