The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, a tourism unit of Uttarakhand government, has finally started the online booking of the cave where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently stayed in Kedarnath. Media publicity and mass tourist queries have inspired the GMVN to hike the cave tariff. The Rudra cave, which was earlier available for Rs 990, will now be offered for Rs 1,500 a day.

To make the booking process simple, now the medical examination of the tourist opting to stay at the Rudra cave will be conducted at Kedarnath. Earlier, the medical was to be conducted at Guptkashi. GMVN’s General Manager B.L Rana (tourism) says, “We started the online booking from today. As the information about the online facility starting will spread, we expect good response from the tourists.”

Located at an altitude of 3583 Mts (Approx), the cave was earlier used by Babas. It was renovated last year and even the booking process started. It failed to evoke any response last year. Very recently PM Narendra Modi was in Kedarnath, on 18 May, and had stayed in the Rudra cave.

The trip provided mass publicity to the cave. The stay of Modi became political with all the opposition political parties terming it a publicity stunt.

The cave is an ideal dwelling place for mediator and spiritual seekers. Those who love to stay at offbeat location too will enjoy the experience of overnight stay in Rudra meditation cave. Located about 1 km upwards to the left side mountain of Holy Kedarnath temple, the cave is located at an isolated point. The cave comes with an attached toilet, solar electricity, drinking water and a walkie-talkie phone.