Where Alaknanda meets Mandakini
Rudra Prayag Tourism
Lying on the confluence of the two most pious rivers which make Ganga what it is, Alaknanda and Mandakini, Rudraprayag truly is a gift from nature. Such confluences are very rare, but India has the privilege of having quite a few of them. There are quite a few things which make a place a good tourist place including hills and valleys, snow-capped mountains, legendary rivers, green forests and there are very very rare places which have the fortune of having them all, and one such very special place is Rudraprayag. It is bliss, a gift and an experience to cherish for an entire lifetime.
Nestled in the ever beautiful Garhwali Hills, it holds a lot of religious value as well. Lying on the confluence of the two rivers which together make up the Ganga river makes it one of the most sacred places on the entire planet. This confluence is not just celebrated by the humans, most importantly Hindus, but nature as well. When two rivers join to form another river, it tells the world it has become stronger, more pious, bringing out the best in each other, and such a confluence is celebrated by nature by being at its very best there!
The Soul Charger
Rudraprayag is the kind of place where just after spending a minute, it feels like you belong there. The soul seems to instantly connect with nature there. That is what pristine nature, healthy surroundings do to us. For a traveller, the places he or she visits are the memories which stay forever, and a place like Rudraprayag can top the list for sure! It is kind of a charger which can charge up souls with drained energy due to a plethora of reasons. For a person whose daily life is monotonous, with no excitement left, places like these can really rejuvenate them.
It also has a lot of trekking options, so there surely lies an added benefit for the adventure lovers!
Top things do in Rudra Prayag
How to reach
Rudraprayag is located in the beautiful Garhwal hills, which makes it slightly difficult to reach. But being an important pilgrim destination, it has somewhat decent connections.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is in Dehradun which is the Jolly Grant Airport situated around 91 kms away. From there regular buses ply to and fro Rudraprayag. Alternatively, cabs and private taxis can be hired as well.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway station to Rudraprayag is in Rishikesh, about 140 kms away. From there a lot of buses are available to reach Rudraprayag. A lot of taxis and cabs are available as well.
How to Reach by Bus
Since it is an important destination, it is well connected to many of the Uttarakhand's cities. Many state-run, as well as private buses, ply on the route.
How to Reach by Road
Rudraprayag is well connected by roads from Dehradun, Delhi and a lot of other cities and towns of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
How to travel within
A lot of tourist spots are quite far away and for this purpose, there are a lot of taxis and cabs available. Otherwise for travelling within the town, the cab hired from source can be used, alternatively, a lot of tourists prefer to explore the small area on foot.
The amazing Garhwali people!
The Garhwali people are so used to tourists for such a long time now, that they have become a part of their lives it seems. They are so sweet towards the tourists, helping them out in whatever ways they can. There are a lot of places around Rudraprayag where there are no hotels, eateries, no cell phone network, no connectivity at all, then there these humble Garhwali people show up and let the tourists stay with them for a while. They certainly provide hospitality to the best of their abilities. This is what makes the place even more special than it is and becomes the real reason why people choose to come to the beautiful Garhwal mountains again and again. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that these people make them feel like their own homes, for homes aren't built of walls, but of the love which people have for each other!
Rudra Prayag Itinerary
- Visit the place which is the reason for Rudraprayag being Rudraprayag, the confluence of the rivers. Watch nature at its magical best.
- Visit all the temples in the vicinity and seek as many blessings as you can amidst the beautiful nature.
- Visit the base camps of the treks at least if you do not wish to trek to the places.
- Start a trek to Tungnath from Chopta. This can be one of the best treks of your life as there are a lot of things which you can explore while on the trek.
- While on your trek, visit the Deoria Tal.
- Visit Kedarnath and seek blessings from one of the most revered temples in the country.
- Visit Rudranath on your way back.
- Visit Jakholi and all the neighbouring places to see pristine nature in abundance!