Rudraprayag Tourist Guide
Rudraprayag confluence of rivers, This town is at a distance of 40 KM from Srinagar located at the confluence of two rivers Alaknanda & Mandakini.
Prayag at Rudraprayag :- Rudraprayag is Confluence of Barinath & Kedarnath Dham, As River Alaknanda which starts from Alakpuri glacier comes from Badrinath Dham meets River Mandakini, which flows from Kedarnath and joins Alaknanda at this place. After Rudraprayag the river is known as Alaknanda.
Branching of Char Dham Routes at Rugraprayag
From Badrinath, roads to Kedarnath & Badrinath branches out to two different routes.
Road towards Badrinath :- The road towards Badri Nath Dham goes towards Karanprayag – Nandprayag-Chamoli-Srinagar – Joshimath-Govindghat-Sri Badrinath.
Road Towards Kedarnath :- The other road to Kedarnath goes to Agastyamuni-Guptkashi-Sonprayag-Gaurikund-Kedarnath.
Importance of Rudraprayag
Rudraprayag at a height of 610 meters is a small town and this town has lot of religious significance. Lord Shiva temple is known as Rudranath here. Narad Muni meditated here for several years and got the blessings of Lord Shiva. There is a temple of goddess Jagadamba Devi in this town.
This town is located at junction of three hill districts Chamoli, Tehri & Pauri. .
Places to visit Rudraprayag - Attractions and Excursions
Koteshwar Temple (3 kms) : The cave temple of Lord Shiva is located on the banks of river Alaknanda. There are several idols which have been formed naturally.
Agatsyamuni (19 kms) : It is believed that sage Agatsyamuni meditated here. There is a temple dedicated to him.
Guptkashi (39 kms) : This important pilgrim site has the ancient temples of Vishwanath and Ardhnareshwar.
Ukhimath (40 kms) : It lies on the route to Kedarnath and is the winter residence of Lord Kedarnath, as well as the seat of the Rawal (head priest) of the Kedarnath temple.
Gaurikund (72 kms) : It 's the trekking base for to Kedarnath. There is a temple of Gauri (Parvati) and hot water springs.
Son Prayag : The sacred site on the confluence of river Basuki and Mandakani lies on the main Kedarnath route, about 5 kms from Gaurikund. The devotees believe that by mere touch of the holy water of Son Prayag, one attains the "Baikunth Dham".
Trijuginarayan : It is 12 kms from Son prayag and is believed to be the site of Lord Shiva and Parvati's marriage. The eternal flame around which the marriage was solemnised, still burns here.
Panch Kedar: The 'Panch' or five Kedar lie in the valley between the rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda.
Kedarnath: ( 86 Kms) Kedarnath, one of the holiest Hindu pilgrim site is perched at an altitude of 3584 metres amidst towering snowclad Himalayan peaks on the head of river Mandakini. It is 86 kms from Rudraprayag.
Chorbari Glacier: ( 90 kms) The snout of the 6 kms long glacier is about 3 kms from Kedarnath temple. River Mandakini emerges from he~e and later merges into the Alaknanda at Rudraprayag. About 2 kms from the temple is the glacial lake of Gandhi Sarovar between the rock face and right lateral moraine of the glacier.
Vasuki Tal (6 kms) : The charming lake at a height of 4135 metres is surrounded by lofty peaks. It affords an awe inspiring view of the Chaukhamba peaks.
Madmaheshwar : It is one of the Panch Kedar site set at an altitude of 3,289 metres, about 25 kms north-east of Guptkashi. It can be reached by road from Guptkashi upto Kalimath, from where one has to trek upto Madmaheshwar.
Tungnath : This another Panch Kedar site nestles at a height of 4090 metres, which makes it the highest Shiva shrine among the Panch Kedars. The nearest road head is Chopta (4 kms), from where one can trek or hire a sturdy pony.
Location of Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand
When to visit Rudraprayag - Best Season to Visit
The best season to visit Rudraprayag is the winters and the onset of summers. The favourable months to visit the place are between October to March. The climate remains pleasant during these months offering tourists the best holiday experience.
Summers are moderately hot in Rudraprayag and generally last between the months of April to June. The temperature ranges between a comfortable 20°C - 36°C in these months and relaxing cool breeze lifts up the spirits in the evenings.
Rudraprayag experiences moderate rainfalls in the months of July and September. The rains bring freshness and rejuvenating greenery to the place.
December marks the beginning of the winter season in Rudraprayag and it lasts till the month of February. Winters are extremely cool here with the temperature diving down to a chilling 0°C - 15 °C.
Best Hotels in Rudraprayag
How to Reach Rudraprayag
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Rudraprayag situated at a distance of 159kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Rudraprayag is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Rishikesh, Devprayag and Rudraprayag.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Rudraprayag is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 140kms before Rudraprayag on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent and Rudraprayag is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh to Rudraprayag.
By Road: Rudraprayag is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand and northern states of India. Buses to Rudraprayag and Rishikesh are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Rudraprayag are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Srinagar etc. Rudraprayag lies on National Highway 58 from where road diverts to two major destinations Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Rudraprayag District Map :
Rudraprayag confluenceThere is a nice hotel of GMVN at the confluence of the rivers and from this hotel top beautiful view of this sangam (joining of rivers ) point of two rivers is available. This is the best view spot of Rudraprayag. You can visit the tip of the both river joint point were a Lord Shiva temple is there. You need to climb number of steps to reach the water point here. But view of water & sound of river is breathtaking. This place can be used as night halt purposes for your next day visit to Kedarnath or Badrinath Dham. For tourist visiting Badrinath Dham it is advisable to match the gate opening & closing time at Joshimath.