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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the places to visit around Kedarnath?

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Answer: So you've visited the shrine, basked in the beauty of nature and soaked in the culture of Kedarnath, and still have some time on your hands. Worry not, there are lots of places around Kedarnath which you can visit and gather more memories. The places around Kedarnath which are worth exploring are:


  • Vasukital
    Just 8 kms from Kedarnath, this beautiful and fairly secluded lake is a sight to behold. Nature's bounty is at its best here, with unbelievably green and fresh surroundings. The trek itself is quite refreshing, and a popular route among trekkers. On the banks of the river Mandakini, the lake's water is strikingly clear, surrounded by lofty mountains on all sides. The best time to visit Vasukital is between June and October, and you must be prepared to endure a steep trek to this spot.

  • Gandhi Sarovar
    Fed by the serene and surreally beautiful Chorabari Glacier, this tranquil lake, 3.5 km from Kedarnath, is known for being the spot where Mahatma Gandhi's last remains were immersed. You'll spot snow on your trek if you visit during early April and by October, the glacier begins to retreat. You will also find a pretty waterfall on this one hour trek, completing the picture-postcard effect.

  • Rudraprayag

    Experience surreal beauty when rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini meet here at Rudraprayag, just 80 km from Kedarnath. The sound of gurgling water will be like a melody for your soul, rejuvenating and completely uplifting. Famed for being home to the Leopard of Rudraprayag, the man-eater who was killed by Jim Corbett, you'll find yourself enveloped in fresh air and lush greenery. The entire region is devoted to Lord Shiva, with temples like Rudraprayag Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple and Kotishwar ready to charm you with its ancient culture and tranquil religion. It would take you about 2 hours to reach Rudraprayag from Kedarnath, via Guptkashi.

  • Chopta

    The starting point of the Chandrashila and Tungnath treks, this one is sure to steal your breath with its magnificent beauty and spectacular views. Just 70 km from Gaurikund near Kedarnath, this little village town is a great spot for a relaxed excursion, or if you're in for some fun, a good, exhilarating trek. Often called the mini-Switzerland, it would take you close to 2 hours to reach Chopta from Kedarnath by road.
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