Kedarnath – Kedarnath In Uttarakhand
Situated in the Rudra Himalayan Range, at an altitude of 1200 feet, Kedarnath Jyotirlinga is also considered as one of the 4 dhams of Hindu religion. Due to extremely cold weather and snowfall, the temple remains closed for 6 months during winter and is open only from May to June. Pilgrims on their way to Kedarnath, first visit Gangotri and Yamunotri to take holy water, which they offer to Kedarnath shivalinga.
People believe on visiting Kedarnath temple and bathing the jyotirlinga, one can get rid of all unhappiness, ill luck, and misfortunes. Trekking up to Kedarnath is moderately difficult and people use walking sticks or ride on mules or dolis. The Samadhi of Shankaracharya- the famous Hindu saint is located just behind the main Kedarnath temple.
Temple opening hours: 4 AM to 12 Noon and 3 PM to 9 PM
How to reach: Jolly Grant is the nearest aiport and Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to Kedarnath. The nearest road connectivity is till Gaurkund from where you cna trek to Kedarnath.