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Rudraprayag

Introduction:

Rudraprayag is a small pilgrim town on the holy confluence of river Alaknanda and Mandakini which is venerated as one of the five sacred confluences or the 'Panch Prayag'. Rudraprayag is of immense significance for the pilgrims of Char Dham Yatra, as it is the junction for visiting Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham.

Alaknanada at Rudraprayag

Alaknanda River at Rudrayprayag


Destination Facts:

Location: Uttarkhand , In District Rudraprayag
Altitude: 895Meters
Area: 1896sq.Km.
Temperature: (Summer 15 to 25°C) & (Winter 15 to 18°C)
Languages spoken: Hindi

Getting there:

Nearest Airports: The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport
Main Railway Station: The nearest rail head is at Rishikesh
Main Bus Station or Road: Rudraprayag is well connected by road with important towns of the region.

Distance of a few Major Towns from Rudraprayag:

Almora -190km, Haridwar -165km, Rishikesh - 139km, Mussoorie - 163, Tehri-91km, Uttarkashi-165km.

Eating Around:

Singodi/ Singori, Bal Mithai, Pakodi and Raita this food items is famous in Rudraprayag.

Places of Tourist interest:

Koteshwar Temple (3 kms):
The cave temple of Lord Shiva is located on the banks of river Alaknanda.

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.

Gaurikund (72 kms):
It is 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 Mandakini lies on the main Kedarnath route, about 5 kms from Gaurikund.

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 lay 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 here and later merges into the Alaknanda at Rudraprayag.

Vasuki Tal (6 kms):
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 up to Kalimath, from where one has to trek up to Madmaheshwar.

Tungnath:
This Panch Kedar site nestles at a height of 4090 metres, which makes it the highest Shiva shrine among the Panch Kedars.

Getting around the destination:

Taxis, Bus, and Private vehicle are found here.

Shopping Areas & Entertainment:

Miniature wooden sculptures of Lord Shiva

Best time to visit:

Mid-March to mid-June and September to November

Festivals:

Baisakhi:
On the occasion of Baisakhi i.e. 13/14th April, a large fair is held in the temple of Agateshwar
 

Hariyali Devi Mela:
It is held every year during navratras (September-October) at Hariyali Devi Temple.

Deoria Tal Mahotsav:
This fair is organized every year during August-September at Deoria tal.

Mahakavi Kalidas Mela Kabiltha:
This is a 3 days fair which is organized every year from 15th to 17th June in memory of the Sanskrit poet Mahakavi Kalidas on his birthday.