Best Places to visit in Kedarnath
Among 4 dham in Uttarakhand, Kedarnath is the most popular dham. On your visit to Kedarnath you can explore many places including Gauri Kund, Vasuki Tal, Bhairavnath Temple, Gandhi Tal and Triyuginarayan and many more.
Below here, we are providing you with the best places to visit in Kedarnath:-
En route to Kedarnath, one comes across Gaurikund which is the starting point of the 15 Kilometres long trek to Kedarnath temple. This area, which is surrounded by lush green trees, is noted for its beautiful views and two well-known sites listed here, Gaurikund Temple and Gauri Lake.
Visitors to Gaurikund can take advantage of the natural hot water pond and the surrounding vistas. To make Lord Shiva happy and accept her as his wife, goddess Parvati meditated for centuries at the Gauri Devi Temple, which is open to devotees. About 6000 feet above sea level, the Gaurikund spring is encircled by the magnificent great Himalayas.
2. Vasuki Tal
Vasuki Tal is a 24-kilometre hike from the closest road-head, Gaurikund, or 8 kilometres ahead of the Kedar Temple. It is one of the top treks for thrill-seekers and is located in the Himalayan region. Vasuki is named after Lord Shiva’s curled-up naga (snake) companion of the same name. Vasuki the nag is reported to reside in the lake.
The journey takes place within the boundaries of Gangotri National Park, one of the few locations where Brahma Kamals may be found. The Chaukhamba peaks’ breathtaking splendour can be seen by visitors.
3. Bhairavnath temple
A sacred shrine called Bhairavnath is also located in the Kedar Valley, around 500 metres away from Kedarnath. The shrine is claimed to be protected by Bhairavnath. When guests arrive at the Bhairavnath temple, they are treated to a spectacular vista of the entire Kedar Valley.
4. Gandhi Tal
At Gandhi Sarovar Tal, which is 3900 metres above sea level, visitors can catch a rare glimpse of Kirti Stambh Peak. After Gandhi’s death, this tal was given his name after his ashes were thrown into the tal. Before that, the tal’s original name was Kanti Sarovar. The Madhu Ganga waterfall that flowed into the Kanti Sarovar is the most stunning feature of the body of water. The area contains a cliff called Bhairava Jhamp where devotees used to jump in the earlier times to achieve Mukti, but the British government outlawed the practice in the 19th century.
Triyuginarayan is a temple based in a small village named the same, where it is believed that Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati married in the presence of Lord Brahma, who served as the priest. Rudra Kund, Brahma Kund, Vishnu Kund, and Saraswati Kund are the four kunds that make up Triyuginarayan.
Triyuginarayan resembles Kedarnath Temple quite a bit. According to legend, the temple has an eternal fire that was ignited at Shiva and Parvati’s wedding.
6. Samadhi Adi Shankaracharya
Behind the Kedarnath temple, where Adi Shankaracharya obtained moksha, is where he is said to have died. A 12-foot-tall statue that looks spectacular has been erected in honour of Adhi Shankara. All of the followers realised how vital it was to go to the Shankaracharya samadhi because he is the one who restored Kedarnath’s beauty.