The Kedarnath- Badrinath Track
If you commence your trip ('yatra' in Hindi and many other Indian languages) to Kedarnath from the capital of India- Delhi, you will pass through the holy cities of Haridwar and Rudraprayag on your way to Kedarnath. If you are out on a religious tour, you may feel eager visit the places in between also to make your trip more meaningful and gain more blessings.
You will start your journey at Delhi (the capital of India). This city has many places of historic importance. You may visit tourist highlights like the Jama Masjid, the Qutub Minar and the Red Fort. There are many newly built structures of tourist interest. These include the Akshardham Temple and the Lotus Temple. There are multifarious shopping options. You may shop in the dazzling mall or the shopping locales like the Palika Bazar. You may shop in Delhi to your heart's desire. There is not a single item of your desire that you will not find in the city. The journey from Delhi to Haridwar takes between 3 to 4 hours by car or train, whichever you are comfortable traveling in. There are a few airways which facilitate this journey in a very short span of time.
The holy city of Haridwar is 155 kilometres away from Haridwar. The term Haridwar means the gate to the land of gods. The city is cleansed by the revered river Ganga which flows by it. There are innumerable temples of the Hindus. The city has famous river beds and is ominous locale for the Hindus. The Maha Kumbh Mela is held in the holy city of Haridwar once in every 12 years. Thousands of tourists, especially pilgrims frequent the venue of the Mela (fair). The famous Har Ki Pauri is a place where millions visit every year and take dips in the holy water of the Ganges. Fire is lit in diays (small mud containers) and placed on leaves. These are offered to the deity and floated in the water. The view of thousands of diyas floating away in the water is majestic. There is a train from Haridwar to Rudraprayag (another holy locale). The journey time is between 4 and 5 hours.
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Then you arrive at Rudraprayag which is 90 kilometres from Kedarnath. If you start your journey in the morning, after journeying for almost 5 hours, you will feel like taking a small rest in the evening hours. This is a very small town which has religious sanctity. Many people lodge in camps. The Ganges flows in the vicinity of the camps. There are many hotels also. There are few places in the locality which tourists visit to make their trip memorable. It is a nice place to relax and relish the peace in the environment. The next morning after breakfast you can start your journey for Rudraprayag. The journey to Kedarnath from Rudraprayag is of 3 hours.
If you travel from Rudraprayag to Kedarnath, you will pass through Gaurikund. According to mythology this was the place for bathing of Gauri Mata or Goddess Parvathi (the wife of Lord Shiva). You may stop here for one hour and then resume the rest of your journey to Kedarnath. This is a very revered place for the Hindus.
Finally, you arrive to Kedarnath (your destination). The temple of Kedarnath is on a hill. You have to trek or walk the stairs to reach the temple. The shrine is at a height of 14 kilimetres from the ground level. After visiting the temple you have facilities of snacking in the surrounding locales. Or, you may return and rest in your hotel room after eating whatever you are comfortable with. temple you have facilities of snacking in the surrounding locales. Or, you may return and rest in your hotel room after eating whatever you are comfortable with.
Tourist Highlights in the Vicinity of Kedarnath
This is a small village near Gaurikund. Here, you can have delicious dinners in the hotels or the road-side Dhabas. A one night's stay here will rejuvenate you in your journey. You can start your journey for Badrinath the next morning.
The distance for Kedarnath to Badrinath is 200 kilometres approximately. You need to travel by road. If you start your journey in the morning- you will reach Badrinath in the afternoon. It is a good idea to visit the Badrinath temple in the daylight and return back in the evening. You can enjoy your stay in the hotel alongwith mouthwatering dishes of the surrounding areas. Next day the visual delights of the place including the lust greenery and the pure water of the river will entice you. You may stay here for another day or move further to visit the other important towns in the area. You may start for a place called Govindham after having lunch.
This town is not so crowed. It is a hill station and a perfect town to spend your time amidst natural beauty. The streets of this town are worth being walked and enjoyed. You may sit beside the river or camp at night. The morning next you can start your journey for Hemkumd (probably the last lap of the journey).
The journey between Govindham and Hemkund (a distance of 19 kilometres) lasts almost for 5 hours. The Hemkund Sahib is a very good place for trekking in the mountain terrains. You can sit in front of the shrine and offer prayers. The views of this place are panoramic.
If you travel from Delhi to Kedarnath and miss out Chamoli, Badrinath, Govindham or Hemkund, you will lament later.
Last Updated on 30 March 2011