Kedarnath is a temple town located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Perched at an altitude of 3583 meters above sea level, the town is famous for its age-old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Enclosed by snow-clad mountains and ensconced with lush green forests, Kedarnath apart from being a place of pilgrimage is also a favorite destination among trekkers and nature lovers. Since it is situated on the Garhwal Himalayan region, the town experiences extreme climatic conditions during winter.
Due to its high altitude the weather in Kedarnath remains cold for most part of the year. Hence, summer here is cool and pleasant while winter is severe. It also experiences heavy rainfall during monsoon season.
During summer season the temperature varies around 20°Celsius. Daytime here in summer is characterized by soothing breeze and cool temperature. Night is usually cold. May to October is an ideal time to visit Kedarnath in summer. Light woolen wear is recommended.
Winter season in Kedarnath is severe with mercury falling to as low as 0°Celsius. During this time the place experiences snowfall as well. Due to the extreme climatic conditions, this time is usually avoided by tourists. Even then, the holy town witnesses a good inflow of visitors between September and November. Heavy woolen wear is mandatory on such trips.
Apart from pleasant summer and severe winter, Kedarnath receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. Approximately 1475 mm of rainfall is recorded each year. Visiting Kedarnath during the monsoon season is said to be best avoided.
The best time to visit this holy site is between March and October excluding the monsoons that occur in between. This period includes summer as well as a couple of months in winter before it turns severe.