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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the best time to visit Kedarnath?

Nitin Gurha DEC 10 2012
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Answer: Kedarnath, being surrounded by nature's beauty and bounty, is also directly affected by the forces of nature. The weather conditions will greatly help you figure out your itinerary and plans for this beautiful trip, so it might be a good idea to take note. The climate in Kedarnath is as follows:

  • Summer

    Cool breeze, green mountains and temperatures that are perfect to escape the city heat - this is what summer usually feels like at Kedarnath. Temperatures hover around 17 degrees celsius during the day, and a little colder, around 12 degrees celsius at night. Light woollens are recommended during this time, especially during chilly nights. Such temperature usually lasts around May to August.

  • Monsoons

    Rainfall in Kedarnath is fairly scanty but can be a hazardous affair for travellers in general. This hilly terrain is prone to landslides and road blockages during this time, so it is usually advised to steer clear from this holy time during monsoon months. This season usually occurs between September and October, when the mercury stays close to 12 degrees celsius.

  • Winter

    The time when the weather gods show their true colours and the temperatures are their extreme worst. The mercury drops down to 5 degrees celsius and reaches sub-zero levels during December and January. Due to such extreme conditions, the shrine too is closed, and the idols are shifted to Ukhimath for nearly 6 months before the mercury rises back up to a comfortable level. The whole town remains shut due to such extreme weather conditions, so it is advisable to avoid travelling during this time. If you do decide to brave the weather and travel to Kedarnath during winter, carry ample heavy woollens and proper snow-boots.

Clearly, the best time to visit Kedarnath is during the months of May to October, barring the monsoon months that fall in-between. Ideal for trekking, this is also the time when the shrine is active and sees a handsome amount of festivals and events. Come prepared with light woollens and comfortable shoes and you're all set to offer your prayers at the shrine and trek around Kedarnath. Make sure your camera batteries are charged to capture those beautiful views on a clear day!

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