Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimage for
the devout Hindu, located in the Uttaranchal state of
India. Kedarnath, where a form of the Lord Shiva is
venerated as one of the twelve
jyotirling (linga of
light), is one of the four sites in India's pilgrimage
Char Dham. The most remote of the four Char Dham sites,
Kedarnath is located in the Himalayas, about 3584m above
sea level near the head of river Mandakini, and is
flanked by breathtaking snow-capped peaks.
Besides its affiliation with Shiva, Kedarnath is also
believed to be the site of Shankaracharya's samadhi
(achievement of beatified afterlife). The actual temple
is an impressive stone edifice of unknown date. No
specific family of pujaris supervises rituals at
Kedarnath, which focus around veneration of the stone
lingam that rests in the inner sanctum of the temple.
Kedarnath is accessible only after a steep 13 km trek
through a paved path (horses or palanquins are available
for rent) from Gaurikund, which is connected by road
from Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and other important
hill stations of the Garhwal and Kumaon regions in
Uttaranchal. The temple is open only during the months
of May to October, due to heavy snowfall and extreme
cold weather during winter
Places to See ( Kedarnath) :
Gandhi Sarovar >>
A small lake from where Yudhishthir, the eldest of the
Pandavas, is said to have departed to heaven. A km trek
from Kedarnath, floating ice on the crystal clear
Base for a trek to Kedarnath & serves as a roadhead, the
village has hot springs & a temple dedicated to Gauri.
Vasuki Tal >>
6 km. At 4135 mtr. above sea level, this lake is
extraordinary, surrounded by high mountains and offering
an excellent view of the Chaukhamba peaks.
20 km. The confluence of the Son Ganga and Mandakini
rivers, where there is a diversion for Triyuginarayan.
25 km. the mythological venue where the wedding of Lord
Shiva and Parvati was solemnized. It is a short trek of
5 km from Son Prayag. An eternal flame, which is said to
have been the witness to the marriage, burns in front of
the temple even today.
49 km. Famous for the temples of Ardhnarishwar and
Situated on the Gopeshwar Ukhimath road about 40 km from
Gopeshwar at an altitude of about 2500 mtrs above sea
level, Chopta is one of the most picturesque spots in
the entire Garhwal region. It provides a breathtaking
view of Himalayan ranges surrounding it Deoria Tal.
At an altitude of 2,440 mt., this beautiful lake is
situated on the Chopta - Ukhimath motor road. In the
early morning, the snow-capped peaks are clearly
reflected on the lake waters. This lake also provides an
excellent venue for angling, as well as birdwatching.
Panch Kedar >>
kedarnath, madmaheshwar, tungnath, rudranath, kalpeshwer
are the five most important temples of Lord Shiva in
garhwal Himalayas. They are known as Panch Kedar.
Kedarnath Travel Information:
Railway Station : Nearest Railway Station is
Airport : Nearest railway Station is Air Jolly
Distance from the Major Cities