Rudraprayag Tourism
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Rudraprayag Tourism

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  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
Rudraprayag is a small religious town in the holy state of Uttrakhand. The town is located on the confluence of rivers Mandakini and Alaknanda. The place is important because of its proximity to many important places of worship in the Hindu mythology. It is situated just 34 km from Srinagar in Garhwal region.

Rudraprayag gets its name from the word “Rudra” which means, an aspect of Lord Shiva. According to mythology, Lord Shiva appeared to bless Narad Muni as Rudra. Since then, the place has been a sacred place for Shiva worshippers.

Rudraprayag has a very pleasant temperature all the year round. Frozen glaciers, beautiful lakes and raw natural beauty, add to the diverse serenity of this place.  Rudraprayag has immense religious significance for pilgrims going in for the Char Dham Yatra to Kedarnath Dham and Badrinath Dham.

Koteshwar temple, located on banks of Alaknanda River is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Numerous naturally formed idols draw many pilgrims during the months of August and September. It is believed that before going to Kedarnath, Lord Shiva mediated at this place. Agatsyamuni, a temple dedicated to sage by the same name is just 19 km from Rudraprayag. Ancient temples of Ardhnareshwar and Vishwanath at Guptkashi have been important pilgrim sites for years.

Ganga and Yamuna join at the Manikarnik Kund. Lord Shiva is believed to have spent time at his gupt (secret) place to evade the Panadavas and hence the name. Winter residence of lord Kedarnath, Okimath is also situated just 40 km from Rudraprayag.

Surrounded by many renowned places, Panch or five Kedar lie in between the rivers of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, this is yet another place visitors have an easy access to from Rudraprayag. According to a legend, this place was where Pandavas asked for forgiveness from Lord Shiva after the battle of Mahabharata ended. Kedarnath is another holy pilgrim place among Hindus that is situated just 86 km from Rudraprayag. Located at an altitude of 3584 meters from sea level, Kedarnath is covered with the snow clad Himalayan Mountains that give the place a mystic beauty.

Getting around Rudraprayag is a popular activity for the ample attractions surrounding this. These include Okhimath, Gaurikund, Son Prayag, Trijuginarayan, Shankaracharya Samadhi and others.

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Madhu Kohli
  • Madhu Kohli
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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Feedback"

  • Posted Jun 10, 2013
Rudraprayag as such is a small town and just has a temple to boast of. it is used as a stop over and a halt before people proceed on yatras further into the mountains. there is nothing at all that one can do in this town.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There is no shopping to do at all. There are two temples which one can visit and they are not very well maintained. one of the temple boasts of a banyan tree that is at least 100 years old.

Activities & things to do: Rudraprayag as such is a small town and just has a temple to boast of. it is used a stop over and a halt before people proceed on yatras further into the mountains. there is nothing at all that one can do in this town.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: one can drive into this town by your own car or there are shared cabs available that people use to drive into the mountains and to go for yatras to gangotri.
one should avoid this place in monsoons as the mountains on the way are treacherous and there are often landslides
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Gayatri Singh
  • Gayatri Singh
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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Ganga udbhav.."

  • Posted Mar 13, 2013
Good place River Alaknanada from Badrinath and River Bhagirathi from Kedarnath meets here and from here they get the name of sacred River Ganga..

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Small town no special things for shopping lot of religious places nearby must see first place where Ganga aarti helds as alaknanda and bhagirathi meets here and become Ganga from this place..

Activities & things to do: Nothing special...

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Through bus only from Haridawr, Rishikesh or Kotdwara best from Haridwar or Rishikesh..
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Seema  Mishra
  • Seema Mishra
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"All your worries will be forgotten"

  • Posted Jun 16, 2012
Town is named after lord shiva (rudra) rudrprayag is situated at the holy confluence of river alaknanda from badrinath and mandakini from kedarnath,it is belived that narad meditated here for several years at the temple of Rudarnath.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Confluence,rudarnath temple,narad shila,koteshwar mahadev temple ,deoriya taal,kartik swami temple.

Activities & things to do: Attain nirvana.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Rudaraprayag is gateway to Kedarnath and Badrinath,you must break your journey while coming down from from Uttarkashi to Kedarnath ,Kedarnath to Badrinath and then Badrinath to Rishikesh or Haridwar .It is the best place to break your journey .
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Neelam Srivastava
  • Neelam Srivastava
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  • Lives in Allahabad
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"Trip to do Dha"

  • Posted Apr 22, 2011
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Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Did not have time

Activities & things to do: Did not have time

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By train to Haridwar and then by car to Rudraprayag
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Rambo
  • Rambo
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Bhatt Resort"

  • Posted Jun 23, 2010
Cool, peaceful, out from city crowd and at the bank of river Alaknanda.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: It is on the route of SriBadri Nath Ji, Sri.Kedar Nath Ji and Hem kund Sahib.

Activities & things to do: Ideal for rock climbing,river rafting n canoeing.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Its cool and isolated from other from others interfere.
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Monica Singal
  • Monica Singal
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"In the Valley of Gods"

  • Posted Dec 21, 2007
On way back from Badrinath, we halted at Rudraprayag. This town is situated on the ‘prayag’ of the Mandakini river (coming from Kedarnath) and the Alaknanda river. The hotel staff intimated us about two temples nearby worth visiting before we leave for Delhi. These were the Koteshwar cave of Lord Shiva and the Umara Narayan temple of Lord Vishnu, which became our next day’s itinerary. Though only a few kms away from the main Rudraprayag market, the Koteshwar cave is very close to the Alaknanda river flowing through the Rudraprayag region and hence, the walk downhill, and thereafter uphill, is pretty steep but worth it. The cave is housed with innumerable ‘shivlings’ (and hence the name Koteshwar) and has natural water droplets sprinkling from the cave roof. Next destination was the Umara Narayan temple which is only a few kms away. The priest at the temple apprised me that the name has been derived from a tree called ‘umara’, similar to the name of Badrinath where there was a forest of ‘badri’ berries, once upon a time.

Back into the hotel after another long day, we sat in our balcony for the daily evening ‘aarti’ at the Rudraprayag ghats, which was truly relaxing.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Since Rudraprayag is the point from where the route for Kedarnath and Badrinath fork out, it is worth to break the onward journey here for a one-night stay at the most. It has a big market place with all necessary amenities available.

Activities & things to do: Besides the religious sight-seeing, a walk to the river banks is also recommended.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We had gone by road from Delhi with one stopover in Deoprayag. In case one is ready to start early morning, it is possible tor each Rudraprayag on the same day, after passing through Haridwar, Rishikesh, Deoprayag and Shrinagar, being the main cities.
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