The sacred land of twelve Jyotilingas incarnation of Lord Shiva at height of 3581 metres in the state of Uttranchal falling in Rudraprayag of northern India is flogged by devotees during the peak permitted season falling between the month of May and October every year.
Kedarnath has good connectivity with all parts of India. The Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun 238 km away links it to all important cities and the remaining journey can be undertaken by taxis that ply the well laid route on daily basis.
The rail head brings the devotees to Rishikesh 216 km away from Kedarnath and the remaining journey is undertaken by road either by jeep, taxi bus or luxury coaches. From Gaurikund which is 2km above sea level a 14 km trek on foot or horse commences concluding at Kedarnath in the vicinity of river Mandakini.
The famous legend dating back in centuries speaks about the initiating of the holy temple. In the epic Mahabharata Pandavas attained victory over the Kauravas at the Kurukshetra battle ground. However their conscience pricked them for assassinating their own brothers. They went in search of God Shiva to seek blessings but the God avoided them and stationed himself as a bull at Kedarnath.
On seeing the Pandavas approaching God Shiva dived on land and parts of his body appeared at four different places namely tungnath, Rudranath, Madhmaheshwar and Kalpeshwar. All together are worshipped to this date as Panch kedar.
Kedarnath audience is possible for devotees with prior accommodation bookings within short duration such as over a weekend or longer vacation time. There are several accommodations beginning with Dharamshals, rest house, cheap budget hotels and hotels with deluxe rooms, or luxury rooms. All places are booked months in advance for the peak season. Booking is possible through the internet and through tour operators.