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Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, India

Famous for

  • Pilgrimage
  • Temples

Weather

Winter 0 to 24°C

Distance / Traveling Time

From Delhi: 458 kilometers / 7 h

Best Time To Visit

  • Jan
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Overview

Situated at a height of 3584 meters in the lap of towering Himalayan peaks; Kedarnath is one of the holiest pilgrim centers in North India and a part of Char Dham pilgrimage in Uttarakhand. The place is famous for the ancient Hindu temple

dedicated to Lord Shiva. This beautiful place has a close association with the mighty Pandavas and put forth a legend. Legend has it that in order to hide from Pandavas; Lord Shiva disguised himself as a bull here at Kedarnath. When noticed by the Pandavas, the lord plunged his head into the earth leaving the hump on the surface. The place is not only famed for temples and shrines. The undulating landscapes of this snowy region offer delightful time for adventure activities. 

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How to Reach Kedarnath

By Train

The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh. It is 189 kilometers away from Kedarnath. Thereafter, one has to travel 207 kilometer via road and 14 kilometer on foot to reach Kedarnath.

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest airport to Kedarnath. It is around 239 kilometers away from Kedarnath. Jollygrant Airport is well-connected to Delhi Airport. You’ll have to taxi cabs from Dehradun airport to Kedarnath.

By Road

There is no direct bus service between Delhi and Kedarnath. If you are coming from Delhi, take a bus to Rishikesh and get down. From here, bus services are available between Rishikesh and Gauri Kund. You can travel to Kedarnath by foot from Gaurikund.



Attractions in Kedarnath

Chandrashila

Situated at a height of 3679 meters, in the Rudraprayag district, Chandrashila is a suitable place for trekking and adventure activities except in December and January. A trek to Chandrashila will unfold majestic views of the snow clad mountain peaks. On the pinnacle of the peak, there is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is also a worthy visit.

Chopta

 Perched at an altitude of 2900 meters, Chopta is a part of the protected area of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a natural turf for many of the rare species in the animal kingdom. The picturesque surroundings of Chopta make it a hot spot for adventurous people as it offers ample opportunities for trekking.  

Sonprayag

Located at a height of 1829 meters, Sonprayag is a tiny village situated at the meeting point of two majestic rivers- Mandakini and Basuki. Encompassed by snow-capped mountain peaks, Sonprayag offers an unperturbed calmness. Besides picturesque appeal, this tourist place is a highly revered religious place.

Vasuki Tal

Famed for its innumerable shrines, Vasuki Tal is one of the holiest places in India. Each nook and corner of this place is dotted with Hindu temples. Besides these holy shrines, Kedarnath offers a picturesque ambience that grabs attention of lots of tourists. It is one of the beautiful sites in Kedarnath, famed for its scintillating waters. Also, Vasuki Tal is a much sought after place for trekking enthusiasts.

Agastyamuni

Named after the famous sage ‘Agastya’, Agastyamuni temple is a holy shrine located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Legend has it that sage Agastyamuni had mediated here for almost a year. During Baisakhi celebrations, this place is visited by thousands of devotees every year. The old temple represents excellent architecture and has walls carved with the images of numerous gods and goddess of the Hindu mythology.

Kedarnath Temple

Built by Adi Guru Sankracharya, Kedarnath Temple, located in the Garhwal region of Himalayas, has great religious importance. It is one of the most unique temples that require a tedious trek to have Darshan of the deity. The temple has its place in the list of twelve Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva.