If you are under the impression that the Rudra Cave is one of those obscure caves that people typically picture fakirs and monks to be meditating in, you are totally wrong! This place maintained and run as a 'modern meditation cave' by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) is just a kilometre from the Kedarnath Shrine. The cave is positioned facing the shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath and is a totally natural place made out of stones, though there is a wooden door at its entrance.
How To Reach Rudra Cave
Rudra Cave can be easily reached from Kedarnath following a trek of around a kilometre. The holy town of Kedarnath is well connected to several prominent towns and cities in North India.
By air: The nearest airport to Kedarnath is the Jolly Grant Airport around 240 km away. Daily flights are available to Delhi while the airport has a good motorable road leading up to Gaurikund. Taxis are available between Jolly Grant Airport and Gaurikund.
By rail: Rishikesh is the nearest railway station at a distance of 216 km on NH58. Frequent train services are available from here to most of the major Indian destinations. Gaurikund and Rishikesh are well connected by road with daily buses and taxi services plying on the route.
By road: Gaurikund is the last motorable point on the route to Kedarnath after which a 14 km trek needs to be undertaken. Gaurikund enjoys good road connectivity to several major destinations around the state as well as to other parts along the north. Bus services are available to Srinagar and Hrishikesh while taxis can be easily availed for other major destinations such as Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Haridwar, and Dehradun.
Those who wish to avoid the rigours of the 14 km trek can avail helicopter service to Kedarnath from the many helipads in the area. The trek can otherwise be completed on mules, palki, or simply on foot.
Expect The Very Best & Modern Facilities
Considering the fact that the Rudra Gufa is presented to tourists as a ‘modern meditation cave', modern amenities are certainly not something unheard of here, though the place stands in a completely isolated area. As a guest, you will be provided with drinking water and electricity while a heater and attached toilet are also present inside the cave.
Food is provided throughout the day, including tea in the morning and evening as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While a specific timetable is there for providing these meals, you can change them to suit your preference.
How Much Does A Stay Cost
A stay at the cave can only be booked online from the portal of GMVN and costs INR 990 for a day. Initially, the rate was much higher (INR 3000) but was revised recently and brought down to this amount. Though there has been a surge of interest thanks to the media coverage following the visit by PM Modi, very few tourists actually opt to visit the place because of the extremely cold temperatures.
Rules You Should Know
The initial allotment of the meditation cave takes place for a minimum of three days. The occupant is required to report at the GMVN Guptkashi office a couple of days prior to the scheduled date of booking for undergoing a complete medical check-up. Only upon being found physically sound and medically fit will an individual be allowed to stay here.
Only one person is allowed inside the cave at any given time. Refunds are not provided once the booking has been confirmed even if the person chooses to cancel, irrespective of the reason for cancellation.
Some Dos & Don’ts You Need To Adhere To
- At the time of check-in, you are compulsorily required to produce a photo ID. 12 noon is the checkout time.
- When moving out of your room, you are required to switch off the heater, geyser, fan, light, and lock the door.
- Avoid leaving behind any valuables in the room. The hotel cannot be held accountable for the loss of any item.
- Alcohol consumption, smoking and pets are prohibited in the premises.
- In case of any queries, contact the reception.