Ranked 1 among Places to Visit in Kedarnath
Ideal Time: 1 - 2 hours
The Kedarnath Temple, located on the Garhwal Himalayan Range in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand, India, is one of the most prestigious and sacred Hindu temples as it is a part of Chhota Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand. Situated at a height of 3,583 metres, the temple is the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Set amidst the snow-clad and lofty mountains with Mandakini River flowing in front of it, the Kedarnath Temple witnesses lakhs of devotees every year due to its religious significance and sanctity.
The present Kedarnath Temple is believed to be re-constructed by Adi Shankaracharya, originally built by the Pandavas thousand years ago from enormous stone slabs over a large rectangular dais. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector, and the destroyer. It is one of the holiest shrine dedicated to the deity and it is believed that a journey to this holy land opens up doorways to "Moksha" or salvation. This abode of Lord Shiva can only be reached from Gaurikund through a trek and therefore, Kedarnath Temple is a treat for trek-lovers too. The mesmerizing views of Himalayas around, the balmy weather and pure ambience gives you a feeling of ultimate euphoria. The zeal of devotees just to get a glimpse of the lingam is worth admiring. The interesting history, the spiritual value and the fascinating architecture are amongst many reasons to visit Kedarnath Temple.
|Type of Ride||One Way||Round Trip|
|Dandi (Palanquin)||INR 3,950-5,050 (0-90 kg)||INR 7,950-8,950 (0-90kg)|
|Kandi||INR 5,80-1,400 (0-50 kg)||INR 1,500-3,350 (0-50 kg)|
Air: Hailing a helicopter ride is the easiest way to reach the Kedarnath Temple especially if you are travelling with old and handicapped people. Some of the prominent places from where you can get a helicopter to Kedarnath are- Phata, Dehradun, Gauchar, Sitapur and Agustmuni. The minimum price is INR 3000 per person for one way. You can find various helicopter service providers online. Advance booking is also available. All you need is to comply with the rules of the service providers.
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