Kedarnath Yatra 2021 – Route Map of Journey to Mystic Temple
Encircled by the dignified Rudra Himalayan Range, Kedarnath is considered as one of the most pious pilgrimages in Hindu mythology. Renowned as the abode of Lord Shiva – Kedarnath is situated in the Rudraprayag district of the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. Kedarnath is one of the 12 divine Jyotirlingas and is said to be the gateway towards salvation. If you are willing to endure the divine pietism and observe the mesmerizing snow-capped mountains at the same time, then Kedarnath is a must-visit place for you in 2021. The majestic spot is located at an altitude of 3586 meters. The mesmerizing backdrop of the Mandakini river appends to the beauty of Kedarnath making the breathtaking panorama even more fascinating.
Kedarnath has been observed as a pilgrimage center since ancient times. The Hindu mythological story behind the construction of Kedarnath takes us to Mahabharat. It is said that after the battle of Mahabharat and killing Kauravas, Pandavas looked for Lord Shiva for forgiveness but Lord Shiva lurked in Guptkashi in form of a bull as he didn’t want to see them.
While looking for Shiva, Pandavas and Draupadi noticed a unique bull and recognized that this bull is none other than Lord Shiva. Trying to elude them, the bull plunged his body into the ground. Lord Shiva, in the form of a bull, disappeared from Guptkashi and reappeared in five different forms in five different places. Out of five places, the hump was spotted in Kedarnath.
Route Map of Kedarnath Trek
Are you planning to go to Kedarnath Yatra? If yes, then you must know that the journey you have determined is gratifying in terms of both – divinity and adventure. Here, we are going to talk about the route map of Kedarnath Trek and provide a complete guide to Kedarnath Trek. You must know the hurdles that you are going to face in this mystical trek. So be ready for the unforgettable experiences that this wonderful trek has to offer to its beloved devotees. Let’s start the journey!
#Wash your sins at Sonprayag
The place where River Mandakini meets River Basuki, Sonprayag is a small village placed between Gaurikund and Rudraprayag. Sonprayag is renowned among pilgrims as it is believed that by taking a bath at the Sangam (conflux) of two holy rivers one can cleanse out their sins. Along with this, situated at an altitude of 1829 meters, Sonprayag is surrounded by lofty mountains and beautiful valleys making it a perfect spot for nature lovers. On your way to Kedarnath, don’t miss the magnificent beauty of this village.
Sonprayag is not connected by railways and airways. Thus, the only available option is by road.
To reach there you will have to take a bus till Dehradun and from there you will have to take support of local transportation to reach Sonprayag.
Check out direct busses from Delhi to Dehradun.
The next stoppage is Gourikund which is 6kms away from Sonprayag and the commencement point of trek. You can hire a cab or take a bus from Sonprayag to Gourikund.
#Start you 16km journey from Gourikund
Gourikund, named after the wife of Lord Shiva is the beginning of a beautiful journey of a 16km trek towards the sacred shrine of Kedarnath. As per mythology, Goddess Parvati worshiped Lord Shiva here to please him and win over his heart. Pilgrims can also visit Gourikund Temple here dedicated to Goddess Gouri. Encircled by vivid greenery extending picturesque landscapes to its visitors, this place also has Vasuki Ganga streaming from below. After the flash floods of 2013, this place is maintained by the state government.
# Completion of 7km at Rambara Bridge
Till Rambara Bridge the trek is manageable. While crossing the Rambara Bridge, embrace the beauty of mother nature being surrounded by the lush green area and Mandakini river flowing below you. The rushing river sound and slogans of “Har Har Bhole” by devotees create a mystical ambiance. From here onwards, the trek gets steeper and you might even get to see some glaciers on your way. Every step taking devotees closer to their destination fills them with enthusiasm. After crossing Rambara Bridge, you can look for accommodation at Jungle Chatti, Bheembali and Linchauli to rest and continue your trek the next day.
#Say Goodbye to ponies at Kedarnath Base Camp
From Kedarnath Base Camp, pilgrims can easily spot the Kedarnath Temple and admire the spectacular beauty of being surrounded by snow-capped mountains. If you plan to opt for a pony for your journey to Kedarnath Temple, then at Kedarnath base camp you have you get back on your foot. Ponies are not allowed to cross from this point onwards. Only 1km easy trek journey will take you to the mystical temple. If you are not able to complete this journey on foot then you can always ask for a Palki service.
#And the Destination – Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath Temple is the place where beauty meets spirituality. Enormous white and icy mountains behind the Temple and the atmosphere filled with devotion. No picture or video can justify the beauty and ambiance that a devotee eyewitness at Kedarnath. The present temple of Kedarnath was built in the 8th century A.D. by Adi Shankaracharya. Outside the temple, there is a large statue of the Nandi bull and the internal walls of the temple are decorated with several divinities. In the heart of the temple, there is a conical shape rock structure being worshipped in a Sadashiva form. The daily pooja rituals include ‘Aarti’ in the morning and evening. Morning rituals start with ‘Maha-Abhishek’ at 4 AM and evening Aarti known as ‘Shyan Aarti’ ends at 7 PM. Visitors are not allowed in the temple after the completion of Shyan Aarti.
We hope that description of the Route of Kedarnath Trek will help you to examine, plan, and go for Kedarnath Yatra in the upcoming season. AbhiBus is here to fulfill your traveling requirements making your journey even more comfortable. Check the bus routes here.