Kartik Swami temple is a serene beauty located in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand. This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva’s elder son Kartikeya has a natural stone-carved idol of Kartik swami. It is located at an altitude of 3050 mt above sea level.
ABOUT KARTIK SWAMI TEMPLE
This temple is dedicated to Kartik Swami who was known as the god of victory and war. His other names are Murgan, Subramanyam, and Swami. Being popular in South Asia it is considered as a very important deity in South India, Sri lank, Singapore, and Malaysia.
HOW TO REACH KARTIK SWAMI TEMPLE?
The Kartik Swami temple is located at an isolated, desolate area. The best option is to start from Rishikesh railway station which is 175 km away. From there you can reach to Kanakchauri village, by local trains or buses which is the base for reaching the temple. You can also hire a private cab from Rishikesh till Kanakchauri. The nearest airports are Jolly Grant airport which is 215 km away but still the nearest to reach.
TREK TO KARTIK SWAMI
The trek to Kartik swami starts from Kanakchauri village. The trekking distance is only 3 km. The trekking journey follows through ridges and dense forests. you can get the views of majestic sunset and sunrise from here. The natural beauty for the place is enhanced by birds, uninterrupted view of Himalayan peaks covered in snow. It offers a 360 view of some of the snow-clad mountains starting from Bander Punch in the West, Kedarnath Dome, Meru and Sumeru, Chaukhambha peak, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Nanda Ghunti, Trishul and Nanda Devi group of peaks. The trek route leads you through ridges which makes the trekking journey thrilling.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO AT KARTIK SWAMI
There are many important activities which can be done in Karthik swami . some important fun thing to do are:-
1) Trekking:-The trekking journey for Karthikswami only is of 3 km. It gives the view of majestic sunrise and sunset along with various snow-clad peaks. Also, there are numerous trails in the vicinity of Karthikswami which one can explore.
2) CAMPING:-It offers excellent conditions for camping. Be it with friends or family the quality time spent in the laps of mother nature with a pleasant atmosphere is always rewarding. The heavenly view of Himalayan peaks along with the beauty of nature around is bliss to spent time.
3)BIRD WATCHING:-Many rare and unique local birds are observed here. Nature lovers and bird watchers can visit this place to watch different species of birds. More than 150 species of birds including golden eagle, black eagle, the bearded vulture, and a Himalayan Snowcock are seen here.
4) LOCAL VILLAGE:– Kanakchauri village which is the base for Kartik Swami trekking is a local remote village. The people are very welcoming and nice. You can look around the village which is very adventurous. Their lifestyle and customs are very different from modern people which is interesting to know about.
5) PILGRIMAGE:- Being the only temple of Murugan Kartik Swami in North India this place holds a very important religious place for the devotes.