Kedarnath, a city in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, is called when one of the ancient rulers, King Kedar. . Famous due to ancient Kedarnath temple, it’s one of the noted Char Dham sites and conjointly one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India. The temple is known to have been built by Adi Shankaracharya in the eighth century. In a recent tragic event in 2013, the town of Kedarnath was severely affected due to the sudden flash floods in the region. The temple together with the city is known to have suffered the worst damage ever.
Kedarnath is considered as one of the most sought-after holy destinations. The Kedarnath Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva, and has a large number of pilgrims visiting the shrine every year.
There are also the majestic peaks of Kedarnath at 6,940 m and the Kedar Dome at 6,831 m, amongst other peaks of the Himalayan range.
Kedarnath has something to offer to all types of tourists from nature lovers, to adventure seekers, to pilgrims.
Some of the must-see places in the town of Kedarnath include: Kedarnath Temple, Udar Kund, Hans Kund, Bharo Nath, Navdurga Mandir, Shankaracharya Samadhi, Ishaneswar Mahadev Temple and Ret Kund.
Best Time to Visit
Kedarnath experiences very harsh winters, that last for 6 months from the month of Nov to Apr. Due to heavy snowfall, the temple is closed for 6 months, as living in Kedarnath becomes impossible, so the locals conjointly shift their base to near villages. The region experiences monsoons from July to August, and landslides are known to affect tourism, making it unfavorable as a vacation spot. Hence, the best time to go to Kedarnath is during summers, particularly between could May till October.
Being a famous traveller spot, the city is flooded with shops, particularly around the Temple. You’ll be able to buy images and portraits of the Kedarnath Temple, or Lord Shiva and Parvati. Other than religious things, you will find a lot more in those small shops, such as: Rudraksh accessories, Crystals, Saligrams, Herbs, Precious stone.
Eating choices are often very limited in Kedarnath. Though there can’t be found any big restaurants, but the small eateries or dhabas serve decent vegetarian food. The restaurants in Kedarnath serve only vegetarian food, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the region.
Enjoy the fantastic Kedarnath – The place of holy destination!