Sacred yatra

1.) Kedarnath
a) About Kedarnath
Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva the protector and the destroyer. Shiva is considered the embodiment of all passions-love, hatred, fear, death and mysticism which are expressed through his various forms.
According to legend, the place came into being during the period when the five Pandavas brothers were asked to seek Shiva's blessings purging them of the sin of killing their cousins. Lord Shiva unwilling to give darshans to the Pandavas fled Kashi to live incognito in Guptkashi, where eventually he was detected by the Pandavas. While fleeing Shiva took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull and started to plunge underground when he was spotted by the Pandavas. He dived into the ground, leaving behind his hump on the surface. No wonder the natural rock formation that is worshipped here resembles the hump of a bull. Thus Shiva pleased with the determination of the Pandavas , exonerated them from their sin, gave them darshan & bestowed upon them the opportunity to worship his hump.

The other four places where Shiva is worshipped take their appearance from different parts of his body -the naval at Madmaheshwar, the arms at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, and the matted hair at Kalpeshwar. The latter four along with Kedarnath are known as the PANCH KEDAR.
Kedarnath is the seat of Lord Shiva. It is one of the twelve "Jyotirlingas" of Lord Shiva. Lying at an altitude of 3584 m at the head of river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimage for the Hindus. It is no wonder that Adi Guru Shankaracharya - a great scholar & saint, chose to enshrine Lord Shiva in this land, where the unholy becomes holy and the holy becomes holier. Kedar meaning powerful is another name of Lord Shiva the protector and the destroyer.
Situated in the backdrop of the majestic Sri Kedarnath range, Kedarnath is a 14 km trek from Gaurikund.
At Kedarnath there are several Kunds (pools, tanks) that are known for their religious significance- shivkund, Retkund, hanskund, Udakkund, Rudhirkund are the most important. A little away from Kedarnath is a temple dedicated to Bhaironathji who is ceremoniously worshipped at the opening & closing of Kedarnath. The belief is that Bhairavnathji protects this land from evil during the time when temple of Kedarnath is closed. There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in Chamoli district itself, the most important one is Sri Kedarnath.
During the winters, the shrine is submerged in snow & hence is closed. Fortunate are those who have good weather, but twice blessed are those who are at Kedarnath on a moonlit night- the snow peak gleams like hundred silver pinnacles atop the glittering mountains.
The holiest of Shiva's shrines is linked to Gold among base metals so that every pilgrim finds peace here, and it is said that devotees who die here become one with Shiva himself. Beyond the temple is the highway to heaven, called Mahapanth.
Kedarnath Temple Guide
The opening of date of Kedarnath Temple is fixed and depends on the Shiva Ratri and decided by priests in Ukhimath. Normally Kedarnath temple opens on Mid May. The closing date of Kedarnath is fixed on Yama Dwitiya (second day after Diwali, November).
Kedarnath Temple is open for devotees from 6 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm. Shingar Darshan is from 5 pm onwards and Aarti is performed at 6:45 pm. Sharavani Annakoot Mela is celebrated on the day before Raksha Bandhan during August. Special Samadhi puja is help on the closing day of Kedarnath. The Kedarnath Temple committee office organises booking for special pooja which is performed before the general darshan in the morning.
The best time to visit Kedarnath is between May-October.
Summer: Cool during the day and cold at night.
Winter: Snow-bound. Touching sub-zero.
Summer: Light Woollens. 
Winter: Very Heavy Woollens.
Kedarnath is well connected through road. The National Highway (NH 58, total length 538 km) from Delhi to Mana is accessible throughout the year.
Air: Jolly grant (Dehradun)-239 km away from Kedarnath of which 225 km is by road and rest 14 km is on foot.
Rail: Railhead at Rishikesh, 221 km away of which 207 km is by road and the rest 14 km is on foot. 
Railhead at Kotdwara, 250 km away, of which 236 km is by road and rest 14 km is on foot.
Road: Kedarnath is approachable on footfrom Gaurikund, which is connected by road with Rishikesh, Kotdwara, Dehradun, Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon Hills.
Bus service is available at Rishikesh, Haridwar and Kotdwara for Gaurikund. During Yatra season, some special Yatra services are also arranged to Gaurikund.
Distance from Rishikesh to kedarnath 223 km, via Deoprayag 70 km, Shrinagar 35 km, Rudraprayag 34 km, Tilwara 9 km, Agastyamuni 10 km, Kund 15 km, Sonprayag 3 km Gaurikund 5 km, Rambara 7 km, Garurchatti 4 km, Sri Kedarnath 3 km.
Transport: Buess, private taxies and other light vehicles also ply between Rishikesh and Garikund-Badrinath and back. The charges are not fixed.
Horses, Dandies and Ponies are available at Gaurikund for going and carrying luggage to Kedarnath.
Kedarnath STD Codes
Rishikesh – 0135                                                                                                Deoprayag - 01378
Srinagar – 01346                                                                                                Rudraparyag - 01364
Guptkashi – 01364                                                                                            Gaurikund - 01364
Kedarnath – 01364

Shandaracharya Samadhi The Samadhi of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is located just behind the Kedarnath temple. It is said that after establishing four sacred Dhams in India, he went into his samadhi at an early age of 32 years.

Chorbari (Gandhi Sarovar) Only 1 km trek away from Kedarnath. Floating - ice on the crystal clear waters of the lake fascinates the visitors.

Vasuki Tal Situated at a height of 4,150mt, the lake is surrounded by high mountains and offers an excellent view of Chaukhamba peaks.

Gaurikund It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath and serves as a road ahead. The village has a temple dedicated to Gauri and hot water springs.

TrijuginarayanAccording to legend, this was the place where the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati was solemnized, in front of the Shiva Temple.

UkhimathWinter home of the deity at Kedarnath temple and the seat of the rawal of Kedarnath.Cinnected by bus services to Rudraprayag and other major centers.
Panch Kedar Madmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpnath with Kedarnath form the Panch Kedar, the five most important temples of Lord Shiva in Garhwal Himalayas.
Madmaheshwar One of Panch Kedars, the temple of Madmaheshwar is located at an altitude of 3,289 mtr above sea-level, on the slope of a ridge, 25 km north-east of Guptkashi. There is a motor able road from Guptkashi to Kalimath. The best statue of Har Gauri in India measuring over a meter high is found in the kali temple. The trek from Kalimath to Madmaheshwar is distinguished by wild unparalleled scenic beauty and engulfed by Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks. Gaundar at the confluence of Madmeshwar Ganga and Markanga Ganga, is the last settlement before one reaches Madmaheshwar, the place where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of belly.
TungnathThe arms of Lord Shiva came out as per the Kedarnath myth at Tungnath. He is worshipped here as one of the Panch Kedars. Tungnath Temple at an altitude of 3,680mt is the highest Shiva shrine among the Panch kedars but the easiest to reach from Chopta, the nearest road ahead.

Rudranath The face of Lord Shiva is worshipped at the Rudranath temple, at an elevation of 2,286 mt above sea-level and is 23 km from Gopeshwar. 5 km of the stretch has to be trekked. The trek passes through wild orchards and picturesque bugyals and involves trekking over high ridges (sometimes 4,000 mt). The temple site provides magnificent views of Hathi Parvat, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghungti, Trishuli and many other peaks. There are a number of holy Kund near Rudranath temple namely - Suryakund, Chandrakund, Tarakund etc. The entire area is utterly enchanting and unmatched in scenic beauty.
Anusuya Devi temple is located on the trek to Rudranath involving an additional trek of 3 km.
Kalpeshwar The hardier of tourists may like to trek about 35 km to Kalpeshwar, where the locks (hair) with head, of Lord Shiva are worshipped. Located in Urgam Valley at an altitude of 2,134 mt above sea-level, the temple is a further 10 k m trek from Rudranath to Helong, the motor head on Rishikesh- Badrinath route.
Deoria Tal At an altitude of 2,440 mt, the beautiful lake of Deoria Tal is located on the Chopta - Ukhimath motor road about 3 km away from Sari. Another trek is from Ukhimath. In the early morning, the snow Kedarnath are clearly reflected on the lake waters. The lake also provides an excellent venue for angling, as well as birdwatching.
Board your helicopter for a visit to the sacred shrine of the deity in the picturesque  Western Gharwal Himalaya Hills. AACL’s daily heli-service between Phata and Kedarnath offers a 8 minute flight from the foothills to the shrine. This spiritual journey to the holy shrine, enveloped by the clouds is just the beginning of a breathtaking heli-hopping. The chopper takes you to this awesome wilderness, a place so holy and
Days of Operation and timings

  • The flights operate DAILY from May to September (subject to climatic conditions)
  • Flight Timings - helicopter services operate from 6:30 am to 13:00 pm between Phata and Kedarnath helipads, every 15 minutes.
  • The flight from Phata to Kedarnath (or vice-versa) takes around 8-10 minutes
  • We use a Bell 3 helicopter which can carry upto six passengers.
  • Five days gap is mandatory to block the heli-tickets in advance ahead of the date of visit.

Phata Kedarnath Helicopter Route
The fare for the round trip Phata-Kedarnath-Phata is Rs 7,400 (inclusive of taxes) plus priority darshan charges of 1100 charged by the Mandir Samiti if/for the Yatris wanting  a same day return and avoid standing in long queues.  One way tickets are available from Phata to Kedarnath and Kedarnath to Phata at Rs 4200 and Rs 2800 respectively.
Dehradun to Phata Route (only on request)
For new service from Dehradun to Kedarnath via Phata, the return fare is Rs 25000 per person up to Phata. This service will connect with the Phata-Kedarnath shuttle. One way ticket to Phata from Dehradun is Rs 15000 and one way ticket from Phata to Dehradun is Rs 10000 per person.
The helicopter can also be chartered from Dehradun to Phata and back to Dehradun for Rs 1.20 lac plus service tax, which will connect with the regular flights from Phata to Sri Kedar Nath and back to Phata.
Darshan Time for Devotees
Passengers would get 1 hr 30 minutes at Kedarnath for darshan. The passenger who would like to stay overnight can take the last flight of the day around at 11:10am from Phata
For infants less than 2 years the fare will be 10% of the ticket cost and no seats would be provided to the infants. There is no half ticket for children. Children above two years would be provided full seats.
Cancellation time more than

  • 48 hours is 25%
  • 24 hours is 50%
  • 12 hours is 75%
  • Less than 12 hours is NO REFUND

Note: If the flight is cancelled / rescheduled due to bad weather, technical reasons, lack of passenger load or any other reasons, the passenger is required to travel on his own. The liability will be limited to the refund of fare of unutilized sector.
As Kedarnath is situated at a high altitude, some passengers may require oxygen, which is available in Kedarnath

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