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Things To Do In Kedarnath
Kedarnath, one of the 4 most prominent pilgrimages of India, is a unique destination of spiritual, religious and adventurous value to its visitors. As Kedarnath is bordered by mountain ranges, two of the most prominent activities here are rock climbing and trekking. Tourists can hike up to the Kedarnath Temple or Chandrashila Peak. A stopover to Gandhi Sarovar, 4 km from the main town, is also an option. There aren’t many shops in Kedarnath, however small stores tend to sell spiritual themed mementos. Read on to find our top picks for things to do in Kedarnath.
Relax at Vasuki Tal
A massive lake, located in the Himalayas next to Kedarnath, it presents a visual treat for trekkers brave enough to endure the steep slopes to reach this magical destination. The panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges, clear and still blue water, and surrounding forest area makes it a fantastic adventure. It is frequented by pilgrims and tourists alike and is open 24 hours a day.
Trek to Kedarnath Peak
For visitors infatuated with mountains, there is no activity more rewarding than a trek to Kedarnath Peak (3584 metres above sea level). Walking through Kedarnath involves a continuous ascent along the Vasukital and is marked as a worthy accomplishment. Trekkers can enjoy the gorgeous Chaukhamba Peaks and the Mandakini Valley. The Vasukital Lake captivates those who lay their eyes on it with the valley in the background.
Visit Sunset Point
For unmatched sightings of the Chopta Valley, this is the place to be. It is an ideal spot for camping overnight. This spot also serves as the base location for treks to Tungnath and Chandrashila. Visitors can get incredible footage of the Valley stretched out in the background. This is truly a unique outdoor experience.
Visit Kedarnath Temple
One of the most respected temples in the Hindu religion, this is a must-do activity when visiting Kedarnath. The temple is centuries old, built in memory of Lord Shiva and is open to the public from May to October. The large lamps, ancient bells and prayers chanted by the priests create a magical experience.
Trek to Chorabari Tal
Gandhi Sarovar or Chorabari Tal, is just 3 km ahead of Kedarnath, well known for being the spot where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were laid to rest. The stimulating climate, the mountain peaks nearby and the ancient shrine in the area, will make for a memorable trip for all visitors venturing here.
Pray at Anusuya Devi Temple
The Anusuya Devi Temple is located close to Rudranath, devoted to Goddess Anusuya. It is thought this pilgrimage helps solve any problems that a devotee is facing. The hike to the temple is challenging and rewarding, 30 km away from Chopta, the temple is situated right in the lap of the Himalayan ranges. In December a large festival is organised to celebrate the occasion of Duttatreya Jayanti.
Visit Deoria Tal
Deoria Tal, at an elevation of 2,438 metres, is a tranquil and peaceful lake well-known for its hypnotic images of the Chaukhamba Range in its ultra-clear water. The background of the Himalayas and dense forests make for a photographers delight and is perfect for novice trekkers.
Mayali Pass Trek
The Mayali Pass is in the middle of Masar Lake and Vasuki Lake. Originating from a tiny village called Reeh, the trek continues for 12 km to Gangi (8500 feet). Gangi is the final township on the trail, which is a delight for trekkers and naturalists. Visitors must remember to be well-equipped with their hiking gear for this activity.