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  Kedarnath

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 Visit >>

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 waters.
Gaurikund
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.
Sonprayag
20 km. The confluence of the Son Ganga and Mandakini rivers, where there is a diversion for Triyuginarayan.
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.
Guptkashi
49 km. Famous for the temples of Ardhnarishwar and Vishwanathji.
Chopta
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.


Accessibility :
By Air :

Jolly Grant airport near Dehradun (25 km east of city) is the nearest airport.It is 273 km away from Joshimath. In fact this airport is closer to Rishikesh (approx. 16 km) and takes roughly 20-30 minutes to reach Rishikesh. From there you need to book a taxi or take a bus to reach Joshimath. Kingfisher Airlines connects Dehradun airport with New Delhi through its Kingfisher Red service leaving New Delhi airport at 11:35 and 03:20 pm and reaching Dehradun at 12:30 pm and 04:20 pm respectively.

By Rail
The nearest railway station to Joshimath is Rishikesh, which is 253 km away. However, Haridwar railway station, 25 km from Rishikesh is better connected with New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Amritsar and Howrah. There is a passenger train that leaves Delhi station at 05:35 pm and reaches Rishikesh next morning at 04:30 am. There is another express train connecting Jammu Tawi to Rishikesh (4610 Hemkunt Express) leaving Jammu Tawi at 06:45 pm and reaching Rishikesh next morning at 08:00 am.

By Road :
Joshimath is well connected to the towns of Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar. Taxis and buses are easily available to and from these locations. Generally buses leave early morning from Haridwar and Rishikesh for Badrinath and Joshimath comes en route. They leave from "Yatra Bus stand" in Haridwar in the morning starting at 04:30 am. The last bus from Haridwar leaves by around 07:00 am. Normally it would take around 9 10 hours to cover journey from Rishikesh to Badrinath. Fare would be approximately Rs. 350 one way. Another option is to take shared taxis from Tehri bus stand in Rishikesh. From New Delhi it is approximately 486 km to Joshimath and you need to just follow NH -58 crossing Modinagar, Roorkee, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Srinagar and Rudraprayag en route.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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