Situated on the bank of river Mandakini at an elevation of 1982 meters, Gaurikund is a hauntingly beautiful place. Five kilometers from Sonprayag , Gaurikund is considered to be the gateway to Kedarnath. The quaint mountainous region houses the ancient temple of Gauri mata- dedicated to Goddess Gauri or Parvati.
En route the Tour to Gaurikund, there are two tanks- one consisting of hot water with sulphur traces, and the other a cold spring, which changes color in keeping with the changing time of the day.
A few kilometers away from the hot spring, we can see the ancient temple of beheaded Ganesha. The temple of Kedarnath is clearly visible from Gaurikund on a clear day.
From Gaurikund to Kedarnath, the uphill trek is the steepest. However pilgrims throng to Gaurikund and Kedarnath, just to get a glimpse of these natural wonders where the effects of the industrial revolution have failed to penetrate.
Tour to Gaurikund is fascinating for a number of reasons. For professional trekkers, it acts as a good base to further their climb. Pilgrims prepare themselves for the holy darshan of the Shiva lingum in Kedarnath. In Gaurikund one can put up at the small cottages and tourist lodges. Kalikamli Dharamsala, Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Hotel Devlok, Hotel Shivlok, are some of the lodges where one can put up at Gaurikund.
The Coolie agencies working to and fro from Kedarnath and Gaurikund are a reckoning factor. They work round the clock and the entire pilgrimage depends on them. The weary yatris plodding up towards Kedarnath like a caravan traveling uphill, is a spectacular site. The journey is sometimes punctuated with tea breaks and sometimes by the dumb struck travelers awed at the haunting beauty of the surrounding passes and peaks.