Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Rudraprayag – Where Mandakini Meets Alakananda

Nestled at the junction of two rivers Mandakini from Kedarnath and Alakananda from Badrinarayan at an altitude of 610 meters, Rudraprayag is a busy District Head Quarter of Garhwal. Surrounded by dense forest all around, with many memories of man eater and Jim Corbett, Rudraprayag is one of the famous Pancha Prayag (Five Holy River Junctions) Pilgrim places. Kedarnath, one of the famous of twelve Jyotirlingam is in Rudraprayag district.

Rudraprayag is an important junction for you also for your Kedar – Badri trip. From here on the left, along with of Mandakini river the hilly road goes up to Gourikund, the last motorable point before Kedarnath; and accompanying Alakananda, the road goes to Badrinarayan on the right side. While coming from Haridwar Rudraprayag is mid point from both Kedar and Badri. So, if you wish, you can take a halt here for one day. I can assure you that, you will not be disappointed.

Rudraprayag itself has fascinating scenic beauty where calm Mandakini meets bubbly Alakananda. A big rock, Narad Sila is there at the sangam (junction) of them and a temple Narad Temple is place on that rock. The story is Narad used to play his bina ( a kind of guitar) sitting on that rock! From the river bed there are steps to reach at a height where Shiva, here known as Rudranath temple is situated. From Rudranath, the name of Rudraprayag originated.

The other temples nearby are Jagadamba Devi, Annapurna, Naradeshwar, Kalpeshwar, Gopeshwar etc.

From Rudraprayag you will share taxi, or bus to either Gourikund or, Badrinath.

Distances of Important places from Rudraprayag:

  • Rudraprayag to Haridwar : 163 km
  • Rudraprayag to Rishikesh: 139 km
  • Rudraprayag to Srinagar: 34 km
  • Rudraprayag to Gourikund: 85 km
  • Rudraprayag to Kedarnath: 99 km
  • Rudraprayag to Badrinath: 159 km
  • Rudraprayag to Chandrapuri: 25 km
  • Rudraprayag to Sealsore: 27 km
  • Rudraprayag to Ukhimath: 40 km
  • Rudraprayag to Chopta: 69 km

How to reach Rudraprayag:

Either from Haridwar (163 km) or, Rishikesh (139 km) you can reach Rudraprayag by car in 5 – 6 hours. Regular bus services are also there from these places to Rudraprayag.

Where to stay at Rudraprayag:

STD Code: +91 1364

No doubt the best place to stay at Rudraprayag is GMVN Tourist Rest House right at the junction of rivers.

Ph: 233347 DB @ INR 900 – 1200; Dormitory @ INR 100 is also available.

Other Hotels at Rudraprayag

Monal Resort Ph: 233901/02

Pinaki Resort

Shangrilla Resort

Hotel Suri

You can get Dharmashalas also in Rudraprayag of Kalikamli and temple committee

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