Trek to a place where divinity murmurs in the air! Kedarnath, a place known as an abode of Lord Shiva captivates you with the glory it holds. It is a famous Hindu pilgrimage destination where thousands of devotees from all over the world come in pursuit to attain Moksha. It is one of the Char Dhams nestled gloriously in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It stands tall and gracefully at an average height of 3584 meters above sea level and lies in the midst of snow-capped Garhwal Himalayan ranges near the head of the beautiful Mandakini River. It is a must-visit place for in here, you will witness one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, Kedarnath Shrine leads you on the path of salvation amidst the beauty of the Himalayan foothills.
Route: Haridwar – Guptkashi – Kedarnath – Guptkashi – Rishikesh – Haridwar
Duration: 4 Days, 3 Nights
Start Point: Haridwar
End Point: Haridwar
➔ Pay respects at the Gauri Kund temple on your way to Kedarnath
➔ Visit Gandhi Sarovar or Chorabari Lake located near Kedarnath
➔ Visit Vasuki Taal situated at an average height of 14,200 feet above sea level
➔ Visit Bhairav Temple situated south of the Kedarnath Temple
➔ Feel the Strength of Bhim Shila, The Rock which stood tall as an armour against the flashflood faced by Kedar.
How to reach :
The city of Haridwar does not have an airport. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest one. It is a domestic airport that is connected to various cities in India. Haridwar is well-connected to many cities across India, through many highways. National Highway 58, passes through Haridwar connects it to Delhi. The main railway station serving the area is Haridwar Railway Station. It comes under Northern Railway Zone and it is connected to major cities and tourist destinations in India.
You will be picked from Haridwar in the morning and will be taken to the Guptkashi.
On your way, there will be a halt at Rishikesh for your biometric test that will take around 4 hours.
One can also witness the beauty of the yoga capital of Indi, Rishikesh while waiting for the test.
The route will be covering the Byasi, Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, and Agastmuni hill stations on the way.
Have your lunch in the midway and you will reach the destination in the evening.
Check-in into the hotel and enjoy the evening.
Overnight stay at Guptkashi/Rudraprayag/Phata depending on the availability.
Wake up with the mesmerizing view of mountains all across in Guptkashi.
Before embarking towards Gaurikund, take packed breakfast with you that you can have on the way to Kedarnath as you'll have to start early at around 4:00 A.M.
A vehicle will take you to Sonprayag after which private vehicles are not allowed & you'll need to walk (approx 1km) to the government taxi stand from where a taxi will drop you to Gauri Kund.
Gauri Kund is a place where Lord Shiva finally admitted His love for Lord Gauri as well as it is a characteristic pool with warm water known for relieving skin maladies.
Start the trek to the Kedarnath from Gauri Kund.
You can take ponies or palanquins for the journey at your own cost.
Trek through the beautiful valley and river stream flowing in between both of them.
Have lunch stop in between and continue the journey, you will get to see the Kedarnath Temple, situated right at the centre of the valley with mountains on every side looking like they are providing safety to the temples.
After offering prayers at Kedarnath, trek back to Guptkashi, have dinner & take a rest.
Overnight stay and dinner at a hotel in Guptkashi.
Refuel yourself with a substantial breakfast at the inn.
Post breakfast continue to Rishikesh where on reaching if time permits you can explore colourful markets, Ram Jhula & Laxman Jhula.
Have dinner at Rishikesh & take a rest.
Overnight Stay at Rishikesh.
Wake up in the morning & get ready to experience the thrill of rafting through the cold waters of Ganga.
Get transferred to the start point for Rafting.
Experience a round of enthralling rapids hitting your face and body while you drift by curves in the flowing river is a memory to be cherished, take a rest stop at maggie point & go for cliff jumping.
Get ready for the adrenaline rush & the excitement experienced while riding & tumbling down the white waters of fast flowing river while rafting.
Get transferred to the hotel where you can freshen up &have your delicious breakfast.
Complete the check out formalities of the hotel & depart for Haridwar.
Conclude the trip with glorious memories after reaching Haridwar.