Kartik Swami

Kartikswami - Temple Above Clouds

In the wonderlands of the Garhwal Himalayas, lies the Kartik Swami temple that remains hidden by the cottony clouds that carelessly drifts above the temple. This holy temple is dedicated to Kartikeya, the elder son of Lord Shiva and is adorned at the end of a narrow ridge, enclosed by a deep valley. 

One can soak in the mystical beauty of the snowy peaks and the lower Himalayas that can be seen from here. If you move inside, you’ll be stunned by the beautifully carved idol of Kartik Swami.

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Kartik Swami Tour Packages

Kartikswami Temple and Kanakchauri Village Short Trekking Tour
2 Days / 1 Night
Rs. 1,500.00
Kartik Swami with Chopta Tungnath Trek Tour
4 Days / 3 Nights
Rs. 5,500.00
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About Kartik Swami Trek

The Kartik Swami trek- A swift accent to the divine temple that disappears in the clouds 

Spreading its empyrean aura to the entire Garhwal region, the Kartik Swami temple is known for its sacredness and for its invigorating trek that takes you through the ethereal natural beauty of the hills. The travellers have to pave their way through the dense forests to the ridge from where one can have a stunning view of the sunrise and sunset. 

The Kartik Swami trek offers splendid views of the snowy peaks starting from the Banderpunch in the west, Kedarnath Dome, Chaukhambha Peak. Neelkanth Parvat, Dronagiri, Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, the Nanda Devi group of peaks and Meru & Sumeru Parvat. 

One can hear and the sweet sounding tunes of the playful birds that have found their safe haven here. During March and April, you will the trails besieged by the rosy rhododendrons, during Aug and September the region exhibits luscious greenery and during November-January you will see the unobstructed views of the snow-covered Himalayan ranges.

 

Peaks visible from Kartikswami Temple (by Peak Finder)


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Activities in Kartik Swami

Trekking: Kartikswami can be reached by an easy 3 km trek to the top. Apart from that, there are numerous trails in the vicinity of Kartikswami which one could explore with friends. There is a less explored trek to Chopta as well from Kartikswami.

Bird Watching: Kartikswami is a birdwatcher’s paradise as there are more than 150 species of birds including the golden eagle, the steppe eagle and the black eagle, the bearded vulture, the Himalayan snowcock and the Himalayan monal pheasant to name a few.

Camping: Kartikswami offers excellent conditions for camping with friends and family to spend some quality time in the lap of nature. Breathtaking views of magnificent Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba Peak, Dronagiri and Neelkanth can be seen from the vantage of Kartikswami.     

Village Tourism: Kanakchauri Village which is the base camp of Kartikswami Trek offers a visit 

Kartik Swami Tour Packages

Kartikswami Temple and Kanakchauri Village Short Trekking Tour
2 Days / 1 Night
Rs. 1,500.00
Kartik Swami with Chopta Tungnath Trek Tour
4 Days / 3 Nights
Rs. 5,500.00

Kartik Swami Travel Tips

  • Best time to visit Kartikswami is from October till June. One gets clear 360 degree views of the snow clad Himalayan peaks during October-November. 
  • Kartikswami doesn’t have much accommodation options, you can stay at Kanakchauri Village at Mayadeep Holiday Home or stay at any hotel in Rudraprayag.
  • If possible do not miss the mesmerizing sunset from Kartikswami

There is one newly built eco-lodge named Mayadeep Holiday Home in Kanak Chauri Village. It offers bamboo huts with all the modern facilities. It offers closer look of Garhwal village life and culture. One can stay there to have a nice experience of serenity of KartikSwami trek and around.

Also you can stay at the Ashram near temple managed by local priests, but you have to carry flour, rice, tea and some other grocery along. You can also stay at Rudraprayag hotels and drive to Kanakchauri/ Kartikswami and then back to Rudraprayag.

The legend states that once Lord Shiva told their sons lord Kartik and lord Ganesha that one of them will get the privilege to worship first whoever comes first after taking a complete round of the universe. Kartik started his journey but lord Ganesha shows his intelligence and circles around Lord Shiva by saying that whole universe is in him. 

Lord Shiva impressed by his intelligence gave the privilege to be worshipped first to Ganesha. Lord Kartik got angry with this and gave his flesh to mother Parvati and bones to his father Lord Shiva. In this temple the bones of lord Kartikeya are shown in the idol.

About Lord Kartikeya (Murugan)

Kartik Swami, the God of War and Victory, is known as Murgan (Murugan) Swami (in Tamil Nadu) and Subramanya in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Kartikeya in Bengal.

Lord Kartik is also known as Lord Murugan, Skanda, Kumara, Subrahmanya, Karthikeyan, Karthik, Kartik and Karthika in various parts of India and World. Lord Murugan is an important deity around South Asia since ancient times, Kartikeya is particularly popular and predominantly worshipped in South India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia as Murugan.

Lord Murugan

About Kartik Swami Temple

The temple has a naturally carved idol of Kartik Swami on a marble type rock. KartikSwami Temple is located at the end a narrow ridge with deep valley all around, at an altitude of 3050 mts above sea level, offering splendid 360 degree view of Himalayas (both snow peaks and lower Himalayas).

Festivals in Kartikswamy

Kartik Poornima during November and 11 days Kalash Yatra during June.

Kartikswami Mahayagya and Kalash Yatra Dates 2020

The dates for 2020 Kalash Yatra in Kartik Swami Mandir will be updated soon. Following was the dates in 2019.

Shri Kartikeya Swami Mahayagya will start from 6 June 2019 til 15 June 2019.

Kalash Yatra will start from 6 June to 14 June 2019.

Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board eUttaranchal is accredited by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Govt. of Uttarakhand.
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