Panch Prayag Yatra

Panch Prayag Yatra






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Panch Prayag offers the confluence of five rivers in the Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. The word ‘Prayag’ indicates the junction or meeting point of two or more rivers. The legendary belief behind the division of five streams is that when Ganga was descending, Lord Shiva divided it into five streams through His force and power.

Panch Prayag

The Panch Prayag of Uttarakhand traces the route carved by Alaknanda River when it leaves its Himalayan abode from Satopanth glacier. It is joined by Dhauliganga River at Vishnuprayag, near Joshimath. Nandaprayag is the second confluence in cascading sequence, where Alaknanda River is joined by Nandakini River.  

The third confluence of Alaknanda River is at Karnaprayag, where the tragic hero of Mahabharata, Karna, did penance to please Sun God. Here, Pindar River joins Alaknanda. Rudraprayag is the fourth confluence between Alaknanda and Mandakini River. The fifth and final union takes place at Devprayag where Alaknanda River joins Bhagirathi forming river Ganges, which flows down to the plains.

Panch Prayag is visited by pilgrims and devotees when partaking in Char Dham Yatra.  Many Char Dham Yatra packages include visit to Panch Prayag in their itinerary. Devprayag is the holiest of all the Panch Prayag and is situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers known as Sangam. Char Dham pilgrimage along with Panch Prayag are always good for popularizing Uttarakhand tourism.

Best Time to Visit Panch Prayag

The best time to visit Panch Prayag is from the month of March to June. During summers, the roads remain in good condition and the weather permits the travelling zeal as compared to the monsoon months.

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How To reach Panch Prayag

Access to the five confluence locations on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway is reckoned from Rishikesh, which is the gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas. Rishikesh is a rail head that connects to all parts of the country and the nearest airport. Jolly Grant Airport is 18 km (11.2 mi) from Rishikesh, and 25 km (15.5 mi) from Dehradun.

The distances from Rishikesh to the five prayags are:

      • 256 km (159.1 mi) to Vishnu Prayag via Joshimath which is13 km (8.1 mi) away;
      • 190 km (118.1 mi) to Nanda Prayag;
      • 169 km (105.0 mi) to Karna Prayag;
      • 140 km (87.0 mi) to Rudra Prayag; and
      • 70 km (43.5 mi) to Dev Prayag.