You must have seen the photo of PM Narendra Modi meditating inside a cave that has been doing rounds on the Internet. If not, you clearly have been living under a rock (or inside a cave, maybe). Anyways, the emphasis here is on the anonymous Kedarnath Cave because guess what? It is up for grabs.
Chardham Yatra 2019 has begun this year but what is trending more this season is the much-hyped stay of our Prime Minister in the caves near the shrine of Kedarnath.
There are two caves that have been identified and restored near the Kedarnath shrine and five more are in the pipeline. This is in efforts to promote modern cave-life to the pilgrims by the Prime Minister. While one has been named Rudra, the latest discovery where Modi Ji meditated is yet to be named. You too can plan a stay at one of them during the Kedarnath visit for a not-so-austere cave experience.
Now on a Char Dham yatra, you can have an experience of the primitive times when our ancestors used to live in the caves. Only this time, you will have a bed, butler, phone, and wi-fi inside the cave to make your stay comfortable to a basic extent. Not to forget the surreal views of the valleys and mountains. Meditation becomes easier when you have such an astounding landscape in sight. Agreed?
All this in INR 990.
Earlier, the price of Kedarnath cave experience was INR 3000 but GMVN reduced the price to INR 990 after realizing it was too high.
The cave fits one person only which makes sense because meditation is hard when someone is breathing down your neck. You can book your stay online at Kedarnath Cave through the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) website.
Sure, living inside this modern cave is no luxury experience but who knows, meditating inside the cave might help you attain Nirvana (if that’s what you are after). Otherwise, staying at the cave should intrigue you just for the heck of an experience.
Facts About Kedarnath Cave
Here is some more information about Modern Meditation Kedarnath Cave – Rudra that may excite you to book a stay here.
- The modern meditation cave is above and beyond 1 km from the shrine.
- The face of the cave faces the Kedarnath Temple and Bhairavnath Temple.
- Yes, there are two electricity points for charging your phone because we know how useless life without a smartphone is.
- Food including morning tea, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, will be served inside the cave.
- There is a telephone for use in case of emergency.
- You will also have round the clock attendant at your service.
Rules To Stay At Kedarnath Cave
However, there are also a few rules to be taken seriously before you book Modern Meditation Kedarnath Cave:
- You will have to report at Guptkashi 2 days prior to your stay.
- You will only be allowed to stay inside Kedarnath Cave is you are deemed physically fit. For that, you will have to undergo two medical check-ups; one in Guptkashi and another in Kedarnath.
- Rudra Meditation cave can be booked for a minimum of three days.
- No refund will be provided in case person cancels the booking or refuse to stay inside the cave.
- You will also have to submit a No Objection Certificate or self-declaration in a prescribed format at GMVN Kedarnath.
Best Time To Visit Kedarnath Cave
Kedarnath Cave is open during the Char Dham Yatra. So, the best time to book a stay here will be from May-October. This is also that time of the year when the gates to Char Dhams are opened and pilgrims in high number come to take blessings of God from all parts of the world.
Kedarnath Opening Dates 2019
Kedarnath is one of the four holy pilgrimage sites which constitutes the Char Dham. If you are planning a Chardham yatra, then you should know Kedarnath opening and closing dates 2019. Kedarnath Temple will remain open from 9th May 2019 to 29th October 2019. So, you should plan your pilgrimage during these dates.
Maybe this modern cave is your gateway to ‘Achhe Din’, or not. You will only realize once you have stayed inside Kedarnath Cave. One thing is given though, a surreal, one of a kind experience. Think of this, your trip to Chard Dham will not only be a spiritual awakening but staying in the cave amidst the picturesque surrounding will pay off as a much-needed digital detox.
Frequently Asked Questions About Kedarnath Cave
A. Kedarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in Uttarakhand. It is believed that the temple was built by the Pandavas. Kedarnath cave is located near the temple.
A. The reason Kedarnath temple survived even after the flood is its strong walls and firm structure. Some part of the temple was broken during the flood, but the main part stood straight.
A. The love story in the movie Kedarnath is fictional but the flood that is used as the background is a true story.
A. Kedarnath is famous as one of the places in Char Dham yatra.
A. Yes, Kedarnath is safe to visit, however you should avoid visiting during the monsoon season. Also, during your visit, take care of your belongings as it is heavily crowded.
A. Flood occured in Kedarnath due to heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand.
A. Kedarnath dham opens in the month of May for pilgrimages. They can visit the temple in this month.
A. The Kedarnath temple is as old as 3000 years. It is supposed to be built by the Pandavas.
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