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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Visit to Devprayag, Rudraprayag,Agastyamuni,Gowrikund,Kedarnath


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You can write to me on templeashok@yahoo.co.in for any clarifications /doubts..i shall try my best to be of use to u so that u have a good dharshan..you can also write to me on the mail id above for adding anything more to make it more useful and informative every small info will help as it has probably helped you so please write in..…



IMPORTANT: Generally this temple is closed between November and Mid may. Best is to go by end May and June. After that monsoon sets in and there are many landslides. Then you can go between mid September and October.

Routes:

Trip to Kedarnath - Devprayag, Rudra prayag,Agastya Muni, Kedarnath –If going by Helicopter:

Trip to Kedarnath - Devprayag, Rudra prayag,Agastya Muni, Gowrikund,Kedarnath: If going by Taxi or Bus.



About General Place:

It is one of Shiva’s Jyotirlinga. http://www.templenet.com/jyotir.html


http://www.jyotirlinga.com/panchakedar.htm

Hotels:

http://www.badarikedar.org/content-badari.aspx?id=58

http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/touristbunglows/

There are many rooms available between Rs 150 to Rs.300 near temple.


Details about the temple through links:

Official Website:



Photos of temple:

Temple Phone Number and Contact:


Std Code-01364 Phone Number :
Other Links:



http://www.kedarnath.org/

http://gov.ua.nic.in/uttaranchaltourism/districts/uttarkashi/Kedarnath.html

http://gmvnl.com/newgmvn/districts/rudraprayag/kedarnath.aspx


http://gmvnl.com/newgmvn/




How I went:

I took a taxi from @ Rs.2000 per day for 3 days from Mr. Rakesh Barthwal (will recommend him for any of your travel need in char dham or Himalayas be it haridwar, rishikesh, kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri or Yamunotri. His ph no is 9837077122, residence no is 0135 -2438255. Office no is 0135-2438455. He is a very very good natured and polite person.

Had booked my to and fro helicopter from Agastya muni
http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/transports_services.aspx



Started at about 2 pm and reached Agastya Muni at 9 pm. Restedthe night there at vinod rest house..rs 200 per day(ph 01364 256202 mob 9412441657 and took the early morning 11 am flight to kedarnath which is the last flight..if you take that you can be in kedarnath for a day and next day when the helicopter brings the first lot of passengers by 7 am you will be taken back to agastya muni. The charges to and fro are Rs.7000 and as it happened in my case one way is cancelled due to whether conditions you will be charged Rs.4500. I fyou leave by any other flight time you will be brought back by same flight in 1 ½ hrs after a priority dharshan @ Rs. 500 which is separately chargeable.

http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/transports_services.aspx

Alternatively you can take a bus to gaurikund via dev prayag and rudraprayag and trek 14 km to reach kedarnath by foot or pony (Rs 750 two way) or by dholi(palanquin carried by 4 persons) @ Rs 2800.
While here generally you can do a good pooja to the lord straight by also using the panda(archak person)..you may have to pay rs 100 or so to the panda...you can also take your pooja material a do straight..i was invited by a group of people from south who were doing mahaabhishek to the lord the next day morning between 4 am and 5.. you can book this the previous day by paying Rs.3500. 5-6 people are allowed. I got up at 3 am and had requested for hot water for bath. it was -1 degrees. at 4 am i sat outside the temple and was reciting om nama sivaya..it was so so fresh and tranquil...there is a amrit kund right behind the temple which is actually a hole in which all the abhishek done to shiv accumulates..the taste will be sour..please do take the teerth for drinking and for sprinkling on your head..there is also the samadhi of adi sankara right behind the temple.


My helicopter did not tun up the next day carrying any passengers as the whether was bad. Whether changes are so volatile here. Every 2-5 min there is a change. Generally after 11 it becomes very cloudy so the only time gap for helicopter services is between 7 am and 11 am. Since my helicopter did not come and I had to leave I was left with no option but to trek down by foot..I did trek 7 km down ..found it tough…after that got caught in rain and luckily I was near the half way mark called Rambara which is a small town..i could rush inside a small dhaba..there I waited for 2 hrs for the heavy rain to stop..being in no mood to walk down took a pony from there for Rs.100 and after a tough back breaking ride reached gowrikund where I had asked my taxi to come from agastya muni and headed back to agastya muni reaching there by 8 and then dozed off and left early morning the next day from there and reached rishikesh by 2pm from where I had done my bookings to go to jammu tawi for visiting Vaishno devi.

Places of interest:


Bhairav Temple- 2 km trek slightly up on the mountain.

Chorabari lake-u can try- went 75 % way. Then came back. As I had not taken any guide.

Vasuki tal – Most difficult –I did not go-photo- link
- http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Asia/India/North/Uttaranchal/KedarNath/photo186229.htm

You can ask guides for Chorabari lake andvasuki tal in GMVN Kedarnath.




How to reach

Nearest Airport – Dehra Dun or fly to Delhi and take a bus/ train to Rishikesh or haridwarHyderabad. Actually the airport is nearer to Secunderabad railway station.


Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun

Preferred travel base: Rishikesh

STD Code of Kedarnath -01364

Railway Station code for Hyderabad HYB Secunderabad-SC, KCG(this is also another station in Hyderabad) Chennai- MAS, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT




For Internet/ Mobile Railway ticket Booking in India use

http://www.irctc.co.in/


For Travel by Private bus to and fro to any major town in India and some interstate destinations use the links below for bus booking through internet.

http://www.redbus.in/

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