Places to visit in Kedarnath

When you travel to Kedarnath, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Kedarnath, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Kedarnath to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Kedarnath things to do can include exploring Kedarnath attractions and visiting the places of interest.

The holy shrine of Kedarnath itself is the most popular religious destination here. It has a brilliant stonework architecture and is the largest in the valley. The Jyotilingas are the most prominent and the biggest among all the shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and Kedarnath is one of them. The main activities that one can indulge in here are pujas (prayers) and artis (ritualistic practice to please the Gods).

Kedarnath is one of the most coveted of pilgrimage centres in India, therefore, ever year, hundreds travel to the holy town to secure the divine blessing for themselves and participate in the maha tirth yatra! Kedarnath tours are however, quite tough and it is best to plan them with the help of the Kedarnath tourism guides that are available online in order to avoid any kind of hassle.

The Kedarnath tourism packages will help see you through all the troubles that may arise on your trips and help your relax and enjoy. therefore, opt for the best deal on the packages now and go on a pilgrimage. 

Another small temple near the Kedarnath temple is that of Bhairav Temple. This is another ancient structure and a popular religious spot visited by pilgrims who come to Kedarnath. Beyond this temple, you will find small streams that are fed by the nearby glaciers.

It is a picturesque spot within the Garhwal hills that offers a mesmerizing view of the Himalayan ranges. It lies at an altitude of 2500 meters above the sea level and is located at the Gopeshwar – Ulhimath Road.

Kalpanath temple: It is located at a distance of 160kms from Kedarnath is another holy spot famous for the Kalpanath Temple. It lies at an altitude of 2134 meters and is the place of worship of Lord Shiva’s Jata(hair).

 Tungnath Temple: Another holy temple is located at a distance of 90 kms from the Kedarnath temple. It is located at the highest elevation among all the five temples and is few kilometres away from the temple of Kedarnath. You will be glad to know that it is also included within the Kedarnath holiday packages.

 Chandrashila: The peak at this point offers a unique view of the neighboring snow capped hills of the beautiful Himalays. After visiting Tunganath one can a few more kilometers to reach Chandrashila. The route is beautifully lined with rhododendron and pines.

As for cultural aspects, Kedarnath is held in high regards as a place of worship for the Hindus and the pilgrimage has a great significance for them. The main temple along with the smaller temples around will give you a good idea about Shaivism and the various rituals and customs of the Hindus. The arti at these temples are a popular attraction for tourists and is quite interesting.

The Gandhi Sarovar is a must see natural attraction near Kedarnath Temple. It is a serene and tranquil spot that can allure you to Himalayas over and over again.

The view of this lake is breathtaking and is situated at an elevation of about 2436 meters above the sea level. Surrounded by majestic Himalayan peaks is definitely a must see for nature lovers and mountaineers.

 

Another attractive spot for all nature enthusiasts and trekkers, it is situated 6 kms from Kedarnath at an altitude of 4,135 meters above the sea level. This point provides a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountain ranges. It takes 4 to 5 hours to reach this place by trekking so it is advised to leave early. It is popular for the crystal clear blue waters in the lake.

This place is named  after the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were poured into this lake after his death. It is fed by the nearby Chorabari Glacier that is only a few kilometers away from the main temple of Kedarnath. 

 

Kedarnath offers ample choices for the adventure seekers as there are multiple treks available from the main temple area. The unexplored forests and glaciers offer everything but if you plan to visit the glaciers, it is advised that you do ample research as it may prove to be dangerous and often the paths are obstructed due to weather conditions.

The closest towns from Kedarnath where one can find ample entertainment are places at Hrishikesh and Dehradun.

The town of Kedarnath is pretty remote and does not have any departmental stores, so it may be prudent to come prepared for the tourists and trekkers.

The area around the temple has some small shops that sell idols of Hindu Gods, flowers and sweets. On the 14 km trek route to Kedarnath there are numerous small shops that sell tea, biscuits, chocolates and packaged drinking water bottles for the tourists. 

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