Rudraprayag is a small religious town of the state Uttaranchal. It is situated on the convergence of rivers Mandakini and Alakananda. The place is popular due to its accessibility to many important places of pilgrimage. Rudraprayag is named after ‘Rudra’, a facet of Lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva appeared to bless Narad Muni as Rudra. An ancient shrine is used worship Lord Shiva in the form of ‘Rudra’. Rudraprayag receives a moderate temperature all around the year. Rudraprayag has tremendous importance for pilgrims visiting Char Dham Yatra as it is the junction for Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham.

Places to visit nearby Rudraprayag

Koteshwar Temple

The temple of Lord Shiva is situated on the banks of river Alakananda. It is a cave temple. A number of naturally formed idols are seen here.


There is a temple dedicated to guru Agatsyamuni. There is a belief that he chose this place for his meditation.


It is a very significant pilgrim place. There are ancient temples of Vishwanath and Ardhnareshwar to be found here.


It is generally known as the residence of Lord Kedarnath during winter season. This site also serves as the seat of the Rawal (head priest) of the Kedarnath temple.


It is basically known as the trekking base for the religious Kedarnath. There is a temple of Gauri (Parvati) and hot water springs.

Son Prayag

This place lies on the main route to Kedarnath about 5 km from Gaurikund. It is on the convergence of river Basuki and Mandakini. Pilgrims come here to touch the holy water of Son Prayag to attain ‘Baikunth Dham’.


This sacred place has it own ancient legends. It is widely believed that this is place of Lord Shiva and Parvati’s marriage. It is located at a distance of 12 km from Son Prayag. The eternal flame, around which the marriage was sanctified, still burns here.

Panch Kedar

The Panch Kedar lies in the valleys between the rivers of Bhagirathi and Alakananda. Lord Shiva is worshipped in five different appearances in these shrines.


Kedernath is set on an elevation of 3,584 m above sea level. It is known as one of the holiest pilgrim site for the Hindus. It is 86 km from Rudraprayag.

Chorbari Glacier

This is a 6 km long glacier. It is perched at a distance of 3 km from Kedarnath temple. About 2 km from the temple is the glacial lake of Gandhi Sarovar.

Vasuki Tal

It is an enchanting lake situated at an altitude of 4,135 m. It is encased by snow laden lofty peaks. It an incredible view of the Chaukhamba peaks.


It is one of the Panch Kedar pilgrim spot located at an elevation of 3,289 m above sea level about 25 km north-east of Guptkashi. You need to trek upto Madmaheswar.


This is also another shrine of the Panch Kedar necklace. It is perched at a altitude of 4,090 m above sea level. This is the highest Lord Shiva temple among the Panch Kedars.

General Information

District Headquarter : Rudraprayag

Area : 1,896 sq km

Population : 227,439

Literacy : 74.23%

How to Reach

By Air : The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun (159 km)

By Rail : The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh (142 km)

By Road : Rudraprayag is well connected by road with other major towns of the region.

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