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Rudraprayag

Rudraprayag - Confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini Rivers

The famed town of Rudraprayag is named after the Rudra avatar of Lord Shiva. This heavenly town is encircled by the emerald lakes, glaciers, foaming rivers and silver streams. 

The pristine town of Rudraprayag is nestled on the holy confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers, at 34 km from Srinagar (Garhwal). It is perched at an average elevation of 895 metres about 2,936 feet above sea level.

Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag or five confluences of Alaknanda River. Rudraprayag is blessed with nature's bounty, the climate of which depends upon the height of the region.

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About Rudraprayag

Rudraprayag is a town and a Municipality in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of the Alaknanda River. The pilgrims can easily carry their Kedarnath Dham Yatra from here as it is located at a distance of 86 km from Rudraprayag. 

Why visit Rudraprayag?

Rudraprayag has a religious significance as devotees from distant places come here to witness the phenomenal 'Sangam' or the confluence of the two holy rivers. The cardinal Hindu temples of Rudraprayag are the Jagdamba temple and the Shiva temple. 

One can also enrapture in the heavenly bliss of the Koteshwar Mahadev temple whose divine aura can be felt from the pristine banks of the Alaknanda River. 

The popular tourist attractions in the proximity of Rudraprayag are the Chamunda Devi Temple, Basukedar, Chopta, Deoria Tal, Gaurikund, Trijuginarayan, Agastya Muni temple, Kartik Swami Temple, Dhari Devi, Panch Kedar, Madhyamaheshwar, Tungnath.

Activities in Rudraprayag

Nature Walks The beautiful natural beauty that envelops the vicinity of Rudraprayag is worth exploring. The possibility of exploring this beautiful area would be hard to resist. One can easily hike to the nearby villages in and around Rudraprayag. 

Village TourismThe natural trails in and around Rudraprayag takes one through the perched Garhwali hamlets. One can explore the rustic life in a village and learn about their way of life, customs and festivals.

PilgrimageRudraprayag lays enroute to the Kedarnath shrine. It is also known for the confluence of two holy rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. As such, there are revered temples and shrines in Rudraprayag that is visited by devotees all year round.

Rudraprayag Travel Tips

  • As Rudraprayag is a closest town and municipality in the vicinity, facilities like ATMs, petrol pumps, eateries are easily available here.

Staying in Rudraprayag

There are quite a few budget accommodations available at Rudraprayag where tourists can stay. During the Char Dham peak season, when finding an accommodation is quite difficult in Sonprayag and Guptkashi, pilgrims tend to stay at Rudraprayag and make a day-trip to Badrinath.

Rudraprayag Food Guide

A chance of finding a decent restaurant at Rudraprayag that serves different cuisines is slim. Local food joints and roadside eateries specialize in popular North Indian and Chinese dishes. Local cuisine is worth giving a try one can taste all sorts of Pahadi dishes like Chainsoo, Gahat Dal, Sisunak Saag, Kappa to name a few. However, one can also eat at in-house restaurants of few hotels.

History of Rudraprayag

Initially, Rudraprayag was a part of the three regions namely Chamoli, Pauri and Tehri. Later, in the year 1997, Rudraprayag was formed as a separate district which was carved out of Kedarnath valley along with some parts of Pauri and Tehri districts.

Mythology about Rudraprayag

The Hindus believe that Narad Muni, a famous Hindu mythological character did a severe penance at this place in order to appease Lord Shiva for mastering the art of music. Lord Shiva then acknowledged Narada‚Äôs devoutness and blessed him in his Rudra avatar. Therefore, Rudraprayag is considered to be a sacred place and is visited by several pilgrims commencing the Char Dham Yatra.

Rudraprayag is best described as the "Abode of Gods" with majestic Himalayas, gushing water of the sacred rivers, and a rich variety of flora and fauna.

Rudraprayag Photo Gallery

Scenic view of clouds over snow capped mountains from Kakola, Rudraprayag.
Picturesque view of sodi valley, Rudraprayag.
Step farming in Naari, village Rudraprayag.
Roads in Rudraprayag and snow capped mountains in the backdrop.
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What is Rudraprayag famous for?

Rudraprayag is famous among tourist as Panch Prayag, Shiva Temple, City, Business Hub, Local Market, Char Dham Road.

Rudraprayag is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Business Hub, Char Dham Route, Panch Prayag, Pilgrimage.