guptkashi

Guptkashi of Uttarakhand, India

Guptakashi is a fairly large town located at an elevation of 4,327 ft (1391 metres) in the Kedar-khanda (‘khanda’ means “division”), in Garhwal Himalayas of Rudraprayag district, Uttrakhand. It is known for its primeval Vishwanath Dedicated to the god Shiva, the temple is similar to the one in Kashi, Varanasi. The other well known temple here is dedicated to a half man half woman form of Shiva and Parvati (Ardhanareeshwara). The name Guptakashi has renowned meaning linked to the Pandavas, the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
Another temple town called the Ukhimath is situated on the opposite edge of the Mandakini river where, during the winters when Kedarnath temple is unapproachable due to flurry conditions, the emblematic deity of Kedarnath is shifted to Ukhimath via Guptakashi to continue worship constant. The temple priests of Kedarnath abodes at Guptakashi during the winters.
Guptakashi is located in the Northern Himalayan belt surrounded by the Mandakini river valley, which has verdant green forests. A number of watercourses and streams drain into the main Mandakini River. It has salubrious climate with its elevation being around 1,319 metres. The snow fresh view of the Chaukhamba point is a lovely sight to take a look at in the morning time from here. The valley has large number of Champa trees (magnolia) that offer a sweet fragrant environment to the area. The temple of Madhyamaheshwar is 25 kilometres away from northeast of Guptkashi. The route is via a road from Guptkashi to Kalimath and a trek from Kalimath to Madhmaheshwar provide the charming beauty of Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks.
It is accessible from Rudraprayag by road at distance of 24 miles (39 km). Rudrprayag is reachable from Haridwar or Rishikesh by the National Highway towards the Badrinath and beyond. It is 178 kilometres from Rishikesh.
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