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Shivaram Nayak

Shivaram Nayak2.9/5

16 reviews

Beware of the One way trafiic rule in the town! A big dampener.

We were in Rudraprayag one day/night this month and never expected that the one way rule imposed by the police in the town on the national highway would be so obnoxious. We were coming from Badrinath and wanted to cut the long journey to Delhi by staying here one night. We had booked a hotel - Hotel Tulsi- and after getting down at the town junction we found that there was absolutely no local transport available to reach the hotel because the hotel ( as well as all other good hotels in the town) is situated uphill about 1. 5 km and the traffic is banned by the police! It is one way and if you want to hire a taxi you need to do a detour on 10-15 km through the other side mountain and practically no taxi driver is willing to come. So the only option is trekking uphill, lugging your luggage and hungry and tired. By the time we reached the hotel after an arduous uphill climb we were panting and literally pulp due to exhaustion of the hill journey and the hill trek. So much for tourism in this town We found that though officially it is one way some private vehicles were moving and a police jeep just zoomed past us -helpless commoners - defying their own rule! So rules are for ordinary fellas and not for those who make them We enquired about this rule with some people and none of those we spoke were happy with this tughlaq rule. Imagine the plight of the residents who reside near this stretch- as per rule they have to make a detour of 10-15 km to reach a few hundred meters of distance. Tourists like us get trapped after coming and alighting at the junction. The cop who imposed this rule must be someone who does not care a bit about peoples' convenience If indeed there was a rush hour traffic problem and the mountain road narrow, there could be some innovative solutions like one way rule being imposed only during rush hour and small vehicles being allowed considering the topography of the town. In fact when we were trekking up panting early in the afternoon there were hardly any vehicles on this stretch of road. This proves our bureaucracy does not look for real solutions but simply comes down with an authoritative hand on the people I am writing this detailed review because I don't want others to suffer like we did. So think of this problem before booking hotels and planning a stay in Rudraprayag. No need to mention this rule is going to impact tourism and hotel industry in Rudraprayag unless suitably amended. Or higher authorities look into this and rescind the rule for good overruling the local police.

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Mitasha Gupta

Mitasha Gupta3.6/5

37 reviews

Sangam of Alaknanda and Mandakani River

Rudraprayag us a town in Uttrakhand and one of the paanch prayag of Alaknanda river, you can visit it once returning from kedar dham, it is just 86 kms from there. You can just stop anywhere at highway avoiding the jams (if going by your conveyance) and enjoy the nature.

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Rudraprayag Overview

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.

There is so much to see in Rudraprayag.

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