Kedarnath Badrinath Yatra

By Vikram A | 2012

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While driving from Gangotri to Kedarnath we came across a huge lake that we named Tehri Taal. (we were told it is the submerged town of Tehri).

A bridge over Tehri Taal.

Another view Tehri Taal.

We met two interesting boys Keshav and Govind.

Just before Kedarnath is Sonprayag. Nearby, at GuptKashi, is a famous Shivji ka mandir. This is where Shiva turned invisible to escape from the Pandavas (hence the name, Gupt, which means “invisible”), who were pursuing him and finally caught up to him la

A distant view of the temple town Kedarnath. The car takes you to Gauri Kund, the base camp for Kedarnath. From here, it is a 14 kms trek to the Kedarnath shrine. It is a very steep climb--very doable, but tough.

Trek to Kedarnath

Trek to Kedarnath

Entrance to Mandir. This is one of the Panch Kedars—when Shiva was running from the Pandavas, he disguised himself as a buffalo, and when Bhima finally caught him, Shiva fell in five parts, commemorated by the Panch Kedar mandirs, and the main Kedarnath s

Close up to the temple. Do visit the Shankaracharya Samadhi ie close to the Kedarnath mandir.

Enroute to Badrinath.

Welcome to Badrinath 3413 mtrs. Badrikashram is the sacred place where Nara & Narayana, Uddhava, countless sages, Narada and Narayana Himself performed their penance, and Narada still worships Narayana at the temple here for 6 months of the year. In the t

What you see is Vyasa Gufa (cave). It is here that Veda Vyasa is believed to have dictated the Mahabharata to Ganesh.

What you see is Lord Ganesh Gufa (cave). Here it is believed that Ganesh took dictation of the Mahabharata from the Guru of all times Veda Vyasa. Also, visit Mana village, 6kms away from Badrinath. It is the last village before the Tibetan border.

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