Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath is a famous Hindu shrine of Lord Shiva located in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand near Mandakini river (a tributary of river Ganga) at the elevation of 3582 mtr., which is open for only 6 six months of summer from May to November. During winter shrine closed for next six month due to heavy snowfall and diety moved to Omakareshwar temple (Ukhimath) and worshiped here. Reach of the shrine is not directly accessible by road, Gaurikund is the last motor accessible point and has to be reached by 18 km of gradually ascent trek to Kedarnath temple. Although pony and another service avail from Gaurikund.

Kedarnath Temple-The Last Mountain

Kedarnath temple is sacred Lord Shiva shrine and one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and it is highest among of all. It was built by Pandavas according to great Hindu epic Mahabharat and one of the Chota Char Dham of northern India.

According Mahabharat – when the war finished between Pandavas and Kauravas, Pandavas had to purge themselves of killing their own ones and now they all covered by dense sin. Therefore they all want to worship and Darshan to Lord Shiva because it was believed that Lord Shiva removed all bad Karmas. But Lord Shiva was not all agree to appear and remove their sin, so hide as a form of buffalo at Kedarnath. However, Pandavas spotted him. Before buffalo disappeared Bheem pulled the tail, in this tug-of-war the face of buffalo went straight Nepal leaving its hind part in Kedar. On this hind part of Buffalo, Lord Shiva appeared and give a Darshan to Pandavas and vanished all their sin. Thus Pandavas built the temple as a remember and worship of Lord Shiva. And face part of buffalo worship at Doleshwar Mahadev at Sipadol Nepal.

How To Reach Kedarnath?

By Air: Jollygrant Dehradun is the nearest airport for Kedarnath and it is only 237 km from Gaurikund. One can avail Bus or Taxi from the short distance of 20 km from Rishikesh or Dehradun. Only day travel is allowed due to hilly terrain over here.

By Train: Haridwar is the nearest railway station for Kedarnath just 248 km from Gaurikund.

By Road: Kedarnath is 18 km of a trek from Gaurikund, and Gaurikund is well connected by roads. From Rishikesh, it is just 224 km. Direct Bus services available from Haridwar and Rishikesh. Almost all cities provide Taxi services for Gaurikund. Delhi to Gaurikund 451 km. Haridwar to Gaurikund 248 km. Dehradun to Gaurikund 268 km

Permission: No special permission required.

Climate: Summer 15°C / 30°C    Winter  -14°C / -02°C 

Best Time To Visit!

Kedarnath temple is only open for six months due to extreme weather condition. It is open on Akshaya Tritiya (April last week) and closes on Kartik Purnima (November first week). So April to November recommended.