Kedarnath can be reach by taking a 14 kilometer lengthy trek from Gaurikund. The other approach of getting to the temple is by hiring a helicopter from the Government’s helicopter service called ‘Pawan Hans’. This is the place from where the trek to the temple commences. Gaurikund is joined with the tale of Gauri, lord Shiva’s wife, who is supposed to have completed penance here to get Shiva as her husband. After years and years of love did lord Shiva appears and agreed to Gauri’s wish. They both got married just a distance from this spot. Gaurikund has a few thermal springs where people take path before opening their trip to Kedarnath.
There are lots of other places of interest in and in the region of Kedarnath such as Gandhi Sarovar and Gaurikund. There is also Triyuginarayan, said to be the wedding venue of Lord Shiva and Parvati and a flame at the spot is continually kept ablaze. Kedarnath is also the perfect spot for mountain trekking and beautiful treks leading through the virgin jungles and windy mountains are a preferred among adventure sports lovers. One can start trekking from Gaurikund itself. The celestial Jyotirlingas is treated as to posses the divine presence that can provide salvation to those who die at this holy land. And one can find the road to heaven at Mahapanth beyond the shrine.
Other than this, the Gaurikund Temple and Gauri Lake are also important landmarks that the place is famous for. Gaurikund has decent accommodation options in the form of dharamshalas, hotels and guest houses. One can reach Kedarnath by a steep walk of about 14 km from Gaurikund as it is joined by road from Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar. The nearby railway station is Haridwar from where one can reach Gaurikund by road. Jolly Grant is the near airport to reach Kedarnath, which is placed in Dehradun.
GAURIKUND TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
The region offers bright greenery with Vasuki Ganga flowing from underneath. Situated amongst verdant green forests, the place boasts of its wonderful views and the 2 well-known attractions sited here Gaurikund Temple and Gauri Lake.
Gaurikund Temple : This temple has the idol of Goddess Parvati in it, where devotees present their prayers. People on their manner to Kedarnath make it a point to halt here to come this sacred spiritual place.
Gauri Kund : Also recognized as Gauri Lake, Parvati Sarovar or the Lake of sympathy, this is the lake where Goddess Parvati had breathed life into Lord Ganesha. Hindus believe this lake to be a holy place and take a ritual bath here. Unhappily, after the 2013 floods, there is only a small stream of water flowing in place of the Kund.
GAURIKUND UTTARAKHAND TEMPERATURE
Gaurikund in summer have cool and enjoyable weather and is the right period to spend relaxing moments and visiting the Kedarnath temple. Summers are perfect for all sightseeing, temple visit and also for visiting near attractions. Summers (May to June) are very pleasant with moderate weather, with average approximately 17°C. Gaurikund in monsoons, the landslide are general so tourists should stay away from visit to Kedarnath Shrine in Monsoon season. Gaurikund in winters because of heavy snowfall, the Kedarnath Temple is stopped and no one stays in Kedarnath.
TOURIST’S ACCOMMODATION IN GAURIKUND
Gaurikund is the base of Kedarnath and trail begin here only. There are lots of alternative for accommodation in Gaurikund. Numerous pilgrims stay in Gaurikund and begin the trail early daybreak. If you are looking for inexpensive hotels in Gaurikund then you have come to the correct place Hotels and guest houses here are managed capably and highly focused on cleanliness, hygienic environment and quality of service so you can enjoy your holiday without any hitch.