Kedarnath Helicopter Service Fare to Rise by 5%

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Kedarnath Helicopter Service Fare to Rise

Authorities overseeing the Kedarnath Yatra have announced a five percent increase in fares for helicopter services, aimed at accommodating operational costs and enhancing service quality. This decision is part of ongoing efforts to improve infrastructure and ensure a safe and efficient pilgrimage experience for devotees.

Kedarnath Helicopter Service Fare to Rise

Mandatory Registration for Booking Helicopter Tickets

To manage demand effectively and streamline the ticketing process, pilgrims seeking to book helicopter tickets to Kedarnath are now required to register in advance. This measure aims to prevent overcrowding and facilitate smoother operations during the peak pilgrimage season.

Operational Details and Contractual Agreements

The Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority has entered into a strategic three-year contract with aviation companies to manage helicopter services to Kedarnath. As part of this agreement, fare adjustments have been made to align with industry standards and ensure the sustainability of the service.

Impact on Pilgrimage Experience

While the fare increase may pose financial challenges for some pilgrims, the convenience and time-saving benefits of helicopter travel continue to make it a popular choice for those embarking on the sacred journey to Kedarnath. Pilgrims are encouraged to plan and budget accordingly to mitigate any potential disruptions.

Comparison with Previous Ticket Prices

  • From Sirsi to Kedarnath: Previously Rs. 2,749
  • From Phata to Kedarnath: Previously Rs. 2,750
  • From Guptkashi to Kedarnath: Previously Rs. 3,870

Booking Process via IRCTC

To facilitate seamless booking, helicopter tickets for the Kedarnath Yatra will be available through the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) platform. Pilgrims are advised to make their reservations well in advance to secure their seats and avoid last-minute inconveniences.