Ukhimath is a pilgrimage site in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state of India. It is situated at an elevation of 1311 metres above sea level. Ukhimath is surrounded with coniferous and oak forests, and also offers a fantastic view of the snowy mountain peaks of Nanda Devi, Mana Parbat, Beethartoli, Neelkanth, Chowkhamba and Komet.
When the Kedarnath temple remains closed during the winter, the idols from Kedarnath temple, and Madhyamaheshwar are brought to Ukhimath and worshipped at the Omkareshwar Temple for six months.
According to legends, Ukhimath derives its name from Banasur’s daughter Usha. Ukhimath was the land where the wedding of Usha and Anirudh, grandson of Lord Krishna was solemnized. By name of Usha this place was named as Ushamath, now known as Ukhimath.
Ukhimath has many other ancient temples dedicated to several Gods and Goddesses such as Usha, Shiva, Aniruddha, Parvati and Mandhata.
Best time to visit Ukhimath
The best time to visit Ukhimath is throughout the year.
How to reach Ukhimath
Ukhimath by Air
The nearest domestic airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, about 200 km from Ukhimath.
Ukhimath by Train
The nearest railway station is Rishikesh at a distance of 180 km. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh to Ukhimath.
Ukhimath by Road
Ukhimath is well connected by roads with major towns of Uttarakhand. Regular buses are available from Rishikesh and Kotdwar to Ukhimath.