Confluence of Alaknanda river and Dhauliganga river, Vishnuprayag is the first of Panch Prayag, other four being Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag according to descending order of river Alakhananda who meets other four tributaries of holy Ganga at four different places. Click here to read the legend of Panch Prayag.
Vishnuprayag lies in Chamoli district on Joshimath-Badrinath road, 35km from Badrinath temple. Situated 1,372 meters above sea level, Vishnuprayag derives its name from lord Vishnu who appeared at the place to answer to the meditation of sage Narada.
Vishnu temple on the premises of the confluence dating back to 1889, built by Maharani of Indore is octagonal in shape and is another attraction of Vishnuprayag. CharDham tourists offer worship to the temple and confluence Vishnuprayag before going to Badrinath temple.
Most of the pilgrims take a dip in the nearby Vishnu Kund before entering the temple. It is prohibited to take dip in Vishnuprayag because of its strong current.
Vishnuprayag | Tourism
Tourists at Vishnuprayag get mesmerized by the beauty of two sister river tributaries meeting beautifully and flowing fiercely downwards. Tourists spend hours admiring the natural beauty, tall Himalayan peaks view and the surrounding environment. Vishnuprayag is widely visited as a pilgrimage site and tourism spot.
Visitors get fascinated with the view of beautiful Kakbhusandi Lake spreading her beauty with green water and attracting trekkers towards her.
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Vishnuprayag | Best Time to Visit
Escaping the monsoon months to escape landslide and road blockage, you can visit Vishnuprayag any time during the Chardham Yatra season. During Winter, Vishnuprayag is inaccessible due to extreme cold. Monsoon will also be fun with green vegetation and profound natural beauty, but heavy rains make the trip tough.
Vishnuprayag | How to Reach?
- By Air: Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun is the nearest airport 279Km from Vishnuprayag through Rishikesh-Devprayag-Rudraprayag-Nandprayag-Joshimath.
- By Rail: Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead 263Km from Vishnuprayag. You can find bus and taxi from Rishikesh to Vishnuprayag.
- By Road: Vishnuprayag is well connected through roadways from all the major cities like Nainital, Almora, Srinagar, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Karnaprayag, Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Joshimath and other towns of Uttarakhand. Delhi is 494Km from Vishnuprayag.
Vishnuprayag | Places to See
- Chopta Village: Surrounded by pine, deodar and rhododendron forest with varied flora and fauna, chopta village, 2,680 meters above the sea level provides you with spectacular view of Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi and Trishul peaks and is the spot from where trek to Tungnath and Chandrashila peak begins. Itself a hill station, Chopta village welcomes you with rhododendron and deodar trees that bloom with full youth during March-April.
- Hanuman Chhatti: Hanuman Chhatti or Hanuman Chatti is the temple dedicated to Hanuman. Hanuman appeared in Dwapar Yuga in front of Bheema in the form of old Monkey with its tail spread long on the way . Hanuman did so to test the strength of Bheema who boasted about his strength. Not being able to lift the tail of Hanuman, Bheema realized that it was not a normal monkey but lord Shiva himself had come to bless him.
- Other famous tourist places near to Vishnuprayag are – Badrinath | Auli | Nandprayag | Valley of Flowers | Hemkund Sahib | Kakbhusandi Lake