Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand and one of the top tourist places in India, is filled with myriad colours of adventure and spiritualism. With a few gorgeous spots gracing its skyline, there is so much you can explore within the realms of this hill station. Dehradun awaits tourists to relax and calm down, a holiday to take you away from the hubbub of office life.
One such tourist spot in Dehradun is the Kedarkantha trek.
Kedarkantha is one of the most stunning locations in India, with some of the country's most breathtaking panoramic mountain vistas. As the snow blankets it for most of the year, hikers consider it an ideal winter destination. It is one of India's most popular winter treks!
The Kedarkantha Trek starts at the base of the Indian Himalayas in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is situated at the height of 3,800 metres. It starts at the centuries-old settlement of Sour-Sankri, which can be found inside the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary national park. Kedarkantha is one of the most well-known hikes for beginners and experienced trekkers in Uttarakhand because it is an effortless climb up to the summit.
The highest point is marked with stones laid out in the shape of squares and topped with a Trishul that points towards the top. The mountain is adorned with a modest temple dedicated to Shiva and Parvati and a smaller shrine to Lord Ganesha. You can see the gorgeous mountain ranges of Gangotri and Yamunotri, the Kinnaur Kailash mountains, Chansil pass, the Rupin ranges and Har ki Dun. Notable peaks such as Black Peak, Bandarpunch peak and Swargarohini can be seen together with the mountain ranges surrounding them.
It is an easily accessible trek to Kedarkantha. It is a popular winter trek because of the snowy mountains and the white cover encapsulating it. On the way to the summit, you have no guest houses, but you can enjoy setting up tents and camping along the way. You can hire tents from the base camp to make it easier.
History of Kedarkantha
It is believed that Lord Shiva was once meditating atop the Kedarkantha peak and was startled by a bull charging down the mountain below him. Because of the disturbance, he decided to practice meditation in the town of Kedarkantha.
Another legend says that the Pandavas travelled to the Himalayas to be blessed by Lord Shiva, and he managed to hide from Bheem by posing as a bull. However, Shiva concealed himself underground. When he ran out from where he had been hiding, he allowed his body to disassemble itself, and the various components of his body ended up in multiple locations. As a result, the mountain received its name, Kedarkantha, which means "the throat of Lord Shiva."
The people who live in Sankri believe that the trident of Lord Shiva, which was placed at Kedarkantha, guards them and ensures that the Himalayan rivers continue to flow.
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Best time to visit Kedarkantha
You can visit Kedarkantha all year round; however, the best time to visit it is during winters. The climate here varies distinctly throughout the year, and you must keep your warm clothing at hand while starting the trek.
Entry fee and timings of Kedarkantha Trek
There is no fee to enter Kedarkantha; however, if you want to go on a trek, it is advisable to go in groups with professional trekking agencies or experienced trekkers who can guide you through the terrain well. The minimum charges for the trekking experience start at approximately Rs. 7000 per person.
How to reach Kedarkantha
Flight is the fastest and easiest way to reach Dehradun. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest airstrip and is accessible by most cities in India.
Dehradun railway station is well-connected to several cities in India.
The journey to Sankri might take between seven to nine hours from Dehradun and you can hire a private cab from top car rental companies in Dehradun to reach it.
If you cannot get a jeep directly to Sankri, and thus, you should disembark at Purola. You won't have any trouble finding transportation once you get there.
The Kedarkantha Trek is a five-day adventure that begins at Sankri, a hamlet around 200 kilometres from Dehradun and is situated at an elevation of 6,500 feet. The pine and oak woodlands of the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary can be seen in the distance as you walk the trek.
Day 1: From Sankri, walk to Juda ka Talab, a 5 km route that takes around 4.5 hours to complete. Stay the night at the camp.
Day 2: Starting from Juda ka Talab, walk for two and a half to three hours to reach Kedarkantha base camp, a distance of 3.5 km. Spend the night at the camp.
Day 3: Start from the Kedarkantha base camp to the top of Kedarkantha and back to the Hargaon campsite (9 km). Stay the night at the camp.
Day 4: Start from the Hargaon camp to the Sankri base camp. This distance is around 5.5 km and should take approximately four and a half hours to travel. You can choose between staying at a homestay or a hotel.
Day 5: Take a taxi from Sankri to Dehradun (190 kilometres; 8–9 hours travel). At around six o'clock in the evening, you will be dropped off at the train station in Dehradun.
Kedarkantha is one of the best treks in North India. While you have steep terrains along the way, the climb becomes better if you travel in a group. The breathtaking scenery and the spectacular vistas of the mountain range make the entire journey worth your while. It is one of the top treks in India and one of the best in Uttarakhand.
Watching the mesmerizing sunrise from the summit to the favourite 'I am on top of the world' pose; you have a lot of memories to gather on your trek to Kedarkantha. It is one of the most unforgettable experiences for every new and experienced trekker. If you have been looking at going on a trekking adventure, this is your time to embark on one.
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