Your visit to one of the most popular and physically challenging shrines in the country just got a bit easier, as the Kedarnath helicopter service has finally resumed after a long break due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown. By Kumar Shree

The Kedarnath helicopter service resumed operations on Friday, October 09, which were availed by 890 people on the very first day itself. Moreover, The Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA), also revealed that as many as 2,500 bookings were made in just five days.

 

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As of now, seven aviation companies provide helicopter services at the Kedarnath shrine. However, the visitors are required to book a two-way helicopter ride, as one way services are not available at the moment. The approximate price of tickets reportedly range from INR 7,750, INR 4,720, INR 4,680, and INR 5,950, from Guptkashi, Phata, Sirsi and Govindghat, respectively.

Reports further suggest, that while, the daily limit to visit the shrine is capped at 3,000 pilgrims, those who choose the helicopter service are exempted from it, as they don’t stay near the temple area.

The Kedarnath temple is located on the Garhwal Himalayan range. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the 12 jyotirlingas and sits at the head of the Mandakini river. It is also regarded as one of the most important shrines dedicated to the deity. Since the temperature in this region turns extreme during winters, the temple opens only from April to November every year.

Those who have been planning a trip to the Kedarnath shrine this season, now is the time to make your bookings, and enjoy the aerial view, from the comfort of a helicopter.

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