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Overview about Rudraprayag
There are five places that are identified as Panch Prayags in the country. These spots are where the Rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini intersect. These are considered to be very holy spots and Rudraprayag in the Uttarakhand state is one of them. One of the main pilgrimage spots for Hindus, Kedarnath is just about 90km from here. Rudraprayag, in the olden days was also famous for the presence of the leopard that ate human beings. Jim Corbett, one of the famous residents of this area, has written a lot about the ferociousness of this leopard. During the devastating floods of 2013, Rudraprayag was deeply impacted as almost half of the place was washed away and transport connectivity to this place took a major hit. This place stands at 895m above sea level and is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.
History of the place
It was during 1997 that the district of Rudraprayag was formed from three sections of the state, those are: Chamoli, Pauri and Tehri. Augustmuni, Ukhimath, Pokhri and Karnprayag blocks from Chamoli, Tehri’s Kirtinagar and Jakholi blocks and Pauri’s Khirsu block united to form the new district of Rudraprayag.
Rudraprayag is located in Uttarakhand state at a height of 895m above sea level. This is one of those sacred places that witness the intersection of Rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. It is located at 30.28 degrees towards the North and 78.98 degrees towards the East.
How to reach and local transport
Air – Jolly Grant Airport, in Dehradun, is the nearest airport to Rudraprayag and is located at distance of 183km from this place.
Rail – Rishikesh, railway station is the closet to Rudraprayag.
Road – Rishikesh, one of the top pilgrimage destinations of India is well connected to all the major cities of North India through comfortable buses. It is quite easy to travel from here to Rudraprayag as there are lots local buses and taxis available for the comfort of the tourists.
Local transport – Rudraprayag is a pilgrimage spot that is best experienced, when explored on foot.
Tourist Attractions and Things to do
The name Rudra denotes Lord Shiva; therefore it is needless to say that this place has many ancient Shiva temples in its premises. Some of the interesting places in and around Rudraprayag are:
Koteshwar shrine – Lord Shiva is considered to be the Supreme God of all the millions of people in the world and this temple is built from natural caves which attract the curiosity of many tourists.
Rudranath shrine – This is the main temple in this town. Dedicated to Lord Rudra (Lord Shiva’s form), it is believed that it was in this place that Lord Rudra taught music to Narada Rishi. The place where Narada Rishi observed severe meditation known as Narad Shila can still be found here.
Chamunda Devi shrine –This temple is dedicated to this Goddess who is the consort of Lord Rudra.
Shri Tungeshwar Mahadev Shrine – This scenic temple has been in existence for over a thousand years. There are lots of artistic and intricate sculptures in this temple and the path that leads to this main temple is filled with many small shrines.
Lord Kartik Shrine – Located at about 40km from Rudraprayag, this temple can be reached by trekking through the village of Kanak Chauri. The presiding deity is Lord Kartik or Lord Muruga, the first son of Lord Shiva.
Basukedar Temple – This is an old Shiva temple that was constructed by the Pandava Kings. Legend has it that this was the place where Lord Shiva stayed overnight before finally settling in Kedarnath or Mount Kailash.
Things to do
Trekking and pilgrimage are the main activities for tourists who come to Rudraprayag.
Places to eat and local cuisine
Lavleen and Pandit Restaurant are some of the decent places to eat in Rudraprayag. Being a pilgrimage spot, non-vegetarian food is not served here. Foods that are directly cooked on fire like moong dhal papads, Soyabean dishes, Mundua and Linguda are some of the local specialities of this place.
Places to stay
Monal Resort, is one of the most preferred accommodation options by tourists, as not only is the resort beautiful, but it is also quite close to main town of Rudraprayag. Some of the tourist bungalows and guest houses are available at very cheap rates, but the quality of services and neatness of the rooms is not guaranteed.
STD, PIN code and Emergency Contact Numbers
The STD and PIN codes of Rudraprayag are 01364 and 246171 respectively. Helpline numbers of Police (100), Fire (101) and Ambulance (103) can be dialled anytime during the day, during crisis situations.
Banks, Hospitals and Tourist Office
State Bank of India,
Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand, Ph: 01364 265202
1 - Jankalyan Hospital,
New Bus Stand, Rudraprayag Head Office, Uttarakhand – 246171
2 - Bohra Maternity Nursing Home and Surgery Centre,
Rudraprayag Head Office, Uttarakhand district – 246171
Ph: 01364 233311
Tourism Development Board, Uttarakhand Tourism,
Pandit Dheendhayal Upadhaya Paryatan Bhavan,
Close to ONGC Helipad, Garhi Cantonment,
Dehradun – 248001
Ph: 0135 2559898