Being one of the highly blessed five confluences of the Alakananda River, Karnaprayag is a splendid town by default. Surrounded by verdant locales and snow capped mountains, host to chilly conditions and perennial rivers, this place was destined to be a spectacular tourist destination.
Karnaprayag is a city and municipal board in Chamoli District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand located at an elevation of 1,451 metres. The other 4 prayags including Rudraprayag, Devprayag, Nandprayag and Vishnuprayag along with Karnaprayag make for the Panch (five) Prayag. This destination has a lot of mythological significance given the fact that it is believed to be the place where Karna of Mahabharata worshipped the Sun God. That's not it, it is considered to be the centre of meditation for Swami Vivekananda and his disciples. And, when all this combines with some adrenaline pumping adventure sports, it makes one's stay in this blissful town worthwhile.
There are a few accomodation facilities in terms of budget and mid-range hotels that can be found near the bus stand. There are absolutely no luxury hotels in Karnaprayag. If one wants to have their stay in luxury hotels, they can set their base in Haridwar and then travel to Karnaprayag.
Serene, relaxing and beautiful environment.
Limited options for vegetarians.
Karnaprayag has things to offer to all generations. The city is a perfect blend of beauty, spiritualism and adventure and attracts tourists from all over India.
Day 1: Start off your day with a visit to the Uma Devi Temple, Chandika Devi Simli and Karna Temple.
Day 2: Visit Nandaprayag in the morning. Enjoy bungee jumping/ river rafting in the morning and kayaking in the late afternoon.
Day 3: Explore the Nauti Village. Tourists interested only in adventure activities can go for several other activities. Travellers interested in yoga can enrol for a week long yoga course and experience happiness sink in their nerves.
Nestled between majestic peaks like the Nanda Devi and located at the convergence of the Alaknanda and Pindari, Karnaprayag is one of the Panch Prayag and is thus one of the holiest places for Hindu pilgrims. Named after Karna of the Mahabharata, Karnaprayag is believed to be the place where Karna worshipped the Sun God. Carrying immense religious value, Karnaprayag is also the place where the river Ganga descends into the plains. The numerous temples, the holy ghats and the flowing river provide a natural calmness to the body and soul. Also famous for meditation, Karnaprayag is visited by numerous people worldwide in search of inner peace.
Considered as a holy town for Hindus, the food available in Karnaprayag is predominantly vegetarian. Owing to the hilly terrain of this place, not many restaurants have been set up here. The major source of food are the roadside stalls that primarily serve only vegetarian delights. Though, a few hotels have in-house restaurants and offer non-vegetarian delicacies.
- Avoid coming here in the monsoon season as this place is vulnerable to landslide threats.
- Do not try to be over smart while participating in activities like white water rafting or kayaking.
- Do not go for a dip in the rivers. They are fast flowing and they will sweep you away.