Kedarnath

Kedarnath at a glance:

Coordinates: 30.7346° N, 79.0669° E

State: Uttarakhand

Kedarnath is a town in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and has gained importance because of Kedarnath Temple. It is a nagar panchayat in Rudraprayag district.

How to reach Kedarnath:

By Air :

The closest airport to Gaurikund is the Jolly Grant Airport, from where you can take a taxi to Gaurikund. 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 14 km. However, an alternative is to skip the trek and make use of the helicopter services available at Dehradun.

By Rail :

The nearest railway station is Rishikesh. It is easy to commute from the railway station to Gaurikund through taxis or buses.

By Road :

Taxi and buses are easily available to reach Kedarnath.

Places to visit in Kedarnath:

Agastyamuni:

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Dedicated to Saint Agastya, the temple commemorates his one-year Tapas (meditation) here. This ancient temple stands as an example of grand architecture and interiors with wall art adorning its walls.

Also visit for the extra time that you might have here, head to the various other attractions in the region such as the Bhairav Nath Temple, Chorabari (Gandhi Sarovar), Deoria Tal, Gaurikund, Guptkashi, Triyuginarayan and Ukshimath.

Chandrashila:

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Located atop 3679 meters. Chandrashila offers an excellent trekking range and skiing tracks throughout the year except in December and January. A Shiva temple adorns the peak of this mountain.

Kedarnath Temple:

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Believed to be re-built by Adi Shankaracharya after being built by the Pandavas, it is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is believed that after the war of Kurukshetra, the Pandavas sought redemption from Lord Shiva here who hid in a bull-form.

Shankaracharya Samadhi:

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It is believed that Sri Sankaracharya who propounded the Adwaita Philosophy established this holy shrine and one of his four Mathas in the 8th century and attained Nirvana at age 32 here.

Sonprayag:

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Atop 1829 meters. Sonprayag is a tiny hamlet on the confluence banks of rivers Mandakini and Basuki. Devotees take a dip in the holy waters with the faith to attain nirvana.

Vasuki Tal:

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A lake at an altitude of 4135 meters, Vasuki Tal offers a view of the neighbouring Chaukhamba peaks. Trekkers would find this an ideal range o climb up. The Chaturanga and Vasuki glaciers can be found en-route to the lake.

What to eat in Kedarnath:

Local Food and CuisineOptions for eating out can get very limited at Kedarnath. Don’t expect huge, well laid out restaurants. One might find several dhabas and eateries dotting the area, though. It might be a good idea to carry some packed food and drinks. Also, only vegetarian food is available and alcoholic beverages prohibited in Kedarnath.

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