Vishnuprayag Overview

Ideally placed in the mountains, Auli is also the base town to travel to the holy town of Vishnuprayag, where one can clearly see the two tributaries of Alaknanda and Dahuliganga merging together to form one single river. Vishnupruyag is actually one of the five places (Panchprayag) where the river meets its sister tributaries before transforming into the mighty Ganga River. 

Vishnuprayag lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and is located at an elevation of 1,372m above sea level. At the banks of this majestic sight, one can also see a famous Vishnu temple that was built by the Maharani of Indore way back in 1889. You can spend hours here as you marvel the confluence point of these two water bodies which appear clearly in distinct colours. 

This sight bordered by the tall Hiamalayan mountains and meadows is indeed a must visit on Auli Sigtseeing tour as it is just about 25km away! In the vicinity, you can also be charmed by the sight of the Kagbhusandi Lake, which is a stunning water body filled with emerald green water.

Nestled between the mighty Himalayan Range, Vishnuprayag is the first confluence of the famous Panch Prayag. This sacred place is situated at the meeting of two rivers, the Alaknanda and Dhauli Ganga. Here, you will come across several ashrams, rivers, temples, and of course mountains. Visitors usually explore this place for solidarity, relaxation, and peace. A prominent part of the Hindu religion, this place is tucked between the Chamoli district.

Adventure at Vishnuprayag isn’t always about hiking trails, sometimes it’s about stepping into the deep realms of our mind. This place offers some scenic spots for meditating and concentrating. You can spot many tourists across the rivers, joyously participating in this spiritual process. Also, the ritual of Puja services at the temples are quite prominent in Vishnuprayag. Take part in this sacred ritual for cleansing your soul and mind.

Moreover, you will come across some amazing picturesque views of the Himalayan range. During winters, this place is covered with white snow and is extremely cold too. Photographers visit this place for planning their photoshoots and also indulge in some thrilling adventures. You will come across trekking, white water river rafting, canoeing, and much more. This place is located at an altitude of 1400 meters which make these activities full of adventure.

How To Reach

1. By air – Auli is connected to the major cities of India. Delhi would be the closest and most convenient option for travelling. From Delhi, you can get a bus to Rishikesh and from there, you can take a local bus to Auli and then Vishnuprayag.

2. By rail –
The nearest railway station to Vishnuprayag is Rishikesh Railway station. You can easily get private taxis and buses to Joshimath and then a local bus for Vishnuprayag. Auli is situated almost 24 km away and the journey would take almost an hour to reach.

3. By road –
One of the famous modes of transport, tourists usually prefer this option. Vishnuprayag is well-connected through road with Srinagar, Rishikesh, and Haridwar. You can easily get a taxi, cab, or local buses for reaching your destination. Many transport services are available from Auli to Vishnuprayag for roadways travel.

Best Time To Visit

1. February to May – This is one of the best times to visit Vishnuprayag. The weather starts getting warmer which makes it easier to travel and explore the place. This time is apt for visitors to roam around Vishnuprayag without any worries of weather change.

2. August to October – This period is also favourable for exploring Vishnuprayag. Although August to September can witness mild to heavy rainfall, October can be quite pleasant. Monsoons can make it risky for you to explore but with basic precautions, it is possible.

3. November to January – These months constitute as the winters of India. During this time, the mountains would be covered with snow and routes would be bumpy. Sometimes, due to the extreme cold, the place can also shut down for a while. Keep some extra layers of clothing with you.

Other Essential Information

1. Location – Vishnuprayag is located at NH 58 in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. You can find it at the convergence of Alaknanda River and Dhauliganga River.

2. Prayer Timings – You will have to visit during early morning or day-time to take part in prayers.

3. Price – Your visit to Vishnuprayag would cost you from INR 3000 – INR 5000.

History of Vishnuprayag

Vishnuprayag is an epitome of beauty and spirituality. The word ‘Prayag’ refers to confluence. Here, Vishnuprayag meets at the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauli Ganga rivers. Both the rivers flow from the Niti Valley to this point. Also, it is the first one from the Panch Prayag, named Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag, and Devprayag.

According to the holy Hindu scriptures, this place was named after Lord Vishnu’s appearance. It is widely believed that Sage Narada was meditating here and Vishnu blessed him with his presence. Above the confluence, you can spot the famous Vishnu temple.

Places to Eat near Vishnuprayag-

1. Saket Restaurant –
Serving the authentic vegetarian food, you can find Saket Restaurant around Badrinath Temple. Don’t forget to try to Garhwali and Kumauni cuisines.

2. 60’s The Eat Story –
Encircled with mountains around it, 60’s The Eat Story is a haven for foodaholics. Serving delicious items at reasonable rates, the restaurant is known for its warm hospitality and unique ambience.

3. Road House Bistro –
A perfect stoppage for road travellers, Road House Bistro is known for its quirky interior. Also, among a few places, this place serves vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Savour the freshly cooked dishes while soaking in the beauty of Uttarakhand.

Tips For Visiting Vishnuprayag

The route toward Vishnuprayag can be steep and dangerous, travel cautiously

2. Wear comfortable shoes for a convenient walk around this area.

If you are visiting during winters, don’t forget to pack heavy woollens.

 You might have to trek around this area, go minimalist and carry necessary things only.

 Keep one umbrella handy to avoid rainfalls. The ground can get slippery too.

 Carry a map, a compass, cash, etc. for convenient travel and exact location.

The people of Uttarakhand have a friendly and warm nature. They are always open to help and guide people. Undoubtedly, you can ask for lost directions and routes.

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Vishnuprayag FAQs

Which rivers meet at Vishnuprayag?

At Vishnuprayag, you will come across the confluence of two rivers, Alaknanda and Dhauli Ganga river. The Alaknanda river originates from the eastern slopes of Chaukhamba and the Dhauli Ganga river originates from the Niti Pass, and these two meets to form the Vishnuprayag. From the temple of Ahilyabai, a stairway leads to the convergence.

How many types of Prayag are there?

There is a total of five types of Prayag in Uttarakhand. ‘Prayag’ refers to a place where two rivers meet. Here, in Garhwal, you can find five sacred river convergences. Named as Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag, and Devprayag.

How can I reach Vishnuprayag?

The most favourable and convenient way of reaching Vishnuprayag would be via road. You can hire a private taxi or cab to reach. Also, if you want to get in touch with the local culture and people, you can opt for travelling through local buses.

Vishnuprayag Reviews

Kishan Jayswal
Reviewed: 25 Jan 2021
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Vaijayanthi Talwar
Reviewed: 30 Apr 2016
We were welcomed with a refreshing drink. Post that we were explained about rules of river rafting. This was crucial step as it was very useful later on. Other than rafting, we also had cliff jumping and body surfing. We played beach volleyball as well. Food, i.e. breakfast and dinner were provided,... Read More
Durgeshwari Jha
Reviewed: 23 Aug 2015
This trip took us through a number of Grade III, IV to IV+ rapids. For those who do not know about the grades, these are the levels of difficulty with rafting. These included the famous Hillary Fall and the Kakkar Fall. It was a thrilling experience.
Gandharv Mehra
Reviewed: 14 Jun 2015
This trip actually starts from the place called Chamoli. This is actually situated near the sacred Badrinath temple. The trip ends at Rudraprayag. Rudraprayag is the convergence of the Alaknanda and Madakini rivers.
Rachit Baweja
Reviewed: 23 Feb 2015
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Reviewed: 12 Jul 2014
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