Panch Kedar Yatra – Five Temples of Kedarnath

Panch Kedar Yatra – Five Temples of Kedarnath

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Panch Kedar Yatra

India

Panch Kedar Yatra:
According to Hindu mythology Panch Kedar relates to the Pandavas of Mahabharata, the heroes of the famous Hindu epic who built Panch Kedar Temples (means five temples of Lord Shiva) located in Uttrakhand at Garwal Himalayan Region and known as Kedarnath, Kalpnath, Tungnath, Madmaheshwar and Rudranath. Pandavas found guilty of killing their own cousins-Kauravas and Brahmins in the Kurukshetra war. So they went to search Lord Shiva in Kashi (Varanasi) to seek Lord Shiva's blessings but Lord Shiva was not interested in meeting them as he was deeply incensed by the death and dishonesty at the Kurukshetra war. Lord Shiva disguised himself as a bull and hides himself in the Garwal region of Guptkashi after seeing Pandavas coming in Kashi. Not finding Shiva in Kashi, Pandavas also moved to Garwal where Bhima saw a bull grazing in Guptkashi and he immediately recognized the bull to be Lord Shiva and hold the bull's tail and hind legs, thus preventing it from vanishing. In the struggle that ensued different parts of Lord Shiva's body appeared at various places with the rump of the bull at Kedarnath, the matted hair of Shiva at Kalpeshwar (Kalpnath), the Arms at Tungnath, the torso including the navel (Nabhi) at Madhmaheshwar, the face at Rudranath. It is believed that forelegs of Lord Shiva appeared in Nepal at Pashupatinath Kathmandu. The Pandavas worshipped Lord Shiva in Panch Kedar temples and freed from their all past sins.

PLACES TO BE COVERED : Delhi - Haridwar - Rudraprayag - Kedarnath - Guptkashi - Gaundhar - Madhmaheshwar - Ukhimath - Tungmath - Chopta - Panargupha - Rudranath - Dumuk - Kalpeshwar - Rudraprayag - Rishikesh - Haridwar - Delhi
DURATION : 15 Nights / 16 Days

Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar (210 kms/6-7 hrs approx)
Upon arrival in Delhi, welcome to the guests and proceed to Haridwar by road. Reach Haridwar and check-in at hotel. If time permits, enjoy sightseeing of Haridwar, visit to Chandi Devi, Mansa Devi, Daksha Mahadev Temple followed by "Har-Ki-Pauri" to see evening aarti of holy Ganges. Later back to hotel, overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Haridwar - Rudraprayag (165 kms/7-8 hrs approx)
After breakfast, proceed to Rudraprayag, on the way visit Devprayag, The Birth Place of Ganga and the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhageerathi Rivers. Later continue to Rudrapryag, on arrival check in at Hotel. Evening visit Koteshwar Mahdev Temple, overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Rudraprayag - Kedarnath Jee (75 kms drive & 19 kms trek/9-10 hrs drive)
After breakfast, proceed to Gaurikund, Start trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath Jee (Height 3584 mts) either by walk or by pony/horse at your own cost. Reach Kedarnath Jee and check-in at hotel, later visit to Kedarnath Temple Darshan, overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04: Kedarnath Jee - Guptakashi (30 kms drive & 19 kms trek/9-10 hrs approx)
Early morning, visit to Kedarnath Jee Temple, later trek down to Gaurikund and proceed to Guptkashi. Reach Guptkashi and check-in at hotel, overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05: Guptakashi - Gaundhar (17 kms trek/8-9 hrs approx)
After breakfast, start trek to Gaundhar with our team, overnight stay at Camps.

Day 06: Gaundhar - Madhmaheshwar (17 kms trek/8-9 hrs approx)
After breakfast, start trek to Madhmaheshwar with our team. Reach Madhmaheshwar and check-in at Camps, later visit Madhmaheshwar Temple (3490 mts), overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07: Madhmaheswar - Gaundhar (17 kms trek/8-9 hrs approx)
After breakfast, start trek to Gaundhar with our team, overnight stay at Camps.

Day 08: Gaundhar - Ukhimath (12 kms trek & 16 kms drive/6-7 hrs approx)
After breakfast, start 12 kms trek to Jagasu and then 16 kms drive to Ukhimath. On arrival check-in at hotel, overnight stay at Camps.

Day 09: Ukhimath - Tungnath - Chopta (35 kms drive & 04 kms trek/2-3 hrs approx)
After breakfast, drive to Chopta and start trek to Tungnath. After Darshan return trek to Chopta, overnight stay at Camps.

Day 10: Chopta - Panargupha (30 kms drive & 10 kms trek/6-7 hrs approx)
After breakfast, drive to Sagar and start trek to Panargupha. On arrival check-in at Camps, overnight stay at Camps.

Day 11: Panargupha - Rudranath (12 kms trek/5-6 hrs approx)
After breakfast, start trek to Rudranath with packed lunch. On arrival check-in at hotel Camps, overnight stay at Camps.

Day 12: Rudranath - Dumuk (18 kms trek/8-9 hrs approx)
After breakfast, start trek to Dumuk with packed lunch. On arrival check-in at Camps, overnight in Camps.

Day 13: Dumuk - Kalpeshwar Mahadev (14 kms trek/7-8 hrs approx)
After breakfast, start trek to Urgam/ Kalpeshwar Mahadev with packed lunch. On arrival check-in at Camps, overnight in Camps.

Day 14: Kalpeshwar Mahadev - Rudraprayag (09 kms trek & 105 Kms drive/7-8 hrs approx)
After early breakfast, start trek to Helang and then drive to Rudraprayag. On arrival check-in at Hotel, overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15: Rudrapayag - Rishikesh - Haridwar (175 kms/7-8 hrs approx)
After breakfast, proceed to Haridwar. On the way enjoy sightseeing of Rishikesh, visit to Laxman Jhulla, Ram Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mata Temple, Shivananda Ashram and Swarg Ashram etc. After sightseeing continue to Haridwar. On arrival Check-in at hotel, overnight stay at hotel.

Day 16: Haridwar - Delhi (210 kms/6-7 hrs approx)
After breakfast, proceed to Delhi. On arrival transfer the guests to Delhi Airport/Railway Station to board the flight/train for onward journey and tour terminates here, but sweet memories remains for forever.

End of the tour



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