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Located in the Chamoli District of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, Rudranath is a beautiful village, situated in the Garhwal Himalayan Mountains.

Rudranath along with the other regions that are covered by the Chamoli District, were in Pauri Garhwal District of Kumaon till 1960. The history of the Chamoli District dates back to the time of Rigveda, which extended from 1017 to 1019. It was during this time that the Sapt-Rishis after inundation saved their lives in this region.

It is also believed that Garhwal was the place from where the roots of Vedic literature originated. This is because Garhwali language has several words, which are similar to Sanskrit. The work places of Vedic Rishis located in Garhwal hold immense religious significance till date, with most being situated in and around Chamoli.

According to the beliefs of some scientists and historians, Chamoli District along with the other regions of Garhwal, was the origin of the Aryans. In addition, it is also believed that the region was invaded by Khasa in 300 BC through Kashmir, Kuman and Nepal. After Khasa, the region was invaded by Kshatiya. Following Kshatiya, the district went under the rule of several dynasties such as Panwar dynasty and Gorkhas. Later, the district went under the reign of the British.

Although Chamoli District was ruled by several rulers, its religious significance remains intact till date, which can be seen in its culture and places of attraction. There are several festivals that are celebrated within the region such as Ram Navami, Nag Panchami, Janmashtami, Shivaratri and Holi. In addition, fairs like Bishwat Sankranti, Gaucher Mela and Dattatreya Pooranmasi are also prominent.

The major attraction of Rudranath is the Rudranath temple, located at an altitude of 2,286 metres. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is the fourth temple in the circuit of Panch Kedar pilgrimage. It is believed that this temple was constructed by the Pandavas, so as to redeem themselves from the sins of killing in Kurukshetra war. Some of the other attractions of the destination include Panar Bugiyal, Pitradhar and Nandikund.

To reach Rudranath a 20 km trek is required; hence, the destination is also popular among trekkers. In addition, tourists visiting the destination can enjoy views of several peaks such as Hathi, Hanuman and Trishul.

Being a popular tourist destination and pilgrimage centre, flights, trains and buses are available. Flights can be boarded to Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, located at a distance of approximately 240 km from Rudranath, which is the nearest airport. Those travelling to Rudranath from international destinations can board flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.

The nearest railhead serving the destination is the Rishikesh Railway Station, located at a distance of around 220 km from Rudranath. State buses are also available from places like Rishikesh, Dehradun, Kotdwara and Haridwar, to Rudranath.

The best time to visit Rudranath is from April to November.

Photos of Rudranath

Panar Bugiyal, Rudranath

Photo by

Nipun Kumar

Panar Bugiyal, Rudranath
Panar Bugiyal, Rudranath

Photo by

Nipun Kumar

Panar Bugiyal, Rudranath
Panar Bugiyal, Rudranath

Photo by

Nipun Kumar

Panar Bugiyal, Rudranath
Panar Bugiyal, Rudranath

Photo by

Nipun Kumar

Panar Bugiyal, Rudranath

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