Kedarnath is one of the most coveted of all the pilgrimage sites of India. The Kedarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is believed to be one of the 12 jyotirlingas that there is there in the world. Naturally this temple attracts a lot of tourists during the summer months till about October, after which it closes down to the mid-week of April, because of harsh weather conditions.
The difficulty of accessing Kedarnath
It is located really high up in the mountains and hence the winter months are not conducive for a visit. During this time the roads leading to the temple all close down and the people of the scattered households all come down below to stay because of the cold. However this is not the only difficulty of accessing Kedarnath. There is no direct route to the temple. You will have to first travel to Gaurikund and from there you will have to journey for about 20kms or so and that too uphill in order to reach this temple. There are various means of course of accessing this temple that you can try out if you want to visit this temple.
The means of accessing Kedarnath temple
One of the most recent and comfortable options of accessing this temple is by engaging the services of the Kedarnath Helicopter Service. You will just have to reach the designated helipad and from there the ride will take care of carrying you to the temple and then dropping you back at the helipad. Sitapur, Phata, Guptkashi and Sersi are the four places that have helipads transporting people to Kedarnath. Very recently the air fare has been fixed at an approximate price of Rs.10000 per person. So, if cash is not a constraint and you want to enjoy a lovely view of the valley, the mountains and the temple from up top, then there is no better option than this. Needless to say it takes the least amount of time than the other means of travel.
Another very popular way of travelling from Gaurikund to Kedarnath is by hiring a horse and riding it up the hill to the temple. You will have guides all along the way. This is the next best option to a helicopter. You can also opt for dandis and pittus, where people will carry on their back right to the temple top. Dandis are more expensive than pittus because while the former is carried by four people and can accommodate two persons, the latter is a ride where a person carries a child in a basket on their back.
And if you are up for some good old trekking then there is no better path than this. With the MandakiniRiver flowing by, this is one of the most beautiful treks that one can hope for. It is a pretty tiring walk uphill, though the downhill climb is really pleasant and comparatively faster.
There are various means of travelling to the Kedarnath temple. You should take your pick according to your age, stamina and other health factors for the most comfortable one.