After the visit to the amazing Gangotri temple, the next place of visit in Uttarakhand was the soaring Kartik Swami Temple which is dedicated to the Lord Shiva’s elder son Kartikeya. The temple is located amidst the serene magnificence of the Garhwal range of Himalayas. It is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The temple is located at the very end of the deep ridge with deep valleys all around and at an altitude of 3050 metres above the sea level the temple offers an amazing view of the snow clad peaks of the Himalayas.
Of all the temple and places I visited till now, Kartik Swami temple was the most amazing temple according to me. The temple is also very famous because of the beautiful trek route hich goes from the dense forest to the ridge from where one can see majestic sunrise and the beautiful sunset.
The temple is also quite famous for its natural beauty, birds and the amazing views of the Himalayan peaks. Some of the peaks which are visible from the temple are the Bandar punch peak, the kedarnath dome, meru and Sumeru and neelkanth Mahadev.
The temple has a legend associated with it. It is said that this temple preserves the bones of lord Kartikeya as shown in the idol. The location of the temple is perfect and the amazing surrounding landscapes add many dimensions to its beauty and splendour. The temple is also an amazing site to click panoramic pictures of the Himalayan range. The place is easily accessible from all the major cities of Uttarakhand via buses, taxis and also shared cabs. It is a must visit place for all the people who travel to Uttarakhand.
The distance of kartik Swami temple from Haridwar is 200 km and from Rudraprayad it is only 40 km where you can hire a taxi at normal rates which will take you to the temple after a short trek. Of the entire temple I had visited so far, this was the best one I liked.
After this visit the next place of visit was The Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh.