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Gaurikund is the commencement point of the trek of 16kms to the sacred shrine of Kedarnath. It is situated at an elevation of 1,982mts above sea level. The place is named after Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva and a temple Gauri is also situated here.
According to myths and legends this is the place where Goddess Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva did penance involving ascetic and yoga practices to win over Shiva's heart. It is believed that Lord Shiva accepted to marry Parvati at this place and married her in Trijuginarayan.
The place offers vivid greenery with Vasuki Ganga flowing from below. It is located amidst lush green forest offering serene environs and panoramic views. Gaurikund is situated 28kms from Ukhimath and 6ms from Sonprayag. This quaint little hamlet is named after a thermal spring which is not there after the floods of 2013, but a small stream of hot water still flows at the place where the kund used to be.
Before the flash floods of 2013, Gaurikhund was the top tourist destination catering to almost thousands of pilgrims everyday, but the flash floods have left a devastating effects to this place and it is now being restored by the state government. while on a visit to Kedarnath you have to take the permission of the Nehru institute of mountaineering from their base at Gaurikund.