Kalpeshwar (Kalpnath) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at an elevation of 2,200 m (7,217.8 ft) in the picturesque Urgam valley in the Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttarakhand state in India. This ancient temple's legend is linked to the Pandavas, heroes of the epic Mahabharata, and is the fifth temple of the Panch Kedar (five temples of Shiva's) five anatomical divine forms, the other four temples in the order of their worship are Kedarnath, Rudranath, Tungnath and Madhamaheshwar temples, all in the Kedar Khand region of the Garhwal Himalayas. Kalpeshwar is the only Panch Kedar temple accessible throughout the year for worship. At this small stone temple, approached through a cave passage, the matted tress (jata) of Lord Shiva is worshipped. Hence, Lord Shiva is also called as Jatadhar or Jateshwar.
The main attraction of the tour is the Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple. The temple is located in a remote location and can only be reached by a steep trek through beautiful alpine forests. The trek is challenging but offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be one of the oldest temples in the region. It is said that Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a lingam in this temple and the lingam is still worshiped by devotees. The temple complex also has a number of other shrines dedicated to various Hindu deities.
Kalpeshwar Mahadev is situated on the bank of the Kalpaganga river, Kalpaganga was called by the name Hiranyavati River in ancient times. Dhyan Badri temple (Urgam Village) is on its right area. There is an ancient cave in Kalpeshwar. Within which the self-styled Shivling is seated. Which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and here the hair of Lord Shankar is worshipped. Anadinath Kalpeshwar Mahadev is another name for this temple. There is a Kalwar Kund near this temple, the water of this pool is always clean and travelers take water from here. Devotees get freedom from many diseases by drinking this holy water. Here sages and devotees use this holy water to give water to Lord Shiva. To reach the temple, one has to walk inside the cave, where pilgrims worship the hair of Lord Shiva. Devotees from far and wide come and bow down to this temple of Lord Shiva.
The Kalpeshwar Temple, one of the Panch Kedar shrines, welcomes devotees all year round. However, it is advisable to avoid traveling during the rainy season, as the road conditions may not be safe for travelers. It is best to plan your visit before or after the monsoon season, when the roads leading to the temple are normal and suitable for tourists. Before embarking on your journey, it is recommended to check the current road conditions or seek guidance from your tour guide.
The Kalpeshwar Mahadev tour from Delhi and Haridwar is an ideal itinerary for those looking to experience the spiritual and natural beauty of the Garhwal region. The tour offers an opportunity to explore ancient temples, participate in yoga and meditation classes, and take in the stunning scenery of the Himalayas.
Earlier it was approachable only by a 12 km (7.5 mi) trek from the nearest road head of Helang on the Rishikesh-Badrinath road but now the road goes up to near the temple, from where the trek now is just 100 meters. This road is good for bikes or cars with good ground clearance as it is a half-paved road that may get damaged during monsoons. A beautiful waterfall also comes on this way which is a beautiful sight of nature.
Kalpeshwar lacks accommodation choices since it isn't as famous as other pilgrimage destinations like Kedarnath and Badrinath. Nonetheless, visitors or devotees who want to visit Kalpeshwar can opt to stay in a homestay located in Urgam village. Urgam Village is situated just one kilometer away from Kalpeshwar temple. In Urgam, there are a few homestays that offer lodging and food at an affordable prices for travelers.
Beside the Kalpeshwar Temple, there flows a small river known as the Hirnaywati. At Helong, this river merges with the River Alaknanda and together they form a confluence named Tirveni. In Urgam Valley, there are several other historical temples including Kedar dyul, Gora devi dyul temple, Nandi Nagkotha, Vishwakarma Temple, Banga pani, Kalp Vriksha, Indra dhara, Amrit kund, Ghantakarana temple, Nanda devi temple, and Dhyan Badri temple which is one of the Sapt Badri.
|Duration||3 days & 2 Nights from Rishikesh to Rishikesh.|
|Tour Start and End Point||Rishikesh|
|Altitude of Kalpeshwar Temple:||2200m|
|Best Time:||The Kalpeshwar Temple, welcomes devotees all year round. But Please Avoid rainny season.|
|Trek distance:||200 meters|
|Tour Group Size:||A minimum group size of 7 people and a maximum of 30 & More people.|
|Tour Fee||Rs. 8,999/Per Person-|
|Items included||Vehicle (Rishikesh to Rishikesh), Accommodation (Urgam Village), Food (Basic Breakfast & Dinner)|
Early morning Meet our Travel Partner and drive to Urgam (approx. 180km)
Check in hotel or Homestay in Urgam Village. Rest over night here. View the Amazing Valley and Beautiful night at Urgam Village.
Get Up Early Morning and Ready for Temple. Visit to Kalpeshwar Mahadev Temple (approx. 3 Km)
Visit the temple and offer prayers. Visit other Temple in Urgam Valley.
Return to Urgam and have dinner. Overnight stay at Same Place.
The temple usually opens at 6 AM and closes at 6 PM, and you can receive the divine blessing of morning Aarti at 6 AM and evening Aarti at 6.30 PM.
Early morning drive back to Haridwar (approx. 180km).
Check into a hotel in Haridwar and do Rest or depature to delhi.
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