Panch Kedar -a Yatra of Shiva Temples in the Garhwal Himalayas

Panch Kedar – Yatra shrines are located in the deep Himalayas in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand and are dedicated to  Lord Shiva. These temples are located on high altitudes in remote places, Panch Kedar Names Madhyamaheswar, Rudranath & Kedarnath. Tungnath and Kalpeswar are easily accessible out of Panch Kedar Temples.

Panch Kedar Trek

Panch Kedar Trek is known as Panch Kedar Yatra where Pandavas visited during their visit in the Himalayas before securing the place in heaven. Panch Kedar Trek Yatra is loaded with happiness and God’s blessing. You must pay to God of God Shiva once.

Panch Kedar Uttarakhand

There are five such temples in Uttarakhand known as Panch Kedar or Panch Kedars which are each dedicated to one of the five deities amongst Lord Shiva’s peers (also referred to as his Ganas who form a part of the Brahma Gana). Collectively, these Panch Kedar Temples honor Kedarnath, Madmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath, and Kalpeshwar

Panch Kedar Story

As epic beliefs go, the ancient Hindu scriptures tell us that during one of the ages stated in the Mahabharata, penance was practiced religiously. As part of that tradition, it is believed that the Pandava Princes worshipped Lord Shiva while they were living year-round in Uttarakhand. It is said that this was because legend states Lord Shiv was hiding from their family by assuming a buffalo form – but Bhima recognized him anyway and broke his silence!

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Panch Kedar Yatra

Day 1 Rishikesh to Sonprayag ( 215 m/ 7 -8 hrs)

You start from Rishikesh in the private car for Sonprayag, it is a long journey through Himalayan zig-zag road. en-route you visit some famous places like Raghunath Temple and Dhari Devi Temple,  upon arrival check-in the hotel or Guesthouse, dinner, and overnight.

Day 02: Sonprayag -Kedarnath(Trek-20km).

After Morning Breakfast, proceed for the Sonprayag and en-route Lunch Break. Upon arrival check-in and Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/lodge.

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Kedarnath How To Reach And Where To Stay
Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand
Day 02: Sonprayag -Kedarnath(Trek-20 km).

After breakfast trek to Shri Kedarnath(20 km). Lunch will be packed. Dinner and overnight stay in a tent, Kedarnath.

Day 03: Kedarnath-Sonprayag (ReturnTrek-20 km)-Ukhimath(Drive-43km).

After breakfast at Kedarnath trek down (18km). Lunch will be packed and will be served on the way. After reaching Sonprayag, drive up to Ukhimath (43km). Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/lodge.

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The Holy Land of Divinity– Ukhimath and Joshimath
The Holy Land of Divinity– Ukhimath
Day 04: Ukhimath to Ransi Village (Drive-26km)-Gaundar(Trek-6km)

After breakfast,  drive up to Ransi village (26km) and start to trek for village Gaundar(6km). Lunch will be at Ransi Village. Overnight stay at Gaundar in Lodge/Camps.

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Madhyameshwar temple
Madhyameshwar temple
Day 05: Gaundar-Madhyamaheswar Temple(Trek-10km).

After breakfast, trek up to Madhyamaheswar Temple(10km). Lunch will serve packed. Overnight stay in the camps.

Day 06: Madhyamaheswar-Gaundar-Ransi(ReturnTrek-16km).

After breakfast,  trek down up to Ransi(16km). Lunch will be packed. Overnight stay in hotel/lodge at village Ransi.

Day 07: Ransi-Chopta (Drive-83km).

After breakfast, drive up to Chopta (83km). Today’s lunch will be hot at the campsite and overnight stay in the camps.

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Tungnath Temple Chopta Uttarakhand
Tungnath Temple Chopta Uttarakhand
Day 08: Chopta-Tungnath(Drive-3km)( Round Trip Trek 8km)

After breakfast drive(3km) up to Chopta, which is a tiny market, and start your trek(4km) up to Tungnath Temple. Lunch will be packed and later on trek down up to Chopta and overnight in the camp.

Day 09: Chopta-Sagar Village(Drive-31km)-Lwiti Meadow(Bugyal)(Trek-5km)

After breakfast drive up to village Sagar(31km) and start your trek for Lwiti Bugyal(5km). Lunch will be packed and Dinner and overnight stay in the camps.

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Rudranath Temple Uttarakhand
Rudranath Temple Uttarakhand
Day 10: Lwiti-Pannar-Rudranath Temple(11km)

After breakfast, trek up to Rudranath Temple(11km). Lunch will be packed. Dinner and Overnight stay in the camps.

Day 11: Explore the area and Return Rudranath-Pannar Bugyal/Lwiti Bugyal

After breakfast,  trek down for Panaar/Lwiti,  Lunch will serve packed and hot dinner and overnight at Panar Bugyal or Lwiti Bugyal

Day 12: Lwiti-Sagar Village(Trek-5km)-UrgamVillage(Drive-42km).

After breakfast trek down to Sagar village(5km) and drive up to village Urgam(42km).  en-route lunch break. dinner and Overnight stay in the camps.

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Kalpeshwar Temple Uttarakhand
Kalpeshwar Temple Uttarakhand
Day 13: Urgam-Kalpeshwar Temple (Trek-3km)-Rudraprayag(Drive-86km)

After breakfast trek up to Kalpeshwar Temple(3km). Today you will have a drive (86km) up to Rudraprayag(Confluence of River Alaknanda and River Mandakini). En-route Lunch Break and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 14: Rudraprayag-Rishikesh(Drive-110km)

After breakfast drive back to Rishikesh (110km). En-route lunch break and Upon arrival in Rishikesh. Tour ended.

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Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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