Rudranath, Chamoli

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    Rudranath, Chamoli

    One of the Panch Kedars in the world, Rudranath is a place of immense religious significance and is situated in the Chamoli district of Garhwal, Uttarakhand. The town hosts a large Lord Shiva temple and requires devotees and trekkers to undertake a thrilling trek to reach it. Home to one of the Panch Kedars and the toughest one to reach, Rudranath is famous for its Lord Shiva temple which has one of the five body parts Lord Shiva divided himself into to avoid the Pandavas. The temple also has idols as well as statues of Kunti, Pandavas, and Draupadi. All the devotees who visit the temple take a bath in the holy Narad Kund situated near the temple before going inside the temple.

    Perched at an altitude of 2300 meters above sea level and covered in thick forests, Rudranath is a place of great mystique and religious importance. The grand temple is composed of natural stones and is situated amidst a dense forest comprising of Alpine grassland. Rudranath is accessible through a 21 km long trek that takes one through some amazing forests providing enchanting views of the nearby peaks such as Nanda Devi and Nanda Ghunti.

    On reaching the temple, one finds themselves surrounded by some of the most spellbinding views with greenery all around, peaks covered in snow and cool air gushing at the face. Rudranath is a challenging place to reach and making it quite favourite amongst trekkers. A totally secluded and remote location where one can experience solace and peace amongst silver mountain peaks.

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