|Temple Timings||4:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM|
|Rudrabhishek Timings||4:00 AM to 7:00 AM Rs.1300 per person|
|Opening Date||29 April 2020 (Akshaya Tritiya)|
|Closing Date||16 November 2020 (Kartik Purnima)|
|Time Taken for Darshan||May and June: 4 hours. July-October: 1 hour|
|Entry Fee||Free. VIP Darshan: Rs.2500 per person|
|Best Time to Visit||May, June, September, October|
|Kedarnath Darshan by Helicopter||Rs.8,000 per person to and fro|
|Registration||Bio-metric registration in Rishikesh|
Kedarnath Temple Pooja and Rituals:
Mahabhishek Pooja cost ₹.1700 per person.
Rudrabhishek – Pooja performed to wipe out all the sins. Pooja cost ₹.1300 per person.
Laghurudrabhishek – Abhishek is made to solve problems related to health and wealth or to eliminate the bad effects of planets in the horoscope. Pooja cost ₹.1100 per person.
Shodasopachar Pooja Pooja cost ₹.1000 per person. Besides these, Balbhog, general morning pooja and several other rituals are also performed.
The evening poojas are held between 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. They are:
Shiva Sahasranamam Paath – 1008 names of Lord Shiva are recited. Pooja cost ₹.360 per person.
Shiva Mahimastotra Paath – Stotrams which have 16 syllables per stotra are recited as they describe Lord Shiva’s power and beauty. Pooja cost ₹.340 per person.
Best Season to Visit Kedarnath Temple:
The Kedarnath Dham remains open to pilgrims for only a few months. This is due to the extreme weather conditions. The climate of Kedarnath remains cold for most of the year. Even during the summers, the weather can be very cold at night.
It is the best season to visit Kedarnath Temple. Summer in Kedarnath takes place from April to June. The view is magnificent and there is freshness everywhere. Although, even in the summers, it can get very cold at night. You should wear appropriate warm clothing to protect yourself.
July and August are the monsoon months in Kedarnath. This place experiences heavy rain during these months. There are possibilities for landslides and floods. It is recommended not to travel during these months.
September and October cover the pre-winters. This time it is also very ideal to visit Kedarnath Dham. Right after the rains, the weather becomes very beautiful. The place is full of greenery. The beauty of the whole region increases during this period.
Winters in this location start in late November and continue until March. During this time, the place will witness heavy snowfall. Due to the extremely cold weather, the shrines are closed to pilgrims. It reopens in April.
Kedarnath Temple Visit Tips:
Take enough woolen clothes with you as the temperature drops after sunset.
Alcohol is strictly prohibited.
Take basic medicines with you.
Asthmatics should take extra care as the altitude is high.
Bring mosquito or insect repellent to avoid illnesses such as malaria.
Avoid eating raw and cold foods. Boiled or cooked food is safer.
During the yatra, do not relax in places where warning signs are visible.
To avoid sunburn, continue to apply sunscreens.
Avoid drinking tap water.
You must obtain a medical certificate before embarking on the trek to Kedarnath. These can be obtained in Guptkashi and Sonprayag.
How To Reach Kedarnath Temple:
Unfortunately, vehicles are only allowed at the Kedarnath Temple. All buses or cars are allowed till Gaurikund, after which devotees have to walk about 16 km to reach the temple. The trekking route during the first 7 km is moderate, but it becomes quite steep after Rambara for the next 7 km. The last 3 kilometers are hilly and go up and down gradually. It takes approximately 7 hours to get to Kedarnath from Gaurikund. Medical facilities, tea shops, toilets and police stations at each checkpoint. Ponies and horses are also available on this trek and you can make a reservation before starting the trek with a nominal fee. Gaurikund is well connected by road through major cities such as Haridwar, Dehradun and Rishikesh.