Kalpeshwar - Panch Kedar Temple

Kalpeshwar is the last temple in the list of Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit and it is the only temple of the sacred Panch Kedars that remains open throughout the year. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of matted hairs at Kalpeshwar and the trail to this sacred shine goes through thick forests and lush green terrace fields. There is also an old Kalpvriksha tree here which is said to be the wish granting tree in Hindu mythology.

Kalpeshwar Travel Guide

Distance from Delhi: 475 kms + 2 km (trek)

Best season: Throughout the year

Kalpeshwar is situated at an altitude of 2,134 mts. above sea level near Urgam Valley in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state and can be reached by an easy trek of 11 km starting from Helang. The captivating Urgam valley can be reached after a trek of 9 kms from Helang. There are two routes from Urgam Valley one ending up at Kalpeshwar and other going to Panar and Rudranath via Dumak.

Excursions from Kalpeshwar

The following places can be visited along with a trip to Kalpeshwar:

Rudranath temple: It is one of the panch kedars of Lord Shiva and the fourth one in order of visit where he is worshipped in the form of his Face. Located at the height of 2286mts above the sea level Rudranath can be reached by a 21kms step trek from the village of Saggar. The saggar village is 10 kms from Kalpeshwar.

Joshimath: Joshimath is a small but very important pilgrimage site in the Chamoli district. It is one of the four Cardinal institutions formed by Adi Shankracharya and also houses the idol of Lord Badrinath and is lord's home during the winters.

Chopta: Chopta is popularly known as Mini Switzerland or the Switzerland of Uttaranchal and is situated 23km from Kalpeshwar. The number of tourists visiting Chopta has increased in recent years as the region is becoming a popular vacation spot for adventure lovers and explorers. Tungnath, the highest temple of Lord Shiva is situated only 3.5kms away from Chopta which should be covered on foot or by pony. The region showers tourists with natural beauteousness during winters.

Activities in Kalpeshwar

Pilgrimage: Kalpeshwar temple is one of the five Panch Kedar (shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva). As a result, Kalpeshwar is visited by thousands of devotees and pilgrims visit Kalpeshwar.

Trekking: Kalpeshwar shrine can be reached by completing an easy 11km trek from Helang village which takes one through beautiful valleys, lush green forests poised amidst natural surroundings. There are few trekking excursions one can partake in from Kalpeshwar.

Photography: The vantage of Kalpeshwar offers mesmerizing views of some of the great Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Panchachuli, Bandarpoonch and Kedarnath. One the clear weather, one can click pictures of these majestic peaks.

Staying in Kalpeshwar

Kalpeshwar doesn’t have accommodation options available as the temple is not as popular among pilgrims as Kedarnath or Badrinath. Still, the devotees or tourists who wish to go Kalpeshwar can stay at home stay accommodation at nearby villages. There is also a dharamshala in the temple premises where pilgrims could halt for the night. Apart from that, one can also setup tents in the vicinity of the temple.

Mythology of Kalpeshwar

There are several mythological tales related with Kalpeshwar, the first one states that after the bloodshed of Kurukshetra war, the Pandavas went on an anonymous journey to beg forgiveness from Lord Shiva. They searched everywhere but couldn't find the lord. After making several failed attempts, Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers was able to reckon Shiva who had taken the avatar of a bull. When Bhima forcefully tried to hold the bull by its tail and hind legs, it immersed in the ground. Later, its body parts appeared in different places. It is said that the 'Jata' or the locks of Shiva appeared at Kalpeshwar. 

While the other Hindu legend tells that sage Durvasa, known for his rage meditated under the Kalpavriksha tree, a wish-fulfilling tree located in the surroundings of the Kalpeshwar temple.

How to Reach Kalpeshwar

By By Air: The nearest Airport to kalpeshwar is the Jolly Grant airport located at a distance of 268kms from Kalpeshwar. The Jolly grant airport is connected to Delhi with daily flights and Taxis are available from the Airport to Joshimath and Urgam village, from where the trek to Kalpeshwar commence.

By Rail: Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead located 251Kms from Joshimath. it is connected to major states of the country by an ecellent railway network. trains to Rishikesh are frequent and you can hire a taxi from Rishikesh to Joshimath or Urgam village.

By Road: Kalpeshwar can only be reached via a trek from the Urgam village which is well connected with the road network of the state. you can get a taxi to Urgam from major destinations of Garhwal region like Rishikesh, Dehradun, Rudraprayag, Joshimath. Buses to Rishikesh are available from Kashmiri Gate ISBT, Delhi and further a taxi can be hired from Rishikesh to reach Urgam.

Accommodation in Kalpeshwar

Home stay accommodation options are available at Kalpeshwar. You can also stay at the temple dharamshala. Alternatively, you can also setup your tents if you want to stay in tented accommodation.

  • Kalpeshwar is the only Panch Kedar that is accessible throughout the year.
  • When travelling in monsoons, it is wise to check with local authorities, tour guides or tour operators about the weather and road conditions before you actually start your journey. 
  • There are not much sightseeing availableat Kalpeshwar. Rudranath Temple can be reached from Kalpeshwar by trek.

Kalpeshwar is famous for?

Kalpeshwar is famous among tourist as Temple and Treks.

Kalpeshwar is recommended destination for Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Kalpeshwar is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Panch Kedar, Pilgrimage, Temples, Trekking.

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