The 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 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 or Face and popularly known as "Rudramukh".
Rudranath is situated in the Bugyali region some 10,000 feet height where Lord Shiva is worshipped in statue form. The face of Lord Shiva is mysteriously embodied on a 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 of the temple on Akshaya Tritiya(April/May) - November - Temple closes for winter after Diwali.
Accessibility: Rudrapayag is the closest town. 210 kms from Rishikesh, 225 kms from Dehradun, 212 the nearest railhead and 225 kms 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 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Best Time to Visit
April to November