Kedarnath is a holy town which is located in Rudraprayag district in the state of Uttarakhad. The town is popular for its religious ?Kedarnath Shrine? which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kedarnath is one of Chardham and the third destination of Yatra. Kedarnath temple is situated at a height of 3585 m above the sea level near the Mandakini River which is surrounding by beautiful snow capped mountains. It is one of 12th Jyotirlingams of Lord Shiva. Thousands of the devotees take part in the yatra from all around the country and other different parts of the world. Kedarnath is a holiest pilgrimage destination which holds great faith among the devotees. Mandakini River adds the charm of the place. The Kedarnath Temple is the highest shrine of Lord Shiva and offered the 18 km beautiful trekking route. According to the legend, it is believed that Pandawas established the Kedarnath Shrine and Adi Shankracharya was founded kedarnath temple in 8th century. The temple has a great story, when the Pandawas killed all his own brothers they feel guilt. Then they decided to worship of Lord Shiva for wash all his sins. But Lord Shiva refused there request and tried to rum from there. He converted himself into a bull but the Bhima was able to catch Lord Shiva. Where the hump of Lord Shiva was appeared, are called Kedarnath. The arm is appeared at Tungnath, Face at Rudraprayag, Belly at Madmaheshwar and his hair at Kalpeshwar. All these are called ?Panch Kedar?. Kedarnath shrine is more popular from the other shiva temples. Gaurikund is the starting point of Kedarnath trek which is offered 18 km beautiful trekking route and it is also the place where Lord Shiva was agree to marry Goddess Parvati. Gaurikund is a beautiful lake made by the Lord Ganesha to his mother for bathing. The temple opens in the last week of April or first week of May and closes after two days of diwali on the day of Bhai Duj. May to till October is the best season for visit due to its cool and pleasant weather. But don?t forget to carry heavy woolen clothes. Ukhimath is the winter seat of Shri Kedarnath ji. During the winters the palki of Shri Kedarnath ji is transferred to Ukhimath for the next six months. The beauty of Shri kedarnath ji attracted thousands of the devotees from all around the world. The GMVN tents and guest houses are available for comfortable stay near Kedarnath temple. Simple and vegetarian foods are available here. Gaurikund is the place where you can find different category of hotels, ashrams and dharamshala. Vasuki Tal, Shankracharya Samadhi, Agastyamuni Ashram, Sonprayag etc are the other major attraction of the place. The nearest Airport to Gaurikund is Jolly Grand Airport which is well connected by motorable roads with taxi and buses. At least once in a life time you should go for Kedarnath.
There are so many places for visit like ?
? Gandhi Sarovar is a charming lake full of clear crystal water.
? Gaurikund Temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and it is believed that it is the place where Goddess Parvati agreed Lord Shiva for marry.
? Vasuki Tal is a high glacial lake and it is believed that on the day of Rakshabandhan Lord Vishnu take bath in the lake.
? Shankracharya Samadhi is situated near the Kedarnath Temple.
? Triyuginarayan Temple is a hindu temple and it is the place where Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married.
? Bhairav Temple is situated south of the Kedarnath ji Temple.
? Agastyamuni Temple is a beautiful example of great Architecture.
? Sonprayag is a beautiful confluence of Mandakini and Basuki River. It is popular for its water.
? Chandrashila is offered the excellent trekking route and also a best skiing track throughout the year.
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