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GuptaKashi

Guptakashi, Gupta Kashi or Guptkashi is a fairly large village located in the Northern Himalayan belt within Mandakini river valley at an elevation of 4327 feet in the Kedar sector, in Garhwal Himalayas of Rudraprayag district in Uttrakhand, India.

Guptkashi is famous for the ancient Vishwanath Temple – dedicated to the god Shiva – similar to the one in Varanasi. The other famous temple here is dedicated to Ardhanareshvara (a half man half woman form of Shiva and Parvati). Its religious importance is considered next to that of Varanasi, believed to be the most pious of all Hindu pilgrimage places.
The temple town is located on the way to the Kedarnath, one of the Chota Char Dhams and Panch Kedar. It has the scenic backdrop of the snow-covered peaks of Chaukhamba and enjoys salubrious weather throughout the year.

Legend and Mythology

  • Mythology also states that Shiva proposed to Parvati at Guptakashi before they got married in the small Triyuginarayan village at the confluence of River Mandakini and Son Ganga.
  • It is believed that after the battle of Mahabharata, the Pandavas wanted to meet Lord Shiva and seek his blessings. But Lord Shiva avoided meeting them at Kashi and went incognito as the bull Nandi to Guptakashi in Uttarakhand, the reason being that although they had fought for the right cause, they were also responsible for destroying their own dynasty and brahmacharya. But Pandavas pursued him to Guptakashi and recognized him in the disguised form of Nandi.
  • According to Puranic literature, Kashi and Kanchipuram are considered as two eyes of Shiva. Keeping this connotation in view, six more Kashis have been prescribed to be as sacred and spiritual as the main Kashi – Varanasi. Pilgrims, who cannot undertake the long journey to the main Kashi, can travel to the closest Kashi. The six other “Kashi”s cover all the regions of the country. These are: Uttarkashi and Guptakashi in Uttarakhand in Northern Himalayas.
  • Another legend declares that when the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb demolished the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in 1669 and constructed Gaynvapi Mosque, the Shiva Linga was shifted to Guptakashi for safekeeping. But the original linga of Kashi Vishwanath is stated to have remained here from the time it was shifted.

Guptkashi During Char Dham Yatra

GuptKashi is an important market town on the road to Kedarnath, and an important stop on the traditional pilgrim route of Char Dham Yatra tour package. Many pilgrims during their Kedarnath Yatra take a halt at Guptkashi or purchase important items from this market.

Car Rental For Char Dham Yatra

Car rental service for Char Dham Yatra or for individual Char Dham Temples (Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri), Here you will find all types of the latest information about Cabs/Taxi Rental Services with rates from your city. We have some of the best car rental operators offering the quality & efficient Car Hire service for pilgrimage tours in Uttarakhand.

Char Dham Distance Chart From Guptkashi

GuptKashi is a important market town on the road to Kedarnath, and an important stop on the traditional pilgrim route of Char Dham Yatra. Many pilgrims during their Kedarnath Yatra take halt at Guptkashi or purchase important items from this market.

  Distance Time Route
Badrinath 174 kms 7 hrs Guptkashi -> Ukhimath -> Chamoli -> Pipalkoti -> Joshimath -> Govindghat -> Pandukeshwar -> Hanuman Chatti -> Badrinath
Kedarnath 75 Kms 5 hrs Guptkashi -> Sonprayag -> Gaurikund -> Kedarnath
Gangotri 288 kms 10 hrs Guptkashi -> Ukhimath -> Augustmuni -> Rudraprayag -> Srinagar -> Naughar -> Uttarkashi -> Gangotri
Yamunotri 280 kms 10 hrs Guptkashi -> Ukhimath -> Augastmuni -> Rudraprayag -> Srinagar -> Chinyalisaur -> Dharasu Band -> Barkot -> Jankichatti -> Yamunotri

Top 5 Places To Stay in Guptkashi

There are few options for accommodation in Guptkashi during Char Dham Yatra. Following is the list of hotels, resorts, guest houses in Guptkashi.

1) Peaches And Pears
Peaches and Pears is a Himalayan homestay which runs by a local family that offers warm hospitality to their guests. This beautiful homestay offers its guests to witness the local culture and the beauty of nature.
Address:- Ghingran Road, Rauli, Gopeshwar, Uttarakhand.

2) The Rudralok Hotel
This hotel is situated in Gopeshwar. All rooms are well maintained and has a TV with cable channels, AC, Wardrobe and a attached bathroom.
Address:- 1 Gopeshwar Mandal Road, Chamoli Gopeshwar 246401.

3) Himalayan Eco Lodge Kund
This hotel offers you a cozy stay with warm hospitality. It also has an in-house multi-cuisine restaurant offering a wide range of regional delicacies.
Address:- Sansari Village, Kund, Chopta.

4) Himalaya Resort
This resort is the second home for travelers or trekkers of Chopta, Tungnath, and Chandrashila. This resort is the best place for trekkers and backpackers who are looking for adventure in the beautiful dense forest of Deodar, Pine and Oak trees.
Address:- Ukhiamath-Chopta- Gopeshwar Road, Chopta 246419 India,

5) Kedar Camp Resorts
This resort is located at a calm place which is surrounded by greenery where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful view of Himalayn peaks.
Address:- Village Rudrapur, Jahkdhar Road, Guptakashi, Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, 246439.

How To Reach Guptkashi

Guptkashi well connected by motorable roads but the place does not have any airports and railway stations. You can easily travel here by using public transport as well as by driving your own vehicle.

Route 1:- Delhi – Guptkashi via Dehradun

By Road:– Guptkashi is well connected by motorable roads from Delhi. There are many regular buses available for traveling to Guptkashi from Delhi via Dehradun. You can also drive your car to travel Guptkashi.

Guptkashi does not have any railway station & its own airport. Tourists can reach Dehradun via train or air then hire taxi, cab or local bus to reach Guptkashi. It will take approximately 8 hours to reach Guptkashi.

Route 2:- Delhi – Guptkashi via Haridwar

By Road:- Guptkashi is well connected by motorable roads from Delhi. There are many regular buses available for travelling to Guptkashi from Delhi via Haridwar. You can also drive your car to travel Guptkashi.

Guptkashi does not have any railway station & its own airport. Tourists can reach Haridwar via train then hire taxi, cab or local bus to reach Guptkashi. It will take approximately 7 hours to reach Guptkashi.

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