After remaining suspended for 2 yrs since the outbreak of 2013 floods, Yatra is set to begin all over again this month. Pilgrims reach Kedarnath in the end of their Char Dham Yatra being the farthest dham in the hill state. The flood affected region is facing more challenges over the facilities offered this time. However, the regular efforts of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering succeeded in restoring the place and offer some facilities to a considerable extent so far but the continuous adverse weather conditions is posing as a hinderance.
Nothing will be offered free of cost in Kedarnath this time. From lodging in huts, tents to fooding facility in the dhams travellers will be charged for almost every service. However, the charges are not so high for the facilities provided.
Travellers staying in huts will be charged a sum of Rs. 150/- and Rs. 50/- for tents per night. If a group of six to seven people wants to rent the huts then they will have to pay Rs. 900/- for the stay. The charges have not been finalized yet for which the talks are still going on. The in charge of fooding facilities is assigned to Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). GMVN will has fixed the rates of food as Rs. 20 for beakfast, Rs. 30 for lunch and Rs. 30 for dinner. Labours will be served dal chawal for Rs. 20 in the morning.
Now pilgrims can take a short break in the Cheni Camp which fall 2 km before Kedarnath shrine. Devotees can halt here for drinking water or take some rest from the paidal yatra to the shrine. The pedestrian route from here to Kedarnath is completely easy and safe.
News Source : Hindustan, Kedarnath.