Ramkatha Schedule Detail - Kedarnathdham Katha

The following information is provided by the organizers of Ram Katha at Kedarnathdham, Uttarakhand.

Katha Location:

KedarnathDham, District-Rudraprayag,
Uttarakhand – 246445, India.

Katha Dates:

Saturday May 20th, 2017 to Sunday May 28th, 2017.

Katha Language:

Hindi

Katha Timings:

Saturday, May 20th: 4:00 PM onwards
May 21th – 27th May, 2017: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
May 28th – Last Day (Sunday): 9:30 AM onwards

TV Broadcast:

Live on Aastha.

Transportation:

By Air: The nearest airport from Kedarnath is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun, about 239 km from Kedarnath. In fact this airport is closer to Rishikesh (approx. 16 km) and takes roughly 20-30 minutes to reach Rishikesh. From there you need to book a taxi or take a bus to reach Gaurikund or Phata. All major Airlines connects Dehradun airport with New Delhi.

By Helicopter: Kedarnath can be reached very easily via Helicopter services, which operates from Phata in Uttarakhand. Fare for Phata-Kedarnath-Phata is Rs. 9200/- (Approximate fare). If weight of any passenger is above 80 kg, Rs. 150/- per kg is charged for extra weight.

From Rishikesh to Phata road distance is 180 K.M. and it will take 6 hours. Rudraprayag to phata takes 1.5 hours.

Helicopter Services are also available from Guptkashi & Gaurikund at similar rates.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Kedarnath are: Rishikesh (215 kms), Haridwar (241 kms), Dehradun (239kms) and Kotdwar (246 kms). Rishikesh is not connected by fast trains and Kotdwar has very less number of trains. However, Haridwar railway station which is 25 km from Rishikesh is better connected with New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Amritsar and Howrah.

By Road: Kedarnath is well connected through road via major cities such as Chandigarh (387 km), Delhi (458 km), Nagpur (1421 km), Bangalore (2484 km) or Rishikesh (215 km). You can opt out train journey till Haridwar, Kotdwar or Dehradun or air route too if suitable till Dehradun.

Till Gaurikund, the road is motor-able. Gaurikund to Kedarnath is a total trek of around 15-16 kms which is to be covered by foot. This route has been recommended by NIM (Nehru Institute of Mountaineering). As the route between Rambara and Kedarnath was completely swept away, pilgrims can reach Kedarnath via Linchauli. 24 K.M. distance covered by foot.

From New Delhi: Buses go to Haridwar almost every half an hour. Road takes 8 hours. Also you can go by train, this will take 4-6 hours. From Haridwar you can go directly to Kedarnath but it is also possible to stay there at least one day – this beautiful city is placed on Ganga. If your group is more then 5-6 persons you may think about renting a jeep. If jeep is fast enough then you can reach Gaurikund in 9-10 hours. Please note that road from Rishikesh to Gaurikund will be closed from 8 pm to 4 am.

Kedarnath from Haridwar: From Haridwar every day morning buses start to Gaurikund. Advance bookings can be made at GMOA (Garhwal Mandal owners Association) office in front of the railway station. It takes almost one full day journey to reach Gaurikund if there are no Landslides. Bus journey is very beautiful because most of the 240 kms is ghat road journey with many mountains around and river Ganges following you through out the way.

Kedarnath By Taxi or Private Car: If you choose to drive your own vehicle/car, make sure it has good ground clearance as there are rocks strewn all over the route. A powerful engine will make life much easier. There are two parking lots just before Gaurikund (100m, 500m before Gaurikund). Getting space for private vehicles is tough, but can be managed after polite cajoling discussions with the caretakers.

Gate System on the Way to Kedarnath: In Sonprayag, just 5 km below Gaurikund, there is fatak (gate) to make sure vehicles move in one direction only from SonPrayag to Gaurikund. It ensures minimum traffic snarls, but adds 1-1.5 hrs to journey time should you end up on the stationary side. It would be advisable to park your vehicle at SonPrayag and hitch a ride to Gaurikund.

Transport in Gaurikund: Kedarnath is accessible only after a steep 13 km trek through a paved path (horses or palanquins are available for rent) from Gaurikund, which is connected by road from Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and other important hill stations of the Garhwal and Kumaon regions in Uttaranchal. The charges are not fixed for Horses, Dandies and Ponies if you book directly. You can check the Govt rates and book from there only to get best rates.

Following Travel Agent has been negotiated for supply of cars which may be booked directly by the shrotas, if required.
Konark Tourist Services, Haridwar
Mr. Pushpreet Singh
Contact: +91-9837838008 / +91-9627055555

For Pickup or Drop From Haridwar / Rishikesh / Dehradun to Kedarnath Dham:
Kindly contact them directly for best rates for the Ramkatha. • It takes approx. 9-10 Hours to reach by road from Dehradun to Gaurikund. Travelling is not allowed after 8 p.m.

• As the travelling is in hilly region, it is advisable to all devotees who have problem during travelling to keep proper medicines with them to prevent vomiting or any discomfort during travel.

Contact Information:

Mobile No.: +91- 75067 10353 / +91 99716 15252
E-mail: bapuramkathakedarnath@gmail.com

Road Map:

About Kedarnath Dham:

Kedarnath is a town located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and has gained importance because of Kedarnath Temple. It is a nagar panchayat in Rudraprayag district. The most remote of the four Chota Char Dham sites, The nearest road head is at Gaurikund.

Kedarnath is named in the honour of King Kedar, who ruled in Satya Yuga. He had a daughter named Vrinda who was a partial incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. She performed austerities for several years and the land is named after her as Vrindavan. However, Kedarnath and its temple exist from the Mahabharata era when the Pandavas are supposed to have pleased Lord Shiva by doing penance there. This place has one of the 12 forms of Lord Shiva as “jyotirlingas”, which was dropped on the hills of Mandar (The main location of temple). The temple has been constructed by Adi Shankaracharya and named it as of the name of King Kedar. Idols from Shri Kedarnath Dham are brought to Ukhimath, during winters and worshipped for six months.

The devotees can experience a great peace of mind and undertaking a spiritual trip here always rekindles human beings faith in the almighty. Devotees flock to this holy pilgrimage site every year. Kedarnath in Uttarakhand is one of the most prominent sacred pilgrimages, particularly for the Hindus. The temple opens its gates for the visitors in the first week of May on the eve of Akshaya Tritiya and shuts down in the month of October-November. Gandhi Sarovar, Vasuki Tal, Gaurikund, Sonprayag, Triyuginarayan, Agastyamuni Temple and Deoria Tal are some of the memorable sites around Kedarnath.

The mesmerizing vistas and splendid sceneries in the form of the snow-fed mountains, rhododendron forests, and salubrious environment make the place truly enchanting.

Geography:

Kedarnath Dham is located at 30°44′N 79°04′E. Kedarnath is located in the Himalayas, about 3,583 m (11,755 ft) above sea level near Chorabari Glacier, the head of river Mandakini, and is flanked by snow-capped peaks.

Accommodation & Reservations:

A registration form is attached here, all the shrotas have to fill this form and email us at bapuramkathakedarnath@gmail.com. This registration process is compulsory for all the shrotas, as this will help us doing the necessary arrangements for the Katha. Please note that Registration is not a confirmation of your stay.

We shall send you a mail confirmation once your stay is confirmed.
Please send us the duly filled form and you would receive a confirmation for the same after verification of your documents. However, please note that since the accommodation is limited, the confirmations shall be given on a first-cum-first-serve basis till the accommodation is available.

Prabhu Prasad:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be served to all Ram Katha Guests every day. All Shrotas / “Flowers” are requested to have the Prasad everyday.

VISA & Currency:

All practical purpose INR (Indian Rupees) is the most acceptable currency in KedarnathDham (Uttrakhand), India for local markets, transportation, shops, and restaurants, and everyone wants Cash only.

It is advisable to all the devotees to travel with Prior Indian VISA wherever it is required. On-line VISA is available for certain nationalities. Please check on the following link:
https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/

Climate:

Kedarnath has an all year cold climate. It has a pleasant climate in the summers (April to July). The maximum temperature rises to about 15°C - 16°C and the minimum temperature falls to about 1°C - 5°C in summers.

It is advisable that all devotees should plan carefully to ensure their health & safety as per their health concerns. Because in kedarnath the climatic condition is very cold & oxygen percentage in atmosphere is low. Keep sufficient woolen clothes. Keep proper & regular medicines, if any. We also suggest the yatri’s to carry a portable Oxygen cylinder along with them incase of emergency situations.

Consult your doctor before planning your trip as the oxygen level is LOW in the atmosphere.
•Keep proper and sufficient medicines as per your health concerns.
•Avoid carrying expensive items: The accommodation could be in tents and on sharing basis, hence it is recommended that you avoid carrying expensive stuff with you.

We also suggest you to travel light and carry less luggage. Helicopter services might not allow more than one bag.

Places to visit

Here are the top 6 places to visit in Kedarnath:- 1. KedarnathTemple: Kedarnathji is the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas. This temple, over a thousand years old is built of enormous stone slabs over a large rectangular dais. The present temple is believed to be re-built by AdiShankaracharya after being built by the Pandavas.
It is believed that after the war of Kurukshetra, the Pandavas sought redemption from Lord Shiva here who hid himself in a bull-form. The halls of the temple today tell this story on its walls. Devotees believe that a visit to this temple can free them from the cycle of life. The inner walls of the temple are carved with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology..

2. Vasuki Taal: A lake at an altitude of 4135 meters, Vasuki Tal offers a view of the neighboring Chaukhamba peaks. Trekkers would find this an ideal range o climb up. The Chaturangi and Vasuki glaciers can be found en-route to the lake.

3. ShankaracharyaSamadhi: It is believed that Sri Sankaracharya who propounded the Adwaita Philosophy established this holy shrine and one of his four Mathas in the 8th century and attained Nirvana at age 32 here.

4. Agastyamuni: Dedicated to Saint Agastya, the temple commemorates his one year Tapasya (mediation) here. This ancient temple stands as an example of grand architecture and interiors with wall art adorning its walls.

5. Sonprayag: A top 1829 m. Sonprayag is a tiny hamlet on the confluence banks of rivers Mandakini and Basuki. Devotees take a dip in the holy waters with the faith to attain nirvana.

6. Chandrashila: Located a top 3679 m. Chandrashila offers an excellent trekking range and skiing tracks throughout the year except in December and January. A Shiva temple adorns the peak of this mountain.

Chardham Route Map

Chardham Travel Agent:

Following are the details of Travel Agents for ChardhamYatra:
1. Konark Tourist Services, Haridwar
Mr. Pushpreet Singh
Mob No.: +91-9837838008 / +91-9627055555

You can directly contact above for CharDham Yatra package if you wish to visit.

FAQs:

Q. 1 How to come at Kedarnath?
Answer: You can reached by road or by Helicopter.
It takes 9-10 Hours to reach by road from Dehradun / Rishikesh to Gaurikund. Travelling is not allowed after 8 p.m.

Q. 2 Where to come at Katha Sthal?
Answer: You have to come to Kedarnath, Katha mandap shall be near to the Kedarnath Temple.

Q. 3 Whether registration is required for Prasad?
Answer: We will provide breakfast, lunch & dinner to all the shrotas.

Q. 4 When will Char Dham Kapat (Darshan) open?
Answer: Yamunotri Temple opening date: 28 April, 2017
Gangotri Temple opening date: 28 April, 2017
Kedarnath Temple opening date: 3 May, 2017
Badrinath Temple opening date: 6 May, 2017

For more details, please email / call us on :
bapuramkathakedarnath@gmail.com
Mobile No.: +91- 75067 10353 / +91 99716 15252

Hotel Details:

Below are the list of hotels near GuptKashi / SitaPur / Gaurikund / Rudraprayag / Khumera & Phata.
Shrotas who may wish to do a break journey can stay in the below hotels and continue to the helicopter ride / road journey.
You may please choose the hotel of your choice and book/pay directly as per your requirement. Please note that all the prices mentioned below are approximate tariffs.

S/N HOTEL NAME ADDRESS CONTACT AVL. ROOMS-CATEGORY TARIFF LOCATION & DISTANCE
1 Himalyan Comfert Narayan Koti (Gupt-Kashi) 9758197325 Mr.Joshi Totel Rooms - 17
Available Rooms - 7
4600/- Nett with Breakfast & Dinner
3800/- Nett Only Room
182 K.M.(7 Hours) from Rishikesh
2 Kailash Residency Narayan Koti (Gupt-Kashi) 9310448893 Mr. Vikalp
8126209705 Mr. Tiwari
8449893373
Totel Rooms - 19
Available Rooms – 19
5700/- Nett with Breakfast & Dinner
4500/- Nett with Breakfast
4000/- Nett only room
8 K.M. from Phata
3 Shivalik Vally Sita Pur 9816033316 Mr. Bisht
9318803777 Mr. Manoj
Totel Rooms - 81
Available Rooms - 15
4200/- Nett with Breakfast & Dinner
3200/- Nett only room
3 K.M. before Gaurikund
1 K.M. before Sonprayag
4 Jagat Raj Sita Pur 9411369660 Mr. Goswami Totel Rooms - 81
Available Rooms - 00
1500/- Nett 6 K.M. before Gaurikund
5 Sunil Lodge Gaurikund 9411369660 Mr. Goswami Totel Rooms - 40
Available Rooms - 30
1200/- D.B., 1400/- T.B., 1800/- F.B., 2400/- Six Bed  
6 Monal Guest House Rudraprayag 9311293590/91/92-Reservation
info@monalresorts.com
911123326226 Mr. Patyal
8006612808
Totel Rooms - 52
Available Rooms - 38
Standard- 3000/-, DLX.- 3800/-, Premier- 4800/- ( only room)
Standard- 4500/-, DLX.- 5400/-, Premier- 6800/- ( with all meal)
 
7 Villa Aadhya Gupt-Kashi 9311293590/91/92-Reservation
info@monalresorts.com
Totel Rooms - 18
Available Rooms - 00
5500/- + Tax  
8 Kedar Vally Resort Khumera 7500240784 Mr. Verma Totel Rooms - 16
Available Rooms – 16
2700/- Nett with Breakfast & Dinner Luxury New Property 3 K.M. before Phata
7 K.M. after Guptkashi
Narayan Koti- 2 K.M.
Maikhanda- 2 K.M.
9 Kedar Camp Resort Guptkashi 9719008020 Mr. Sailendra Premium Swiss Cottage 4500/- Nett with Breakfast & Dinner
4000/- Nett only room
14 K.M. from Phata
10 Himalayan Guest House Gupt-Kashi 9412995255 Mr. S.P.      
11 Vally Aaditya Near Phata Helipad 8859219332      


Status and availability as on 28th March 2017.