The temple of Tungnath is deep seated in a high precipice of the Garhwali Himalayas. It is one of the cornerstones of the divine Saivite pilgrimage circuit of Panch Kedar. According to the legends, the Tungnath Temple is the place where the Pandavas witnessed the limbs of the bull that was the disguised form of Lord Shiva. This led to their eventual attainment of salvation. The Tungnath Temple is believed to be the highest Saivite temple in India and one of the highest ones in the world. The historical evidences state that the temple was built by Shankaracharya. Located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarkhand, Tungnath Temple is a divine place between the valleys of Alakananda & Mandakini. For devotees this is a pilgrimage site and for travelers an enigmatic snowy mountain cradle.
Other than being a religious destination, Tungnath temple is also famous for a trekking destination. One of the most beautiful treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region. The Chandrashila summit trek is one of the moderate treks in the Indian Himalayan region and can journeyed all throughout the year. Though the trekking route is covered with brawny stones, the marvelous view of the highly embellished meandering pastures makes ones trek an awe inspiring one. As the trek progresses the meadows would make their way to pink, white and mauve Rhododendrons flowers.
Tungnath has a cool climate all through the seasons. April to August offers cool and pleasant climate and the right period to spend relaxing moments in the outdoors and is ideal for temple visits. September to November is good for sightseeing and temple visits. December to March is snowcapped valley.