Rudraprayag is situated at the confluence of Alaknanda River and Mandakini River from where Alaknanda River proceeds to meet Bhagirathi River to form the sacred Ganges. Rudraprayag is the only confluence situated on Alaknanda River which is also considered as state district. Rudra is one of the 108names of Lord Shiva. The famous and notorious man eating leopard was killed here by Jim Corbett. Rudraprayag is a holy place where the two holy rivers coming from Kedarnath and Badrinath region meets together. The road to Kedarnath Dham and Badrinath Dham diverts from this point and therefore this place is popular amongst the people to make a night halt and explore the charm and beauteousness of this sanctified place. Rudraprayag is one of the seven districts of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. It is believed that Narada meditated for several years in the Rudranath temple situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini River. Lord Shiva appeared in Rudra roop here to bless Narada. The district covers an area of approximately 1890sqkms and the average elevation is 895mts above sea level. The actual height of the Rudraprayag town is 4200ft above sea level. A dam is also under construction in the Srinagar – Rudraprayag road.
Location of Rudraprayag
Rudraprayag is situated at the confluence of sacrosanct water of Mandakini River and Alfaknanda River flowing from Badrinath and Kedarnath region. Rudraprayag is situated at an elevation of 4200ft above sea level at the diversion point of the roads to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham. Rudraprayag is well connected with motorable roads and is situated only 34kms from the educational hub Srinagar town of Uttarakhand. Rudraprayag is situated 140km from Rishikesh and 380km from Delhi.
Places to see in Rudraprayag
Koteshwar Temple: It is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva situated 3km from Rudraprayag on the banks of Alaknanda River. According to mythological scriptures Lord Shiva meditated here before going to Kedarnath. Large numbers of devotees visit this shrine during the months of August and September as Lord Shiva himself meditated here during these months.
Gaurikund: It is the commencement point of the trek of 14kms to Kedarnath Dham. The place is named after Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva and a temple Gauri is also situated here. The place offers varied beautiful greenery with Vasuki Ganga flowing from below. Gaurikund is situated 72kms from Rudraprayag. The place also has water springs.
Trijuginarayan: It is the place where Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. It is situated 12km from Sonprayag. The immortal flame is still burning around which the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati was solemnised.
Kedarnath: Kedarnath is one of the holiest Hindu pilgrims of India with Lord Shiva as its deity. The site is set at an altitude of 3584mts in the foot of sky high snow capped Himalayan peaks. The temple is situated 86km from Rudraprayag. 14km Trek to Kedarnath starts from Gaurikund. The temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya in the early 8th century. The temple is also counted amongst 12 Jyotirlingas of India and the main temple of Panch Kedar. The place remains closed during winter months as it is prone of heavy snowfall.
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 64km from Rudraprayag.
Okhimath: Okhimath is an important destination in Rudraprayag district as it is the home of Lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar during winters. Rawal’s also live here in large numbers who are the head priests (pundits) of Kedarnath. Okhimath is situated 40km from Rudraprayag. Snow clad peaks of the Himalayan range can be easily seen from here.
What to do in Rudraprayag
Rudraprayag is the home of many trekking excursions which tourists love to visit throughout the year. The place is popular amongst adventure lovers as the place provides adventure activities like rafting, trekking and mountaineering. Do take camera to capture these immortal moments of your life. Take a holy dip in the sacred confluence and explore the pastoral life of the locals.
Accomodations Hotels in Rudraprayag
The most popular resort of Rudraprayag is Monal Resort which has 50 rooms. It is a three star resort. GMVN Tourist Bungalow is also there in Rudraprayag where you can enjoy luxury with panoramic views at affordable costs. Other resorts are Shangrila Resort and Sheetal Resort. Wild Brook Retreat has also earned a good name in its service.
Best time to visit Rudraprayag
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 Rudraprayag
By Road: Rudraprayag is very well connected with motorable roads from major towns and cities of Uttarakhand like Karnaprayag, Rishikesh, Ukhimath, Joshimath, Tehri etc. Rudraprayag is situated 380kms from Delhi and 140kms from Rishikesh.
By Air: Jolly grant is the nearest airport to Rishikesh situated 159kms from Rudraprayag.
By Rail: Nearest railway station from Rudraprayag is situated 140km away at Rishikesh. Buses and taxis are easily available from Rishikesh to Rudraprayag.