Kedarnath Temple which is about 10 century-old – Places to see in and around

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath is situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, the place is nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas at an elevation of 3584 m and place is the source of pious Mandakini River. Kedarnath Temple, considered as one of the holiest destinations in Hinduism (Char Dhams) and the sacred town is visited by plenty of devotees, has the highest of all the 12 Jyotirlingas.

During summers, this pilgrimage site is flocked by the tourists who come to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and the religious environment of the place certainly captivates the attention of the visitors. The temple, which is about 10 century old, was constructed using large stone slabs over a base of rectangular shape stone. Devotees can find different inscriptions written in Pali language on the steps leading to the sanctums and a place of religious importance.

The place, which is situated at an altitude of 3584 m above sea level and besides being, it is also a paradise for nature lovers is also the hardest to reach of all the char dhams. This temple is accessible only in summers for around 6 months. The shrine remains closed in winters, as the region receives heavy snowfall during wintertime, which makes the climatic conditions adverse for habitation & traveler. During this time, the natives of the Kedarnath shift down to the lower altitudes and God Kedarnath’s palki is shifted to Ukhimath. It contains stunning snow-clad Himalayan Mountains, crystal-clear rivers, lush-green forest cover, magnificent valleys and wildlife along with many splendid tourist destinations.

Kedarnath is mostly preferred by travelers and the go-to destinations for types of travelers, be it family, kids, and couples. Kedarnath is, however, mostly preferred by Family & Friends. The best season or months to visit places in Kedarnath are March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October.

There are 21 tourist places in Kedarnath, which can be explored by travelers. Local attractions can be visited at any time of the day, be it early morning, afternoon, evening or night, as suitable for travelers. Sightseeing in Kedarnath can be done by travelers, which will take half a day or one day, but to see all sightseeing places, travelers need to stay in Kedarnath for 2 days to 3 days.

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Kedarnath Temple – Vasuki Tal

Kedarnath Temple - Vasuki Tal

A lake at an altitude of 4135 meters, Vasuki Tal offers a view of the neighboring Chaukhamba peaks. Trekkers would find this an ideal range o climb up. The Chaturangi and Vasuki glaciers can be found en-route to the lake.

Kedarnath Temple – Shankaracharya Samadhi

Kedarnath Temple - Shankaracharya Samadhi

It is believed that Sri Sankaracharya who propounded the Adwaita Philosophy established this holy shrine and one of his four Mathas in the 8th century and attained Nirvana at age 32 here.

Kedarnath Temple – Agastyamuni

Kedarnath Temple - Agastyamuni

Dedicated to Saint Agastya, the temple commemorates his one-year Tapas (meditation) here. This ancient temple stands as an example of grand architecture and interiors with wall art adorning its walls.

Kedarnath Temple – Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek

Kedarnath Temple - Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek

Tungnath, a quaint village in Uttarakhand, is known as the starting point of the popular Chopta Chadrashila Trek. At a height of 2680m, this village is surrounded by evergreen forests of pine, deodar, and rhododendron. This is one of the easier treks in the Himalayan region and hence, recommended for first-timers. The trek covers a large region, starting from Haridwar and ending at Chandrashila.  

The trek initiates from the holy city of Haridwar towards Devarivatal Lake; which is located at an altitude of 2440 m. Here, you get a picturesque view of the Chaukhamba ranges. As one goes further, one comes across Chopta, with a height of 3000m. Next comes Tungnath, at an elevation of 3680 m. And finally, one arrives at the beautiful Chadrashila Top at 4130 m. The Tungnath temple and Chandrashila peak award you with a 360 degree, mesmerizing view of the valleys below. The peaks of Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Nilkanth and Kedarnath are all covered during the trek. 

Kedarnath Temple – Sonprayag

Kedarnath Temple - Sonprayag

Sonprayag situated at an elevation of 1829 m is famous as a site where Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were married. Flanked by nature’s bounty and glorious snow-capped peaks, it is also a place where River Mandakini meets River Basuki.

It is a belief that devotees can achieve Baikunt Dham with the touch of water.

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