Kedarnath Dham

About Kedarnath Dham

 

Kedarnath tucked away in the lap of Garhwal Himalayas, some 221 km from Rishikesh, is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. Lying against the backdrop of the magnificent Kedarnath Range, at an altitude of 3580 m, the splendid Kedarnath Temple is where the devotees come seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva. The temple is said to have been constructed by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century A.D. The nearby flowing Mandakini River, mesmerizing vistas and splendid sceneries in the form of the snow-clad mountains, rhododendron forests, and salubrious environment make Kedarnath a tranquil and picturesque place to be at.

The devotees experience immense peace of mind while undertaking a spiritual tour.  The temple and nature’s milieu is so divine that it always rekindle human beings’ faith in the Almighty. Not to forget, the temple has survived one of the worst flash floods of all time in the state, hence, the reverence for this sacred destination amplifies inevitably. Devotees flock to this holy pilgrimage site every year, mostly as a part of their Chardham Yatra circuit. Kedarnath in Uttarakhand is one of the most prominent pilgrimages, particularly for the Hindus.

Kedarnath Temple Opening & Closing Dates 2019

The Kedarnath Temple opens every year in the month of April-May for the devotees and closes in winter around the third week of November. Thus, the temple is shut down for six months every year during which prayers to deity of Lord Shiva continues at Onkareshwar Temple in Ukhimath.

The dates for opening date of Shri Kedarnath Temple is announced by the priests on the auspicious day of Basant Panchmi. This year in 2019, Kedarnath Temple may open around Apr 29.

Best Time to Visit Kedarnath Temple

Due to its elevation and geographical location, Kedarnath Temple remains open to the pilgrims for a period of six months. The end of April or beginning of the month of May is chosen for the opening of the portals of this high altitude sacred Hindu shrine. The temple closes right after Diwali and its deity is brought to Ukhimath where its worship continues for next six months of winter. Therefore the best time to visit Kedarnath Dham is between April and November with April to mid-June and October to mid-November being ideal most.

  • Summer

    The month of April marks the beginning of summer season in Uttarakhand. It is the time of the year when the ice melts and with the help of the army, the roads are cleared for the commencement of pilgrimage from April end. The average temperature in Kedarnath during summer ranges from 2℃ to 19℃.

  • Monsoon

    Mid-June marks the commencement of monsoon season in Kedarnath. Even though the temperature touches the mark of 19℃, heavy rains keep it a tad difficult for trekking. Though it has to be noted with right gears and guidance, you can still trek to Kedarnath in monsoon season.

  • Winter

    The portals of Kedarnath close in the winter season that begins right after the day of Diwali. The temperature dips to sub zero and the deity from the temple is brought to Ukhimath to be worshipped for next six months.

Kedarnath Temple History

Activities around Kedarnath

The surroundings of Kedarnath Temple that imbibe the charm and divine aura of the shrine has spectacular attractions on offer. While sightseeing makes the most part of the activities around Kedarnath, there is a fair chance of paying homage to other sacred temples and relishing adrenaline filled trekking expeditions as well.

  • A dip at Gaurikund
  • Witnessing the mesmerizing Gandhi Sarovar
  • Trekking to the high-altitude Vasuki Tal
  • Paying respect at the Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi
  • Chopper/Helicopter Ride around Kedarnath
  • Visiting the sacred Triyuginarayan and Bhairav temples

Travel Tips: Top 5 Things to Know Before Going to Kedarnath Yatra

    • Amongst all four Dhams, Kedarnath has longest and toughest trek, so be prepared for it
    • The weather in Kedarnath may cold despite being your trek in the summer season. So carry enough warm clothes
    • Kedarnath is situated at a high altitude and there are chances that you suffer altitude sickness. Thus, carry appropriate medicines like Diamox
    • In the monsoon season, the trekking trail to Kedarnath might become challenging, carry trekking gears and rainproof coats and boots to make it to the temple safely
    • It is advisable to carry glucose and water, or any other edible like a chocolate bar that can give immediate energy while trekking

Kedarnath Tour Packages for 2019

Make it to the high-altitude seat of Lord Shiva in the lap of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand with our variety of Kedarnath Tour Packages. Our extensive and selective tour packages let you have the most comfortable and hassle-free pilgrimage expedition that too in the budget and time slot of your choice.

Best Hotels to Stay in Kedarnath

While the GMVN offers you a comfortable camping facility in Kedarnath, there are decent accommodation laid for you in places like Guptkashi, Deosal, Kedarpura, Kothera and Kedarnath Sitapur NH-58. From mid-range to budget, there are accommodations that can proffer you enough comfort and other services to make your stay in Kedarnath quite memorable.

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