Counted among the holiest of places in India, Kedarnath is a place of many charms. Here you will find pilgrims coming to pray in the holy city. Others visit to enjoy the embrace of nature.
The Kedarnath Temple looms large over the city. The Mandakini River flows near the city adding to its already rich splendor. The divinity of the place would have been assured even without the temple. The natural beauty of Kedarnath is enough to make you weep in joy at the skills of the divine hand that created it.
The city of Kedarnath is mired in legends and Hindu mythology. Here you can hear some of the fascinating stories of the Hindu religion emanating from the streets and the walls of the city.
How to Get There
By Air :
The nearest domestic airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, about 239 km from Kedarnath.There are also chopper services available from Rishikesh and Kedarnath. One has to travel 215km by road and the rest 14 km on foot to reach Kedarnath.
By Rail :
The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh 221 km away. Taxi as well as bus facilities are available from the railway station.
By Road :
There are bus services from the city to various other cities of the state. Kedarnath is also reachable by foot from GauriKund, which is connected by state buses to Rishikesh, Dehradun and Haridwar. Distance from places: Delhi: 445 km, Haridwar: 240 km, Rudraprayag: 80 km, Badrinath: 205 km, Gangotri: 260 km, Yamunotri: 65 km
Dedicated to the Lord Shiva, the Kedarnath Temple is a presence to be reckoned with. The dull stone facade of the temple may not seem much but its holiness cannot be underestimated. According to legend, a single touch of the holy idol is enough to cleanse the soul of sins. It is counted among the 12 jyotirlingas and the char dhams.
The Chorabari Tal is one of the two snouts of the Chorabari Glacier. The serene lake reflects the glory of the heavens that lie above. It was at the banks of this holy lake that Lord Shiva gave to the first guru the knowledge of Yoga.
The blue waters of the Vasuki Tal are a refreshing sight for weary travellers. You are bound to be tired by the time you reach the banks of this glorious lake as you will have trekked over mountains and a glacier to reach this divine spot.
The Shankaracharya Samadhi contains a memorial to one of the most revered philosophers of Hinduism. His contribution to Hindu theology and philosophy cannot be underestimated. The Samadhi was unfortunately destroyed in a flood but plans are underway to rebuild and restore the holy site to its former glory.