Vishnuprayag is formed by the confluence of Alaknanda River and Dhauli Ganga at an altitude of 1372mts above sea level. Many people name the Alaknanda River as Vishnu Ganga till this point and they believe that Alaknanda River commences its journey in the Himalayas from Vishnuprayag. This place is the first confluence (prayag) of the Alaknanda River. According to mythological history and scriptures Narada worshipped Vishnu at this deific place and the Lord pleased him with his austerities and all his blessings. Jaypee Industries developed Vishnuprayag Hydroelectric Project at this place. Thousands of crores rupees have been invested in this project with a deal amongst Jaypee Industries and Government regarding buying and selling of electricity. Vishnuprayag provides peaceful and soul purifying views of the greenery of Himalayas, mountains and gushing rivers.
Location of Vishnuprayag
Vishnuprayag is situated at the confluence of Alaknanda River and Dhauli Ganga around 12kms from Joshimath at an elevation of 1372mts in the laps of Himalayas. Vishnuprayag is located on NH58 and is very near to the sacred pilgrimage Badrinath Dham. Vishnuprayag is well connected with motorable roads affording splendid and panoramic vistas of natural beauty.
Places to see in Vishnuprayag
Badrinath: Badrinath is set at an altitude of 3,133mts above sea level in the Chamoli district of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand state. The deity of Badrinath temple is Lord Vishnu and the temple was established in the 9th century by Adi Shankaracharya. Badrinath Temple is the main attraction of the town and it is visited by every tourist. The temple has a height of approximately 15mts with the top covered with a gold gilt roof. The temple is situated on the right bank of the sacred Alaknanda River with the colorful ‘Singh-Dwara’ at the entrance. The temple remains closed during winter months as the region is prone to heavy snowfall.
Auli: Auli is situated 29kms from Vishnuprayag. 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.
Nandprayag: It is situated at the confluence of sacred water of the Alaknanda River and Nandakini River. Nandprayag is situated at an altitude of 914mts and it is one of the five confluences of Alaknanda River. Do visit Nand Temple and take a sacred bath in the pristine water of the Nandprayag. Nandprayag is situated 73km before Vishnuprayag.
Vishnuprayag Hydro Electricity Project: This project is owned by Jaypee Industries and is around 12kms in length. The project is capable of producing 400MW. Mutual understanding has been done between the government and Jaypee industries regarding consumption of energy and selling it. The project is located at Hanuman Chatti near Vishnuprayag.
Valley of Flowers: Valley of Flowers National Park can be reached by a trek of 16km from Govind Ghat. It is nestled in the west Himalayas covering an area of 87.50sqkms. The valley is entirely covered with the sheets of snow during winters and the flowers bloom here from June to October only. This place is rich in varied and unique flora and fauna. Valley of flowers national park is the home of many endangered animals like brown bear, black Asiatic bear, blue sheep and snow leopard. The valley of flowers was declared as the national park in the year 1982 and it is now a world heritage site. The valley of flowers is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. The virgin beauty of this valley lures the botanists, nature lovers and adventure lovers.
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 117kms from Vishnuprayag.
Hanuman Chatti: It is situated few kilometers ahead of Vishnuprayag where a temple is dedicated to God Hanuman. This was the place where Hanuman and great Bheema of Mahabharata met. God Hanuman was disguised as an old monkey to test the strength of Bheema.
Kagbhushandi Lake: It is situated near Vishnuprayag and the emerald water of this pristine lake affords enchanting views. The lake can also be approached from Vishnuprayag beside from Bhundhar village near Ghangaria.
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Best time to visit Vishnuprayag
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 Vishnuprayag
By Road: Vishnuprayag is well connected with roads from major towns and cities of Uttarakhand like Karnaprayag, Srinagar, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Nainital etc. Vishnuprayag is 504kms from Delhi, 263kms from Rishikesh and 283kms from Nainital.
By Air: Jolly grant is the nearest airport to Rishikesh situated 283kms from Vishnuprayag.
By Rail: Nearest railway station from Vishnuprayag is situated 263km away at Rishikesh. Buses and taxis are easily available from Rishikesh to Vishnuprayag.