For Hindu followers, Kedarnath is one of the divine Char Dhams along with Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. These Char Dhams have a major significance in the lives of Hindus in India. As per the Hindu scriptures, Pandavas after the epic war of Mahabharata completed the Char Dham yatra to wash away the sins they committed in the battle.
Visiting the Kedarnath temple is not very difficult, but as the last part of your journey, you will need to complete a trek that can be a little tiring to reach the temple. However, if a person has even a little bit of devotion then this is also not a problem. And as for the adventurers they are going to love it. Kedarnath stands at 3,584m above sea level in Uttarakhand, surrounded by the tall standing peaks of the Himalayas. In the temple, the holy shrine of Lord Shiva attracts everyone with its charming beauty. Lord Shiva is considered the God of gods, he is also called the beginning of all and the end of all. Mahadev (Shiva) is also known as the Destroyer, as being the angriest God among all. But there is also a different side of him which is innocent, forgiving and caring.
Well, if we talk about the road journey, the last stop is Gaurikund which you can reach by vehicle and beyond that, you will have to go on a trekking adventure to reach Kedarnath.
By Air Travel
The nearest airport to Kedarnath is Jolly Grant in Dehradun after which there is a journey of 250km ahead. Jolly Grant Airport communes with Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai. There are plenty of domestic flights you can book to reach these major cities. However, once you land in Dehradun you will have to hire a bus or cab to reach Kedarnath.
Bus routes connect Kedarnath to both Dehradun and Delhi. So, if you are in Delhi take a bus to Dehradun which will make it a 260km long journey and afterwards take another bus to Kedarnath. There are comfortable bus options to choose from “A/C sleeper, non A/C sleeper, Volvo A/C, Volvo A/C and semi-sleeper buses.” As mentioned above Gaurikund will be the last stop if travelling by road, after that only a trek route will take you to the temple.
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If you are choosing a train to travel then Rishikesh Railway station is near to Kedarnath as it does not have its own because of being surrounded by Himalayan Peaks. After reaching Rishikesh you can travel to Gaurikund by road which is a 210 Km long journey.