Gaurikund is a small hilly town in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand India. It lies in the Garhwal Himalayas, 13kms on the way to Kedarnath.
It is believed that Gaurikund is the place where Goddess Parvati prayed for 100 years in order to get married to Lord Shiva.
The beautiful town is surrounded with coniferous, deodar and oak forests, and also offers a fantastic view of the snowy mountain peaks of Nanda Devi, Mana Parbat, Beethartoli, Neelkanth, Chowkhamba and Komet.
Gaurikund is also the starting point of the 13kms long trek to Kedarnath.
Gauri Temple This holy temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. There are two kunds ( tank ) in the temple premises.
One is a hot water tank while the other is cold water tank. Pilgrims who come to Kedarnath take a holy dip in the kunds here and then begin their journey ahead to Kedarnath.
Sirkata Temple This holy temple in Gaurikund is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple is associated with the legend that Lord Shiva killed Ganesha by cutting off his head but later again brought Ganesha to life and attached an elephant's head to his headless body. Thus the temple is known as the Sirkata temple.
Uma Shankar Shila This holy rock is said to be the home of 12 sages who followed Lord Shiva after being banished from Lanka.
Gaurikund in Uttarakhand is a part of garhwal tourism the local languages spoken are Gadhwali and Hindi.
The best time to visit Gaurikund will be from March - June. Light woolens in summer and heavy woolens winter are advisable. The summer season extends from April to June. The winter season is from September to february. Heavy Snowfall expected from December - February
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