Helicopter Yatra To Shri Kedarnath Dham
Shri Kedarnath Dham Temple has been closed for winter season on
15th November, 2023.
How it Works
Create Heliyatra account to check seat availability using Registration Number / Group ID
Choose desired departure slot & complete your booking with online payment mode of your choice
Carry the IRCTC Heliyatra ticket to the assigned Helipad location & start your Kedarnath Yatra
General Instructions for Passengers
- Chardham Yatra Registration on Uttarakhand Govt. Portal is mandatory to book Helicopter Service online. If not already registered, please click on Chardham Yatra Registration
- For Sign Up or Create an account, validate your e-Mail ID and Mobile No. through OTP on heliyatra.irctc.co.in. User ID/Booker ID will be your registered Mobile No. and you will need to create your own password. You can then login to heliyatra.irctc.co.in for booking online Helicopter ticket.
- Enter Group ID to book tickets for multiple pilgrims or enter Unique Registration Number to book Helicopter Service for a single person.
- Maximum 02 (two) Helicopter Tickets can be booked per User/Booker ID with maximum six passengers (06 Nos.) per Ticket i.e. an User/Booker can book for a group of maximum 12 passengers on 2 tickets with a single User ID/Booker ID.
- For booking tickets for a group with more than 12 passengers, the User/Booker will be required to Signup with another User ID/Booker ID on heliyatra.irctc.co.in., if already available or create another User ID/Booker ID for booking tickets for a group with more than 12 passengers.
- Helicopter Bookings are only allowed for (Tour Date -3 & Tour Date +2) based on Tour Date of Shri Kedarnath Dham provided in Char Dham Yatra Registration.
For example- For Tour date of 05th May for Shri Kedarnath Dham, booking can be done between 02 May to 07 May = 06 Days.
Shri Kedarnath Dham
Shri Kedarnath Dham means "Lord of the field or Kedar Khand" region, the historical name of the region. Situated amongst scenic snowy mountains and valleys covered with grassy meadows, Shri Kedarnath Dham temple is on the must-see list of sightseers all over the world - not just pilgrims. Located at an altitude of over 3,583 mtr. (11,755 ft.), above sea level in Uttarakhand and 223 km from Rishikesh, this temple is the highest of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. It is located at the head of the Mandakini and Saraswati River in Himalayas of Garhwal region. The temple is not directly accessible by road and has to be reached by a 16 kilometres uphill trek from Gaurikund. Ponie and Porter Service is available to reach the Temple. Helicopter services for 2023 Shri Kedarnath Dham Yatra are available and can be booked only through IRCTC official website.
Jyotirlingas are sacred shrines of Lord Shiva, it is believed that Lord Shiva himself visited these places and hence they have a special place in the hearts of devotees. Jyotirlinga means "column or pillar of light". The "stambha" symbol represents that there is no beginning or end. When Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu had an argument about who was the supreme god, Lord Shiva appeared as a column of light and asked each one to find the ends. Neither could do it. It is believed that the places where these columns of light fell is where the Jyotirlinga are located.
History and Facts
One of the first references of Shri Kedarnath Dham is in the Skanda Purana that was written around the 7th and 8th century AD. The present structure is believed to have been constructed by Adi Shankaracharya about 1,200 years ago. It stands next to the site of a temple that is said to have been built by the Pandavas. It has been renovated many times over the centuries. The temple is built with huge stone slabs over a rectangular platform. There are inscriptions in Pali on the steps. There are figures of various deities and scenes from Hindu mythology on the inner walls. A large statue of the Nandi Bull, Shiva"s mount, stands as guard at the entrance. The Jyotirlinga is in the shape of a conical rock formation inside the temple - Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form. Since Shri Kedarnath Dham is located at such an altitude, winters are severe, making the temple inaccessible. So, it is open to the Pilgrims only between April (Akshaya Tritiya) and November (Kartik Purnima - the autumn full moon) every year. During the winters, the Murtis(idols) from Shri Kedarnath Dham temple are brought to Ukhimath and worshiped there for six months. One of the most significant calamities occurred at Shri Kedarnath Dham in 2013 when it was affected by flash floods, which was one of the worst disasters that occurred in 100 years of its existence. Bhim Shila stands for 'God's rock', which saved the holy temple of Shri Kedarnath Dham from being washed away by the turbulent flood water.