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    Best time to Visit Kedarnath: May,Jun,Sep,Oct

    Category : Pilgrimage: Pilgrimage

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

    Description

    Kedarnath is the famous Hindu pilgrimage site and one of four Chota Char Dham sites. It is located in the Himalayas, and is flanked by snow-capped peaks. 
    Surrounded by scenic beauty, Kedarnath is about 3,583 m above sea level near Chorabari Glacier.

    The famous Kedarnath Temple, attracts lot of devotees to this mesmerizing location. Lord Shiva is worshiped as Kedarnath in this temple.

    The town is on the shores of Mandakini river; and is the surrounded by scenic beauty of Himalayas and green pastures. 

     

    Climate:
    Kedarnath receives heavy snowfall during winters. And for the 6 winter months (from November to April), the Kedarnath Temple is closed and the temple deity is transferred to Ukhimath.

     

    Trekking options:
    Kedranath by itself needs to be reached by trekking from Gaurikund. There are many other trekking routes to reach the nearby popular sights like Chorbari Glacier, Vasuki Tal, Chandrashila etc.

     

    Other activities:
    Kedarnath Mountain is actually referred to two mountains: Kedarnath and its sub peak, Kedarnath dome, which is about 2 km north-west of the main peak. The sub peak has some skiing slopes and is popular with the adventure enthusiasts.


    Gaurikund is the last road head to Kedarnath, after which the only option is to trek (or take a horse/palanquin ride) for a distance of about 14kms. 
    There is also helicopter services to reach Kedarnath.


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    Kedarnath Temple / Kedarnath Mandir

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    Kedarnath Temple, is one of the twelve holiest Hindu shrines of Lord Shiva (Jyotirlingas). It is on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river. The present temple is believed to be re-built by Adi Shankaracharya, originally built by the Pandavas. The temple, at a height of 11,755ft above mean sea level, remains open only from April end, up to November, due to extreme weather conditions. During harsh winters, the temple deities are brought to Ukhimath where they are worshipped for the next six months. The temple cannot be reached directly through road; it can be reached either by a 14km trek from Gaurikund, or through pony ride or manchan services. Devotees believe that a visit to this temple can free them from the cycle of life and birth.
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      Chorbari Glacier / Chorabari Tal / Gandhi Sarovar

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      Chorbari Bamak Glacier is a 6 km long glacier. Several hanging glaciers and avalanche chutes feed the glacier. The lower part of the glacier is covered by thick debris and bounded by huge deposits of lateral moraines. The glacier starts from its accumulation zone (600 m) and terminates at an elevation of 3800 m, from where the snow melta and a stream originates, called Mandakani; forming the Mandakani river. From Kedarnath temple, there is a 3 km footpath to the glacier snout. Between the rock face and right lateral moraine of the glacier, there is a lake formed by glacier melted water called Gandhi-Sarovar or Chorabari Tal. According to Hindu mythology, this lake was the place where Lord Shiva the first guru imparted the knowledge of Yoga to the Saptrishi.
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        Bhairava temple / Bhairon Mandir

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        Bhairon Mandir is located 1 kms from the Kedarnath Temple. From the here one can see the entire Kedarnath valley and Kedarnath Shrine. It is believed that, the temple deity Lord Bhairava, protects the town during the harsh winter months.
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          Bhairav Jhamp

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          Bhairav Jhamp is a cliff near Kedarnath, from where pilgrims used to jump to death, believing to get instant moksha or salvation. This practice was banned by British Government in the 19th century.
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            Shankaracharya Samadhi

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            Adi Shankaracharya, was an ancient Hindu scholar who lived during the Chera kingdom between 788- 820 AD and is known to be one of most important Hindu scholars. He is believed to have received Moksha at the town of Kedarnath and his Samadhi or Tomb is located near the Kedarnath temple and is considered to be an important pilgrim spot in Uttarakhand.
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              Vasuki Tal

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              Vasuki Tal is at a distance of 6 kms. It is a picturesque lake, 4,135 m above sea level, surrounded by lofty mountains and offers a commanding view of the Chaukhamba peaks. It is an ideal trekking spot. You will find the Chaturangi and Vasuki glaciers en-route to the lake. The location offers an amazing spot for camping and some of the most picturesque views of the surrounding mountains.
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                Gaurikund

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                Gaurikund is located at a distance of 14 kms from Kedarnath. It is base to the Kedarnath trek. The village has hot water springs and a temple dedicated to Goddess Gauri. There is an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Parvati. Legend has it that it was here that Parvati meditated to win the heart of Lord Shiva.
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                  Son Prayag

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                  Son Prayag is located at a distance of 20 kms from Kedarnath. It is located at an elevation of 1829 m and at the confluence of river Basuki and Mandakani. The holy site of Son Prayag is of immense religious significance. It is said that a mere touch of the holy water of Son Prayag helps one attain a place in the "Baikunth Dham".
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                    Triyuginarayan

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                    Triyuginarayan is located at a distance of 27 kms from Kedarnath. It is believed that Triyuginarayan was the capital of Himvat. It was here during the era of Satyug that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. The havan kund which was used to conduct the marriage ritual is still burning. Couples collect the ashes from the kund to achieve marital bliss. While visiting Triyuginarayan, you can also see the three kunds: Rudrakund, Vishnukund, and Brahmakund.
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                      Guptkashi

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                      Guptkashi is located at a distance of 45 kms from Kedarnath. It is famous for the ancient temples of Vishwanath and Ardhnareshwar. The main attraction of the temple includes the figure of half man and half women forming Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati which attracts tourists a lot. It also has other attractions like Manikarnik Kund, Vasuki Tal and Gandhi Sarovar. According to mythological beliefs, Lord Shiva took the form of Nandi Bull and hid at Guptkashi to avoid an encounter with Pandavas. He is said to have dived into the ground and hence the name Guptkashi.
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                        Agastyamuni

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                        Agastyamuni is at a distance of 70 kms from Kedarnath. It is on the banks of Mandakini river. The place is famous as the great sage Agastya Rishi, who is believed to have meditated here. The Agastya temple, is built to honour the great sage. This ancient temple stands as an example of grand architecture and interiors with wall art adorning its walls. Agastyamuni is a clam and beautiful place with excellent views. Tourist also visit this place, as it is base for Pawan Hans Helicopter service to Kedarnath.
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                          Panch Kedar

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                          Madhyamaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpnath with Kedarnath form the Panch Kedar, the five most important temples of Lord Shiva in Garhwal Himalayas.
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                            Madhyamaheshwar / Madmaheshwar

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                            One of the Panch Kedars, the temple of Madhyamaheshwar is located at an altitude of 3,289 m above sea level, on the slope of a ridge. Madhyamaheshwar, is the place where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of belly. It is at a distance of 84 kms from Kedranath.
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                              Rudranath Temple

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                              It is believed that it was here that the Pandavas from the mythological epic Mahabharata came to seek forgiveness for their sins from Lord Shiva. It is also believed that Lord Shiva’s body parts were discovered in the region and temple Rudranath is situated at the place where his head was found. In this temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Neelkantha Mahadeva.
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                                Tunganath

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                                Tunganath is located at the scenic Chandrashila Peak at an elevation of 3680 m above sea level. It is at a distance of 90 kms from Kedranath. Tunganath is one of the ‘Panch Kedars’ or the five places where Lord Shiva’s body parts were found. It is believed that Tunganath is situated at the place where his hands were found. Inside the temple, you can see the statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya. From here you can also enjoy the majestic views of Kedarnath peaks, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The Nandadevi Temple and Akash Ganga waterfall are close to this place.
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                                  Chandrashila

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                                  Chandrashila is close to Tunganath. Set at about a height of 4000 m above sea level, Chandrashila offers stunning views of the meadows and lakes as well as the views of Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks. The moon God Chandra meditated here. Chandrashila is hub for adventure activities such as scaling, skiing and trekking. It offers excellent skiing tracks.
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                                    Deoria Tal

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                                    Deoria Tal is a lake with crystal clear waters, at an altitude of over 2000 metres above the sea level. It is also known as the Devariya or Deoriya. It is at a distance of 75 kms from Kedarnath. It is about 3 kilometres uphill from the villages of Mastura and Sari. Jeeps are available for a fantastic tour from Ukhimath to the Sari village via the village of Mastura. The surrounding sceneries of lush greenery and the backdrop of the snow covered mountain peaks looks divine from here. There are options for boating, trekking and overnight camping. The temples of Tungnath and Chandrasila, both dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva are visited together with the deoria Taal.
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                                      By Air:
                                      The closest airport to Gaurikund is at Dehradun (225 kms)

                                       

                                      By Train:
                                      Rishikesh is the nearest railway head.

                                       

                                      By Road:
                                      Gaurikund is well connected to all nearby cities such as Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Srinagar, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Tehri etc, by cabs and buses.