Staying in Gaurikund
Enroute to revered Kedarnath temple lays Gaurikund, which also has religiously significant to the pilgrims and devotees. There are few hotels and guesthouses in Gaurikund where pilgrim and tourists can stay. However during the peak season, finding an accommodation could be really difficult. One can look for place to stay at Sonprayag which lay just 6kms before Gaurikund.
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Gaurikund Food Guide
Being a revered town in the Kedarnath pilgrimage circuit, non-vegetarian food and alcohol is strictly banned at Gaurikund and adjoining areas. Being a small town, there are no fancy restaurants available at Gaurikund and pilgrims and tourists have to make do with local restaurants and dhabas at Gaurikund serve popular North Indian vegetarian dishes.
History of Gaurikund
Goddess Parvati also hailed as 'Gauri' performed a serious penance at this place, in order to woe Lord Shiva for marrying her. The locals believe that Parvati resided in the Gauri Kund while conducting the ascetic and yogic practices toappease Lord Shiva. It is also believed that Gaurikund is the place where LordShiva proposed Parvati for marrying him and were soon tied in the knot at Triyugi Narayan, located in the vicinity of Gaurikund.
This place is also associated with the beheading of Lord Ganesha and how it was replaced with an elephant's head. The lake is also known as ‘Parvati Sarovar’ where GoddessParvati procured Ganesha as her son