The Kedarnath is located in Rudraprayag district, at an altitude of 3583 m & situated at shores of river Mandakini with soaring snow-clad mountain peaks and wooded forests at its backdrop. Kedarnath temple is one among the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The temple is built of massive & evenly grey stones with large statue of the Nandi Bull situated outside the temple. The motor able road continues till Gaurikund beyond it 16 Kms trek has to be done to reach Kedarnath. During winter due to heavy snowfall, the Temple remains closed and shifted for six months (from Nov till Apr) to Ukhimath, 20 Kms away from Guptkashi.
The flood of 2013 had ruined entire Kedarnath town except the Kedarnath temple & brought massive destruction to the place along with huge human casualties. Nehru Institute of Uttarakhand had done fast restoration of the shrine & the temple was revamped a year after for devotees.
Places to visit in Kedarnath:
Kedarnath distance by Surface:
Delhi – Kedarnath– 460 Kms (approx)
Bareilly - Kedarnath - 490 Kms (approx)
Lucknow - Kedarnath – 700 Kms (approx)
Chandigarh - Kedarnath – 390 Kms (approx)
Shimla – Kedarnath – 495 Kms (approx)
Best time to visit Kedarnath:
Apr – Jun & Sep - Oct
Summer & post monsoon is best time to visit Kedarnath.