One of the most traveled spiritual destinations of India, Kedarnath is one of the Char Dhams in India. This holy shrine of Lord Shiva hosts millions of travelers every year in a quest of devotion towards the almighty. ...
According to the legends, the Kedarnath temple was built by the Pandavaas for seeking penance from Lord Shiva and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and the firsts of the Panch Kedars in the country. At an altitude of 3584 meters from sea level, and a 22 kilometer trek from the base, Gaurikund, this trek is still considered sacred by millions of devotees and remains the main insight of what’s happening in the country when the shrine is open.
What to do around Kedarnath?
A 22 kilometer trek one way will take you to the door of Lord Shiva where you can pray, meditate and is said to complete your cycle of life. 13 kilometers away lies Sonprayag, the confluence of Mandakini and Basuki said to be a spot where devotees can take a dip to attain Nirvana. Vasuki Tal at an elevation of around 4135 meters can be trekked to have a glistening view of the mighty Chaukhamba and the Kedar mountain. Chopta, Ukhimath, Triyuginaryan and Guptkashi are nudged around within a hundred kilometers and can be traveled if you’re seeking adventure, peace, devotion and calm.
Fun Facts about Kedarnath
After the harsh 2013 floods that destroyed the most part of the Kedarnath region, Colonel Ajay Kothiyal and The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering was given the responsibility to bring back Kedarnath in its original form that was successfully completed and a record breaking number of devotees have visited the shrine since then. A movie Kedarnath was also released on the same topic that stars Late Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan that has tremendously helped in boosting tourism in this area.