Ukhimath is a major Hindu pilgrim site located 182 km from Rishikesh
, in Rudraprayag
. It is famous as the winter seat of Lord Kedarnath. Worship is performed at the Omkareshwar Temple here during winters, when the temple of Kedarnath remains closed.
According to folklore, Ukhimath derives its name after Usha, the daughter of Banasur, who had lived here once. The place is dotted with several other temples as well; there are shrines dedicated to Usha, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Aniruddha and Mandhata.
Deoria Tal is another spot worth visiting in the vicinity.
Rudraprayag is around 50 km south. Nearest airport is at Dehradun. Closest railway station is at Rishikesh (185 km). Ukhimath can be reached by road from Guptkashi, Chopta and Rudraprayag.