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Gaurikund, Kedarnath

Gaurikund was the base camp for the Kedarnath Trek before the floods in 2013. There are hot water springs in Gaurikund and they are converted into bathing spaces. The place has got significance in Hindu mythology. This is also a major spot to start the Kedarnath trek as the new trekking route is built by the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering which is a 7 kilometres trek from Gaurikund to Rambara and 9 kilometres trek from Rambara to Kedarnath after the earlier routes were destroyed in the floods. There is also the Helipad for devotees who wish to visit the Kedarnath temple by Helicopter. 


History:
It is believed that the wife of Lord Shiva lived in Gauri Kund while she committed penance involving yogic practices to win over Lord Shiva’s affection and it was the place where Shiva finally admitted his love to her and they were married in Triyugi Narayan which is now a Temple located nearby. This is also believed to be the place where Lord Shiva had cut his son Lord Ganesha’s head.

How to Reach

Gaurikund has motorable roads hence one can reach there by car, bus or shred taxi and it is located at a distance of 186 kilometres from Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.