Kedarnath can be accessed by Helicopter which is available from Agastyamuni or Phata, foot, mule, palki or kandi. Those who visit Kedarnath by Helicopter are on the mercy of several causes like – bad weather conditions, technical reasons, VVIPS visits etc. It takes maximum 15 minutes from Phata to reach kedarnath. Those 15 minutes were the most memorable ones of the entire journey. The chopper literally goes past the clouds traversing between the mountains providing mesmerizing view of the Kedar valley and the accompanying Mandakini river. Within a span of 15 minutes, the elevation increases by roughly 2000 mt and inversely the temperature drops by at least 10 degrees Celsius.
The evening view of the temple is enchanting as the kedar dome behind the temple glittered like gold under the last light of the day. The evening aarti is magical enough to make an atheist believe in god. The place will go below the freezing point as the night starts to creep in. Make sure you are well clothed.
● Have breakfast at the hotel in Guptkashi and get transferred to
Gaurikund from where the hike to temple will start.
● Gauri Kund is a characteristic pool with warm water known for
relieving skin maladies. It is the place where Lord Shiva finally
admitted his love for Lord Gauri.
● Leave early to take part in evening aarti at Kedarnath temple
● Have breakfast at the hotel and start the trek to the Kedarnath temple
from Gauri kund. It’s a journey of about 17kms.
● One can take ponies or palanquins for the journey to make it slightly
on a comfortable side.
● Have lunch stoppage in between at various food joints & Maggie points.
● The journey will surely be worthwhile after reaching the Kedarnath
● On reaching the temple, hail the almighty Lord Shiva.
● Indulged in evening aarti at Kedarnath, when the whole valley is filled
with the sound of ringing bells and prayers will provide relief to the
● After the temple visit, stay overnight in the hotel at Guptkashi.
Day 7. Pipalkoti