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Helicopter services – New Age Solution for Age-Old Pilgrimage
Gone were the days when one had to wrestle their way up Kedarnath trail to enjoy Lord Shiva’s darshan. Advancements in technology and transport have rendered the pilgrimage safer, convenient and easier for today’s pilgrims. We have noticed a steady increase in the demands for helicopter services to Kedarnath over the past few years. Read on to find out all you need to know about helicopter services to Kedarnath, but not before we give you a concise, yet much needed introduction about the significance of Kedarnath jyotirlinga.
Why Visit Kedarnath?
Kedarnath is visited third in the Char Dham pilgrimage trail. The sacred shrine also forms the crux of Panch Kedar. Also, Kedarnath is one of the rare twelve jyotirlingas. A Shivlinga is said to be a focal point of the omniscient Shiva consciousness that permeates the entirety of the cosmos. While Jyotirlinga is said to be a millionfold times more powerful than a typical shivlinga. In fact as per Shiv Purana, Lord Shiva would dwell in 12 chosen points. It is said that the blessed of the spiritually advanced devotees can witness in these jyotirlingas, the iridescent rays of divine light that emanate from the holy Shivlinga.
Kedarnath Jyotirlinga, situated at an altitude of 11,755 ft above sea level, is the highest of all the jyotirlingas, and perhaps the most difficult to access. That is until helicopter services till the shrine began to emerge as an option for ardent seekers.
One cannot dwell on the significance of Kedarnath shrine without mentioning its inexorable link with Pandavas. As per Mahabharata, with the end of the war and subsequent victory of Pandavas over Kauravas, the five brothers found themselves burdened with guilt over their having to flow the blood of their own kith and kin. They were advised to approach the all-forgiving Shiva to seek reparation for their sins. Lord Shiva was not to be easily placated. In fact, he did not want to give them darshan and took the guise of a bull to escape from their notice. Suspecting certain anomaly, they chased the bull. Bhima, known for his physical strength, managed to catch hold of the rear of the animal as it dived into the ground at Kedarnath. Only the hump of the animal was left above the ground while the rest of its organs appeared at four different places in the Garhwal Himalayas. Recognizing that he had unknowingly hurt the corporeal form taken by Lord himself, Bhima was struck with enormous remorse and began to massage the injured hump with ghee. Even today, ghee abhishek remains one of the most important of all the pooja rituals practiced at the sacred shrine. Pandavas built temples at each of the places where the body parts of the bull appeared- Tungnath (arms), Madhmaheswar (stomach), Rudranath (face), Kalpeshwar (hair & head) and Kedarnath (hump).
All You Need to Know About Helicopter Services
Now that we have iterated the mythology behind the temple’s conception and let you know why thousands seek to have darshan of Mahadev in his chosen abode at Himalayas, let us give you all the necessitate details you need to know about helicopter services for Kedarnath. For many decades, Kedarnath has remained quite inaccessible to pilgrims who could not risk the perils of the trek. Not everyone was blessed with good health and fit physique to trek the strenuous trail till the shrine from Gaurikund (16-19 km). Also, there isn’t sufficient provision for accommodation near the premises of the temple. So the individual was expected to finish the round trip – uphill trek, darshan and downhill trek within a single day. No wonder, Kedarnath darshan remained an excruciating challenge.
It is against this backdrop that helicopter services to Kedarnath began. Opting for helicopter made the seemingly impossible task of finishing Kedarnath Yatra within a day. In fact, our Kedarnath helicopter packages begin by early morning from Dehradun and intend to fetch you by the afternoon at the same helipad at Dehradun. Talk about modern age miracles!
Kedarnath Helicopter Services for 2018
The following helicopter companies have been chosen by Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority to carry helicopter services for the year 2018:
- Global Vectra Helicorp
- UT Air India Pvt Ltd
- SAR Aviation
- Bolt Aircraft Sales and Charter
- Himalayan Heli Services
- Aryan Aviation
- Transbharat Aviation
- Pawan Hans
- Apex Aviation
- Summit Aviation
- Bajaj Aviation
- Heritage Aviation
The booking for helicopter services to Kedarnath has already begun; Make sure you make travel reservations soon to avoid disappointments. When you travel with us, you can be assured that we will fly you safe and comfortable at the best possible prices.
Let us now give you a glimpse of the typical itinerary for one day Kedarnath trip. Please note that the timings shown are tentative and is subject to changes depending on the expert discretion of our pilots regarding the weather patterns.
Itinerary for Kedarnath Yatra 2018 by Helicopter
The following itinerary illustrates a typical round-trip – outbound trip from Dehradun, return trip from Kedarnath after the blissful darshan.
What do they say about pilgrimages and the need to embark on them as early as in the morning as possible? So our day begins early too. Ensure that you reach Sahastradhara Helipad, Dehradun by 6.30 in the morning. The day begins with a session briefing all the necessitate information one needs to know before embarking on the helicopter trip. Your questions will be duly answered so that you can cooperate in ensuring a wonderful trip.
7:00 am: Departure from Sahastradhara Helipad, Dehradun
The beauty of the Himalayas is indescribable, more so when it is offered via aerial views. Prepare to have your senses fully rejuvenated as you are gifted the spectacular scenery of Mussoorie and Tehri dam from thousands of feet up in the air. If this is your first time flying via helicopter, your excitement may know no bounds!
7: 50 am:- Change into shuttle service at Gupta/Phata Kashi
The helicopter would alight at Guptkashi/Phata. Government regulations insist that a separate helicopter service be in charge of operating between Phata/Guptkashi and Kedarnath helipad. This is usually referred to as shuttle service. The shuttle service would hardly take 8 minutes to land you at Kedarnath shrine.
8: 00 am: – Arrival at Kedarnath Shrine
It is time for the Blissful darshan! The VIP darshan coupons are covered in our travel packages. This will ensure you enjoy darshan without any further hassles. If you wish, you might even head on to pay obeisance at Bhairavnath Ghati, located nearby. The deity, a fierce of Lord Shiva himself, is considered as the guardian deity of the sacred place especially when the Kedarnath idol is shifted to Ukhimath during winters.
11:00 am – Scheduled departure
Prepare to enjoy the overhead trip again as you will be flown back to Dehradun.
12: 00 am – Reach Sahastradhara Helipad, Dehradun
Is the Cost Too Much for You? You Have Another Option
If you find the cost for helicopter packages high, you have the option to choose only the shuttle service from Phata/Guptakashi till Kedarnath shrine. You can travel till Phata/Guptkashi via road and then opt for the shuttle service alone to fetch you till Kedarnath. Depending upon our prior experience, the charges for this is around 9,000 Rs. This does not include VIP darshan passes through.
There is even provision for one way ticket to and from the shrine. This is subject to availability though. Please contact us for further details.
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