kbKedarnath is one of the 12 jyothirlingams held in reverence by the Hindu faith. The temple itself is associated with the Pandavas, who ostensibly built it in honour of Shiva in atonement for the sins of war. In the background of the temple are the snow-clad Chaukhamba peaks, believed to be the beginning of the Himalayas, and the path to Heaven. Motorable access is available up to Gauri Kund (14km from Kedarnath), with buses and private taxi services available during the pilgrimage season. The motor road follows the Badrinath-Rishikesh route up to Rudraprayag, where the Mandakini flowing from Kedarnath joins the Alaknanda flowing from Badrinath. 14m trek, covered either by foot or by mule, is pristine despite the masses of pilgrims on the route. Gauri Kund is a motley group of restaurants and rest houses, mixed with a set of parking facilities, toilets, rain shelters and bridges across streams, the trek itself climbs through waterfalls and alpine forests, with the Kedarnath peaks in the distance.
The route from Gauri Kund passes through Rambara, past a number of settlements and a modern ashram and then a further 2.5km to the Kedarnath valley. Lines of pilgrims snake down the mountain path, on mules, palki and at different places. The trail follows the Mandakini throughout. Roadside tea stalls, thatched with straw and black plastic sheets speckle the trek, along with wildflowers and boulders. Some of the teahouses even have attached dormitories, with sacking on the floor and piles of woollen blankets.
Rambara, 7km from Gauri Kund is a shanty town with a bazaar that has pilgrims, mules and porters all jostling down the central passage. Tea shacks cover the bazaar.Past Rambara, the mountains unfold. Between the two glacial moraines sits the temple complex of Kedarnath. At the far end is an iron bridge across the Mandakini. The town of Kedarnath lies in a valley surrounded by snow clad peaks. Scenic quality, the trek is extremely picturesque with spectacular views of Chaukhamba peak.

Kedarnath is one of the 12 jyothirlingams held in reverence by the Hindu faith.Its imposing temple is one of the twelve most sacred places dedicated to Shiva and is attractively set in a small valley surrounded by the Mandakini and Saraswati Rivers with the majestic Kedarnath Range as a dramatic backdrop. Access is by means of a 14 km trek from Gaurikund.The trail follows the Mandakini throughout. Roadside tea stalls, thatched with straw and black plastic sheets speckle the trek, along with wild flowers and springs. Some of the teahouses even have attached dormitories, with sacking on the floor and piles of woolen blankets.
Kedarnath can also be reached by Helicopter services from Dehradun, Guptkashi and Phata near Kedarnath valley

Belief :Kedarnath temple itself is associated with the Pandavas, who ostensibly built it in honour of Shiva in atonement for the sins of war. In the background of the temple are the snow-clad Chaukhamba peaks, believed to be the beginning of the Himalayas, and the path to Heaven.

Location :Near Rudraprayag, Tehri Garhwal range, Garhwal Himalayas
The best route to the road head is  Rishikesh – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Soneprayag – Kedarnath (225km)
Length 14km (Gauri Kund to Kedarnath)
Duration 2 days
Altitude: 3,581m
Season May - June, September – October
Near by Trek    Kedarnath- Vasukital


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