Kedarnath excursions consist of some of the finest places near the city of Kedarnath. Excursions around the city are a must see for those visiting the city. Some of the places to visit around Kedarnath are:
Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary
The Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary is located in the Chamoli district. One has to take the road from Haridwar - Rudraprayag and then to Sitapur which is about 226kms. away. The Kedarnath sanctuary was founded in the year 1972. In this beautiful sanctuary, one can easily spot animals like snow leopard, snow cock, tahr, musk deer, leopard, etc. Apart from the animals, many species of birds can also be found here. There is also a forest hut that is available for overnight stay.
Chopta is one of the most picturesque spot in the entire Garhwal region. It provides a beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges that surrounds it. It is situated on the Gopeshwar - Ulhimath road about 40kms. from Gopeshwar, at an altitude of 2,500 metres above sea level.
Deori Tal is a beautiful lake that is located at an altitude of 2,436 metres above sea level. It provides a breathtaking view of the snow capped mountain all around. It is the perfect place for angling as well as bird watching.
The peak at Chandrashila provides a very beautiful, almost unique view of the snow capped mountains. It is located about 93 kms. from Kedarnath. After reaching Tungnath, one has to undertake a trek to reach Chandrashila. The trek is beautifully decorated by rhodendron forests and alpine meadows.
Kalpnath is also known as Kalpeshwar temple. It is located about 160kms. from Kedarnath and is at an altitude of 2,134 metres above sea level. One interesting aspect of Kalpnath is that Shiva's locks are worshipped at this place.
A very important pilgrimage spot for the tourists, Shiva's face is worshipped here. It is located about 142 kms. from Kedarnath and is situated at a height of 2,286 metres above sea level. The Rudranath temple provides an enchanting view of the mountains that surround it. The nearby places like Anusuya Devi temple and a number of other holy spots are well worth a visit.
Just about 90kms. from Kedarnath and located at an altitude of 3,680 metres above sea level, is Tungnath. It is the highest shrine of God Shiva, and he is worshipped here in the form of arms. It is quite easily accessible by road from Kedarnath.
Madhmaheshwar is located about 25kms. north-east of Gopikashi. It is about 74kms. from Kedarnath and situated at an altitude of 3,289 metres. The best statue of Har Gauri in India, which measures over a metre in length, is located in the Kali temple, at Madhmaheshwar. The trek from Kalimath to Madhmaheswar is dotted with beautiful scenery all around. It is surrounded by the Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks.
Agastymuni is a very famous temple which is located about 73 kms. from Kedarnath. The temple of sage Agastya is the prime attraction of this place.
It is located about 49kms. from Kedarnath and is famous for its four temples of Ardhnarishwar and Vishwanath which are worth a visit.
Gaurikund is located about 14kms. from Kedarnath. It is the main trekking base to Kedarnath. There is a temple located here that is dedicated to Gauri; there are also thermal springs located here that are believed to have curative powers. Located at an altitude of 1,982 metres above sea level, it is said that Goddess Parvathi as Gauri meditated here for a considerable amount of time, because she wanted Lord Shiva as her husband. There are also a couple of temples located here, which are dedicated to Gauri and Mahadev.
Trijuginarayan is a beautiful place that is located about 25kms. from Kedarnath and is a famous excursion spot. According to mythology, it is the place where the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvathi took place. It is a short trek of about 5kms. from Son Prayag.
Vasuki is located at a distance of 6kms. from Kedarnath and is at a height of 4,135 metres above sea level. It is surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges that provide a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. It is an important spot fro trekkers and nature lovers.