Framed with the beautiful Mandakini River, snow-clad mountains, forests and mesmerizing views, Kedarnath is a deeply spiritual experience for travelers.Each year, thousands of Hindu pilgrims flock to the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. And i am just one of them who wanted to visit this place since long time and curiosity increased to another level after the massive flash flood that happened at uttarakhand in 2013, even though everything wiped out at surrounding the shrine survived at Kedarnath. As the temple remains open only during summer month’s i. e. in between April (Akshaya Tritriya) and November (Kartik Purnima, the autumn full moon) i decided to visit this place just before the closure of the Temple i. e. by end September as weather remains pleasant.
Along with Kedarnath I visited Haridwar, Rishikesh, Rudraprayag and Devprayag. And I must say this one was one of the best spiritual & devotional trip I did recently. Here is the complete itinerary below
It is very difficult to pull off leaves from job work life. I had only 5 days for this trip. After some research i opted out to go with the trip organiser Amazing Uttarakhand with their suggested package as per our itinerary. It was Delhi – Haridwar – Guptkashi – Kedarnath – Guptkashi – Rishikesh – Delhi. The tourism company provideed Swift Dzire for the transfers.
Day 1 – Pune – Delhi – Haridwar (28th Sep)
I left pune at 4.30 AM, morning flight is always recommended so that you get full day to explore the places where you are going, reached Delhi at 7.30 AM, and then i got freshen up at the airport, called up the driver who was waiting already outside of the Delhi airport T3 and then we headed immediately towards Haridwar. The road to Haridwar goes from Meerut & in morning we didn’t face much traffic while getting out of Delhi. In between he stopped at some random dhaba to eat snacks & breakfast. Chhole Bhatura & Kachauri. The road was scenic & beautiful & green due to plenty amount of waterfall in the season. After 7 hour long drive i reached to Haridwar, checked in to the hotel & decided to take rickshaw to go to local sightseeing instead of taking a car out. As there are so many places to visit in Haridwar I choose to visit (1. Mansa devi mata mandir & 2. Har ki pauri for Ganga aarti) as time was short. First I reached main market area at Haridwar, then had walk for around 1KM to reach base of Mansa Mata Mandir. The temple is located at hill upside. People can take Udan Khatola (Ropeway) or can trek upto the temple. Mansa Mata is famous for completing all wishes of the devotees who come to visit there. I decided to take rope-way to save the time and I am just too lazy to take the walk. It was 265 rupees only for 3 people for return journey. It was mesmerising view of Haridwar & Ganga River from Udan Khatola.