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Rudraprayag Tourism And Travel Guide
16.9° C / 62.4° F
March to November
2 to 4 Days
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (160 kms)
Rishikesh Railway Station (140 kms)
895 meters above sea-level, Rudraprayag is one the many hidden tourism gems of Uttarakhand and is also one of the five primary rivers the flow from the Garhwal Himalayas. It is equally popular with devotees as well as with nature lovers. Pilgrims tend to stop over on the Char Dham Yatra, as it is a place of great religious significance. Tourism here is booming anytime from March to November, when the weather is relatively warm and clear. The entire region is blessed with temples and immense natural beauty, making it a dream destination for a weekend getaway.
Here's a little travel guide to Rudraprayag for you.
How to Reach
The best way to reach Rudraprayag is via the highway network present in and around Uttarakhand, connecting most of the major cities, towns and villages together, including Rudraprayag.
Approximately 140 km away, Rishikesh station can be found closest to Rudraprayag. The railway systems are very well-organized and interconnected.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Summer (April – June):
Summers in Rudraprayag tend to start in the month of April and end by June. With warm, clear sunny skies, the average weather hovers between 20 to 36°C; and a light breeze tends to follow in the evenings.
Monsoon (July – September):
Rudraprayag gets substantial rainfall from July to September. The natural landscape here tends to become lush during this period, making for an exquisite backdrop.
Winter (December – February):
Winters tend to be freezing cold in Rudraprayag. The weather drops way down to sub zero intensities and majority of outdoor sports shut down for the season. Travel here is not advised due to poor visibility in winter.
Things to Do
Chandrashila and Tungnath Trek:
The trekking routes of the Garhwal Himalayas is one of the best things to do. The journey will take visitors nearly 13,000 feet high, through gorgeous forestland.
Valley Of Flowers Trek:
The best time to visit this world heritage site is from mid-July to August. The valley is in full bloom and makes for an incredibly memorable experience for visitors.
Augustyamuni is built in honour of sage Rishi Agasthya. It is one of the main stops on the Char Dham Yatra, where visitors can meditate and relax.
Day trip to the Koteshwar Mahadev Temple:
The legendary Koteshwar Mahadev Temple, was constructed as an ode to Lord Shiva. 3 km from Rudraprayag, it is one of the best places to visit for devotees and pilgrims alike, surrounded by the jaw-dropping Himalayas.
The food options in Rudraprayag are highly limited due to the size and location of the town. Visitors primarily enjoy vegetarian North Indian cuisine here as it is a place of worship. However, food prices are highly affordable and the quality of ingredients is relatively fresh. Small, cozy eateries like Shivansh Cafe and Cafe Moksha are some of the favored tourist spots.
Shopping in Rudraprayag is limited and primarily involves small souvenirs and memoirs that most visitors enjoy picking up. Most sculptures and paintings are dedicated to Lord Shiva, the chief god of this town. Other than this are a couple of roadside stalls and markets for visitors to check out.