Destinations Covered: Haridwar - Kalpanath/Kalpeshwar -Tungnath- Rudranath- Chopta-Devprayag
According to the legend, the Pandavas sought the blessings of Lord Shiva to atone their sins after the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Shiva eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a Bull. On being followed, he dived into the ground, leaving behind his hump on the surface. This conical protrusion is worshipped as the idol in the shrine. Garhwal in the state of Uttaranchal has five Kedar shrines.
(Kedarnath, Tunganath, Madamaheshwar, Rudranath, and Kalpanath) like five prayags or confluences, besides lakes of divine charm.
Cradled in these very Garhwal Himalaya’s ranges are five of Hindu most important Hindu temples, popularly known as the Panch-Kedar, Viz.
1. Kedarnath- Hump (3584 m)
2. Madhmaheshwar- Navel (nabhi) (3289 m)
3. Tungnath - Arms (Bahu) (3810 m)
4. Rudranath-Face (Mukh) (2286 m)
5. Kalpanath - Hair (jata) (2134 m),
- Sprawled over a vast area with altitudes ranging from 1500m to 3680m.
This Trek includes only Three shrines associated with the Hindu legends. All of them are situated in the Kedar valley.
1) KalpeshwarissituatedinthebeautifulvalleyofUrgam.ThereisacavetempleandShivais worshippedin hismattedhairs form, when he tried to flee from the Pandavas atKedarnath.
2) RudranathissituatedwherethefaceofShivaissaidtohaveappeared.Thereisanatural rocktempleinwhichtheShivaMukhaisworshipped.Nearbythetemple,therearemanylittlelakesliketheSurya Kund, Tara Kund and Manas Kund.
3) Tungnath,wherethearmsofshivaappeared,isthehighesttempleinGarhwal(3810m). 500mabove the templeatTungnath is Chandrashila, witha breathtakingview of the Himalayas.