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Panch Kedar

Panch Kedar refers to the five temples of Lord Shiva popularly known as Kedarnath, Madhyamaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar. Panch Kedar is one the most difficult pilgrimages in India as routes are difficult to trek with few lodges and eating places.

Tungnath (90 kms.):
At an altitude of 3,680 mts. is the highest Shiva shrine among the Panch Kedars where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of arms. It is easily accessible. Nearest roadhead - Chopta.

Rudranath (142 kms.):
The temple, where the face of Lord Shiva is worshipped, lies at an elevation of 2,286 mts. and is 23 kms. from Gopeshwar. 5 kms. of the distance is motorable and the rest 18 kms. is to be trekked. Wild orchards and picturesque bugyals or high altitude meadows dominate the trek. The temple site provides a fascinating view of surrounding peaks. Anusuya Devi Temple and a number of holy kunds nearby are worth a visit.

Kalpeshwar (160 kms.):
Located in the Urgam valley at an altitude of 2,134 mts. above sea level, the temple is a 10 kms. trek from Helong - the motorhead on Rishikesh-Badrinath route. Here the locks (hair) with head of Lord Shiva are worshipped.

Chandrashila (93 kms.):
The Chandrashila peak provides a rare view of snow-clad peaks. The rhododendron forests and alpine meadows dominate the trek from Tungnath to Chandrashila.

Deoria Tal (68 kms.):
Sari village is the last bus terminus on Chopta-Ukhimath road from where a 2 kms. trek leads to Deoria Tal. This beautiful lake at an altitude of 2,438 mts. gives the spectacular reflection of snow capped peaks in the lake water. Ideal spot for angling and bird watching.

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