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Best time: Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Dehradun (Check Flights)

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Guptakashi Tourism

The temple town of Guptakashi is located at a distance of 47 kms from the holy town of Kedarnath. Perched at an elevation of 1319 m above the sea level, Guptakashi enjoys the mesmerising backdrop of the enchanting snow-covered peaks of Chaukhamba mountains.

It houses two ancient temples namely Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Ardhnareshwar Temple. Manikarnika Kund is another popular destination in the town. In fact, Guptkashi serves as a perfect stopover for those travelling to Kedarnath. The fantastic weather, lush green forests and captivating views of Chaukhmaba Range along with its rich past and heritage, the town is a wholesome package for vacation makers.

Situated 47 kms before Kedarnath, the holiest shrine of Lord Shiva, this town is bestowed with great religious significance. It is perched at an elevation of 1319 m above the sea level housing two ancient temples namely Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Ardhnareshwar Temple. Manikarnik Kund is another popular destination in the town. In fact Guptkashi serves as a perfect stopover for those travelling to Kedarnath. The amazing weather, lush green forests and captivating views of Chaukhmaba Range along with its rich past and heritage, the town is a wholesome package for vacation makers.

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The trek from Guptkashi to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers is an absolute naturalists delight. Nearly 10 km long and 2 km wide, the valley is open for tourists from April, but it is from late July till August when this beautiful valley is in its grandest form. This place is just 53 km away from Guptkashi.

If you want to go on a religious trek, Guptkashi has that too. Trek to Tungnath temple is traffic free and beautiful as well. The best time to go on this trek is from March to October. You can get an adrenaline rush as The Auli Ski Resort and Alaknanda river rafting are just 5 hours and 4 hours 26 minutes drive from here.

Guptakashi, as the name suggests translates to 'hidden Kashi (old name for Benaras)'. Myth has it that the history of Guptakashi goes back in the times of Mahabharat. When the Pandavas were searching for Lord Shiva, He first hid in Guptakashi before he fled to Kedarnath.

Guptkashi is a small hamlet where the only option for eating is the hotel you will be staying at. Other than that, there might be some dhabas around but not many so do carry food while going around the place.

Guptkashi is a peaceful place set amid a stunning backdrop of Chaukhamba range and lush green valley. A one day in this holy place can do wonder to relax your mind. After a beautiful sight of sunrise and warm breakfast, start your journey with Vishwanath Temple. Visit Manikarnik Kund and Ardhanarishwar Temple next that will leave you in complete serenity. Break for lunch and Ukhimath will be your next stopover. This winter home of Kedarnath is quite stunning with the view of Majestic Himalayas. Head back to your hotel in time for rest and a nice home cooked dinner.

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Guptakashi Reviews

5 months ago by Devyani Chandra

- Carry extra food and supplies with you, facilities are not present at proper intervals.- Winters are excruciatingly cold but beautiful at the same time, so carry heavy woolens if travelling during the season.- Avoid travelling during monsoon season as the area faces landslide and poor road conditions.



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  What's Great?

Considered as second most holy place after Varanasi. Near to Kedarnath.

  What's not so Great?

Remotely located. Difficult to access especially in winters. Very few accommodation options are available.

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Guptkashi is ideal for Adventure lovers as well as for devotees. It is a perfect stopover for people travelling to Kedarnath.

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How to Reach Guptakashi

Guptakashi is well connected by road, rail and air. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant International Airport located in Dehradun. There are numerous airport taxis available that will take you to th... (Read More)

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