Kedarnath Temple is one of the eminent pilgrimage destinations of India. The holy shrine, situated on the Himalayas, is the place where thousands of pilgrims renew their faith every year. Kedarnath Temple is located at a height of 3583 m and even though the route to Kedarnath Temple is very tough indeed, the religious faith is what keeps the pilgrims going, overcoming all hindrances and obstacles, to reach their desired destination. The hilly path and the deep gorges make the journey full of thrill and adventure.
The temple is the house for the Shiva 'lingam' and devotees visit the place to receive blessing from Lord Shiva. This temple carries a legendary story. The Pandavas, after the battle of Kurushetra wanted to meet lord Shiva, but their patience was examined by the lord. The Pandavas where asked to visit Kedar to meet lord Shiva.
Devotees visit the place as it is believed lord Shiva is one of the creators of the earth. The Shiva lingam is the mainly worshipped here for the well-being of mankind.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant and tourists can avail of the rail route and the nearby rail heads are Haridwar, Rishikesh and Deheradun. Apart from this, tourists can avail local buses, taxis, and jeeps to Gourikund. After reaching Gourikund, tourists have to trek 14 kms and this trekking experience will always be a memorable experience for the tourists.
The temple opens its gates three days before the day of opening of the Badrinath temple, during the last week of April and the temple remains open till winter commences and snow comes into the picture. During winter months the roads get blocked and so the temple closes down during this time.
Local hotels and guest houses are widely found and provide the opportunity for the tourists to enjoy the holy shrine and its pious ambience.