Kedarnath is ancient and magnificent temple is located in the Rudra Himalaya range, is over a thousand years old, built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. Ascending through the large gray steps leading to the holy sanctums we find inscriptions in Pali on the steps. 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. According to legends, the Pandavas sought the blessings of lord Shiva to atone their sin after the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Shiva eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed, he dived into ground leaving behind his hump on the surface. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard.. It is at this time, that the doors of the temple are thrown open to pilgrims, who flock from all parts of India, for a holy pilgrimage.
Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the devout Hindu. It is set amidst the stunning mountainscape of the Garhwal Himalayas at the head of the Mandakini River. Kedar is another name of lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. The shrine of Kedarnath is very scenically placed, and is surrounded by lofty, snow – covered mountains, and during summer grassy meadows covering the valleys. Immediately behind the temple, is the high Keadardome peak, which can be sighted from great distances. The sight of the temple and the peak with its perpetual snows is simply enthralling.
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Hindi, Garwali
Best Season: May to Jun– Sep toOct
Weather: Summer 7°Cto 17°C,
Winter: -14 to 8°C
Altitude: 3553 m
STD code: 01372
It is base to the Kedarnath trek. The village has hot water springs and a temple dedicated to Goddess Gauri.
Sonprayag is a place of religious significance located in-route to Kedarnath Dham. It is situated at an elevation of 1829 mtrs above sea level and offers a scintillating view of snow covered mountains and lush green Sonprayag valley.
Triyuginarayan is a well-known Hindu pilgrimage located in the Rudraprayag district.This picturesque village is perched at an elevation of 1,980 and offers panoramic views of snow covered mountains of the beauteous Garhwal region. The architecture of this temple resembles to that of Badrinath shrine.
Vasuki Tal :
Vasuki tal is a glacial lake situated at an impressive altitude of 14,200 feet above sea level in Kedarnath Dham. It can be reached by a 7km moderate trek from Kedarnath. The lake is located at an altitude of 4,150 mts above sea level surrounded by Himalayan peaks.
Chorbari Bamak Glacier
Chorbari Bamak Glacier is situtated in district Rudraprayag. The glacier is 6 km long and originates from the southern slope of Kedar-dome, Bhartekhunta and Kirti Stambh and this hill range is the water divide which separates the Gangotri group of glaciers and the Chorbari glacier. Several hanging glaciers and avalanche chutes feed the glacier. The lower part of the glacier is covered by thick debris and bounded by huge deposits of lateral moraines. The glacier starts from its accumulation zone (600 m) and terminates at an elevation of 3800 m, from where a snow - melt stream originates, called Mandakini and merges into the Alaknanda at Rudraprayag.The glacier is approachable by road up to Gaurikund via Rudraprayag, Guptkashi and Son Prayag. From Gaurikund, a trek runs over the hilly slopes up to Kedarnath temple. From Kedarnath temple, there is a 3 km footpath to the glacier snout. Between the rock face and right lateral moraine of the glacier, there is a lake formed by glacier melted water called Gandhi-Sarovar.
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. Gaurikund is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Gaurikund.
The nearest railway station to Kedarnath is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 216kms before Kedarnath on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Gaurikund is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh to Gaurikund.
Gaurikund is the point where road to Kedarnath ends and an easy trek of 14km commence. Gaurikund is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand and northern states of India. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Gaurikund are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Gaurikund lies on National Highway 109 which connects Rudraprayag with Kedarnath.
Freezing Cold with Snowfall
|The weather is extremely cold and tourism is not possible as the way to reach the pilgrim city is completely blocked by snow.|
|The climate is very cold and not suitable for travel. The temperature can go much below freezing points and roads are still closed as heavey snowfall continues.|
|The climate is very cold and must be avoided.Heavy snowfall continues can the roads to reach the region is completely covered in snow.|
|Snowfall still dominates the land making it difficult for touring. The region remains blanketed with snow.|
|May marks the beginning of the tourist season for Kedarnath. Sun shines through making the climate comparatively warm. However, heavy woolens are required and extra care is required for travelling with kids and old people. The famous Kedarnath temples also opens from this month for the darshan. There is no snowfall, but snowwill be found on the ground. It will be very crowded.|
|The weathers starts to get warmer making it apt for pilgrimage as well as holiday.Snow begins to melt down and natural greens starts to blossom. An ideal month of taking up the Kedarnath Yatra.|
|One of the best times as the days are cold and nights are chilly, ideal for sightseeing as well as adventure. The month is prone of heavy rainfall which can cause landslides and disrupt your journey. Snow can be enjoyed on slightly higher altitudes.|
|The area receives occasional rainfall, making August a popular month for visiting Kedarnath. August can be categorized as one of the warmest months in the year but the rains can cause landslides making it impossible to travel.|
|The temperature starts to dip again but is still in the bearable range, making September a popular months to visit Kedarnath. There may be occasional rainfall but will not cause much disruption. Pilgrimage yatra resumes from the mid of this month. Go to high altitudes for enjoying snow.|
|Winters start to take its toll again. Snowfall will start from the end of this month. This is the last month of the year for tourism as well as pilgrimage. In case the tourist group includes children or aged people, extreme cautions needs to be adhered.|
|Snow carpets the entire region, making it very difficult for travel. Extremely cold waves engulf the region and roads are normally closed.|
Freezing Cold with Snowfall
|The routes to Kedarnath are closed due to very heavy snowfall, barring all the tourist activities|