Panch Kedar

Panch Kedar | TOURISM
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The five abodes of lord Shiva situated in Kedarkhanda – name of the Garhwal Himalayan region in ancient time as stated in Hindu holy epics and mythologies, are center of high honor to the Hindu devotees. Religious tourists, specially the followers of lord Shiva, prefer to make devotional tour to Panch Kedar. Many adventurers besides the religious tourists travel Panch Kedar for their pleasure.

The five pilgrimages connected to the legendary history of Pandavas and lord Shiva and believed to be established by Pandavas, Panch Kedar witness thousands of pilgrims and non-pilgrims every year. The travel route to Panch Kedar, if the tourists is making trip only to Panch Kedar pilgrimages in Dev Bhomi Uttarakhand, usually begins from Haridwar and the route is as follows:

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Panch Kedar | Best Time to Visit

The best time for Panch Kedar Visit is during the summer season starting from May to mid-June and again in the spring season starting from mid-September to late-October if you are planning to visit the five abodes of lord Shiva on the same tour. Otherwise you can plan to visit the different abodes at different times. You can plan tour to few of the pilgrimages during winter too but in most cases, you must trip during summer and avoide monsoon season too.

Panch Kedar | How to Reach

Rishikesh or Haridwar or Dehradun is the last destination from where you have only one option of transportation, that is roadways. You can come to these locations by air (Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun) or through railways. Please check any of these three locations for information regarding how to reach through air/rail or roadways to these spots.

Panch Kedar | Places Nearby

  • Chandrashila Peak: 2Km above Tungnath temple, Chandrashila peak offers breathtaking view of snow clad Himalayan peaks Banderpoonch, Chaukhamba, Kedarnath, Nanda Devi, Neelkanth, Panch Chuli and Trishul. The trek to Chandrashila peak is filled with joy of seeing the beautiful Himalayan views and green panorama of Garhwal valley enlightening you with beauty beyond explanation.
  • Chopta Village: Surrounded by pine, deodar and rhododendron forest with varied flora and fauna, chopta village, 2,680 meters above the sea level provides you with spectacular  view of Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi and Trishul peaks and is the spot from where trek to Tungnath and Chandrashila peak begins. Itself a hill station, Chopta village welcomes you with rhododendron and deodar trees that bloom with full youth during March-April.
  • Budha Madhyamaheshwar: 2Km steep hill from Madhyamaheshwar passing through the large moors and valleys, reach to a small lake that provides panoramic views of ranges like Chaukhamba (four pillars), Kedarnath, Neelkanth, Trishul, Kamet, Panchulli. The shrine of Budha Madhyamaheshwar, also called Vridha Madhyamaheshwar is just a pile of stone.
  • Kanchani Tal: After 16Km difficult trek from Madhyamaheshwar you can reach Kanchani Tal (Lake) 4,200 meters above the sea level. Kanchani Tal is an ideal place for camping and relaxation after hours of trek and sightseeing.
  • Few famous tourist destinations near to Panch Kedar are — Gangotri Glacier | Rudraprayag  |  Chamoli District  |   Almora District  |  Auli  |   Karnaprayag  |  Nandprayag  |  Vridha Badri.