Named in honour of Lord Vishnu and situated at the confluence of the Alakananda and Dhauliganga rivers is a holy town in Uttarakhand called Vishnuprayag. This town is located in the Chamoli district, and is supposed to be the site where the great sage Narada meditated resulting in Lord Vishnu himself appearing before him. In addition, this town is elevated at an altitude of 1,372 meters above sea level. Furthermore, in close proximity to this town lies the “Kagbhusandi Lake”.
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a. Best time to visit Vishnuprayag
The ideal time to visit this town is either during the months of May to June or from September to October as a result of the climate being pleasant with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 18 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 7 degrees Celsius.
b. How to reach Vishnuprayag
1. By train:
The railway station closest to this sacred site is located in Rishikesh at a distance of 260km. The Rishikesh Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this town 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 town, and they are via NH334 and via NH7, and via NH7.
- Via Haridwar:
There are three routes from Haridwar to this town, and they are via NH7, via NH34 and NH7, and via Karnaprayag-Haridwar Road and NH7.
- Via Rishikesh:
There are two routes from Rishikesh to this town, and they are via NH7 and via NH34 and NH7.
- Via Gurugram:
There are three routes from Gurugram to this town, and they are via NH7, via NH44 and NH7, and via NH534 and NH7.
- Via Dehradun:
There are three routes from Dehradun to this town, and they are via NH7, via Chamba-Mussoorie Road and NH7, and via Karnaprayag-Haridwar Road and NH7.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this town is located in Dehradun at a distance of 300 km. The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is well connected to major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance of Vishnuprayag
According to a myth one fine day the sage Narada decided to appease Lord Vishnu, and hence decided to undergo meditation in this town. Pleased on seeing Narada’s devotion Lord Vishnu decided to appear before him, and hence this town was named after Lord Vishnu. Yet another myth related to the Badrinath Temple located in this town states that Adi Shankara once found a black stone idol (made from Saligram stone) of Lord Badrinarayan in the Alakananda River. As a result of which he installed it in close proximity to the “Tapt Kund” hot springs which during the 16th century was moved to the current site at which the Temple stands today by the then King of Garhwal.