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Panch Kedar Yatra

12 Days

In the state of Uttarakhand, five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are known as Panch Kedar This temple attracts devotees and tourists due to its natural fantastic view and serene environment. The  Panch Kedar holy temple of Lord Shiva is located in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal region. Natural scenes such as green meadows, mountains, snow-capped peaks, and so on surround these Panch Kedar temples, providing devotees with a sense of peace. Panch-Kedar refers to the five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, namely Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar, and Kalpeshwar. The purity, combined with the meadows, mountains, snow-capped peaks, and wildlife, make the Panch Kedar Yatra unique and a trip to remember for both devotees and tourists. There is no direct motorable road to these temples; instead, each temple must have trekked with varying degrees of difficulty, and this Panch Kedar Yatra typically takes 11/12 days to complete.

Tungnath Mahadev

Tungnath is an ancient Shiva temple located at Chopta in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. There is an ancient belief that the Tungnath Shiva temple was built by the Pandavas during the Mahabharata era. Pleased with the Pandavas` repentance, Lord Shiva appeared at the Tungnath Temple itself. Thereafter, the Pandavas built the thousand-year-old Tungnath temple as a monument. Situated at an altitude of 14,000 feet above sea level, Tungnath Shiva Temple is one of the natural scenic spots in the state of Uttarakhand.

Kedarnath Dham

Kedarnath Shiva Temple is a thousands-year-old Shiva temple located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Kedarnath Shivdham temple is considered his one of Panchkedar temples. Kedarnath Temple, built in the Kachuri style, was built with stones made from natural rocks. Historians believe it was built under the rule of the Pandavas by Maharaja Jammejaya, a grandson of the Pandavas. But later, Adi Guru Shankaracharya renovated the temple. The tomb of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is located behind Kedarnath Temple. The ancient Swayambhu Siblings in the sanctuary of the Kedarnath Shiva Temple are naturally occurring Siblings. Kedarnath Temple is considered one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in the country. Elevation of the Temple The Kedarnath Shiva Temple is located at an altitude of 3,562 meters above sea level. Each year, the timing of opening the Kedarnath Temple portal is determined by his Omkareshwar Temple priest in Ukhimath, according to Hindu Panchang’s calculations. The temple doors are most often thought to open on Akshaya Tritiya or Maha Shivaratri days in March or April. Likewise, the time to close the doors of the temple is on Baiduji after Diwali in November.

Rudranath Mahadev

Rudranath is another important site of the Panch Kedar Yatra which consists of natural rock formations. Rudranath Temple is located at an altitude of 2,286 meters amidst alpine meadows and dense rhododendron forests, where Lord Shiva is worshiped as ‘Neilkanth Mahadev’. This is where the Pandavas saw the face of Lord Shiva in the form of a bull. The temple also offers spectacular views of the mountains of Nanda Devi, Nada Gunti and Trishur. Another special feature of the temple is that it is surrounded by several ponds and pools such as Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund and Mana Kund. The trek to this temple is considered to be the most difficult trek compared to all other temples in Panch Kedar which involves a trek of around 20 km. Most of the treks to Rudranath start from various points in his Gopeshwar (Chamoli district) which is about 20 km long. 

Madhyamheshwar Mahadev

Located at an altitude of about 3,289 meters, Madhya Yamaheshwar is where the central or navel part of Shiva appeared. The temple is located in the beautiful green valley of Manthona village in the Garwal Himalayas, surrounded by the majestic snow-capped mountains of Kedarnath, Chaukamba and Neelkanth. Madhyamaheshwar can be reached by trekking from Aniyana, about 18 km from Ukhimath. From Bantri, where Madhyamheshwar Ganga joins Matiendra Ganga, the road becomes slightly bumpy. This migration includes the endangered Himalayan monal and musk deer. waterfalls; and you can also see the surrounding mountains, making this hike truly unforgettable. The trek to Madhyaheshwar Temple can be started from Uniana, 18 km from Ukhimath. The hike is 19 km long and can easily be covered from Aniana to Bantri at 10 km. However, the trek from Bantri becomes a little more difficult, the road from here becomes bumpy and requires a lot of climbing.

Kalpeshwar Mahadev

Kalpeshwar is another important pilgrimage site of Panch Kedar Yatra. According to legend, this is where the hair (jata) of Lord Shiva appeared. He is also called Jatadari or Jateshwar because of Shiva’s long, tangled hair. The Karpeshwar Temple is located in the quiet and scenic Urgam Valley at an altitude of 2,200 meters in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The predominantly densely forested Urgam Valley offers interesting views of apple orchards and potato plantations on terracotta farms. Kalpeshwar Temple is one of the Panch Kedar Yatra temples that is easier to reach by trekking than others. His Helang on the Rishikesh-Badrinath road is the access point to the Urgam Valley. There is an easy 2 km trek from Urgam to Kalpeshwar. The beautiful confluence of the Alaknanda and Kalpsanga rivers can be seen on the journey from Helang to Kalpeshwar.

Overview

Panch Kedar consists of five famous temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. If we look at the legend of Panch Kedar or the origin of Panch Kedar, the most famous legend behind the construction of Panch Kedar can be traced back to the fierce battle of Mahabharata. During the fight, the Pandavas had killed their relatives and gurus and went to Lord Shiva to repent for this crime. However, Lord Shiva was enraged by their foul play on the field due to which he was furious with the Pandavas and hid in the form of a bull at Guptkashi in the Garhwal Himalayas. This is how Guptkashi (literally meaning hidden Kashi) got its name.  The Pandavas came in search of Shiva in the Garhwal region and recognized Lord Shiva in the form of a bull. Bhima tried to catch the bull but it fell into the ground and split into different parts. Shiva reappeared in different parts of Garhwal. After which the hump of that bull appeared at Kedarnath, navel emerged at Madhya-Maheshwar, face at Rudranath, hands at Tungnath and hair of that bull at Kalpeshwar.

After this incident, at each of these places, a temple was built by the Pandavas and all these five temples together are known as Panch Kedar.

Panch kedar Darshan

  • Tungnath Mahadev
  • Kedarnath Dham
  • Rudranath Mahadev
  • Madhyamheshwar Mahadev
  • Kalpeshwar Mahadev

Itinerary

Day 1 :

You have to meet us at Haridwar by 8am...After that we will leave for Triyuginarayan by car. After 265 km drive we will reach Triyuginarayan. Today's stay will be in Triyuginarayan.
Sightseeing: devparyag,rudraparyag,guptkashi,triyuginarayan temple

Day 2 :

After visiting Triyuginarayan temple in the morning, we will reach Gaurikund after 12 km drive. After 18 km trek, we will reach Kedarnath for night rest. Tonight we will stay in the shelter of Kedarnath Baba
sightseeing: sonparyag,gaurikund,bhairo mandir,bhimbali,bhairo fall,bhairvnath,adiguru shankraacharya samadhi

Day 3 :

After attending Kedarnath ji's Aarti in the morning, we will trek about half a km to see Bhairavnath ji, the protector of Kedarghati. After this we will reach Gaurikund after 18km trek. After 60km drive from here, we will take overnight stay in Ukhimath.

Day 4 :

In the morning we will reach Ransi village by 30 km drive from Ukhimath. After trekking 6 km from Ransi village, our stay will be in Goundar village.
Sightseeing: onkareshwar temple (kedarnath,madhymheshwar shit kalin gaddi)

Day 5 :

In the morning we will reach Madhyamaheshwar after 16 km trek from Goundar village. Today's stay will be near Madhyamaheshwar temple.

Day 6 :

After visiting Madhyamaheshwar in the morning, we will also visit Budha Madhyamaheshwar on 1km trek. After this we will trek 22km till Ransi village. Today's stay will be in Ransi village only.
Sightseeing: budhakedar bugyal

Day 7 :

Morning after darshan of goddess Maa Rakeshwari of Ransi village, we will travel 60km drive to Chopta. On the same day we will also visit Chandrashila with darshan of Tungnath ji. The entire walking route is 4km trek from one side. After returning, we will stay today at Chopta.
Sightseeing: mata rakeshwari temple,chopta,chandrashila

Day 8 :

In the morning from Chopta we will reach Sagar village by 30km drive. From Sagar village we will trek 10km to Lyunti Bugyal and stay for the night.
Sightseeing: mandal village,lyunti bugyal

Day 9 :

In the morning after 10 km trek from Lyunti Bugyal we will reach Rudranath. Today's stay will be Rudranath.
Sightseeing: sarasvati tal,panar bugyal,panchganga,narad kund,tolital

Day 10 :

After seeing Rudranath in the morning, we will reach Sagar village by trekking 20 km. After 5 km drive, we will stay at Gopeshwar today.

Day 11 :

In the morning we will drive 60 km from Gopeshwar to Kalpeshwar. After barely half a km trek, we will visit Kalpeshwar ji. Today we will stay at Kalpeshwar.
Sightseeing: gopinath temple (rudranath kedar shit kalin gaddi) vridh badri

Day 12 :

Today we will leave for Haridwar after seeing complete Panchkedar from Kalpeshwar. After driving 272 km, our journey will end auspiciously as soon as we reach Haridwar in about 8 hours
Sightseeing: yog badri,nandprayag,karanpryag,rudraparyag,devparyag

Cost Inclusion & Exclusion

INCLUDES

  • All road transfers by a Mahindra Max from Haridwar & back.
  • Accommodation in Hotel/Tourist rest House/Tents at All the paces according to itinerary. While on trek Dome/Alpine tents will be provided.
  • Meals: At Hotel only breakfast will serve. Rest of the places and on trek all meal will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared by mix of Indian, Chinese and Continental
  • Camping equipment like tents, sleeping bag, mattresses, Kitchen tent, camping stools, Table etc.
  • Professional and experienced local trekking guide
  • Cook, porters,
  • Trekking permit & camping charges

EXCLUSION

  • Enroot meal
  • Any meals / services not mentioned above
  • Liquor, soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any expenses rising due to bad weather, landslides, etc.
  • Travel insurance

FAQs

How is Panch Kedar formed?

According to Mahabharata, when Pandavas were searching for Lord Shiva, he turned himself into a bull to avoid detection. However, when Bheema tried to capture the bull, it disappeared and later reappeared in body parts at five locations, presently known as Panch Kedar.

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Panch Kedar Yatra