Nestled in the lap of Himalayas, Kedarnath is a picturesque town famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Perched at an altitude of around 3,583 metre above sea level, Kedarnath is located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Flanked by snow clad peaks on all sides, Kedarnath offers a unique travelling experience for those who intend to explore it!
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Kedarnath is named in the honour of king Kedar, who ruled in Satya Yuga. With the majestic backdrop of the lower Himalayas, Kedarnath is bestowed with some of the wonderful vistas of nature. Let's take a tour through this land of Lord Shiva to know more about the places to visit in Kedarnath.
Places to visit in Kedarnath :
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Kedarnath Temple is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindu community. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kedarnath Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva! Being the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas, it is also one amongst the four major sites in 'Chota Char Dham' pilgrimage of the Northern Himalayas.
It is not just temples and shrines that Kedarnath is famed for! The scenic locale of Kedarnath proffers an unruffled ambiance with it's snowy peaks, alpine forests and colourful rhodendrons. The scenic lake of Vasuki Tal vouches for an exhilarating trek through the enchanting landscape!
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Gauri Kund, Shankaracharya Samadhi, Bhairav Nath temple and Madmaheshwar temple are some of the other places to visit in Kedarnath.
Things to do at Kedarnath :
Kedarnath is a revered town amongst the Hindu community and forms a part of all the major pilgrimage of Hindus. The surreal landscape also vouches for an enthralling trekking experience through the magnanimity of Himalayas!
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Best time to visit Kedarnath : Best time to visit Kedarnath is from May - October as it is closed from November - April.
How to reach Kedarnath : The nearest airport is at Dehradun which is 239 km away and the nearest railhead in Rishikesh is 221 km away. Kedarnath temple is not directly accessible by road and has to be reached by a 14 kilometres uphill trek from Gaurikund.
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Did you know?! Kedarnath was the worst affected area during the 2013 flash floods in North India. The temple complex, surrounding areas and Kedarnath town suffered extensive damage, but the temple structure did not suffer any major damage. A large rock among the debris acted as a barrier, protecting the temple from the flood!