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How To Reach Kedarnath

By Air: The Jolly Grant Airport located at Dehradun about 260 kilometers away from Kedarnath is the nearest major airport that can be availed to reach Kedarnath by air. Stationed at the foothills of the Himalayas nearly 25 kilometers away from the Dehradun city, the Jolly Grant Airport serves three holy ‘dhams’ (pilgrimage centers) of Northern India namely Rishikesh, Haridwar and Kedarnath. The most noteworthy airlines operating at the Dehradun Airport include Air India, Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways which provide an efficient air connectivity to the capital of the country; New Delhi. All the important domestic as well as international destinations can be reached from Dehradun via connecting flights from New Delhi. The Indira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi is the nearest major international airport from Kedarnath. Taxis or cabs are easily available from the Dehradun Airport to the Gaurikund of Kedarnath and vice versa from where a steep trek of about 14 kilometers will reach you to the Lord Kedarnath Temple.
By Rail: The nearest railway station from Kedarnath is located at Rishikesh, at the distance of about 222 kilometers. However, the railway station at Rishikesh is quite small and only three slow trains those connect Rishikesh with Haridwar daily run on this route. Passenger trains between Rishikesh and Haridwar charge rupees 4 only which turns out to be pretty cheap. Hemkunt Express and Rishikesh – Jammutawi Express are the two major trains halting at Rishikesh. Haridwar Railway Station located about 20 kilometers from Rishikesh and 242 kilometers from Kedarnath provides better connectivity with rest of the country. The cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Amritsar, Allahabad, Indore, Jaipur, Shri Ganganagar, Ahmedabad, Puri, Barmer, Dehradun, Howrah, Varanasi, Ujjain, Gorakhpur etc. can be reached from Haridwar via train. Some of the major trains which stop at Haridwar include Haridwar Ahmedabad Mail, Allahabad Exp., Haridwar Amritsar Jan Shatabdi Exp., Haridwar Shri Ganganagar InterCity Exp., Dehradun Shatabdi Exp., Nizamuddin Dehradun AC Exp., Dehradun Varanasi Exp., Indore - Dehradun Exp., Hemkunt Exp., Dehradun Amritsar Exp., Dehradun Gorakhpur Exp., Bandra-Dehradun Exp., Doon Exp. Etc. A taxi from Rishikesh to Kedarnath would cost about 3500 INR. While a cab from Haridwar to Kedarnath would also charge something around 4000 rupees.
By Road: The Gaurikund of Kedarnath is accessible from Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, Kotdwara, and many other hill stations of Kumaon and Garhwal regions by the state transport buses. The ticket rates that these buses charge vary according to season. The route is very scenic and beautiful and some of the adventure enthusiasts also prefer to drive their own two or four wheeler to Gaurikund. Parking facilities are available at SonPrayag and Gaurikund. Moreover, Kedarnath is also connected to New Delhi by the National Highway that runs between Mana and New Delhi. The motorable road to Kedarnath ends at Gaurikund from where a steep trek of 14 kilometers will lead you to the Kedarnath Temple. Some people, mostly youngsters choose to walk while others can hire mules or dolis (palanquins). If you are planning to undertake a trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath Temple, a concrete road is built here and a small resting stoppage is installed at the interval of every 200 meters. Here you can get water, tea, biscuits, chocolates, some snacks etc. and also relax for a while. Hiring a porter (known as pitthu in local language) is also a preferable option. The porters would carry all your luggage and let you lighter to climb up easily.
After a 7 kilometers climb you would reach Rambara where most of the pilgrims take a short break, eat and then resume the journey. The air gets thinner after Rambara and one might experience trouble in breathing here onwards. The steep climb ends after 13 kilometers and the land flattens up for last one kilometer. Most of the tourists rather hire horses or mules from Gaurikund. Make sure that the mule you hire is good in health, well rested, trained and has a previous experience of the route up to the Kedarnath temple as the ride is quite difficult and hazardous. Hiring a mule will charge you about 400 to 700 rupees. Palanquin is the best alternative for the old people. It is carried by four palanquin bearers. At the distance of about half a kilometer from Gaurikund towards Kedarnath you will come across the booking office from where you can hire a mule or a doli. During the peak season even a helicopter service is made available to reach Kedarnath. This helicopter service is operated by the Pawan Hans Helicopter Service.