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.
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