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Exciting Kedarnath Journey Chapter 2 – Uttarakhand Travel Stories

jj jitu jitendra friends in rudraprayag

7th July 2019

Early morning we started our journey to the place which was the main purpose of this journey, Kedarnath.  It took almost 9 -10 hours to reach Gaurikund from Rishikesh.

Gaurikund – Kedarnath

The Kedarnath temple is located on a height of 3,583 meters on the shores of the Mandakini river. The temple is directly not accessible by road. one has to do a 23-24km trek from Gaurikund to reach the holy site.

By the time we reached Gaurikund, it was almost 4 pm and we had to stay there. Next day, early in the morning, we started our Trek to Kedarnath Temple. It is mentioned as a 16 km by walk from Gaurikund to Shrine, but it’s typically more than what we see.

jj jitu jitendra kedarnath trek

kedarnath trekking route

Steep and dangerous trek

It’s steep and dangerous. It took almost 12 hours for us to reach the Kedarnath Temple and it was almost 7 pm and the temple was closed for the day.


Disappointed, we had to wait till morning for Darshan of Shri Kedarnath Baba. We took a stay at the nearest lodge at the temple for the night.

kedarnath baba

Kedarnath Baba

Early in the morning, we had the darshan of Kedarnath Baba and we spent some time there, then we trekked back to Gaurikund and reached back by late evening.

What’s Next?

The next blog will be the last of this Uttarakhand Travel Stories blogs, where I will write and show you the journey to Badrinath, Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Stay Tuned.

jj jitu jitendra in kedarnath temple


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jj jitu jitendra friends in haridwar


Haridwar – Uttarakhand Travel Stories

jj jitu jitendra friends

Life is all about having new experiences right?

Often Spiritual journey’s end up as very enriching experiences and here we are going to tell a story about 7 friends, who had embarked on a spiritual journey.

6th July 2019

We 7 Friends started a spiritual journey that had almost changed the meaning of life for us. 

The itinerary included Kedarnath, Badrinath, Haridwar – Rishikesh, Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of flowers.

jj jitu jitendra friends in haridwar

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Journey to Haridwar

While six of them started their journey from Hyderabad, myself started from Bangalore, and eventually,  we met at Delhi’s airport. Without wasting a lot of time in Delhi, we’ve boarded a bus to Haridwar and that is where our actual journey started. By the time we reached Haridwar, it was almost 4 pm and it was raining heavily there.

The city was enshrouded in a blanket of mist, while a naughty girl named rain sprinkled water all over the city. Though it was raining, we managed to book a car with a driver who can drive us to all the destinations.

Haridwar Ganga Aarti

Ganga Aarti and Ganga Snan

This was still Day 1 of our Journey and we found ourselves at the banks of the Holy river, and Haridwar ka paniGanga. By having Haridwar Ganga Aarti and Ganga snan in the evening, we further moved to Rishikesh and decided to stay for the night there.

What’s Next?

Next blog with a video will be on the journey to Kedarnath from Rishikesh which will be full of travel shots in the amazing and adventurous roads and mountains.

haridwar photo by jj jitu jitendra


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