According to the history, the Pandavas were guilty of killing their cousins & relatives, in battle of Mahabharata. In order to get rid of their sins, they went in search of Lord Shiva to seek his blessings. But Lord Shiva was deeply annoyed with Pandavas & took refuge in form of bull at Kedarnath. When Pandavas came to know about his location, they approached him but Lord Shiva disappeared into ground. Later his body parts reappeared at different locations which are popularly known as Panch kedar. His Hump appeared in Kedarnath, Arms surfaced at Tungnath, face at Rudranath & hairs at Kapleshwar.
The Kedarnath Temple is located at an altitude of 3583 m & situated at shores of Mandakini with soaring snow clad mountain peaks and wooded forests at its background. The temple is built of massive & evenly grey stones with large statue of the Nandi Bull situated outside the temple. The Motorable road continues till Gaurikund beyond 16 Kms trek need to be tackled 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. Kedarnath is one of twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.
The flood of 2013 had ruined entire Kedarnath town except the Kedarnath temple & brought massive destruction & occurred huge human casualties. Nehru Institute of Uttarakhand had done fast restoration of the shrine & the temple was revamped a year after for devotees.
WMadhmaheshwar temple is located at an altitude of 3,289 m above sea level & 24 Kms beyond Guptkashi. The total distance till Ransi village is covered by road followed by 16 Kms trek to reach Madhmaheshwar Temple. The entire trek including the location of temple is very picturesque which unleash from lush green forests, undulating alpine meadows & spellbinding view of snow capped majestic peaks of Chaukhamba, Neel Kanth. At Madhmaheshwar temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped in belly form. It is only the temple among the five temple (Panch kedar) of Lord Shiva which remain opens throughout the year.
Tungnath is highest Lord Shiva Shrine in the world, located at altitude of 3,680 m in Rudraparag district. The temple is third in pecking order of Panch kedar & is considered 1000 years old temple. The temple is situated at 02 kms from Chandrashila peak & can be reached by easy trek of 04 Kms from Chopta. The Pooja at the temple is performed by local Brahmin from Makkumath village (Near Ukhimath). During winters when Kedarnath Dham remain closed then the idol of Lord Shiva is shifted to Makkumath village.
Rudranath temple is built by natural rock. Lord Shiva is worshipped here in form of Nilkanth Mahadeva; where there is no enshrined statue, instead self erupted face like image has been formed in the huge rock. The temple is located at altitude of at 3,600 mts above the sea level & can be reached by strenuous but enthralling trek of 22 kms from Sagar village which is 06 Kms from Gopeshwar. The other trek can be done from Mandal which is 12 km from Gopeshwar. It has one of toughest trek as compared to other shrines of Panch Kedar
Kalpeshwar is small rock temple where the matted tress (jata) of Lord Shiva is worshipped. Kapleshwar is situated at an elevation of 2,200 m near Urgam village which is 2 Kms beyond Kapleshwar Temple. The temple is accessible by 11 Kms trek from Helang village & this village is located at motor able distance of 14 Kms from Joshimath.
Day 01: Arrive Haridwar
On arrival check-in at hotel. At evening proceed to witness Ganges Aarti at “Har-Ki-Pauri. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Haridwar – Rudraprayag (165 km/6 hrs approx)
After breakfast drive to Rudraprayag via Devprayag & Srinagar. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Evening visit Koteshwar Mahadev Temple. Overnight stay at hotel, Rudraprayag.
Day 03: Rudraprayag – Kedarnath (74 km/3 hrs drive & 18 km trek approx)
After breakfast drive to Gaurikund, the base for trek to Kedarnath shrine on foot or hire the pony on direct payment basis. On arrival check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04: Kedarnath – Gaurikund (Trek – 18 Kms /08-09 hrs approx) & Gaurikund - Guptakashi (Drive 45 Kms/01 hr & 30 mins approx)
After breakfast proceed for Divine Darshan of holy temple of Kedarnath. Post Darshan, trek back to Gaurikund followed by drive to Guptkashi. Reach Guptkashi and check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05: Guptkashi – Gaundhar (17 kms trek/8 hrs approx)
Post breakfast commence uphill trek to Gaundhar. Overnight stay at Tent/Camp.
Day 06: Gaundhar – Madhmaheshwar (17 kms trek/8 hrs approx)
After breakfast start trek to Madhmaheshwar. On arrival at Madhmaheshwar check-in at Tent/Camp. Later visit Madhmaheshwar Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07: Madhmaheswar – Gaundhar (17 kms trek/5 hrs approx)
After breakfast trek back to Gaundhar. Overnight stay at the Camp.
Day 08: Gaundhar - Jagasu (Trek - 12 Kms/05 hrs approx)
After breakfast start 12 kms trek to Jagasu followed by a short drive to Ukhimath. On arrival check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at Camp/tent.
Day 09: Ukhimath – Tungnath (Drive - 50 km/02 hr) Tungnath – Chopta( 04 km trek)
After breakfast drive to Chopta, the base for trek to Tungnath. After Darshan of Tungnath trek back to Chopta. Overnight stay at hotel/Camp.
Day 10: Chopta – Panargupha (Drive 35 km/1 hr & 10 km trek)
After breakfast drive to Sagar. On arrival commence trek to Panargupha. On arrival check-in at Camp. Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 11: Panargupha – Rudranath (Trek - 12 kms approx)
Post breakfast start trek to Rudranath. On arrival check-in at Camps for overnight stay.
Day 12: Rudranath – Dumuk (Trek -18 kms approx)
Morning commence the trek to Dumuk. Overnight in the Camps.
Day 13: Dumuk – Kalpeshwar Mahadev (Trek - 16 kms approx)
After breakfast start trek to Kalpeshwar Mahadev. On arrival check-in at Camps. Overnight in the Camps.
Day 14: Kalpeshwar Mahadev – Joshimath (Trek - 09 kms approx & drive – 13 Kms approx)
After early breakfast start trek to Helang followed by drive to Joshimath. On arrival check in at the hotel. Optional – Visit to Auli- ‘Winter Skiing Resort’. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 15: Joshimath– Rishikesh (Drive - 260 km/09 hrs approx)
After early breakfast drive to Rishikesh. On arrival check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 16: Rishikesh – Departure.
After breakfast depart for your onward destination.