Sonprayag: A conflux point of two holy rivers
Sonprayag is a splendid village that is stationed en route to Kedarnath. This resplendent village owns a religious significance that attracts Hindu followers. People on their way to Kedarnath visit Sonprayag. Let’s take a look, what religious significance does this town have?
Kedarnath is the greatest one among all the 12 Jyotirlingas. Every year millions of peregrinators visit Kedarnath Dham travelling and then trekking for hours through the toughest path to show their reverence to Lord Kedar. In the route to the sacred Kedarnath Dham, there falls a beautiful place known as Sonprayag stationed between the Rudraprayag and Gaurikund. Based at an altitude of 1,829 meters, Sonprayag is a holy place for the Hindu devotees.
Sonprayag is the place where one can witness the Sangam of two holy rivers – Basuki and Mandakini. Hindus believe that taking bathe in the holy confluence of two rivers can wash out their sins. Peregrinators visiting Kedarnath and Badrinath also pay a visit to Sonprayag and the places around here. Being a religious spot, Sonprayag is found crowded between May-October as this is the peak season of peregrinators visiting Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Sonprayag is also a place nature lovers choose to explore. Visitors visiting Sonprayag can’t ignore the natural beauty of this place. The place is well-groomed by the beauty of natural resources. One can see the high altitude mountains covered from snow, beautiful valleys with blooming colourful flowers, picturesque streams, waterfalls and swiftly flowing rivers in Sonprayag.
How to reach Sonprayag
Sonprayag is a town based between Rudraprayag and Gaurikund along the way to Kedarnath. One can reach Sonprayag by hiring a taxi, cab or travelling through a shared bus or jeep. While in your journey to Sonprayag you can enjoy the lofty mountains and beautiful valleys in your way.
Sonprayag is not connected through railways and airways. ony by surface can be reached directly by a road trip from Rishikesh.
Famous Places to Visit Near Sonprayag
- Triyuginarayan temple – Dedicate to Lord Vishnu, this temple is situated at a village named Triyuginarayan which is 14kms away from Sonprayag. Triyuginarayan temple is said to be the wedding venue of Shiva-Paravati, witnessed by Lord Vishnu. Hence, it is a holy destination every Hindu devout should visit.
- Gandhi Sarovar – A beautiful lake near Sonprayag that has fresh clean water. One can spend their enjoyable time at Gandhi Sarovar.
- Vasuki Tal – Surrounded by lofty Himalayan mountains, Vasuki Tal is a wonderful sweet water lake located near Sonprayag. One can enjoy the enchanting views of Chaukhamba peaks from this lake. You can also find the sacred Brahmakamal flowers in Vasuki Tal. Vasuki Tal is also famous for trekking.
- Gaurikund – Gaurikund lies at a distance of 8 km from Sonprayag. Named over Goddess Parvati, this place is famous for the Gauri temple and Gauri Lake. Also, the famous trek to Kedarnath temple starts from Gaurikund only.
Best time to visit Sonprayag
Sonprayag is mostly visited when the Kedarnath temple is open for visitation (darshan) i.e May to October. Kedarnath is closed for the rest of the six months because of the heavy snowfall, cold and unfavourable weather which blocks the path to the town.
Why visit Sonprayag?
If you are a religious follower, you must visit this consecrated destination of Sonprayag where two holy rivers meet. Also if you are on your way to Kedarnath, do take out some time to visit Sonprayag as you will be passing by the town. Sonprayag is also a tourist spot. Tourists who want to explore the most amazing places of Uttarakhand can make their plan to Sonprayag which is counted among the wonderful places in the state.