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Places To Visit Near Rudraprayag

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Places to visit near Rudraprayag

Devprayag

The word Devprayag in Sanskrit means the ‘Holy Confluence’. The town is located at the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers. Also, known as ‘The Gem of Uttarakhand’, the town is named after Dev Sharma, a renowned Hindu sage who lived here. During the 7th century, this place was known by different names, Brahmapuri, Brahm Teerth and Srikhand Nagar. Devprayag is a popular religious town, situated at a height of 2723 ft in the Tehri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand.

 

Kedarnath

Kedarnath is situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The place is nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas at an elevation of 3584 m above sea level. Kedarnath Temple, considered as one of the holiest destinations in Hinduism (Char Dhams), has the highest of all the 12 Jyotirlingas. The magnificent River Mandakini flows in proximity to the temple. During summers, this pilgrimage site is flocked by the tourists who come to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.

 

 

Pauri

 Pauri is a scenic tourist destination located at an altitude of 1650 m above sea level. This place serves as the district headquarters of the Pauri Garhwal District in Uttarakhand. The Alaknanda and Nayar are the prominent rivers of the district. Covered with deodar forests and located on the northern slopes of the Kandoliya Hills this place offers mesmerizing views to tourists. Tourists can also enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains, namely Bandarpunch, Gangotri group, Nandadevi, Trishul, Chaukhamba, Ghori Parvat, Hathi Parvat, Swargarohini, Thalaiya-Sagar, Sumeru, and Neelkanth.

 

Lansdowne

Lansdowne is known as ‘Kaludanda’ meaning ‘the black hill’. This hill station was founded by Lord Lansdowne in 1887, the then Viceroy of India a cantonment town located in the Pauri District of Uttarakhand. It is a beautiful hill station nestled at an elevation of 1706 m above sea level.

 

Uttarkashi

Uttarkashi holds immense religious significance for the Hindus and is referred to as the ‘Kashi of North’ as well as the ‘Town of Temples’ is a beautiful district perched at an altitude of 1158 m above sea level. This district of Uttarakhand was formed on 24th February, 1960. Himachal Pradesh and Tibet lie on its north, while the Chamoli District is located in the east.

 

Kanatal

Kanatal is a little hamlet of great beauty which is located just about 13 km. away from Dhanaulti. It is heavenly and you get a great view of the Himalayas if it’s a clear day. Located in the picturesque settings of the Garhwal Himalayas, the charming hill station of Kanatal is a perfect weekend getaway for the weary souls. This place is to take a day trip and picnic in the beautiful surroundings of Kanatal.

 

Chamba valley

Chamba valley is 31 km. from Dhanualti is also known as Ravi valley is rather picturesque and presents delightful sights. The territory is wholly mountainous with altitude ranging from 2000 Lo 21000 feet. Bhuri Singh Museum, Pangi Vally and Lakshmi Narayan Temple are the main attraction at the beautiful place.

 

Joshimath

Joshimath is a popular hill station and a famous centre for pilgrimage at a height of 1,890mts above sea level in Chamoli district of Garhwal division in Uttaranchal. In ancient scriptures Joshimath is described as Kartikeyapura as it has been named after Kartikeya, the God of Katyuri kings. Joshimath is one of the four maths or monasteries established in the 8th century by Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya.

 

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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.

Ram Navami - falls on the ninth day of the bright half of Chaitra to celebrate the birthday of Rama. The followers of Rama in the district observe fast throughout the day and the Ramayana is read and recided and people gather to listen to the recitations.

Nag Panchmi - is celebrated in the district on the fifth day of the bright half of Sravana to appease the Nagas or serpent gods. Figures of snakes are drawn in flour in wooden boards and are worshipped by the family by offering milk, flowers and rice.

Raksha-Bandhan is traditionally associated with the Brahmanas and falls on the last day of Sravana. On this occasion a sister ties a Rakshasutra (thread of protection)- commonly known as Rakhi - round the right wrist of her brother in token of the protection she expects to receive from him. Fairs are held on this occasion at Kedarnath, Karnaprayag ans Nandprayag.

Janmastami - the festival celebrating the birth of Krishna, falls on the eighth day of the dark half of Bhadra. As in other parts of the state, devotees in the district fast the whole day, breaking their fast only at mid-night when worshippers throng the temples and foregather to have a Jhanki(glimpse) of the shrines and cradles specially installed, decorated and illuminated in homes and other places to commemorate the deity's birth. A special feature of this festival is the singing of devotional songs in praise of Krishna in shrines and homes. The Chhati(sixth-day ceremony after birth) is also celebrated by the devout. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm at Nagnath, Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Dushera - falls on the tenth day of the bright half of Asvina and commemorates the victory of Rama over Ravana, the preceding nine days being celebrated as Navaratri dedicated to the worship of the goddess Durga. Ramlila celebrations are held at different places in the district particularly at Kalimath.

Dipavali - the festival of lights, is celebrated in the district, as elsewhere, on the last day of the dark half of Kartika when the houses are illuminated and the goddess Lakshmi is worshipped. Festivities start two days earlier, with Dhanteras, when metal utensils are purchased as a token of the desired prosperity, followed by Naraka Chaturdashi when a few small earthen lamps are lit as a preliminary to the main day of festival. For traders and businessmen Dipavali marks the end of the fiscal year and they pray for prosperity in the new year. On this occasion the people of the district perform mela nritya, a type of folk dance, a distinctive feature of the district.

Makar Sankranti - is a bathing festival which falls either on January 13th or 14th when people take bath in the Alaknanda and big fairs (Uttaraini) are held at Karnprayag and Nandprayag.

Sivaratri - falls on the 14th day of the dark half of Phalgun and is observed in the honour of Siva. People fast throughout the day and a vigil is kept at night when the deity is worshipped. The Siva temples are specially decorated and illuminated and large numbers of devotees offer water and flowers to the symbols and images of Siva and sing devotional songs in his praise. Big fairs are held on this occasion at most of the Siva temples of the district particularly at Dewal, Bairaskund, Gopeshwar, and Nagnath .

Holi - the spring festival, is celebrated on the full moon day of Phalgun. People start singing Phaags (Songs of Phalgun) during the nights, long before the festival. A flag or banner is installed at a central place in the village on the 11th day of bright of Phalgun and is burnt on the 15th day which is known as Chharoli when ash mark is put on the foreheads of friends and relatives. The following day is marked by common rejoicing when, till about noon, people throw coloured water and coloured powder on each other and in evening visit relatives and friends.

Best Season
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.
Summer Season
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.
Monsoon Season
Rudraprayag experiences moderate rainfalls in the months of July and September. The rains bring freshness and rejuvenating greenery to the place.
Winter Season
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.

 

Post Office: BUDNA
Post Office Type: BRANCH OFFICE
District: RUDRAPRAYAG
State: UTTARAKHAND
Pin Code: 246475

 

Places to Visit in Rudraprayag

 

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: 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: 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.

 

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