Guptkashi

Guptkashi

 

Manikarnik Kund

Manikarnik Kund located within the complex of Vishwanath temple is a place where Shiva Linga is presided. The Shiva Linga is bathed there from two source of water namely Ganesha's head and cow's head.

The most fascinating thing is that it is considered that the water from the two sources is coming from two holy rivers i.e. River Ganga and River Yamuna. The sight it present is absolutely captivating.

Ardhanarishwar Temple

Situated on the left side of Vishwanath Temple, Ardhanarishwar Temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva. The presiding idol in the temple is actually half man and half women presenting Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Beside the fascinating idol, one will find the symbol of Swastika.

Gaurikund

Located amongst the supreme environs of the majestic Himalayas, Gaurikund in Guptakashi, Uttarakhand, is famous for being the starting point to and the last road head before the Kedarnath Yatra begins. Gaurikund is located on the banks of the River Mandakini and is rightly considered to be the gateway to spirituality and salvation. Situated in one of the most captivating settings, this is a place of infinite beauty, breathtaking landscapes and immense devotion, all rolled together into one. Located at an altitude of about 2,000 metres above the sea level, the place is highly regarded by devotees, who consider this place to be a base camp for the trek to the Kedarnath Temple, that is situated high up in the mountains. Other than this, the Gaurikund Temple and Gauri Lake are also important landmarks that the place is famous for. 

After the disastrous floods shook Kedarnath in 2013, the original trekking route from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, via Rambara, a total walking distance of 14 kilometres, was completely washed away. However, after this sad event, the trek route has improved considerably and is now absolutely safe, complete with all facilities, thanks to the efforts of the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM). Today, Gaurikund has decent accommodation options in the form of dharamshalas, hotels and guest houses. Trekking is the main activity that takes place here. The entire area resonates with piety and spirituality, not to forget the mesmerising beauty and grandeur of the Himalayas in the backdrop. The area is almost always under cover of a snow blanket, except from March to November, which further adds to the immaculate gorgeousness of this destination.

Ukhimath

Ukhimath is a popular destination which is better known as home of Madhyamaheshwar and Kedarnath during the winter season. The place is situated just 12 km from Guptkashi with an enchanting view of Majestic Himalayas covered in snow. Ukhimath mainly houses the Rawal's, the head priest of Kedarnath.

Chopta

Chopta is a small quaint village blessed with pristine beauty of nature. Perched at an elevation of 2900 m above the sea level, this place serves as the entryway to the renowned Tungnath temple as well as the other Panch Kedar temples.

Located deftly on the Gopeshwar-Ukhimath Road, it is situated almost 36 kms from Guptkashi. Visit he place in winters as it is a pure epitome of charm and beauty.