Rudranath Travel Guide

Rudranath clutches a special importance in the heart of Lord Shiva's devotees. Amongst the 'Panch Kedar' (Rudranath, Kedarnath, Tungnath, Madhyamaheshwar, and Kalpeshwar) Rudranath is a far-flung temple situated in Garhwal region in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. The place is surrounded by the lofty Garhwal Himalayan Mountains and is located at an elevation of 3600 m. It is said that this important Hindu shrine was built in 8th Century AD and is said to shelter the face of Lord Shiva. Whereas, other parts of his bull incarnation like the hump, is in Kedarnath; arms in Tungnath, navel, and stomach are in Madhyamaheshwar and the hair and head in Kalpeshwar. Trekkers have to trudge through an arduous trek that can only take them to his pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand.

Along with the sacred temple that is situated in the beautiful alpine meadow, Rudranath is adorned by several blessed water bodies like; Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, Manas Kund, Vaitarani, Baitarani, and Rudraganga rivers. One can also relish the awe-inspiring views of the mountain peaks of the Devasthan, Nanda Ghunti, Hathi Parbat, Nanda Devi, and Trishul.

Our Rudranath travel guide is overflowing with information on best places to visit and amazing things to do, which makes it quite essential for the travellers looking for an impeccable travelling experience. Also, handcrafted for you are the varied holiday packages by Tour My India that ensure a vacation unlike any other.

Best Time to Visit Rudranath

Summer is deemed as the best time or season to plan the holidays in Rudranath. During this time, the place experiences pleasant weather. While winter in Rudranath is chilly. In winter, due to snow, the roads get blocked and it becomes impossible to trek. In monsoon season, the rain makes it difficult to reach here but the determined pilgrims are able to complete the pilgrimage journey in this season as well.

  • Summer

    The months of April to June are considered summer season in Rudranath. The weather during these months remains very pleasant and moderate and the temperature ranges from 13°C to 17°C throughout this time. Summer is the ideal season for visiting Rudranath and other nearby attractions.

  • Monsoon

    The monsoon season in Rudranath is from July to September. During these months, the beautiful land of Rudranath freshens up with average rain. Despite the rains that make visiting here quite challenging, many tourists still consider it the best time to visit.

  • Winter

    Winters are chilly in Rudranath and the village gets covered with the sheets of snow. The season starts in October and lasts until February. The roads during these months get blocked because of heavy snow, and thus restrict tourism.

Popular Tourists Attractions and Things to Do in & around Rudranath

Rudranath main attraction is its holy temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Along with it, the place is ideal for trekkers and nature lovers who want to relish the pristine natural beauty of Uttarakhand.

  • Rudranath Temple

    The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the third amongst the 'Panch Kedar.' You will have to cover the distance of around 23 km through trekking to reach here. Not limited to this, the temple is bounded with Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, and Manas Kund which are the major attractions in Rudranath.

  • Madhyamaheshwar Temple

    This temple is amongst the Panch Kedar. It is where Lord Shiva's navel is worshipped. It is situated at a height of 3289 m. The temple also has some nearby attractions for tourists, Kali temple is one amongst them. Moreover, a sight of peaks like; Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, and Neelkanth can be enjoyed from here.

  • Kalpeshwar

    Lord Shiva's hair is worshiped at Kalpeshwar Temple and is one of those Panch Kedar. The temple is situated at a short distance from Rudranath.

  • Nandikund

    It is believed that Nandikund is the lake from where Lord Shiva's Nandi bull used to drink water. Thus, this lake is devoted to Lord Shiva. The water of this lake is enormously cold. Moreover, the lake also feeds the Madhyamaheshwar Ganga and reflects the Chaukhamba peak.

  • Panar Bugyal

    At this place, you will get to see the exquisiteness of a meadow, which is flower-strewn. Moreover, one can also visit the nearby temples and waterfall.

  • Pitradhar

    The place is located at an altitude of 4000 m above the sea level. Here you will witness the beautiful view of a valley and cliffs with asymmetrical rocks.

Where to Stay in Rudranath?

Since Rudranath is not a place where you can reach in just a single day. You have to do 1-2 days of trekking. During the trekking, you will arrive at a number of places where lodging facility is available. On the route from Sagar village to Rudranath, Liti Bugyal, and Panar Bugyal have the staying provisions. While, in the Mandal village to Rudranath route, Anusuya Temple offers accommodation along with Shepherd hunts. However, a decent number of accommodation options can be found in Gopeshwar.

How to Reach Rudranath?

Rudranath can only be reached by trekking, however, the place is surrounded by few destinations that are well-connected by road to major cities and towns of the state as well as the country.

  • By Air

    Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport which is in Dehradun and at distance of 258 km from Rudranath. From the airport, one can easily get a bus or taxi to reach Gopeshwar or Sagar village, from where the trek begins. The trekking distance between Sagar village and Rudranath is around 21 km.

  • By Rail

    The nearest railway stations from Rudranath are at Rishikesh and Haridwar, which are situated at a distance of 213 km and 236 km from Gopeshwar respectively. One can get a taxi to reach Gopeshwar or Sagar Village from the two railway stations.

  • By Road

    Rudranath is easily connected with Gopeshwar and Sagar village by road. From Sagar Village, the trek for Rudranath begins. Cab is the most convenient way to reach till Gopeshwar and Sagar Village.

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