Kedarnath Yatra @Fixed Batches
“Kedarnath” temple is devoted to lord “Shiva”. It means “Lord of the fields”. This temple holds a great importance for Shaivite sect. It’s the first amongst “Panch (five) Kedar” temples. Namely Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar & Kalpeshwar. “Kedarnath temple” is also part of “Chota char dham” which comprises of Badrinath, Gangotri & Yamunotri. It is also a part of twelve Jyotirlingas which are all across the India. All “Panch Kedar” temples are located in Garhwal Himalayas. Location of these temples are given in map below.
History of temple:
Pandavas defeated their cousins Kauravas in the epic war of Mahabharata. But, at the cost of killing the gotra & brahmanas. For self-mortification they left their kingdom & went in search of lord Shiva. First they reached Varanasi or Kashi which is one of the favourite city of Shiva. But, Shiva was deeply hurt by dishonesty of Kurushtetra war so, he was insensative to Pandavas prayers. He assumed the form of Bull (Nandi) & disappeared in Garhwal Himalayas. When Pandavas reached Garhwal region Bhima one of the five Pandavas saw the Nandi in “Guptkashi” region. “Guptkashi” means hidden kashi or Shiva. Bhima understood that Shiva is the in the form of Bull & hurried to catch him. During this event Bull disappeared in ground & reappeared in parts in various regions of Garhwal Himalayas namely, hump at Kedarnath, arm at Tungnath, face at Rudranath, nabhi or naval at Madhyamaheshwar & hair at Kalpeshwar.
- Pick and Drop Services Haridwar to Haridwar
- Breakfast & dinner at phata homestay
- Triple & quad sharing stay at Phata homestay
- Kedarnath tent stay
- Travel expenses till reporting location
- Extra meal which are not mentioned in inclusion
- Helicopter or mule expenses
- Daily lunch
- Anything which is not included in inclusion
- Arrive at Haridwar or Rishikesh, both of which are well-connected by road and rail.
- Visit the Ganga ghats in the evening to witness the Ganga Aarti, a spiritual ceremony.
- Overnight stay in Tapovan.
- Hotel: Back Stays
- Drive to Guptkashi, which is approximately a 7-8 hour journey.
- En route, you may stop at Devprayag, the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers to form the Ganges.
- Check-in at a hotel Green View in Phata.
- Rest and prepare for the journey to Kedarnath the next day.
- Early morning, drive to Gaurikund, the base camp for the Kedarnath trek (about 1.5 hours from Guptkashi).
- From Gaurikund, start the trek to Kedarnath (approximately 14 km). The trek can be done on foot, by pony, or by hiring a helicopter service.
- Reach Kedarnath and visit the Kedarnath Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.
- Take some time for prayers and exploration.
- Overnight stay in Kedarnath.
- After morning prayers, trek back to Gaurikund.
- Drive back to Guptkashi.
- Depending on time, visit the ancient Triyuginarayan Temple, believed to be the venue of the marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati.
- Depart for Haridwar or Rishikesh.
- If time permits, explore local attractions in Haridwar or Rishikesh before departure.