By far, the most common starting point for the Kedarnath Dham Yatra is Haridwar, as it is accessible by train.
To embark on the journey from Haridwar to Kedarnath Dham, follow these steps:
Day 1: Arrive in Haridwar and take a day of rest.
Day 2: Travel from Haridwar to Sonprayag, and rest for the day.
Day 3: Begin the Kedarnath Dham Yatra, reach the base camp, have darshan, and rest for the day at the base camp of Kedarnath.
Day 4: Return to Sonprayag and rest for the day. On day 4, return to Haridwar to conclude your 4 days 3 nights Kedarnath Dham Yatra.
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Kedarnath Yatra Route
Q1: Are buses available from Delhi, Haridwar to Kedarnath? Answer: Yes, regular Uttarakhand Government buses run from Haridwar to Sonprayag, Dehradun to Sonprayag, Rishikesh to Sonprayag, and a few more routes.
These buses are the cheapest options to reach Sonprayag, and their fare starts from ₹650 to ₹900 per person.
You can get these buses from Haridwar bus station, near the Railway Station, ISBT Rishikesh & ISBT Dehradun.
Q2: How can I reach Kedarnath by Helicopter? Answer: First, you need to register your Yatra date for Kedarnath Dham.
With that registration number, visit www.heliyatra.irctc.co.in.
Here, choose your travel date, and if the ride is available, proceed to book your helicopter ticket.
Please note that a helicopter ride to the direct Kedarnath Base Camp is not available from Dehradun.
You first need to reach Guptkashi, Phata, or Sersi. All three sites are nearby, and the fares start from:
Guptkashi to Kedarnath: ₹7,740 per person for a round trip.
Phata to Kedarnath: ₹5,500 per person for a round trip.
Sersi to Kedarnath: ₹5,498 per person for a round trip.
Additionally, be prepared for high demand for helicopter rides.
As soon as the helicopter ticket booking opens, create an account and promptly book your ticket.
Q3: Can I reach Sonprayag by train?
Answer: Currently, the closest railway station to Sonprayag is Rishikesh Railway Station, which is a 208 km drive, taking around 7-8 hours.
You can reach Rishikesh by train and then hire a cab from Rishikesh to Sonprayag, which typically charges around Rs 4,500 to 6,000 for a one-way drop to Sonprayag.