The Kedarnath Temple is discover in the Kedarnath Garhwal Himalayan range in the Rudraprayag district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Kedarnath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the most famous and sacred Hindu temples. Kedarnath is the most important Dham among the four Dhams of Uttarakhand. Situated on the banks of the Mandakini River, the height of this dham is about 3581 metres above sea level.
The Kedarnath temple built here by carving huge stones is an excellent example of architecture. Kedarnath Dham is considered the most sacred in Hinduism. Kedarnath Dham is the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas in the country. It is believed that visiting Kedarnath Dham leads to salvation for devotees. Thousands of devotees from India and abroad come to visit Kedarnath Dham every year.
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Easiest way to reach Kedarnath Temple
By Air: If you want to avoid the 18-kilometer walk, you should use air-related services. Many aviation companies like Pawan Hans, Pinnacle Air, and Heritage Aviation are offering their air services in this area. The air-related services are operating from three places, which are Phata, Sersi, and Guptkashi.
By Pony or Palkies: For many devotee the 18 Km long trek seems to be exhausting and physically challenging as well. So they have an option to travel by pony, palkies, mule or planquin which are best reliable source to reach Kedarnath Temple.
Best places to visit in Kedarnath
Chokhdi Taal- This naturally formed snowy lake is visible at a distance of 4 Km from Kedarnath. The ashes and ashes of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, were immersed here, hence Chokhadi Tal is also known as Gandhi Tal.
Gorikund – It is a small village near Kedarnath Dham, it is said that this is the place where Goddess Parvati did severe penance to get Lord Shiva. Gaurikund here is famous for its hot water sources.
Guptkashi – Behind is the picturesque suburb. The ancient Shiva-Parvati temple is worth visiting in Guptkashi. From here there are grand darshan of Chaukhamba peak.
Ukhimath – Situated at a distance of 62 km from Kedarnath Dham, this place is very peaceful and pleasant. When the Kedarnath temple is closed for visitors, its sacred idol is enshrined in the seat of the Ukhimath.
Devriya Taal – Deoria Tal is 68 kilometers away from Kedarnath Dham. From here the amazing view of the snow-capped skyscrapers mesmerises the onlookers.
Shankaracharya Samadhi – It is said that in the 8th century, Adiguru Shankaracharya came to Kedarnath Dham and visited the temple and took samadhi here at the age of 32. This mausoleum is worth seeing. That’s why the devotees visiting here definitely visit his tomb.
Vasuki Taal – ‘Vasuki Tal’ is a very beautiful lake surrounded by the Chaukhamba mountain range. Located at a distance of about 10 kilometers from Kedarnath, one has to climb a difficult climb to reach this lake.
Things to do in Kedarnath
- Adventures activities like Rock Climbing, Snow Skiing, Paragliding, Rappelling etc.
- Snow Trekking, Tungnath Trek, Chandrashila trek , Atri Munni Fall Trek
- Visit Sunset point
Best time to visit Kedarnath
If you want to avoid rain and cold, then you can visit Kedarnath temple in May and June, because at this time there is less rain as well as cold when visiting Kedarnath temple, but Kedarnath temple in May and June You will get to see a lot of crowd when you visit.
How to reach Kedarnath
By Flight : The nearest airport to Kedarnath is Jolly Grant Airport. The distance from Kedarnath Dham to Jollygrant Airport is approximately 239 kms. After landing at Jollygrant Airport, you can take a taxi or bus from Haridwar or Rishikesh to Gaurikund.
By Train : Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to Kedarnath. Which is located at a distance of 216 kilometers from Kedarnath Dham. Rishikesh Railway Station is well connected to major railway stations of the country. From Rishikesh you can reach Gaurikund by bus or taxi and from Gaurikund you can easily reach Kedarnath Dham.
By Road : If you want to travel to Kedarnath Dham by road, then tell that National Highway 109 connects Rudraprayag and Kedarnath. Gaurikund is well connected by road to all nearby cities like Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri etc.
Route : Delhi – Haridwar – Guptkashi – Sonprayag – Kedarnath – Rishikesh – Delhi
Duration : 06 Days 05 Nights
Start Point : Delhi
End Point : Delhi
Begin your Kedarnath tour from Delhi and enjoy the road trip. On arrival in Haridwar, check in to your hotel and relax. Later, proceed to Har Ki Pauri to attend Ganga Aarti. The banks of the River Ganga are illuminated with the bright lights of the aarti. Experience the bliss of the divine. Dinner and an overnight stay at Haridwar.
After an early morning breakfast, check out of the hotel to proceed towards Guptkashi. On arrival, check-in at the hotel or camp and unwind. The rest of the day is free to explore Guptkashi town. It is known for its temples and holy sites. You can visit the Vishwanath and Ardhanarishvara temples.Return to the Guptkashi hotel or camps for dinner and an overnight stay.
You are being taken to Sonprayag today. After an early morning breakfast, get ready for the drive. From here, you will start your 20 km trek to Kedarnath. You can hire a Doli, a palki, or a horse for your trek at your own cost and convenience or take air releated services for kedarnath. Check-in to hotel upon arrival. Have dinner and take a rest for the night.
Today you are to be taken to attend the ‘Abhishek’ to Kedarnath Shiva. Get up before dawn and take a bath. The ceremony starts at 4:45 AM, so you have to be in the temple before that. The morning rituals are spiritual blessings. After darshan and puja, come out of the temple and return to the hotel. Enjoy a healthy breakfast and start the return trek of 20 km or take air releated service from Kedarnath to Sonprayag. Then proceed towards Rudraprayag. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
After an early morning breakfast, start your journey towards Rishikesh. The holy town also has the title of “Yoga capital of the world’. On reaching Rishikesh, get ready for sightseeing. Visit Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, and the other attractions. In the evening, proceed to Haridwar. Check-in at the hotel is here. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel in Haridwar.
After having breakfast, check out of the hotel and begin your last lap of this yatra. Drive back to Delhi. On reaching Delhi, avail of the transfer to the railway station or airport.