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Things To Do In Rudraprayag
Rudraprayag, a place of immense religious and spiritual importance, is situated nearly 86 km from Kedarnath, approximately 1000 meters above sea-level. It is considered a haven for pilgrims as well as nature lovers and adventurers. The summer and autumn months (March – November) are considered the best times to visit this holy town. Rudraprayag also serves as the gateway for treks to Kedarnath and Badrinath. The town offers spectacular views of the surrounding vegetation and neighbouring Himalayan mountain ranges. Here are some amazing things to do in Rudraprayag.
Chandrashila and Tungnath Trek
The hiking trails of the Garhwal Himalayas create a sense of excitement and wonder like few other activities do. The massive landscapes leading up to the summit is one of the best things to do in and around Rudraprayag. The journey will take visitors nearly 13,000 feet above sea-level, high above the clouds and through deciduous forestland. Autumn and winter seasons are some of the best times to take up this challenging task, but the trek is possible year-round, as long as the weather permits it.
Valley of Flowers Trek
A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the great natural wonders of our planet, the Valley Of Flowers is not be missed. The most ideal time to trek to the valley is from mid-July to August. It is an incredible journey that is highly rewarding, with gorgeous views of the valley in full bloom with a vast variety of flora and fauna on offer. The valley is perfect for an overnight trip. Camping outdoors is also recommended if possible. This is one of the best things to do.
Augustyamuni is a town built in dedication to one of the most revered and prominent teachers in Indian mythology - Rishi Agasthya. This place is vital for the Char Dham Yatra as it is the spot from which the pilgrimage is often undertaken due to the helipad present here. The beautiful surrounding mountain ranges and Mandakini River ensure that a trip here will make for an extremely memorable experience for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.
Day trip to the Koteshwar Mahadev Temple
On the banks of the Alaknanda River, is the famous Koteshwar Mahadev Temple, built in dedication to Lord Shiva. Situated nearly 3 km away from Rudraprayag it is well-connected by a network of roadways. Visitors can enjoy a sense of calm and serenity here, with thousands of pilgrims and devotees stopping off here on their Charm Dham Yatra journeys.
Paragliding, hiking, camping, rappelling and river rafting are just some of the outdoor activities on offer in the area. These activities are best done in the summer and autumn months due to the warm weather and high visibility. Another special adventure sport possible in Rishikesh nearby is Bungee jumping, something that is sure to be a dream for adrenaline junkies and curious visitors.
Day trip to Gaurikund
Approximately a 2 hour bus ride away and 1900 meters high, Gaurikund makes for an ideal day trip for visitors living in Rudraprayag. Gaurikund is the point where the 16 km journey to Kedarnath begins. The Gauri Temple here is built in dedication to Goddess Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva. The panoramic views and unique topography are sure to make for a memorable journey.
Sonprayag lies at the confluence of the Basuki and Mandakini Rivers. Covered by the snow-capped peaks, Sonprayag draws in tourists throughout the year. It is a small hamlet situated in the Rudraprayag district itself. The natural landscape and snowy peaks create a unique atmosphere that is mesmerizing for nature lovers and pilgrims alike. The current route to Kedarnath begins from here, but will be changed back to Gaurikund, its original route.