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:

  • Gandhi Sarovar: Gandhi Sarovar is small lake located at the distance of 03 Kms from Kedarnath near to Chorabari Bamak glacier. 
  • Shankaracharaya Samadhi: It is believed that here Adiguru Shankracharya took Samadhi.
  • Bhairavnath Temple: Bhairon Mandir is located 1 kms from the Kedarnath Temple. It is believed that the deity in form of bhairavnath protect the kedarnath temple & entire valley.
  • Gaurikund: Base for a trek to Kedarnath. The village has hot springs & a temple dedicated to Gauri.
  • Vasuki Tal : It is high glacial charming lake with iconic environs & majestic view of Chaukhamba peaks.  This place has religious importance also, it is believed that Lord Vishnu took bath at this lake 
  • Sonprayag: At Sonprayag union of two rivers Basuki & Mankadini takes place. This place is believed to be offer salvation to those who takes bath in it.    

How to reach to Kedarnath:
Nearest railway station to Kedarnath is Rishikesh located at distance of 215 Kms approx.
Jolly Grant airport is closest airport which is 240 Kms approx.
Gaurikund is end point of motor able road & from Gaurikund onwards there is easy trek of 14 Kms to 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. 

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