Vishnuprayag is one of the Panch Prayag of Alaknanda River, and lies at the confluence of Alaknanda River and Dhauliganga River on the Joshimath-Badrinath route, in Chamoli district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Vishnuprayag derives its name from lord Vishnu, According to scriptures, it is the place where Sage Narada meditated, after which Lord Vishnu appeared before him. Kagbhusandi Lake, with its emerald green water, is a nearby attraction.
The first of the confluences of River Alaknanda, Vishnuprayag stands at the meeting point of Dhauliganga River and Alakananda River in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. At an elevation of 4500 ft, the town is situated on the route from Joshimath to Badrinath and is about 35 km from Badrinath. Vishnuprayag along with Karnaprayag, Devprayag, Nandaprayag and Rudraprayag form the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River. Vishnuprayag gets its name from Lord Vishnu. According to mythology, the town is where Sage Narad meditated and as a result of his devotion, Lord Vishnu appeared in front of him. A major attraction of the town is the picturesque Kagbhusandi Lake which has emerald green water.
The natural beauty that surrounds the town especially the view past the temple on the hillock above the confluence, is mesmerizing. According to Hindu religion, it is considered that a dip in the water at the confluence of rivers is holy and it clears one of all sins but a dip in these waters is prohibited as the current is very strong. The Vishnu Kund is where most tourists take a dip. A temple stands at the confluence which is believed to have been built in 1889 by Ahalyabai, the Maharani of Indore. A flight of stairs leads to the tranquil Vishnu Kund. Vishnuprayag is also known for the many adventure activities it offers. Adventure sports enthusiasts can indulge in white water rafting, kayaking, etc. There are several trekking trails in Vishnuprayag too. There are a few hotels and Dharamsalas in Vishnuprayag. There are no luxury hotels in Vishnuprayag but they are available in Joshimath. Vishnuprayag has a few dhabas that mainly serve north Indian cuisine.
THINGS TO DO IN BADRINATH
Badri-Kedar festival in Badrinath
This festival held at the shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath in June, goes on for eight days. It seeks to give pilgrims an insight into the local culture of Uttaranchal. Artistes from all over the region come together to showcase their singing skills in many musical programmes held on the occasion of this event.
Janmashtami in Badrinath
It is organised anywhere between August and September. The festival is celebrated with fanfare and processions are organised on this sacred occasion. The festival is also known as Krishnashtami and is dedicated to Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, and is celebrated on the eighth day of the month of Shravana, according to the Hindu calendar.
Mata Murti ka Mela in Badrinath
This is another festival that holds lot of importance in Badrinath. On the day of Mata Murti Ka Mela, Shri Badrinathji’s mother is worshiped, and a large fair held at the Badrinath Temple in the month of September. According to the puranas, it on this day that the River Ganges descended on earth from heaven, giving life and prosperity to us mortals.
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HOW TO REACH BADRINATH
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest domestic airport, located 317 km away. Nearest international airport is New Delhi.
The nearest railway station is Dehradun Junction. One can always opt for a taxi or a other public means to reach the destination.
The roads of Badrinath are decently connected with the neighbouring places. Buses and taxis are easily available to reach the destination from places like Uttarakhand, Gaziabad and Srinagar.