Kedarnath is considered to be one of the holiest places in India. It is situated at a height of 3584 m above sea level in the Garhwal Himalayan Ranges. It is very close to the source of River Mandakini. It is one of the auspicious Char Dhams that Indians consider sacred.
How to reach Kedarnath
Jolly Grant Airport is the closest. You can take a taxi to Gauri Kund from the airport. The nearest railway connection points are in Kathgodam, Kotdwara, and Haridwar. By road, you can take a taxi from Haridwar, Tehri, Rishikesh, Dehradun, and Srinagar.
Best places to cover
- Kedarnath Temple - From Gauri Kund, an 8-km trek will take you to the pristine location where a centuries-old temple is present, surrounded by the Garhwal Himalayan ranges.
- Gandhi Sarovar - This small lake is also known as Chorabari Tal as it is located in front of the Chorabari Bamak Glacier.
- Phata - It is a small hilly village you will find on the way to Gauri Kund. Step cultivation fields can be seen on the hillsides.
- Sonprayag - Sonprayag is the famous confluence of Mandakini and Basuki Rivers.
- Vasuki Tal - This beautiful lake with crystal clear blue water is located at a height of 14.200 feet very close to Kedarnath Dham.
Do’s and don’ts of traveling to Kedarnath
Carry winter clothes. Cove your head and remove your shoes while visiting the temple. Carry eatable dry food. Do not throw plastic. Maintain traffic rules. Refrain from washing hands in the lakes and rivers. Drinking alcohol is forbidden. Refrain from taking pictures if prohibited. Carry sufficient money for expenses. Do not stand on the valley side on the roads.
Major activities to do in Kedarnath
You can trek with your friends and do rock climbing courses under the guidance of mentors. River rafting might not be allowed at that height and also the water is sacred. Nature lovers and photographers will find trekking quite fascinating.
Best time to visit Kedarnath
The best time to visit Kedarnath is May-June and September-October. You must avoid the monsoon season and winter season anyhow as landslides and avalanches are quite common.