Kedarnath Yatra

KEDARNATH: The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range. At an altitude of 3,581mt it is a 14km trek from Gaurikund. 

Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. Shiva is considered the embodiment of all passions – love, hatred, fear, death and mysticism that are expressed through his various forms. 

There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in Chamoli district itself; the most important one is Kedarnath. According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. 

On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and is worshipped there as his manifestations. 

The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, and the belly at Madmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above-mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar.


RAIL: Railhead at Haridwar 265 kms away of which 251 Km is by road and the Rest 14 kms is on foot. 

ROAD: Kedarnath is approachable on foot from Gaurikund, which is connected by road with Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon Hills. 

DISTANCE: Distance from Haridwar to Kedarnath 265kms, (via) Rishikesh 30 kms, Deoprayag 80kms, Shrinagar 35kms, Rudraprayag 39kms, Tilwara 09km, Agastyamuni 10kms, Kund 15kms, Guptakashi 05kms, Fata 11kms, Rampur 09kms, Sonprayag 03kms, Gaurikund 05kms, Rambara 07kms, Garurchatti 04kms, Kedarnath 03kms. 


AREA: 3 Sq. km 

Climate Max. Tem.(*C) Min. Temp.(*C)
April 5 0
May 14 5.7
June 18 9
July 17.5 10
August 17.8 10.5
September 15 8
October 12 5
November 4 0
Dec.-March Snow Bound Snow Bound

Rainfall 1475 mm. 

Best Season May to October

Clothing Season Clothes
  May Heavy Woolens
  June-Sept. Light Woolens
  Oct.-Nov. Heavy Woolens

KEDARNATH TEMPLE: An imposing sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by lofty snow covered peaks. The present temple, built in 08th century A. D. by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with figure of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard. 

Dedicated of Lord Shiva, the exquisitely architecture Kedarnath temple is considered to be more than 1000 years old. Built of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut Grey slabs of stones, it evokes wonder as to how these heavy slabs had been handled in the earlier days. The temple has a “Garbha Griha” for worship and a Mandap, apt for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form. 

SHANKARACHARYA SAMADHI: The Samadhi of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is located just behind the Kedarnath temple. It is said that after establishing four sacred Dhams in India, he went into his samadhi at an early age of 32 years. 


CHORABARI (Gandhi Sarovar): Only a km treks away from Kedarnath. Floating – ice on the crystal clear waters of the lake fascinates the visitors. 

VASUKI TAL: Situated at a height of 4,150mt, the lake is surrounded by high mountains and offers an excellent view of Chaukhamba peaks. 

GAURIKUND: It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath and serves as a road head. The village has a temple dedicated to Gauri and hot water springs. 

SONPRAYAG: Situated at the confluence of Sone Ganga and Mandakini rivers. The road to Trijuginarayan diverts from here. 

GUPTKASHI: Famous for the temples of Ardhnarishwar and Vishwanath. 

UKHIMATH: winter home of the deity at Kedarnath temple and the seat of the Rawal of Kedarnath. Connected by bus services to Rudraprayag and other major centers. 

AGASTYAMUNI: The temp [le of sage Agastya is the main attraction here. 

PANCH KEDAR: Madmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpnath with Kedarnath 

From the Panch Kedar, the five most important temples of Lord Shiva in Garhwal Himalayas. 

MADMAHESHWAR: One of Panch Kedars, the temple of Madmaheshwar is located at an altitude of 3,289mt above sea level, on the slopes of a ridge, 25km northeast of Guptkashi. There is a motorable road from Guptkashi to Kalimath. 

The best statue of Har Gauri in India measuring over a meter high is found in the Kali Temple. The trek from Kalimath to Madmaheshwar is distinguished by wild unparalleled scenic beauty and engulfed by Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks. Gaundar at the confluence of Madmeshwar Ganga and Markanga Ganga is the last settlement before one reaches Madmaheswar, the place where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of belly. 

TUNGNATH: The arms of Lord Shiva came out as per the Kedarnath myth at Tungnath. He is worshipped here as one of the Panch Kedars. Tungnath Temple at an altitude of 3,680mt is the highest Shiva shrine among the Panch Kedars but the easiest to reach from Chopta, the nearest road head. 

RUDRANATH: The face of Lord Shiva is worshipped at the Rudranath temple, at an elevation of 2,286mt above sea level and is 23km from Gopeshwar. 5 km of the distance is motorable and the rest 18km has to be trekked. The trek passes through wild orchards and picturesque bugyals and involves trekking over high ridge (some times 4,000 Mt). The temple site provides magnificent views of Hathi Parvat, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghungti, Trishuli and many other peaks. There are a number of holy kund near Rudranath temple namely – suryakund, chandrakund, tarakund etc. The entire area is utterly enchanting and unmatched in scenic beauty. 

Anusuya Devi Temple is located on the trek to Rudranath involving an additional trek of 3km. 

KALPESHWAR: The hardier tourist may like to trek about 35km to Kalpeshwar, where the locks (hair) with head, of Lord Shiva are worshipped. Located in Urgam Valley at an altitude of 2,134mt above sea – level, the temple is a further 10km trek from Rudranath to He long, the motor head on Haridwar – Badrinath route. 

CHANDRASHILA: The Chandrashila peak provides a rare panoramic view of innumerable snow – clad peaks. The trek from Tungnath passes through forests of rhododendron and alpine meadows. 

DEORIA TAL: At an altitude of 2,440mt, the beautiful lake of deoria Tal is located on the Chopta – Ukhimath motor road about 03km away from sari. Another trek is from Ukhimath. 

In the early morning, the snow-capped peaks, including Chaukhamba and Kedarnath are clearly reflected on the lake waters. This lake also provides excellent venue fro angling, as well as bird watching.

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