Vishnuprayag
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Vishnuprayag

June 30, 2009 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Jyoti Painuly




This confluence is dark and mostly in the shadows. To make this confluence the river Alaknanda, the main tributary of the Ganga, rises near Badrinath and flows down to meet the Dhauli Ganga River, 10 kms north of Joshimath at VishnuPrayag. It cuts a deep gorge into the mountains.

Vishnu Prayag, 1372 m, has an ancient temple of Lord Vishnu which stands here next to a pool called Vishnu Kund.


How to reach ?

The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is about 280 km away from Vishnuprayag. One can easily get a cab or catch a bus on the Rishikesh-Devaprayag-Rudraprayag-Nandprayag-Joshimath route.
The nearest rail head is at Rishikesh. One can easily get a cab till Vishnuprayag or catch a bus fro Vishnuprayag.
Vishnuprayag is well connected by motorable roads to different parts of the state. Public and private buses make trips in and out of the city on regular basis connecting it to nearby towns and cities.


Nandprayag

Nandprayag

20 km from Karna Prayag, at this confluence in Nandprayag, there is a temple dedicated to Gopalji, Lord Krishna. At Nandprayag which is 190 kms short of Rishikesh on the Uttarkashi road, the River Nandakini joins with Alaknanda. The place Nandprayag derives its name from Raja Nanda. According to one legend, the king Nanda was promised the boon (aashirwaad) that Vishnu will be his son.

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Karnprayag

Karnprayag

Situated at 12 km from Gauchar and 31 km from Rudraprayag, Karnprayag has two temples in this confluence, one dedicated to Goddess Durga (Uma) and other dedicated Karna (the tragic hero of the Mahabharata). At KarnPrayag Alaknanda meets with Pindar river which flows out of the Nanda Devi glacier to form this confluence.

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Rudraprayag

Rudraprayag

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.

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Devprayag

Devprayag

The most spectacular among all the confluences is the Devprayag Confluence, which is in Devprayag. 68 kms north of Rishikesh this place is the point where Alaknanda meets the Bhagirathi, coming from Gomukh, to form the mighty Ganga. This is the final Confluence from where Ganga starts. It comprises the oldest route to Badrinath and Gangotri.

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