Kedarnath is the holiest pilgrim centers located in Uttarakhand in India. It is one of the Char Dhams located in the Himalayas at a height of 3584m above sea level near the head of Mandakini River. It is a very popular destination for all Hindu pilgrims of all over the world. The Kedarnath temple lies amidst the majestic snow-capped Himalayan ranges and is thronged by thousands of tourists each year. The present temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya. The inner walls of the temple sanctum are adorned with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. The origin of the revered temple can be found in the great epic – Mahabharata.
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.
How to reach Kedarnath
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Kedarnath situated at a distance of 238kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights.
By Rail: Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to Kedarnath, situated 221 kms away from Kedarnath. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India.
By Road: Gaurikund is the point where road to Kedarnath ends and an easy trek of 14km commence. Gaurikund is well connected by road with Rishikesh, Kotdwar, Dehradun, Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon hills.
Kedarnath weather – Best time to visit Kedarnath
Kedarnath has a cold climate for most part of the year and the best month for travel is May and June and from September and October.
- Winter (November to April) is categorized by chilly days with average minimum temperature dipping below the freezing point.Snowfall is very common during the winter months.
- Summer (May to June) are very pleasant with moderate climate, with average around 17°C. Summers is ideal for all sight seeing, temple visit and also for visiting nearby attractions.
- Monsoon (July to August) are accompanied with occasional rains and also temperature drops down to 12°C. Landslides are common so tourists should avoid holidaying in this season.
Tourist Attractions in Kedarnath
Kedarnath temple is the main temple of Kedarnath. This temple believed to be constructed by Sankaracharya, Kedarnath temple at the Garhwal region of Himalayas gains great religious significance. The inner walls of the temple sanctum are adorned with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology.
It is a beautiful lake situated 3kms ahead of Kedarnath in the mouth of Chorabari Bamak Glacier. The popular belief is that it was from here Yudhishthira endeavors his heavenly voyage. Chorabari Tal is a pristine lake which shows the reflections of the gigantic Himalayan peaks.
According to a legend, it is believed that Parvati meditated at this destination for a long time so as to win Lord Shiva as her husband. There is also a hot water spring located at Gaurikund by the same name. It is believed that a dip in this pond makes a person pure. Additionally, after a dip, a holy darshan in the shrine would fulfil all their desires
This lake is located at an altitude of 4,150mts above sea level surrounded by Himalayan peaks casting their shadows on the crystal clear water of Vasuki Tal.
Situated just behind the Kedarnath temple is the samadhi of Adi Guru Shankaracarya. He took samadhi at an age of 32 years after establishing the four pilgrimages or the Char Dhams.