Named after Lord Shiva (Rudra), RudraPrayag has a Rudranath and Chamunda Devi temple at this confluence. At RudraPrayag, which is 137 kms from Rishikesh, the Alaknanda meets with the streams of Mandakini river. This place is also an important commercial place.
It is believed that here Narad worshipped Lord Shiva to master the mysteries of music. Lord Shiva then appeared in his Rudra incarnation to bless him. It is also believed Sati, Lord Shava's wife and King Himalayas daughter, was reborn here to ask the boon of Shiva as a husband once again. The ancient temple of Rudranathji is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
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|Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Rudraprayag situated at a distance of 159kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Rudraprayag is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Rishikesh, Devprayag and Rudraprayag.|
|The nearest railway stations to Rudraprayag are Kotdwar, located at a distance of 173 km and Rishikesh, situated at a distance of nearly 140 km. This town also doesnt have any facility of railway. Nearest Railway station is in Dehradun too from where you can take bus or a taxi to reach this place. Major cities are connected with railway route to Dehradun, hence you can reach here easily.|
|Rudraprayag is well-connected by a good network of roads to nearly all the main towns and cities of the region namely Dehradun, Rishikesh, Kotdwar, Pauri, Joshimath, Gopeshwar, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Nainital, Almora and Delhi are well linked with Rudraprayag by motorable roads. From Delhi, one can take NH 58 to reach Rudraprayag which is about 337 Km away, via Meerut, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Devprayag and Srinagar. If you are coming by your own vehicle then you can reach this place by taking the highway of Dehradun road or Haridwar Dehradun highway to reach this place. If you are coming by bus then there are so many private and state buses which run directly to Rudraprayag. Many travel agencies also provide tours to this city.|
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