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Distance from Rudranath: 430 kms + 21 km (trek)
Best season: May to October
Rudranath Temple is the fourth temple in the circuit of Panch Kedar pilgrimage. Rudranath Temple is situated at an elevation of 2,286 mts above sea level in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. The trekking route passes through dense forest rich in varied flora and fauna, alpine meadows and deep gorges. Rudranath temple is the toughest one to reach in comparison with other temples of Panch Kedar. The Himalayan peaks adding to the glory of Rudranath are Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti.
The trekking route to Rudranath temple offers awe-inspiring views of diversified beauty of nature. Rudranath temple, wild grass meadows, dense forest and Himalayan views makes this place a heavenly hamlet. The morning aarti at the sacred Rudranath Temple starts at 8am and evening aarti is performed at 6:30 pm everyday. Near the temple is a stream of sparkling water known as Vaitarini - the 'Water of Salvation'. The temple remains closed from November to April.
Rudranath is the fourth temple in the series of holy Panch Kedar. After killing their cousins at the war, Pandavas started their journey to visit Lord Shiva to wash their sins. Lord Shiva wanted to avoid them as he was deeply incensed by the death and dishonesty at the Kurukshetra war. Therefore, he disguised in the form of a bull (Nandi) and disappeared into the ground with different parts of the body appearing at various places. The face of Lord Shiva is mysteriously embodied on a shivling, at Rudranath Temple.
How to reach Rudranath?
Rudranath can be reached by 21 kms trek from Saggar. Sagar village is situated 5 kms from Gopeshwar. The trek to Rudranath is graded as moderate, because the route is steep and there are no villages en route. The trekking route is steep up to Panar Bugyal followed by ascends and descends up to Rudranath.
Road Route from Delhi:
Accommodation in Rudranath?
Home stay accommodation options are available at Madmaheshwar. You can also stay at the temple dharamshala. Accommodation options are available at Sagar, Lyuti Bugyal, Panar and Rudrnath.
Nearby Tourist Places
While traveling to Rudranath you can visit the local temple at Sagar. While trekking, do explore the region of the scenic Lyuti Bugyal and Panar Bugyal. The temple is surrounded by several small pools named as Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, Manas Kund.
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