Located in close proximity to the confluence of rivers Alakananda and Mandakini in Uttarakhand is holy town called Rudraprayag. This town is situated in the Rudraprayag district, and is renowned for a number of Lord Shiva temples. In addition, to its religious significance this town was also famous for the man eating “Leopard of Rudraprayag”. Furthermore, this notorious leopard that is supposed to have killed 125 people in this region was eventually killed by renowned author and naturalist Jim Corbett.
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a. Best time to visit Rudraprayag
The ideal time to visit this town is in between March and October as a result of the climate being pleasant with, the temperatures ranging from a maximum of 17 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 12 degrees Celsius.
b. How to reach Rudraprayag
1. By train:
The railway station closest to this sacred site is located in Rishikesh. The Rishikesh Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gurugram, and Dehradun.
- Via New Delhi
There are two routes from New Delhi to this sacred town, and they are via NH334 and NH7.
- Via Haridwar:
There are three routes from Haridwar to this town, and they are via NH7 and via NH34.
- Via Rishikesh:
There are two routes from Rishikesh to this town, and they are via NH7 and via NH34.
- Via Gurugram:
There are two routes from Gurugram to this town, and they are via NH334 and NH7 and via NH9.
- Via Dehradun:
There are two routes from Dehradun to this town, and they are via NH7 and via Chamba-Mussorie.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this town is located in Dehradun at a distance of 183 km. The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is well connected to major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance of Rudraprayag
This sacred town is located on the confluence of the rivers Alakananda and Mandakini, and is also said to be one of the “Panch Prayag”(five confluences) of the Alakananda River. According to a popular myth it is in this town that Narad is supposed to have been blessed by Lord Shiva in his “Rudra” avatar. Furthermore, this town also comprises of a number of Lord Shiva dedicated temples such as the Rudranath Temple, Koteshwar Temple, Shri Tungeshwar Mahadev Ji Temple etc. thereby making it an important pilgrimage site in the country.