Kedarnath & Badrinath (Do Dham Yatra)
Kedarnath & Badrinath (Do Dham Yatra)

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There are various versions of the origin of the Kedarnath temple. Some say it was built by Hindu seer Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th Century. Other versions claim it was built by Raja Bhoj of Malwa in the 2nd Century. But what inspired them? Again, there are multiple stories.

One of them leads on from the Mahabharat. Legend has it that following the Kurukshetra carnage, the Pandavas sought to meet Shiva to seek his forgiveness for the sins of the war. Shiva, unhappy with them, refused a meeting and left Kashi, his abode. He appeared as Nandi the bull in Guptakashi. But the Pandavas found out and tried to catch hold of Nandi. Shiva escaped and this time, reappeared in five different parts in different places—the face at Rudranath, arms at Tungnath, navel, and stomach at Madhyamaheshwar, the locks at Kalpeshwar and the hump at Kedarnath.

The second tale is Nara-Narayan, a Hindu deity, who went to worship Parvati, and Shiva appeared. Nara-Narayan asked him to stay there in his original form for the welfare of humanity. Lord Shiva granted his wish and Kedarnath became his home.

Under snow for 400 years!

Geologists claim that the temple of Kedarnath was under snow for nearly 400 years, sometime around 1300-1900 AD, a period known as the Little Ice Age. Scientists from the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, say the several yellow lines on the temple walls point to glacial activity in the region. The temple not only survived being under the snow for 400 years but also escaped any serious damage from glacial movement, as per this report.

Scientists say that even the inside of the temple shows signs of glacial movement and the stones are more polished. The report further adds that scientists studied architecture and concluded that those who designed the temple not only kept in mind the terrain but also the formation of snow and glaciers, and ensured that the structure was strong enough not only to withstand natural disasters and the passage of time.


Badrinath is a sacred town located in the Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, nestled between the Nar and Narayana mountain ranges. Badrinath is famous for its Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Badrinath, which is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites in Hinduism, along with Gangotri, Yamunotri, and Kedarnath.

The Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is considered one of the holiest temples in Hinduism. It is believed to have been established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. The temple architecture is distinctively North Indian and attracts thousands of devotees and tourists each year, especially during the pilgrimage season, which typically runs from May to November.

The town of Badrinath also offers stunning natural beauty, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and pristine rivers. It serves as a base for several trekking routes and pilgrimage trails in the region, making it a significant destination for both religious and adventure tourism.


Day 0: Delhi to Haridwar/Rishikesh

  • Report at 11pm at Kashmere Gate
  • Board Volvo Bus to Rishikesh

Day 1: Haridwar/Rishikesh To Phata/Sonprayag

  • We will board the Local vehicle (Tempo / Bolero - Based on team size)
  • Drive through the three “Prayags” i.e. the Devprayag, Rudraprayag, and Karnaprayag.
  • Visit the Sangam of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda
  • Drive: 200 KM || 8 to 9 Hrs
  • Stay: Sonprayag 

Day 2: Sonprayag to Kedarpuri || Kedarnath Temple Darshan

  • In Sonprayag we will shift into a local vehicle and drive to Gaurikund - 5 Km
    (People who have opted for a Helicopter ride (One Way) Add-on will have their Helicopter ride from Phata.
  • The total trek distance from Guarikund to Kedarnath temple is 16 KM. And, It will take around 6 to 8 hours to trek this distance.
  • During the trek drinking water, food & washrooms are available throughout.
  • The trail is easy and well-marked
  • There are multiple waterfalls along the trail where we can capture beautiful pictures
  • We will follow the river Mandakini through the trek. At one point we will cross it on a bridge.
  • We will stay near to temple.
  • Drive: 25 Km || 2 to 3 Hrs
  • Stay: Kedarpuri (Dorm stay) - Near Kedarnath temple

Day 3: Kedarnath Temple To Gaurikund Trek And Drive To Rudraprayag/Sonprayag

  • We will wake up before sunrise and see the Himalayas in golden color in the background of the temple
  • Temple will be open around 5:00 Am in the morning you can visit the temple and offer your prayers
  • After having breakfast, we will start descending and reach Sonprayag
  • It will be a 16 Km trek with an altitude loss of 5,750 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 16 Km || 5 to 6 Hrs
  • During the trek drinking water, food & washrooms are available throughout.
  • The trail is easy and well-marked
  • There are multiple waterfalls along the trail where we can capture beautiful pictures
  • We will follow the river Mandakini through the trek. At one point we will cross it on a bridge.
  • We will reach the Guarikund in the late afternoon.
  • From Sonprayag we will start our journey toward Rudraprayag
  • Drive: 90 KM || 4 to 5 Hrs
  • Stay: Rudraprayag/Sonprayag (Homestay Sharing)
Note: Mules will be available at particular points to carry luggage or people if you feel tired. You can pay for them and take the services.

Day 4: Badrinath Temple Darshan

  • We will leave from Rudraprayag around 8 AM in the morning. On the way, we will have our breakfast.
  • It takes around 5 - 6 hours to reach Badrinath temple.
  • After having darshan visit Mana Village.
  • Stay: Pipalkoti 

Day 5: Badrinath to Rishikesh

  • We will leave Badrinath around 9 AM and reach Rishikesh by evening.
  • You can plan your return after 6 PM.




  • Comfortable Sport/Trekking shoes.
  • A sturdy backpack (40-60 liters) with rain cover.
  • Clothes (Two pairs)
  • One warm layer- This includes Thermals, Fleece or sweater, and Winter Jacket.
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cap
  • Balaclava or Woolen Scarves
  • Two pairs of sports socks and a pair of woolen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp/LED torch
  • Daypack to keep essentials (20 liters)
  • Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, etc
  • Two water bottles: 1 liter each
  • Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
  • Rafting: Prefer wearing quick-dry clothes

  • Accommodation: Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 4
    (Kedarpuri stay would be dorms)
  • Safety equipment: First aid, medical kit, and oxygen cylinders will be available with Trek leader to deal with emergencies.
  • Services of an expert Trek Leader – All our trek leaders are qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses.
  • 3 Dinners and 3 Breakfasts (food at Kedarpuri stay is tentative)
  • Local Transportation depending on size of the batch.

  • Personal Gears
  • Helicopter ride & Mule
  • Any additional permits
  • Sonprayag to Gaurikund and return jeeps (around 50/- one way per head)
  • Hot water at Kedarpuri

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