After breakfast drive to Sonprayag via Devprayag & Rudraprayag. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel.
Start early in morning to reach Gaurikund on time. On arrival start ardous walk on well paved trail to Kedarnath, entire route is steep with level walk at few stretches. Overnight stay at Kedarnath.
After blissful Darshan of Kedarnath Temple return back to Gaurikund and proceed drive to Ransi. Ransi is starting point of Madhyamaheshwar Trek. Night halt at Ransi Village.
It will easy walk on descending trail with level walk alongside of river with stretch of moderate ascent. Night stay at Bantoli
Today trek will start with moderate ascent which get tougher as you ascend to Khatra, Nanu, Moukheem & Koon. Night stay at Madhyamaheshwar.
Start trek back to Ransi, on arrival start drive to Chopta for overnight halt.
The trail to Tungnath temple is moderate with steep climb in some stretches however scenic view of surrounding keep rejuvenate the climbers. After darshan of Tungnath temple trek back to Chopta for overnight stay.
You will be driven to Sagar Village. Commence the uphill trek to Panar Bugyal which passes through Pung Bugyal, Mauli Karak, Luiti Bugyal. Night stay at Panar.
Start the hike on gradient path with level walk & down hill descent after Pitradhar. After darshan return back to Panarbugyal for night halt.
After breakfast start trek down to Sagar and on arrival proceed drive to Urgam Via Helang. Night halt at Urgam.
It is an easy trek of 2 kms from Urgam village of Helang. Post darshan return back to Urgam & start drive to Rudraprayag for overnight stay
After breakfast drive to Haridwar to connect for onward destination.
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Here is the list of Panch Kedar opening & closing dates 2023 (Tentative)*-
Panch Kedar Opening Dates 2023
|Panch Kedar Closing Dates 2023
|Kedarnath Dham||25 April 2023
||14 Nov 2023*
|Kalpeshwar temple||Open throughout the Year||Open throughout the Year|
|Madhy-Maheswar Temple||22 May 2023||22 Nov 2023*|
|Rudranath||9 May 2023*||17 Oct 2023*|
|Tungnath Temple||26 April 2023||5 Nov 2023*|
Panch means five & Kedar means Shiva. Panch Kedar is a very important circuit for Shaiva followers. This circuit contains five spiritual Shiva Dham which are - Kedarnath, Kalpeshwar, Madhmaeshwar, Rudranath & Tungnath.
According to legends - After the great Mahabharat battle Pandavas felt guilty for the massacre, and to get free from the sins they needed Shiva blessings. But Shiva was not willing to give redemption for their bad work. And to hide from the Pandavas, Shiva transformed himself into a Bull and dive to the ground. But Bhima recognized the bull as none other than Shiva then he caught the bull with his tail and hind legs. The bull vanishes into the ground and reappears at five different places- Hump in the Kedarnath, two forelegs in the Tungnath, Nevil & stomach in the Madhy-Maheshwar, face at Rudranath and hair-lock in Kalpeshwar. Together these five places are called Panch Kedar.
In Uttarakhand, there are a total of five Kedar which is known as Panch Kedar. Panch Kedar contains five Shiva Temples which are at the remote locations of Uttarakhand. These five temples are Kedarnath, Kalpeshwar, Madhmaeshwar, Rudranath & Tungnath
Like others' spiritual circuits Panch Kedar also follows a fixed sequence that starts from Kedarnath, then Madhmaheswar, then Tungnath, Rudranath, and last Kalpnath/Kalpeshwar.
No, Kedarnath & Tungnath are two different Shiva temples which are the parts of Panch Kedar. Kedarnath is the place where Shiva is worshiped in the form of a bull whereas Tungnath is the place where the devotees worship the fore-legs of Shiva.
No. Tungnath Temple is based in the high snowfall region which makes the temple inaccessible for the devotees. That’s why Tungnath temple opens only for 6 months and closes in winters for the next six months.
Kedarnath Dham is a more than the 1000 year old temple based on the bank of Mandakini river which was recreated by Adi Shankaracharya in 8 AD.
Tungnath Temple is the world's highest-altitude Shiva Temple. It is located near Chopta in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, at an elevation of 3,680 meters (approx 13000 ft.) above sea level and is considered to be more than 1,000 years old.
To reach Tungnath Temple, you have to first come to Haridwar/Rishikesh from there you can take any taxi or shared vehicle till Ukhimath or Chopta. Chopta is the place from where the trek starts. The trek is 3.5 km long which goes through beautiful landscapes. The trek is not very difficult but it needs physical fitness.
May to October is the best time to do Panch Kedar Yatra. This is the time when the weather remains pleasant which would be good for trekking, but it is advised to avoid yatra during monsoon season.
he trekking distance for Panch Kedar's Temples is given as follows -
1. Kedarnath Temple has a 16 km trek, which starts from the Gaurikund.
2. Tungnath Temple’s Trek is just 3.5 km long, which starts from Chopta.
3. To reach Rudranath there are three different routes but the approx trek distance is more than 20 km.
4. Madhy-Maheswar Temple trek is approx 14-16 km long, which starts from the Ransi Village.
5. To reach Kalpeshwar the road is motorable till Helang Urgam road. From there you have to trek less than a km to reach Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple.
Rudranath Temple’s trek is the toughest in all five Panch Kedar.
In winter, when the temple is inaccessible due to snowfall and rainfall at that time the idols of these temples are brought down to their winter’s seats. In winters the symbolic idol of Kedarnath Temple is brought to Omkareshwar Temple at Ukhimath, idol of Tungnath brought to Mokhumath, the symbolic idol of Rudranath moved to Gopeshwar, Madhy-Maheswar idol brought to the Ukhimath. Only the Kalpeshwar Temple is open throughout the year.
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