Kartik swami temple located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state, it is the only temple of Lord Kartikeya in the state. Kartik Swami temple is dedicated to the elder son of Lord Shiva, Kartikeya, who offered his bones as a testimony of his devotion to his father. The popular Hindu temple "Shri Kartik Swami" is on a hilltop at an elevation of 3050 m. To reach the temple, the trekker will climb a 3 km thrilling trek that starts from Kanak Chauri Village. The best thing about this location of a 360-degree view of the Himalayas range. Sandhya Aarti or evening prayers, the enchantment of mantras and Maha-Bhandara, or grand feast organized at the temple occasionally a special attraction for devotees and tourists.
मनोहारि देहं महच्चित्तगेहम् ।
महादेवबालं भजे लोकपालम् ॥
I salute to the Lord (Kartikeya), who is astride a peacock and has the great mystic saying OM (Pranava), whose body is so attractive, and who is the repository of great intellect, who is the lord of all lords of the earth, the knower of Vedas, the son of Lord Shiva, and the caretaker of this earth.
The hillside journey starts from Rishikesh at 6 A.M.; Before starting the journey assemble at the Bus Station. Begin a long-distance, uphill drive from Rishikesh to Kankchauri. Along the way, stop over at Devprayag, to witness the holy confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alakhnanda Rivers to form the river Ganges. In the Midway, you will see Srinagar, Dhari-Devi, Rudraprayag, and Agusatmuni. When you will reach Kank-chauri, your stay will be at a homestay or cottage. Our Cottages are a perfect place to enjoy the real beauty of nature. Rest in the cottages and enjoy the evening.
Start your day with a steaming hot breakfast at Cottage; and then be ready to trek for Kartik swami temple. It is around a 3 to 4-km-long trek from Kanak-chauri Station. The trek passes through the Rhododendron Forest. Climb slowly with enjoying the trek. You will see various types of plants, birds, and more things on this trek. In the end, when you are on top of a hill, you will be near the temple and the temple is at the point where is a 360-degree view of the Himalayas range. Look at other mountains in front of you with the cover of snow.
Get up and take your breakfast and start the beautiful journey back to Rishikesh. Feel the beauty of a mountain road trip and enjoy the valley of the Himalayas. It is about 8 Hrs drive to Rishikesh. Overnight at Rishikesh.
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