Ukhimath lies high in the Himalayan range, and the place contains the source of both the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, which widely attracts vivid interests of tourists including, pilgrimage, nature lovers, excursionist and others. Situated in the Himalayas, Ukhimath offers picturesque views of the Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks. This pleasant and pleasing hill town is located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand and situated at an elevation of 1311m. Ukhimath is a perfect place for travelers looking to relish the peaceful and pristine serenity of a hill station. This is the ideal place to visit many other off-beat tourist destinations like the holy town of Madhmaheshwar, the ancient temple of Tungnath and the Deoria Tal Lake.
Home of many Hindu temples, Ukhimath is also considered an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Utsav Doli of Lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheswar are brought to Ukhimath during winter and worshiped for six months. The temple also holds year round pujas of Lord Omkareshwar
The ancient stories depict that Ukhimath name is derived after the daughter of Banasur, Usha. This place is spotted with several artistic ancient temples dedicated to Usha, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Aniruddha and Mandhata.
Places to See
- Omkareshwar Peeth – This sacred temple is one of the oldest temples in the country and it domiciles the deities of Lord Kedarnath and Madhmaheshwar during the winter months. The idols are brought here from Kedarnath after Dipawali and from Madhmaheshwar in November end. These idols are taken back in a pageant to their original temples in May month.
- Guptkashi – Guptkashi is situated about 13km from Ukhimath. Tourists visiting to this place can clearly have visibility of Himalayan peaks.
Other major attractions include Kashi- Vishwanath, temple, Ardhnareshwar temple and Manikarnika Kund and two streams of Ganga and Yamuna.
- Madhmaheshwar – This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, where the God is worshipped in the form of navel- shaped lingum. Situated at an elevation of 3,289mts above sea level, this temple architecture is built in north-Indian style. Since the natural scenery of Madhmaheshwar is stimulating, it also grabs key attention of nature enthusiast. Madhmaheshwar can be reached by 20kms trek starting from Uniana village near Ukhimath.
- Tungnath – This highest temple of Lord Shiva is hovered at an elevation of 3,680mts above sea level. The holiness of this place is considered unrivaled. Shiva’s arm is worshipped here in one of this Panch Kedars. If you truly love trekking, you require an hour’s climb from Tungnath to reach Chandrashila from where you can relish spellbound views of the high Himalayas.
- Deoria Tal – Situated at an elevation of 2,438 mts above the sea level, Deoria Tal is easily accessible by an easy trek of 2km from Sari village. The very charismatic surroundings with forest all round and the mirror image of Chaukhamba peak in the crystal clear water of Deoria Tal produce a magical world.
- Kalimath – Popular as one of the Sidha Peeth’s of the region, Kalimath holds great importance. This holy temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is widely visited by devotees in large number particularly during the ‘navratras’. Kalimath is located at a distance of 23kms from Ukhimath.
- Kedarnath Temple – Located about 42kms from Ukhimath, this holiest Hindu pilgrim city house deity of Lord Shiva. Perched at an elevation of 3,584mts above sea level, this site attracts a large number of pilgrimage tourists every year. The temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India and the main temple of Panch Kedar. This holy place is named after Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva. Devotees can also have a look of temple Gauri situated here.
- Gaurikund – Gaurikund is situated 28kms from Ukhimath. The place is also spreaded with natural thermal springs.
- Chopta – Chopta is a small hill station, amid majestic views of Himalayas and meadows. If you are visiting Ukhimath, it’s absolutely worth to visit this place.
When to Visit
The best time to visit Ukhimath is round the year. You’re advised to carry light woolens in summers and heavy woolens in winters.
Where to Stay
Accommodation options are limited in Ukhimath and hence you can only find a few budget hotels and lodges there to make your stay comfortable. The state government tourist guest house offers basic amenities. Make sure to book Ukhimath hotels and resorts online and get exclusive discounts on hotel rates and packages.
How to Reach
- By Air: Situated at a distance of 198kms, Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to reach Ukhimath. This airport is well-connected to Delhi with daily flights.
- By Train: The nearest railway station to Ukhimath is Rishikesh. This railway station is situated 174kms before Ukhimath on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway routes with major destinations of India and one can find frequent trains to Rishikesh.
- By Road: Ukhimath is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state.