Kedarnath (Way to Heaven)
Kedarnath is a popular tourist destination in Uttarakhand, India. It is famous for its ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Kedarnath is also a part of the Char Dham Yatra, a pilgrimage circuit that includes four holy shrines: Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri and Kedarnath. Kedarnath is located at an altitude of 3,580 meters, near the Chorabari glacier, which is the source of the Mandakini River. The town is surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains and offers stunning views of nature.
According to Hindu legends, the temple was initially built by the Pandavas, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest Hindu shrines of Shiva. The Pandavas were supposed to have pleased Shiva doing penance In Kedarnath. The temple is one of the four major sites in India’s Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites. The temple is the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas.
If you are planning to visit Kedarnath these are some few places you can visit there:
1. Kedarnath Temple, 2. Bhairavnath Temple, 3. Gandhi Sarovar, 4. Vasuki Tal, 5. Sonprayag, 6. Gaurikund, and 7. Guptkashi.
The Kedarnath temple is not directly accessible by road and has to be reached by a 22kilometres uphill trek from Gaurikund. You can also take a horse or a palanquin service to reach the temple. Alternatively, you can also take a helicopter service from Dehradun or Phata to Kedarnath and skip the trek.
There you can also enjoy activities like trekking, camping, yoga, meditation, photography, and wildlife watching in this region. Kedarnath is a place that will fill you with spirituality, adventure and awe. The best time to visit Kedarnath is between September to October and May to June, when the snow has melted and the rainfall is also not there.
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