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Madhyamaheswar Trek in the Monsoon

Madhyamaheswar Temple
Madhyamaheswar Temple

Situated in the Garwhal region of Uttarakhand State in North India, Madhyamaheshwar (3,497 mts – 11,473 ft) is the fourth of the Panch Kedar group of temples. It is mentioned in the Hindu epic Mahabharata that after the battle of Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna advised the Pandavas to take blessings from Lord Shiva so that they are pardoned from fratricide (sin of killing their cousins) and killing of Brahmins – the priest class. Lord Shiva was not interested to pardon the Pandavas. He stayed in the disguise of a bull at Guptkashi located in the same state.

There is a basic difference between ‘Unseen’ and ‘Undiscovered’. ‘Undiscovered’ places are practically not known to the world. However, ‘Unseen’ places are those which we have heard of but those which do not fall in our primary list of travel destinations. In our typical holiday destinations we expect an excellent lodging facility, decent food, good transportation and of course variety of shopping possibilities. In negotiating these primary needs, we often forget to decide about our holiday destinations with an open mind.

After all why do we go for holidays? Obviously we take holidays to go away from the daily routine and the crowd. Little do we realise that at the time of deciding for a destination with excellent facilities, we are actually going from one crowd to the other.

In this blog I will share my experiences of traveling to some interesting “Unseen” places in India.