Rudranath temple is believed to be built by the Pandavas, the heroes of the Hindu epos Mahabharata. The Rudranath is a natural rock temple is situated within a dense forest of rhododendron and Alpine pastures. Rudranath temple is sometimes considered as the toughest Panch Kedar temple to reach. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Rudranath Temple is one of pilgrim site of Panch Kedars and comes in third place of Panch Kedars. Rudranath temple is sacred place of Hindus where Lord Shiva secretly appeared in the form of Mukh (Face) and popularly known as "Rudramukh" or "Shiva Face".
Rudranath is situated in the Bugyali region some 10,000 feet height where Lord Shiva is worshipped in statue form. The face or mukh of the Lord Shiva is mysteriously embodied on the shivling, at Rudranath Temple.
Other than being a religious destination, Rudranath is also a well known trekking destination. The trek in Rudranath is somewhat tedious and risky but is highly rewarding. This route is not very easy, therefore tourists should get help from Local Guides, because there are no sign boards or signs to guide travelers on the route. Trekking route offers awe-inspiring views of the diversified beauty of nature. The trail passes through the wild grassy meadows, the thick woodlands, scenic Lyuti Bugyal, Panar Bugyal, Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, Manas Kund are offers awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas. Many temples meet on the route along the route. Who prove Uttarakhand as the "Home of Gods".
Temple Remain close November to April. Opening dates of the temple on Akshaya Tritiya between April and May - the November - temple closes for winter just after Diwali festival.
Accessibility: Rudraprayag is the closest town of temple, about 210 KM away from Rishikesh, about 225 KM away from Dehradun, about 212 KM away from the nearest railhead and about 225 KM away from the nearest airport.
Accommodation: There are a couples of places to stay Rudranath, you will find very basic accomodation near rudranath maintained by the mandir committee and few home stays and no any other options to stay at Rudranath. Other options are available at Sagar, Lyuti Bugyal, Panar and Urgam which are on the route of Rudranath.
Rudranath Temple open at 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Best Time to Visit
April to November