Gaurikund is located at a distance of 5 kms from Soneprayag
and 209 kms from Rishikesh. There is
an ancient temple, dedicated to the Goddess Gauri or Parvati, which houses
metallic idols of Gauri and Shiva.
According to legend, Parvati meditated here for a long time, to win Shiva as her consort. Ultimately, she succeeded, and the cosmic couple was wed at Triyuginarayan.
Near the temple there are two tanks of water, one has cold water, while the other is a hot water tank.The hot water comes out of a sulphur rock and and some of it falls into the River Mandakini, flowing nearby.
Air: Jolly grant (Dehradun)
239 km away from Kedarnath of which 225
km is by road and rest 14 km is on foot.
Rail: Railhead at Rishikesh, is 209 km away.
Road: Kedarnath is approachable on foot from Gaurikund, which is connected by road with Rishikesh, Kotdwara, Dehradun, Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon Hills. Bus services are available at Rishikesh, Haridwar and Kotdwara for Gaurikund. During yatra season, some special Yatra services are also arranged to Gaurikund.
Local Transport: Private taxies and other light vehicles also ply between Rishikesh and Gaurikund-Badrinath and back. Horses, Dandies and Ponies are available at Gaurikund for going and carrying luggage to Kedarnath.
Accommodation can be found in the nearby Kedarnath, where Dhramashala accommodation are the most resonble ones. During the Yatra season special provisions are made by the tourism board for the stay of the pilgrims.