In efforts to promote modern cave life to the pilgrims, Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the last phase of the mammoth national elections visited and meditated at a Rudra cave in May. Since then, the cave has become the highlight of the media. This has led to a surge in bookings of the chamber and has been pre-booked for the first time, according to official figures. From one booking before the Prime Minister's visit to a whopping 78 now - the Rudra meditation cave has now become a tourist attraction with people lining up to book their spots.
The cave, now rechristened as the "Modi cave" is the first cave trial of the five Caves that are to be constructed in Kedarnath. It is an underground meditation cave located one and a half kilometers left from the Kedarnath temple complex. The cave is constructed in traditional Garhwali style architecture by the Nehru mountaineering institute and is a part of Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam's guest houses chain. The cave is built at the other end of the Mandakini river and offers amenities for a peaceful spiritual practice at the holy site of Kedarnath. The underground Rudra gufa features all the basic amenities like bed, attached washroom, electricity, CCTV camera and a telephone in case of emergencies. An attendant is present at the cave 24hrs for assistance. The caves can be booked for Rs. 1500 for an overnight stay and Rs. 999 for a stay between 6 am to 6 pm
PM Modi had said that he was cut off from the world when he was inside the cave. "There was just was a small window through which I could see the Kedarnath temple. No communication with the world."
Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel said that the surge in the booking is "great for the tourism in the country."