Reminiscing Kedarnath

It’s heart wrenching to see the destruction and loss of life caused by the flash floods at Uttrakhand and Himachal recently. It’s sad to see the town of Kedarnath now, which is one of the most affected. Here’s a link to find missing people from Google people finder.

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Kedarnath in the Himalayas in Uttrakhand, at an altitude of 3500m above sea level is a small town on the shores of river Mandakini. Famous for the Kedarnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is the most important & remote pilgrimage site for Hindus. There are only 2 ways to reach the temple town; one is a 14 km trek from the nearest road at Gaurikund and the other way is by helicopter.

Kedarnath is special to me as it was my first trip to the Himalayas almost a decade back. I trekked to Kedarnath and went up to Chorabari Tal, a lake 4 km beyond Kedarnath towards Chorabari glacier. Saw our galaxy the Milky Way for the first time filled with starts as bright as diamonds, literally! It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen and it’s tragic to see the devastation now. A few pictures from my trip to Kedarnath taken on film.

Trek to Kedarnath
Trek to Kedarnath
Kedarnath town
Kedarnath town and the peaks in the background
Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath Temple
Trek to Kedarnath
Trek to Kedarnath
A sadhu meditates
A sadhu meditates in the wilderness at Kedarnath
Kedarnath town as seen from Chorabari Tal/ Gandhi Sarovar
Kedarnath town as seen from Chorabari Tal/ Gandhi Sarovar
Kedarnath town with the temple in the center
Kedarnath town with the temple in the center
The beautiful Chorabari Tal (Lake) or Gandhi Sarovar behind Kedarnath
The beautiful Chorabari Tal (Lake) or Gandhi Sarovar behind Kedarnath
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15 Comments Add yours

  1. EagleAye says:

    What a beautiful place. And your excellent pictures capture it well.

    1. Thanks! Beautiful always… as a memory! 🙂

  2. What a contrast from the devastation we have seen. Hopefully soon things will return to normal…

    1. I know Prasad! Ya I hope and pray that too!

  3. Wow, what an impressive landscape!

  4. adinparadise says:

    Wonderful pics of a beautiful place. My heart goes out to all those people suffering because of the devastation.

    1. Thanks! Yeah, I hope things get better soon!

  5. Harsha says:

    Great Captures of such a Beautiful Place… 🙂

    1. Thanks Harsha! 🙂

  6. Bijay thapa says:

    Wonderful Pictures…………..
    kedarnath is holy for all Hindus.people form NEPAL and INDIA worship lord shiva lot.
    if you love to travel like these places why not you plan for NEPAL next time.
    Nepal is perfect place for travelers like you who love food and travel as well as colors.

    1. Thanks Bijay, Yes definitely Nepal is in my to-visit list 🙂 Hopefully soon!

      1. Bijay thapa says:

        oh, thanks my friend
        If then please check my site for general information on Nepal.
        hope you will like it.

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