Kedar Tal is an impeccable, crystal-clear lake placed at the foothills of the Himalayan peaks of Brigupanth, Thalay Sagar, Jogin 1 and Jogin 2 and is blessed with a picturesque background and a genuinely enchanting view that will leave anybody in awe.
Situated at a breathtaking height of 4,912 metres above sea level, Kedar Tal is one of the highest lakes by altitude in the Uttarakhand region. This beautiful lake is a source of the Kedar Ganga that is the tributary of the Bhagirathi river.
You get to experience remarkable beauty when you trek along the awe-inspiring 17-kilometre-long trek to Kedar Tal from Gangotri, moving along the Kedar Ganga, sliding zones and the rugged rock terrains of the region.
Best Time To Visit Kedar Tal
The weather in Kedar Tal is moderate and pleasant during the summer season. The peak season to travel to Kedar Tal is, hence, the summer season of May and June. The post-monsoon season of September to mid-October is a good time to visit too.
How To Reach Kedar Tal
Kedar Tal is easily accessible from major cities in India via rail, road and air. The nearest railway station is the Haridwar railway station, 325 kilometres from Gangotri. Dehradun is the nearest airport from Gangotri. Taxis and regular bus services are available from the railway station and the airport.
The Significance Of Kedar Tal
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The stunning 17 km trek to Kedar Tal starts from Gangotri and gives you a rare opportunity to browse through lush green valleys, cascading river streams and waterfalls and snow-clad mountain peaks of the Himalayas on the course of your journey. It does take 2-3 days for tourists and visitors to acclimatise themselves to the climate and the cold season.
The famous trek commences from Gangotri that is the source of the holy river Ganga. It is one of the most picturesque, high-altitude lakes in the Uttarakhand region. Fed by the Kedar glacier from the surrounding Himalayan peaks, it serves as a source for the Kedar Ganga river that is a tributary of Bhagirathi. The devotees consider this sacred place as Lord Shiva's contribution to Bhagirathi.
Blessed with an abundance of fauna like the ghoral, fox, bharal and the Himalayan black bear, Kedar Tal offers a unique experience like never before. The nearby quaint town features busy markets, ancient temples that perform aarti each night, peaceful ashrams and beautiful caves. Enjoy the calm and tranquil atmosphere of the enchanting surroundings walking across the pine forests. A day in Kedar Tal would redefine your body, mind and soul.
Other Top Attractions In Gangotri
Gangotri comes with a host of several tourist attractions that have gained prominence amongst tourists and visitors in the last two decades or so. Some of the most visited tourist attractions in Gangotri are Ganges Glacier, Dodi Tal, Gangotri Temple, Harsil, Auden's Col, Dayara Bugyal, Dharall, Kedartal Patangini Pass Trek, Gomukh Tapovan Trek, Tapovan, etc. Kedar Tal is one rewarding destination that you will never regret visiting.