Kedarnath is one of the most sacred destinations of the Char DhamYatra. As per the religious beliefs, Kedarnath stands as one of the twelve jyotirlingas. The road route to the main temple of Kedarnath starts from Haridwar, heads toward Rishikesh then to Devprayag to Srinagar to Rudraprayag to Gaurikund. From there on the Kedarnath temple is just 14 kilometers away and this distance can be covered either by walking or getting a pony.
An alternative to the road route is the helicopter ride. Considering the quite tough route to the temple, various companies have started rendering helicopter services to reach the main shrine of Kedarnath. Some of the names that offer Kedarnath Yatra by helicopter are stated below.
Pawan Hans Ltd
Pawan Hans Ltd offers its helicopter services from Phata and Agustyamuni. With its 5-seater Bell 407/ Bell 206L4 helicopters, the company offers one of the most comfortable as well as safe rides all the way to the temple of Kedarnath.
The normal fare is rupees seven thousand plus service tax. Further, if the pilgrim wishes to avail the priority darshan, then the fare is 1100 rupees. In this package, the disciples exclusively get one hour and thirty minutes for darshan.
Prabhatam Aviation Pvt. Ltd.
Prabhatam Aviation Private Limited is another renowned name that renders helicopter services for Kedarnath Yatra. There are three packages that the respective organization renders and they are stated below:
The tariff of the first package is 7700 rupees per person. Further, the second package costs 2.25 Lac rupees for four persons with a service tax of 12.36 per cent. This package is all exclusive for one day and if in case the pilgrim stays more than that, then for single night 20 thousand rupees will be additionally charged. The final package has a tariff of 4 Lac rupees for four persons. Similar to the earlier package, the service tax and additional charges are applied accordingly.
The Heritage Aviation is known for rendering daily helicopter services to Kedarnath temple. Helipad of these services is situated at the National Highway 109 and therefore is easily accessible. Further, the organization offers both one and two way trips that are classified as following:
The tariffs of the packages are 4500, 7700 and 3500 rupees respectively. Further for priority darshan packages, 1100 rupees is the fare. This special Darshan option is available only for the pilgrims travelling through the helicopter. This is one way in which the Kedarnath Yatra packages inclusive of helicopter service turns worth availing.
Mentioned above are the three top helicopter service provider companies; however, there are various others. With helicopter services it has become really easy to visit one of the chastest destinations. The above mentioned service providers also offer special Char Dham Yatra by helicopter, you can avail a package as per your requirement.