Kalpeshwar is a beautiful location in the lovely Urgam valley where the nature is ablaze with the magnificent colours of lovely apple orchards and picturesque sceneries.
The epic legend narrated on the creation of the Panch Kedar temples is that Pandavas of Mahabharata epic history, while chasing Lord Shiva to seek his pardon for the fratricidal sins committed by them during the Kurukshetra war, realized that Shiva, in order to distance himself from the Pandavas, took the incognito form of a bull. But when this form of Shiva was discerned by Bhima, the second of the Pandava brothers, tried to hold on to the bull's tail and hind legs. But the bull vanished underground at Guptakashi. Subsequently it reappeared in five different forms: His hump appeared at Kedarnath, his bahu (arm) was spotted at Tungnath, his head surfaced at Rudranath, the stomach and navel were traced at Madhyamaheswar and his jata (tress) was divined at Kalpeshwar. Another legend states that this place was much preferred by sages of folklore for meditation. Particular mention is made of sage Arghya who through his austere penance created Urvashi, the famous apsara (nymph) at this place. Durvasa, an ancient sage, son of Atri and Anasuya, considered an incarnation of Shiva, known for his short temper did penance and meditated under the Kalpavriksha, the wish fulfilling divine tree in the precincts of the temple. Further, it is said that Durvasa had given Kunti, mother of Pandavas, a boon that "she could invoke any of the forces of nature and they would appear before her and grant whatever she desired". Once, when Pandavas, were in exile here, in order to test them Durvasa visited them along with his desciples and desired to be dined by them. Unfortunately, there was no food available with in the house to feed the surprise guests. Draupadi, wife of Pandavas, sought Lord Krishna's help. Krishna materialised on the scene and solved the problem.
Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is about 285 km from Kalpeshwar. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is a domestic airport located at about 20 km away from city center of Dehradun. Taxi cabs are available from Dehradun airport to Kalpeshwar, up to Helang which is 16 km away from Kalpeshwar. Cab cost about Rs 4,000. The airport operates daily flights to Delhi. Nearest International airport is Delhi, which is about 500 km away.
Rail: The nearest railhead is at Haridwar which is about 280 km away from Kalpeshwar. Trains are available from Haridwar to other major cities in India.
Road: Joshimath is the nearest town at a distance of 25 km from Kalpeshwar. The 14 km distance from Joshimath to Helang is motorable. Regular taxis are available from Joshimath to Helang. UPSRTC buses operate frequently between Joshimath and other nearby cities like Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun. The nearest village is Urgam, just 2 km away from Kalpeshwar and is accessible from Helang by crossing the Alakananda.