Kalpeshwar temple is one of the Panch Kedars and has to be visited last in the order. Lord Shiva is worshiped in the form of matted hair at this place. This is related with the popular story of Panch Kedar where Lord Shiva appeared in different bodily form at 5 places. After seeing Shambhu and receiving blessings from the Lord, the Pandavas went free from sins of Kurukhsetra war. Once the visit to this place is done, one must pay homage to Badrinath temple.
There is also Kalpvriksha, the divine tree where Rishi Durvasha has meditated. Many Sages found this place to be very calm and good for meditation.
This small temple lies at 7,217.8 ft height in Urgam valley of Garhwal region of Uttrakhand. Earlier there was a trek of 14 kms from Helang, but now road is made and one has to hike only for 2.5 kms from Urgam valley to the temple. The valley remains lush green all the time and you will get to see many beautiful farms on the way.
There is no trekking on the way to visit Kalpeshwar temple. You have to simply walk on the field for around 2.5 kms. At just below the temple, there is steep rock where you to climb for around 400 mtrs very carefully. But overall it is very easy.
Temple opening and closing time
This is the only temple in Panch kedar which is open throughout the year. You can visit any time but avoid monsoon because of landslides and routes get blocked.
How to reach
This place lies on Rishikesh – Badrinath road in Chamoli district. From Rishikesh you can avail bus services for Badrinath road and drop in Helang. From here, hire shared Jeep or Scorpio which will take you to Urgam valley which is around 11 kms and the road is not in good condition. Mostly it is kaccha rasta and the vehicle must have good ground clearance.
Trek distance and other options : Only 2.5 kms of hike which is actually very easy. Everyone should be able to visit the temple very easily. There is no option of Pony or porter.
Difficulty level : Very easy
Options for stay: There are many options in Chamoli district for accomodation. Else go ahead towards Badrinath or Auli and enjoy the great view of mountains from your window.
Nearby travels : Bhavishya badri temple, Badrinath, Auli
Popular things :
Mostly people go to Auli for skiing which is very popular winter sports out there. Do check for the dates before you leave.