Kedar Taal, Gangotri

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Kedartal (also known as Shiva's lake) is a glacial lake situated at an altitude of 4,750 metres (15,580 ft) in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas in India. The lake is fed by the snowfall over Thalay Sagar (6,904 m), Meru (6,672 m), Bhrigupanth (6,772 m) and other surrounding peaks, and is the source of Kedar Ganga, which in Hindu mythology is considered to be Shiva's contribution to Bhagirathi (a source-stream of the Ganges).
Kedartal, at a distance of 17 km from Gangotri, is a popular trekking destination. Starting from Gangotri the route involves a steep rocky climb along the narrow Kedar Ganga gorge en route to Bhojkharak, 8 km away. From there it is 4 km to the next available camping site of Kedarkharak, and a further 5 km to Kedartal. The route passes through scenic Himalayan birch forests, but is made hazardous in places by falling rocks, high altitude and segments of steep ascent.
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  • Placed in kedar ganga valley, above the Gangotri. Height of almost 4300 Meters. Trek is difficult for average person.  more »
  • I fell in love with this place . It's very serene & middle of the nature . It's a very long trek from gangotri which is about 18 - 20 kms but it's worth it .  more »
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  • The Significance Of Kedar Tal PC: Ravi Pandey The stunning 17 km trek to Kedar Tal starts from Gangotri and gives you a rare opportunity to browse through lush green valleys, cascading river streams and waterfalls and snow-clad mountain peaks of the Himalayas on the course of your journey. It does take 2-3 days for tourists and visitors to acclimatise themselves to the climate and the cold season. The famous trek commences from Gangotri that is the source of the holy river Ganga. It is one of the most picturesque, high-altitude lakes in the Uttarakhand region. Fed by the Kedar glacier from the surrounding Himalayan peaks, it serves as a source for the Kedar Ganga river that is a tributary of Bhagirathi. The devotees consider this sacred place as Lord Shiva's contribution to Bhagirathi. Blessed with an abundance of fauna like the ghoral, fox, bharal and the Himalayan black bear, Kedar Tal offers a unique experience like never before. The nearby quaint town features busy markets, ancient temples that perform aarti each night, peaceful ashrams and beautiful caves. Enjoy the calm and tranquil atmosphere of the enchanting surroundings walking across the pine forests. A day in Kedar Tal would redefine your body, mind and soul
  • Serenity n tranquil waters, amazing place to visit if you are into trekking n adventure
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