A remote hilly terrain that is encircled by lovely kunds, Rudranath on the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas proposes a once in a lifetime experience to those who dares to embark adventurous journeys. With its magnetic terrain, this picturesque locale offers all the sizzles of a typical rocky ambience and the serenity of a devout centre.
Rudranath offers some of the finest sceneries of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas and at an elevation of 2286 meters, the beholder would be excited to experience the unspoiled beauty of Nature. The thick forest, meadows of aromatic flowerbeds, sparkling lakes and the glittering peaks, Rudranath is endowed with bewitching sceneries.
Unique in every way, Rudranath trek unveils the rustic and imposing gorgeousness of a charismatic surrounding. The trek in Rudranath is somewhat tedious and risky but is highly rewarding. Nothing would stop the trekker from embarking such a nice trail since it carries him through a world of unsurpassed prettiness. A trait through the sky-scraping creases makes one tremble but the scenic beauty of the valley with rich wild orchards, alpine meadows and dense woods takes away all your uneasiness.
It is not just the trekking routes that make Rudranath a favourite destination of quite number of people. Obviously the tranquillity and serenity of the place is an added attraction to the casual visitors though one cannot deny the religious significance of Rudranath. One among the Panch Kedars of the Hindu ideology, the place owes much to the old temple for its magnificence and popularity.
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Garhwali, Hindi
Best Season: Throughout the year
Weather: Summer 22-30°C,
Altitude: 2268 m
Solan to Rudranath 418 km
Manikaran to Rudranath 607 km
Paonta Sahib to Rudranath 301 km
Saharanpur to Rudranath 304 km
Muzaffarnagar to Rudranath 309 km
Best Season / Best time to visit
Rudranath has a cool but pleasant climate in summers and chilly climate in winters.
Summers (April to August) are very pleasant with moderate climate, with average around 13°C and maximum touching around 17°c. Summers is ideal for all sight seeing, temple visit and also for visiting nearby attractions.
Monsoons (September to November) are accompanied with scanty rains. This period is good for sight seeing as the hilly panoramic views are very attractive in rains.
Winters (December to March) are chilly days with average minimum touching near 4°C. Minimum can touch sub zero levels. Snow falling seen during winters.
The best season to visit Rudranath is from April to November.
April to August offers cool and pleasant climate and the right period to spend relaxing moments in the outdoors and is ideal for temple visits.
September to November is good for sight seeing and temple visits.
December to March is snow bound and chilly.
Attractions & Places to Visit and Explore in Rudranath
Kalpeshwar is one of the Panch Kedars located in the proximity of Rudranath. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the temple in the form of entangled hair.
Rudranath Temple is situated in Gaurikund and is one of the Panch Kedars. The temple is located at a height of 2,286 m above the sea level and is a rock temple. Tourists can see the Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti Himalayan peaks from the site. The range of the Himalayas resembles the face of Lord Shiva and is also known as Rudramukh.
Moreover, the temple is situated amidst holy ponds such as Suryakund, Chandrakund and Tarakund. It is believed that the temple was built by the Pandavas for seeking repentance after the battle of Kurukshetra.
Madmaheshwar Temple, one of the Panch Kedars, is the place where Lord Shiva’s navel fell. Situated at a height of 3,289 m above sea level, the temple remains closed for six months and the silver idols are shifted to Ukhimath for worship.
Tourists can also visit nearby Kali Temple where the statue of Har Gauri is installed. Moreover, while visiting the place, tourists can also witness the peaks like Kedarnath, Chaukhamba and Neelkanth.
Nandikund is a lake dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed that Nandi Bull of the lord used to drink water from this lake. It is situated in green meadows and is surrounded with peaks covered with snow from three sides. This kund has mythological relevance as it is believed that a corroded sword seen near the lake belongs to Pandavas. Nandikund is also popular as during summers, the water is found extremely cold. Besides, Madhyamaheshwar Ganga also originates from the kund and reflection of Chaukhamba peak in the lake can also be seen.
Panar Bugiyal is a meadow that is filled with flowers and seems to be like a flowery carpet. Tourists can also visit temples and a waterfall located in the nearby area.
Pitradhar is located at a high elevation where tourists can enjoy trekking on the Himalayan Mountains. The site also provides a view of the valley and is dotted with asymmetrical rocks and pebbles.
How to Reach Here
By air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, almost 258 Km from Rudranath. You will find taxis and cars in the Jolly Grant Airport which you can hire to Gopeshwar or Sagar. Then you will have to trek.
By road: Buses are available from Rishikesh, Hairdwar, Dehradun and Kotdwara to Rudranath. You will have to trek to the temple.
By rail: The nearest railway station is Rishikesh railway station at a distance of 241 km from Rudranath. You will find bus at Rishikesh ISBT or you can hire taxi or jeep that drops you 20km below the temple.
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