Nandprayag is located at the confluence of angelic water of the Alaknanda River and Nandakini River. The source of Alaknanda River is Satopanth and Nandakini River is emerging from the foot of the Nanda Devi Peak. Nandaprayag was once the capital of Yadu Kingdom. Raja Nanda performed yagna on a stone which was later used as the foundation of the Nand temple situated in Nandprayag. A holy dip in the confluence of Nandprayag washes all the sins. According mythological scriptures and sacred texts, Raja Nanda was promised the boon of Vishnu as a son. Unfortunately, the same boon was also granted to Devki, the imprisoned sister of the tyrant and cruel king, Kansa. Finally the gods found a solution to the problem which was that Vishnu would be born as Krishna to Devki but would be brought up by Raja Nanda's wife, Yasodha. Nandprayag town also acts as the nagar panchayat of the Chamoli district of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state.
Location of Nandprayag
Nandprayag is situated 22kms from Karnaprayag at the confluence of Alaknanda and Nandakini River. Nandprayag is situated at an altitude of 914mts and the average height of the region is 1358mts above sea level. The town is well connected with major towns of Uttarakhand state. The town of Nandprayag coordinates at 30.33°N 79.33°E .
Places to see in Nandprayag
Karnaprayag: It is situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Pindar River at an elevation of 788mts above sea level. Karnaprayag is situated 22kms from Nandprayag. Karnaprayag has got a mythological connection as it is the place where Karna of Mahabharata worshipped Sun God to acquire impregnable shield.
Nand Temple: Nand temple is situated at the confluence of Alaknanda River and Nandakini River. The temple holds great religious importance amongst locals. Raja Nanda performed yagna on a stone which was later used as the foundation of the Nand temple situated in Nandprayag. Do take a holy dip in the divine water of this confluence.
Badrinath: Badrinath is one of the most sacred temples of India and it is also one of the Char Dham as well. Badrinath is visited by lakhs of tourists every year. It is situated 124kms from Nandprayag connected via NH58.
Auli: Auli is situated 73kms from Nandprayag. Auli is popular for skiing and paragliding. This tourist destination offers stupendous views of the snow clad peaks of the majestic Himalayan range. Asia’s highest and longest cable car is situated in Auli connecting it with Joshimath.
Chopta: Chopta is popularly known as Mini Switzerland or the Switzerland of India. The number of tourists visiting Chopta has increased in recent years. Tungnath the highest temple of Lord Shiva is only 3.5kms away from here which should be covered on foot. Chopta is situated 53kms from Nandprayag.
What to do in Nandprayag
Take a holy dip in the sacred water of the confluence of Nandakini River with Alaknanda River. Visit Temples of the town, explore the town and the pastoral life of the locals. Do Photography and travel to nearby places and excursions.
Accomodations Hotels in Nandprayag
You can stay at GMVN Tourist Bungalow and Rest Houses at affordable prices and perfect environment. There are other temple community, ashrams and private hotels also available at Nandprayag.
Best time to visit Nandprayag
This place is best to visit throughout the year but try to avoid monsoon months. People try to avoid this place during monsoons because of the chances of land sliding and blocking of roads, even though the greenery is tempting and heartwarming.
How to reach Nandprayag
By Road: Nandprayag is well connected with roads from major towns and cities of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Almora, Nainital etc. Nandprayag is 434kms from Delhi, 195kms from Rishikesh and 210kms from Nainital.
By Air: Jolly grant is the nearest airport to Rishikesh situated 214kms from Nandprayag.
By Rail: Nearest railway station from Nandprayag is situated 195km away. Buses and taxis are easily available from Rishikesh to Nandprayag.