How To Reach Kedarnath

To reach Kedarnath, one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus located in the state of Uttarakhand, India, you can follow these steps:

  1. By Air: The nearest airport to Kedarnath is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is approximately 238 kilometers away. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Gaurikund, the base camp for Kedarnath.
  2. By Train: The nearest railway station to Kedarnath is Rishikesh Railway Station, which is around 216 kilometers away. From Rishikesh, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Gaurikund.
  3. By Road: Gaurikund is the main point from where the trek to Kedarnath begins. You can reach Gaurikund by road from various cities and towns in Uttarakhand. Regular bus services are available from Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Dehradun to Gaurikund. You can also hire a taxi or a private vehicle to reach Gaurikund.
  4. Trek to Kedarnath: From Gaurikund, there is a trek of approximately 16 kilometers to reach Kedarnath. The trek is well-marked and usually takes around 6 to 8 hours, depending on your pace and fitness level. Ponies and palanquins (dolis) are also available for hire if you prefer not to trek on foot.

Note: It’s important to check the current weather conditions and the opening dates of the Kedarnath Temple before planning your visit, as the temple remains closed during the winter months due to heavy snowfall. Additionally, be prepared for the high altitude and carry appropriate clothing, comfortable shoes, and sufficient food and water for the trek.