Places to Visit in Kedarnath, Tourist Places & Attractions

Kedarnath is named after King Kedar whose daughter Vrinda was a partial incarnation of the Goddess Laxmi. The city has great religious significance and it is believed that the daughter of King Kedar performed many austerities at this place. It is also believed that the mighty Pandavas also performed penance here to please Lord Shiva.

Kedarnath is situated at a distance of 223 km from Rishikesh and is located close to the source of the River Mandakini. The town settlement is situated along the river Mandakini and is surrounded by the picturesque beauty of the Himalayas. The majestic peak of the Kedarnath stands out in the horizon and adds to the beauty of the city.

A major part of the city was ravaged in the flash floods of June 2013. There were landslides and floods due to heavy torrential rains and this led to severe damage and destruction of life and property.

Some of the important places of interest in Kedarnath include the Bhairava temple, Chorabari Tal and Gandhi Sarovar. Interestingly, there is a place called Bhairav Jhamp near Kedarnath from where devotees used to jump to death. There was a popular belief that by jumping off the cliff people could attain instant moksha or salvation. However, this practice was put to an end by the British government in the 19th century.

Kedarnath can be reached by trekking or using horses from Gaurikund. There is also a helicopter service from Dehradun that carries passengers to Kedarnath.

Newly Added Kedarnath Experience
First visit to Kedarnath, such a mesmerising experience. We have very good darshan. Its a must-visit place at least once in lifetime.
I booked the Kedarnath tour from Mumbai and i must say its the most beautiful temple i have ever visited and the hotels were good and clean and darshan was also good and hassle-free, Breakfast and dinner were delicious.