(1) DEOPRAYAG: The confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers. From here onwards the two rivers merge into one and take the name “GANGA”. It is situated at an altitude of 618 mtr. Above sea level. According to belief, Lord Rama and his father King Dasratha did penance here.
WHAT TO SEE:
RAGHUNATHJI TEMPLE & BHARAT MANDIR
(2) RUDRAPRAYAG: The confluence of the holy rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini is named after Lord Shiva. Rudraprayag is located at 610 mtr. Above sea level. According to ‘Puranas’ Lord Shiva appeared here in his ‘Rudra’ (violent) incarnation to bless divine messenger Narada. Here “SATI” (wife of Shiva) was reborn after self-immolation at her father’s place.
WHAT TO SEE:
KEDARNATH TEMPLE:It is one of the twelve jyotirlingas is amongst the holiest pilgrimage of Hindus. Doors of this holy temple get closed in winters.
GAURI KUND:It is a hot water pond with an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Gauri.
TRIYUGINARAYAN: According to legend, it is the place where Shiva wedded Parvati.
UKHIMATH:Lord Shiva is worshiped in the Onkareshwar temple here during the winters.
GUPTKASHI: It is called the kashi (Banaras) of hills. The ancient Vishwanath Temple & Ardhnarishwar Temple are important religious centre. At a distance of 3 km, Manikarnik Kund is situated, which is believed to be at the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna.
SONPRAYAG: It is a holy confluence of Sone and Mandakini rivers. Triyuginarayan is at a distance of 12 km by motor road and 5 km on foot from here.
CHOPTA: It is located at a height of 2900 mtr. above sea level, provides a breath taking view of the magnificent Himalayan range. It is the most picturesque place in the entire Garhwal region.
DEORIA TAL: Ideal spot for angling & bird watching, located at 3 km trek from Sri village.
CHANDRASHILA: Chandrashila is the most accessible peak of the Uttarakhand Himalayas, at an altitude of 3679 mtrs.
KARTIKEY SWAMI:This place has a temple and idol of Lord Shiva’s Son Kartikeya. At an altitude of 3048 mtr.,it is 38 km from Rudraprayag on Rudraprayag – Pokhri route is a village Kanak Chauri from where 3 km trek leads to Kartikey Swami Temple.
(3) NANDPRAYAG: The confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini Rivers. Gopalji Temple is worth a visit.
(4) KARANPRAYAG: The confluence of Alaknanda & Pindar Rivers with temples of Uma and Karna.
(5) VISHNUPRAYAG: The confluence of Alaknanda & Dhauliganga Rivers with temple of Lord Vishnu.
HOW TO REACH: From Rishikesh by road. Rishikesh is well connected to the major parts of the country. BEST TIME TO VISIT: MARCH TO OCTOBER