Rudraprayag Experience: 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..
Rudraprayag Experience: 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.
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 .
Rudraprayag Experience: 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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