Nandprayag is a town and one of the Panch Prayag of Alaknanda River, and lies at the confluence of Alaknanda River and Nandakini River. Nand Prayag is located 22 km from Karnaprayag , at 914 meters. Nandaprayag is known for the scenic views of the snow-capped mountains. The town of Nandprayag coordinates at 30.33°N 79.33°E. Nandprayag town also acts as the nagar panchayat of the Chamoli district of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state.
NandPrayag was once the capital of Yadu Kingdom. Raj Nanda performed Yagna on a stone which was later used as the foundation of Nand temple situated in NandPrayag. It is believed that a holy dip in the confluence of Nand Prayag is capable of washing all the sins. Nandaprayag is famous for many adventurous activities like Trekking , Sightseeing , Skiing and Climbing of Rocks etc. The most Superior time to visit the Nandprayag temple is fall in between the month of March-June and October-November.
Legend and Mythology
It is said that the confluence is named for the pious Raja Nanda. He came here to perform the Maha Yagna. The slab on which the Yagna was performed is the foundation stone for the Nand temple. Nandprayag was once the capital of Yadu Kingdom. It is also believed a dip in this confluence cleanness one of all the sins.According to one legend, the king had been promised the boon of Vishnu as a son. Unfortunately, the same boon had been granted to Devki, the imprisoned sister of the tyrant king, Kansa. Ultimately, the gods found an ingenuous if wily solution: Vishnu would be born as krishna to Devki but would be brought up by Raja Nanda’s wife, Yasodha.
Place to see in Nandaprayag
Karnaprayag : Karnaprayag is situated at the distance of 22kms away from Nandprayag. Karnaprayag has got a mythological connection as it is the place where Karna of Mahabharata worshipped Sun God to acquire impregnable shield. Situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Pindar River at an elevation of 788mts above sea level.
Nand Temple : Nand Temple is situated at the confluence of Alaknanda River and Nandakini River. Raja Nanda performed yagna on a stone which was later used as the foundation of the Nand temple situated in Nandprayag.
Chopta : Chopta is situated 53kms from Nandprayag popularly known as Mini Switzerland or the Switzerland of India.Tungnath the highest temple of Lord Shiva is only 3.5kms away from here which should be covered on foot.
How to Reach
By Air : Jolly grant Airport is the nearest airport to Rishikesh situated 214kms from Nandprayag.
By Train : Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest Rail-head located 193 km away from the NandPrayag. Buses and taxis are easily available from Rishikesh to Nandprayag.
By Road : Nandprayag is well connected with roads from major towns and cities of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Haridwar, Almora, Nainital etc. Nandprayag is 434kms from Delhi, 195kms from Rishikesh and 210kms from Nainital.