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Kedarnath Dham Yatra - Ex. Haridwar


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India - Badrinathpuri, Barkot, Chamba, Chamoli and Gopeshwar, Dehradun, Devaprayag, Gangotri, Haridwar, Kedarnath, Nainital, Pauri, Ranikhet, Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi






  1. Haridwar: Begin your journey from Haridwar, a sacred city on the banks of the Ganges River. Attend the evening Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri and experience the spiritual ambiance of this holy place.
  2. Guptkashi: Stop at Guptkashi, a town known for its ancient temples and religious significance. Visit the Vishwanath Temple and Ardhnareshwar Temple, and immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere.
  3. Gaurikund: Reach Gaurikund, the starting point of the trek to Kedarnath. It is believed to be the place where Goddess Parvati meditated to win Lord Shiva's affection. Take a holy dip in the hot water springs before starting the trek.
  4. Trek to Kedarnath: Embark on a scenic trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, which is approximately 16 kilometers (10 miles) long. The trail passes through beautiful landscapes, forests, and picturesque surroundings.
  5. Kedarnath Temple: The main highlight of the yatra is the Kedarnath Temple, situated at an altitude of 3,583 meters (11,755 feet). It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva) and holds immense religious significance. Seek blessings, participate in the morning and evening prayers, and experience the divine atmosphere of the temple.
  6. Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya: Visit the Samadhi (final resting place) of Adi Shankaracharya, the renowned Hindu philosopher and theologian who is credited with establishing the Char Dham pilgrimage sites. It is located near the Kedarnath Temple and holds great reverence among devotees.
  7. Chorabari (Gandhi Sarovar): Pay a visit to Chorabari, also known as Gandhi Sarovar, a beautiful glacial lake situated at an altitude of 3,900 meters (12,800 feet). It is named after Mahatma Gandhi, who visited this place during his spiritual journey. Take a moment to admire the breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.
  8. Bhairavnath Temple: On your way back from Kedarnath, visit the Bhairavnath Temple located in Bhairav Ghati. It is believed that a visit to Kedarnath is incomplete without seeking the blessings of Bhairavnath, who is considered the protector of the temple.
  9. Sonprayag: Stop at Sonprayag, the confluence of the Mandakini and Basuki rivers. Take a moment to appreciate the scenic beauty and the peaceful atmosphere of this sacred site.
  10. Triyuginarayan Temple: If time permits, you can visit the Triyuginarayan Temple, located near Sonprayag. It is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married. The temple offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Physical Fitness: The Kedarnath Dham Yatra involves trekking at high altitudes and can be physically demanding. It is important to ensure that you are in good health and physically fit to undertake the trek. Consult with your healthcare professional before embarking on the yatra, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions
  • Altitude Sickness: Due to the high altitude of Kedarnath, there is a risk of altitude sickness. It is advisable to acclimatize properly and take necessary precautions. Stay hydrated, avoid exertion, and listen to your body's signals. If you experience severe symptoms like nausea, dizziness, or difficulty in breathing, descend immediately and seek medical assistance.
  • Weather Conditions: The weather in the Kedarnath region can be harsh and unpredictable. Be prepared for sudden changes in weather, including rain, snow, or strong winds. Pack appropriate clothing, including warm layers, rain gear, and sturdy trekking shoes. It is advisable to check the weather forecast before starting the yatra and be prepared accordingly.
  • Trekking Preparations: If you plan to trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, make sure you are adequately prepared. Carry essentials such as water, snacks, a first aid kit, and trekking gear. It is advisable to hire a registered guide or porter for assistance during the trek. Pace yourself, take regular breaks, and listen to the instructions of your guide.
  • Accommodation and Facilities: Accommodation options in Kedarnath are basic, with limited facilities. The availability of amenities like electricity, hot water, and mobile network coverage may be limited or intermittent. Be prepared for simple accommodation and plan accordingly. It is advisable to carry essential items like a torch, power banks, and extra batteries.
  • Temple Rituals: The Kedarnath Temple follows specific rituals and timings. It is important to familiarize yourself with the temple's customs and guidelines. Follow the instructions of the temple authorities, maintain a respectful demeanor, and adhere to the code of conduct while inside the temple premises.
  • Environmental Consciousness: Help in preserving the sanctity and cleanliness of the pilgrimage route and the temple premises. Avoid littering and follow waste disposal guidelines. Respect the fragile ecosystem and refrain from activities that may harm the environment.
  • Safety and Security: Take necessary precautions for your safety and security during the yatra. Travel in groups, especially if you are a solo traveler. Keep your belongings secure and be cautious of your surroundings. Follow the instructions of local authorities and trekking guides for a safe and secure journey.
  • Planning and Booking: Plan your yatra well in advance, especially during the peak pilgrimage season. Make necessary arrangements for transportation, accommodation, and any required permits or registrations. Consider booking through authorized travel agents or tour operators for a smoother experience.
  • Respect Local Customs: Familiarize yourself with the local customs, traditions, and cultural sensitivities of the region. Respect the local culture and religious beliefs of the people you encounter during the yatra.


  1. Route: The usual route for the Kedarnath Dham Yatra from Haridwar is as follows:
  2. Haridwar - Rishikesh - Devprayag - Srinagar - Rudraprayag - Guptkashi - Gaurikund - Kedarnath
  3. Distance: The total distance covered during the yatra from Haridwar to Kedarnath is approximately 236 kilometers (147 miles).
  4. Mode of Transport: The journey from Haridwar to Kedarnath can be done by road and foot. The road journey is covered by private vehicles, shared taxis, or buses until Gaurikund. From Gaurikund, it is a trek of around 16 kilometers (10 miles) to reach Kedarnath.
  5. Duration: The duration of the yatra can vary depending on your pace and the time you allocate for sightseeing and trekking. On average, it takes around 4-5 days to complete the yatra from Haridwar, including the return journey.
  6. Accommodation: Along the yatra route, you'll find various accommodation options at different stops. Rishikesh, Guptkashi, and Gaurikund have a range of guesthouses, hotels, and dharamshalas (pilgrims' rest houses). In Kedarnath, there are basic accommodation facilities available for pilgrims. It is advisable to book your accommodation in advance, especially during the peak pilgrimage season.
  7. Weather: The weather in the Kedarnath region can be unpredictable. During the summer months (May to June), the temperature ranges from 5 to 20 degrees Celsius (41 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day and drops to around 0 to 5 degrees Celsius (32 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit) at night. It is advisable to carry warm clothing, rain gear, and appropriate trekking shoes. The monsoon season (July to September) brings heavy rainfall, so it is important to check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
  8. Trek to Kedarnath: The trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath is approximately 16 kilometers (10 miles) long and can be covered by foot or on ponies/dandies (palanquins) available for hire. The trek is a scenic journey through beautiful landscapes, rivers, and forests. It is recommended to start the trek early in the morning to avoid the midday heat and allow sufficient time to reach Kedarnath.
  9. Kedarnath Temple: The Kedarnath Temple is located at an altitude of 3,583 meters (11,755 feet). It opens for pilgrims from April to November (exact dates may vary each year due to the Hindu calendar). The temple is a magnificent stone structure and holds immense religious significance. Devotees can have darshan (temple visit), offer prayers, and seek blessings.
  10. Accommodation in Kedarnath: In Kedarnath, there are basic accommodation facilities available in the form of guesthouses and lodges managed by the temple authorities. These accommodations provide simple rooms and shared facilities for pilgrims. It is advisable to carry a sleeping bag or blankets for added comfort.


Day 01: Arrive Haridwar - Guptkashi (205 Km / 7 to 8 hrs)


This morning arrive Haridwar and drive for Guptkashi. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the Guptkashi town. Dinner and Overnight stay in Guptkashi hotel/Camps.


Day 02: Guptkashi - Sonprayag - Kedarnath (30 Km + 20 Km trek)


Early morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Sonprayag. From where, you will start your 20 km trek to Kedarnath. You can hire a Doli or a horse, for your trek (Cost Not Included). Mandakini, one of the main tributaries of the Ganges originates at Kedarnath and flows through Gaurikund. Trudging with you are pilgrims chanting "Jai Bholenath." Sometimes the mist would envelop the mountains and slowly lift away, revealing a shiny blinding-white peak that threatens to rupture the skies. On arrival check in at Govt. Camps/Lodges. Dinner and Overnight at Govt. Camps/Lodges.


Day 03: Kedarnath – Sonprayag - Rudraparyag/ Srinagar (20 Km trek + 30 / 55 Km drive)


Early morning you get up before dawn and after taking bath you are at the temple by 4:45 am for the


'Abhishek’ to Kedarnath Shiva. Everyone can go inside Garbha Griha and touch the idol. You can also prostrate with your head touching the deity etc. After darshan and puja you come out of the temple and return to the Govt. Camps / Lodges. Later you'll start the return trek of 20 km from Kedarnath to


Sonprayag. The vehicles wait for you in Sonprayag Car parking and you’ll drive to your hotel. Dinner and


Overnight at Rudraparyag/ Srinagar.


Day 04: Rudraparyag/ Srinagar - Rishikesh - Haridwar (205 Km / 6 to 7 hrs)


Early morning, after breakfast, you drive downhill to Rishikesh a spiritual city and the Yoga capital of the world. On reaching Rishikesh you'll do the Rishikesh sightseeing visit Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Evening drive to Haridwar and drop at Haridwar Railway Station.


Accommodation on twin / triple sharing basis 

Daily Breakfast Veg. only at hotels. 

Welcome drinks on arrivals. 

News Papers in the vehicle. 

Surface transportation by AC Cars (AC will switch off in Hills). 

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