Gaurikund, situated amidst pristine Himalayan environs, is located in the district of Rudraprayag in the hill state of Uttarakhand in India. At an elevation of 1, 982 meters above the sea level, Gaurikund offers breathtaking panoramic view of snow capped higher Himalayan peaks. On clear days, one can even see the famous Kedarnath shrine from here.
Gaurikund, situated on the banks of river Mandakhini and about 5 Km from Sonprayag, is the last bus stop en route Kedarnath. From hereon, there is a steep climb to the celebrated destination of Kedarnath.
Gaurikund is a natural wonder that still remains unblemished by the ever increasing industrial world. It offers comfortable boarding and lodging facilities like tourist guest houses and hotels. Besides, there are a couple of Dharamshalas also where one can put up.
Apart from being the last stop before steep Kedarnath trek, Gaurikund in itself has some interesting places to visit. There is a hot water pond where the pilgrims en route Kedarnath, bathe. The quaint mountainous destination of Gaurikund is also home to the ancient temple of Gauri Mata. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Gauri or Parvati.
Interesting Places Around Gaurikund
Hot and Cold Water Tanks
On way to Gaurikund, one finds two water tanks - one consisting of hot water with traces of sulphur and the other, a fascinating cold water spring that changes color in keeping with the changing time of the day.
Ancient Temple Of Ganesha
Located a few kilometers away from the water tanks, this temple is unique in its own way. It is an ancient temple of beheaded Ganesha.
How To Reach
By road, it is well connected with important destinations of the region like Sonprayag, Rudraprayag, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun and so on. Nearest railhead is at Rishikesh and nearest airport is Jolly Grant of Dehradun.