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1. Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple
Must visit 4.1 /5

1 km
from city center
1 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

Kedarnath Temple is one of the most sacred temples and the holiest Hindu pilgrimages in India. A part of Chhota Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand, Kedarnath is the most revered among the 12 Jyotirlingas in India dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees believe that a visit to this temple can free them from the cycle of life. The inner walls of the temple are carved with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology.

2. Sonprayag

3.1 /5

13 km
from city center
2 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

Atop 1829 m. Sonprayag is a tiny hamlet on the confluence banks of rivers Mandakini and Basuki. Devotees take a dip in the holy waters with the faith to attain nirvana.

3. Vasuki Tal

Vasuki Tal
Must visit 3.4 /5

22 km
from city center
3 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

A lake at an altitude of 4135 meters, Vasuki Tal offers a view of the neighbouring Chaukhamba peaks. Trekkers would find this an ideal range o climb up. The Chaturangi and Vasuki glaciers can be found en-route to the lake.

4. Shankaracharya Samadhi

Shankaracharya Samadhi
Must visit 3.4 /5

1 km
from city center
4 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

It is believed that Sri Sankaracharya who propounded the Adwaita Philosophy established this holy shrine and one of his four Mathas in the 8th century and attained Nirvana at age 32 here.

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5. Triyuginarayan


5 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

It is believed that the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati took place in this temple. Through a short trek of 5 Kms from Son Prayag, you can reach this place. Also, the flame which was the witness to the marriage, burns in front of the temple even today.

6. Bhairavnath Temple

Bhairavnath Temple

6 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

Situated at a distance of 500 m from the Kedarnath Temple on the southern side, Bhairavnath Temple is enshrined by the revered Hindu God - Lord Bhairav. It is perched on top of a hillock and offers magnificent views of the surrounding Himalayas and the entire Kedarnath valley below. Lord Bhairav is believed to be the main gana of Lord Shiva and hence the temple is all the more important. The enshrining deity of the temple is also known as Kshetrapal or the guardian of the region, has a Trishul for a weapon and a dog as his vehicle.

7. Agastyamuni

3.1 /5

38 km
from city center
7 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

Dedicated to Saint Agastya, the temple commemorates his one year Tapas (mediation) here. This ancient temple stands as an example of grand architecture and interiors with wall art adorning its walls.

8. Chandrashila

3.1 /5

30 km
from city center
8 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

Located atop 3679 m. Chandrashila offers an excellent trekking range and skiing tracks throughout the year except in December and January. A Shiva temple adorns the peak of this mountain.

9. Chorabari Lake

Chorabari Lake

3 km
from city center
9 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

Located at a distance of around 3 kms from the Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand, Chorabari Lake is a quaint lake which also goes by the name of Gandhi Tal. The crystal clear gorgeous lake draws a lot of tourists from far and wide besides the regular devotees. Tucked cosily in the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, the lake is perched at a towering altitude of 3900 m above the sea level. Chorabari Tal originates from the Chorabari Bamak Glacier and can be reached through a short trek from the Kedarnath Temple.

10. Guptakashi


10 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

Located at a distance of around 49 Kms from Kedarnath Temple, this place is famous for the temples of Ardhnarishwar and Vishwanath Ji. 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.

11. Syalsaur


33 km
from city center
11 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

Situated on the banks of the Mandakini River, a tributary of the Alokananda River, Syalsaur is about 160 km from Haridwar at an elevation of about 820 masl. A quaint hill station in Uttarakhand, Syalsaur is a budding tourist attraction that is presently saved from overcrowding footfall. Part of the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand, in Northern India, this small village is also a haven for bird lovers.

12. Gaurikund


9 km
from city center
12 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

Gaurikund in Guptakashi is famous for being the starting point and the last road head before the Kedarnath Yatra begins. Located at an altitude of about 2,000 meters above sea level, the Gaurikund Temple and Gauri Lake are important landmarks here.

13. Phata


844 km
from city center
13 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

Phata is a small village located in the Rudraprayag. It is a famous stopover on the Kedarnath Yatra as Phata houses the helipad from where helicopter to Kedarnath is available. It is also close to some popular tourist attractions in Uttarakhand.

14. Rudra Meditation Cave

Rudra Meditation Cave

1 km
from city center
14 out of 14
places to visit in Kedarnath

Rudra Cave is an underground stone meditation cave located 1 km from Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand. It became popular after Prime Minister Narendra Modi meditated here before the 2019 general election. The cave is maintained by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) and has accommodation for a single person.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Kedarnath?

Day 1- Reach Gaurikund early morning where the trek to Kedarnath starts. Named after Goddess Parvati, it houses Gauri Temple where Lord Shiva accepted to marry Goddess Parvati. Trekking to the shrine of Kedarnath is an easy one but you may want to keep yourself covered from the cold, along with comfortable shoes to walk freely. You can spend time in the temple after your trek and then take a refuge in hotels nearby. After resting for a while and having lunch, you can go for shopping in the local markets in the evening.
Day 2- You can leave for another trek after an early breakfast, ahead of Kedarnath. After a 3km trek, you'll find Chorabari Tal. It is a beautiful lake, also known as Gandhi Sarovar. It is an easy trek but you may want to look out while crossing the waterfall in the way. After sightseeing there for a while, you can trek 4 km ahead to another such crystal clear lake. It is a moderate trek with the lake located at an altitude of 4150 m. Head back down to the hotel after rejuvenation with nature.
Day 3- You could trek back down to Gaurikund and visit places nearby Kedarnath. Mountains always have a scope for exploration.

How can I commute within Kedarnath?

From Gaurikund onwards, walking is your only option. You can, however, also opt for horse rides and palanquin services available in the area.
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How much does a package cost for Kedarnath?

The packages for Kedarnath start at INR 10334 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top sightseeing places in Kedarnath?

The top sightseeing places in Kedarnath are Kedarnath Temple, Vasuki Tal, Shankaracharya Samadhi, Agastyamuni, Chandrashila, Sonprayag.
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