The most famous pilgrimages of Hindus, Kedarnath is elevated at 3,568 metres in the district of Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand. Located amidst the majestic Himalayas in the Garhwal region, Kedarnath is the most important dham among the Char Dham in Uttarakhand. Every year, from May to November, lakhs of devotees visit this religious place to seek blessings from the powerful descent of Lord Shiva, who is also known as Kedarnath. People from all around the country, as well as travellers from different countries, visit the temple by trekking a 16-kilometres-long stretch starting from Gaurikund or with the help of other facilities like Palki, Dandi, Ponies and Mules. The temple is open to visitors from May to November and remains closed in winter as the roads to the temple are closed due to heavy snowfall.
This year, Kedarnath Chardham Yatra starts on April 25th, 2023 and will end on October.
Here are some of the latest Kedarnath Yatra Travel Updates
Change in Kedarnath Temple Darshan Timings
Owing to the decreasing number of pilgrims due to heavy rains, the temple authority changes the timings of Kedarnath darshan. Now the devotees will be able to have darshan from 5 AM to 9 PM, which was previously from 4 AM to 11 PM.
Phone and Electronic Gadgets Restriction
Kedarnath Temple has decided to strengthen the precautionary measurements to protect the temple and its facets. The authority has banned mobile phones and other electronic gadgets inside the temple. They also started thinking about making locker rooms near the temple, so that devotees can submit their stuff before entering the temple.
Entrance to Garbha Griha
One of the another latest updates from Kedarnath Temple Dham is that devotees can now enter the Garbha Griha of the temple, where the deity resides. Owing to a large number of visitors, it wasn’t previously allowed, but now, as the number of devotees has been reduced due to the heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand, the authority decides to allow them into the Garbha Griha.
One more Kedarnath Yatra latest news is that till the first week of July, more than 8 lakh devotees visited Kedarnath Dham and over 9 lakh visited Badrinath Dham, whereas more than 4 lakh visited Gangotri Dham and over 3 lakh went to Shri Yamunotri Dham. In total, approximately 25 Lakhs pilgrims visited Chardham Yatra this year, starting from May to the first week of July.
Travel Tips for Kedarnath Yatra 2023
- Check the website and news for the opening and closing dates of the temple.
- Get your registration and bookings done with TMI before going.
- If you opt for trekking the whole stretch, be prepared beforehand. Check your fitness level and medical criteria for trekking.
- Carry all the necessary medicines and other important things with you.
- Do not litter the roads and the surroundings of the temple with plastic. Stop plastic pollution and save the earth.
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