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Atop 3584 mts, this is one of the Char Dhams and one of the busiest pilgrim centres in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is believed that in order to evade the Pandavas, Lord Shiva hid himself in the form of a bull at Kedarnath, and when found by the Pandavas, he went further into the earth leaving the hump on the surface.
Kedarnath is popular for its ancient Shiva Temple, shrines, Himalayan ranges and undulating landscapes. Marked by the Kedarnath temple, near Chorabari Glacier, the area is flanked by the Kedarnath peaks and countless more ranges with peaks silver with snow. The most remote of the Char Dhams, and maybe hence, one of the most majestically beautiful, Kedarnath remains closed for the six months of winters due to unbearable temperatures and heavy snowfall.
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- Kedarnath is one of the most sacred and significant religious centers of the country. Do respect and be sensitive towards local beliefs and religious sentiments.
- Carry your identification proofs and documents. They may be required at some check points.
- Carrying a first aid kit is an essential and especially medicines for altitude related problems. It might also be a good idea to get a check up before you go for a trek at a high altitude as such.
- Carry proper and heavy woolens.
Kedarnath has an unparallel beauty, surrounded by snowy peaks. It is one of the holiest pilgrims in North India and amongst the four Dhams.
Cold throughout the year. As it is placed at a high altitude, one has to trek 16 km which may be difficult for some.
Kedarnath is great for people who are looking for a religious getaway to Dham Yatra. Adventure seekers may also find it a great location for trekking.