The term ‘Char Dham,’ coined by the great Hindu scholar Shri Adi Shankaracharya, refers to the four sacred abodes of Hindu deities — Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. These four shrines, located in distinct districts of Uttarakhand, grace the state with their tremendous presence. A visit to these four sacred sites in India is seen to be a path to Moksha because of their significance in Hindu mythology. Apart from being important pilgrimage sites, these shrines will leave you with vivid recollections of the state’s stunning Garhwal Himalayan Range.
Starting at Yamunotri, the expedition travels to Gangotri, then to Kedarnath, and finally to Badrinath, the last salvation point of the Chardham Yatra. Every year, millions of devotees from all over the world participate in this sacred pilgrimage Yatra. Some tourists, however, just do they Do Dham Yatra, which includes the Badrinath – Kedarnath Yatra or the Gangotri – Yamunotri trip.
Dedicating the article to people who wish to visit the Badrinath and Kedarnath Dhams, we stress not only the certainty of conviction associated with these two holy locations, but also the numerous lovely characteristics that rely on their disputed terrains.
It is situated at a height of 3,900 metres above sea level and offers stunning views of the Garhwal Himalayan Range’s lush green valleys. The road leading to Kedarnath, a little settlement, is controlled by Mother Goddess in full bloom. The settlement of Kedarnath, nestled on the banks of the Mandakini River, has attracted interest due to the famed Kedarnath Temple.
There are two methods to get to this sacred place: one is a 14-kilometer journey from Gaurikund, and the other is via helicopter. Despite the severity, most people opt to journey along the 14-kilometer road filled with magnificent dioramas.
The journey to Kedarnath begins at Rishikesh, from where passengers can take motor vehicles to Rudraprayag, the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. The path to Kedarnath and Badrinath splits here, with the left travelling to Kedarnath and the right heading to Badrinath. The beautiful splendour and spectacular vistas of Uttarakhand’s Garhwal Himalayan Range fill the enroute recollections to Kedarnath.
Kedarnath Temple, located on a plateau surrounded by towering snow-covered hills and glaciers, is one of India’s holiest holy sites devoted to the god Shiva as “Lord of Kedar Khand.” The temple, built in stone with an amazing architectural style, originates from the 8th century and is located at a height of 3,583 metres.
Because of the weather circumstances, the temple is only open from May to October (from Akshaya Tritriya to Kartik Purnima) each year. Kedarnath is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples scattered across the country. The sight of the temple with the surrounding splendour is extremely fascinating, with Kedar Dome Peak in the distance producing wonderful panoramas that calm the eyes.