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Kedarnath Temple Yatra

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Kedarnath temple yatra

Kedarnath is the holy town and one of the Char Dham of Uttarakhand, located in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand, India. It is located at an altitude of 3584 mts, in the Kedarnath Valley. The lingam at Kedarnath is regarded as one of the 12 Jyotirlings and it is highest among them. Lord Shiva manifested in the form of Jyotirlingam or the cosmic light. This ancient and stunning temple is over a thousand years old is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform.

Kedarnath is the most remote pilgrimage spot in the yatra. It is believed that originally the temple of Kedarnath was built by Pandavas. And Adi Shankaracharya got the present structure constructed in the 8th century adjacent to the old temple site. The grey stone structure is an architectural marvel because of its imposing design and its ability to survive for so many centuries in such a harsh terrain.

Kedarnath is well connected through road via major cities such as Chandigarh (387 km), Delhi (458 km), Nagpur (1421 km), Bangalore (2484 km) or Rishikesh (189 km).

 

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How to reach  Guptkashi

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Guptkashi situated at a distance of 190kms. Jolly Grant Airport is a domestic airport well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Guptkashi is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Guptkashi.

By Rail: The nearest railway station to Gaurikund is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 168kms before Guptkashi on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Guptkashi is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh to Guptkashi.

By Road: Guptkashi is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Guptkashi are easily available from all major destinations of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Guptkashi lies on National Highway 109 which connects Rudraprayag with Kedarnath.

Best Season :


The best season to visit Guptakashi is the winters and the onset of summers. The favourable months to visit the place are between October to March. The climate remains pleasant during these months offering tourists the best holiday experience.


Summer Season
Summers are moderately hot in Guptakashi and generally last between the months of April to June. The temperature ranges between a comfortable 15°C - 30°C in these months and relaxing cool breeze lifts up the spirits in the evenings. 


Monsoon Season
Guptakashi experiences moderate rainfalls in the months of July and September. The rains bring freshness and rejuvenating greenery to the place. 


Winter Season
December marks the beginning of the winter season in Guptakashi and it lasts till the month of February. Winters are extremely cool here with the temperature diving down to a chilling 0°C - 20 °C.

 

Places to See in Guptkashi :

 

Vishwanath Temple: The main temple of Guptkashi is dedicated to Lord Shiva as Vishwanath - "Lord of the Universe". It is built by regional stones and is situated in an enclosed courtyard. The small temple to its left is Ardhanarishvara.

 

 

Manikarnik Kund: It is a place where two streams of the Ganga and Yamuna meet. It is situated in the premises of Vishwanath Temple.

 

Kedarnath Temple: Kedarnath is one of the holiest Hindu pilgrims of India with Lord Shiva as its residing deity. This holy site is situated perched at an elevation of 3,584mts above sea level in the foot of imposing snow bound Himalayan peaks. This sacred temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya in the early 8th century. The temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India and the main temple of Panch Kedar. Kedarnath temple is located 47kms from Guptkashi.

 

 

Trijuginarayan: It is the holy place where Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. Trijuginarayan is situated 45kms from Guptkashi. The immortal flame is still burning around which the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were solemnised.

 

 

Chopta: Chopta is popularly known as Mini Switzerland of Uttaranchal. The number of tourists visiting Chopta has increased in recent years and the region has become popular vacation spot for adventure lovers and explorers. Tungnath is the highest temple of Lord Shiva situated only 3.5kms away from Chopta which should be covered on foot or by pony. Chopta is situated 36kms from Guptkashi. The region showers tourists with natural beauteousness during winters.

 

Post Office: GUPTKASHI,Post Office Type: SUB OFFICE,District: RUDRAPRAYAG


State: UTTARAKHAND,Pin Code: 246439

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Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar
Arrival Delhi Railway Station / Airport, Meet & Assist further drive to Haridwar. Visit Har-ki-Pauri for Ganga Aarti in evening. Back to your hotel, Night halt.Haridwar, lying at the feet of Shiva's hills, i.e., Shivaliks, in the Haridwar district of Uttaranchal Pradesh, is a doorway. Suryavanshi prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to the curse of sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth forms Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sixty thousand sons of king Sagara. In the traditional of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for salvation of their departed elder. It is doorway to the sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna, 3000 to 4500 meters up into the snowy ranges of the central Himalayas. The 'Aarti' worship of the Ganga after sunset and the floating 'dia' (lamp) is a moving ritual.
 
Day 02: Haridwar - Rudraprayag - Guptkashi
Drive to Guptkashi enroute visit Devprayag. Check in Hotel, night halt.
 
Day 03: Guptkashi - Kedarnath
Morning drive to Gaurikund, Trek start from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (3584 mts) on foot or on by pony / Doli. Tour members should carry personal medicines, heavy woolen, toiletries and clothes for an overnight halt at Kedarnath. Check in Hotel. Later visit Kedarnath Temple. Night halt.
Gaurikund: At a distance of 5kms from Sonprayag and at an altitude of 1982 meters. One can take bath in the hot water pond here and visit the Gauri Temple. This is the place where Goddess Parvathi meditated to attain Lord Shiva. It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath.
Kedarnath: The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kaurava in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of 
 
Day 04: Kedarnath - Rudraprayag
Early morning, after Temple Darshan trek down to Gaurikund. Later drive to Rudraprayag via Guptkashi. Check in Hotel at Rudraprayag. Night Halt.
Rudraprayag: It is the confluence of river Mandakini and river Alaknanda.
 
Day 05: Rudraprayag - Rishikesh
After Breakfast drive to Rishikesh, the 'place of sages' is a celebrated spiritual town on the bank of Ganga and is surrounded by Shivalik range of the Himalayas on three sides. It is said that when Raibhya Rishi did hard penances, God appeared by the name of " Hrishikesh " and this area hence firth came to be known as Rishikesh. Check in Hotel. Later visit Rishikesh Temples & Sight Seeing – Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Shivananda Ashram, Parmarth Ashram.. At evening visit Ganga Aarti at Parmath Niketan Ashram. Overnight stay.
 
Day 06: Rishikesh - Delhi
Drive back to Delhi. On Arrival in Delhi, transfer to Railway Station / Airport.
 

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