Karnaprayag Travel Guide

The city of Karnaprayag is one of the sacred Panch Prayags that’s situated on the confluence of Alaknanda and Pindar River. Considered as one of the most important travel destinations in Uttarakhand, it is a holy site blessed with superfluous nature’s beauty. Karnaprayag is situated at an elevation of 1451 m above the sea level in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and boasts a stunning backdrop of lofty mountains and the embellishment of the shimmering river that runs through it.

This holy place is reckoned to be the place where even Swami Vivekananda meditated, and thus, one can estimate its sanctity. This religiously significant place is backed by an interesting tale of Karna from Mahabharat who was gifted with Kavach and Kundal by his father Lord Surya, so as to provide safety to him during the war.

Karnaprayag’s sightseeing tour includes an array of temples like the popular Chandika Mata Mandir, Uma Devi Temple, Adi Bari Temple and Karna Temple, that are visited by thousands of devotees each year to seek their blessings. The intrepid mountains covered with lush greenery and the mystical surroundings, provide that perfect environment to the pilgrims who wish to become one with nature and establish a solemn connection with God Almighty. Apart from the majestic temples, the nearby Nauti Village and Nandprayag town, are the places worth to visit, to get a peep into the local people’s culture and lifestyle.

Our Karnaprayag travel guide is overflowing with information on best places to visit and amazing things to do, which makes it quite essential for the travellers looking for an impeccable travelling experience. Also, handcrafted for you are the varied holiday packages by Tour My India that ensure a vacation unlike any other.

Best time to visit Karnaprayag

In Karnaprayag, an average temperature ranges between 6 °C and 29 °C, the weather here is quite pleasant and quite inviting throughout the year. Still, the best of the months to plan your visit to Karnaprayag are from October to February, that bring winter season along.

  • Summer

    Summer season in Karnaprayag extends from March to June, and the temperature ranges between 12 °C and 29 °C. Tourists visiting here during summers can enjoy the pleasant weather and can also indulge in activities like camping and various other adventure sports.

  • Monsoon

    Monsoon extending from July to September arrives with a bunch of festivals. Hence, this time of the year is considered to be the pilgrims season when thousands of devotees rush here to celebrate various festivals. The temperature during this season ranges between 22 °C and 27 °C, but the heavy rains for few consecutive days can lead to landslide or stoppage of roadway transport.

  • Winter

    This season is considered to be the best of all the seasons in order to visit Karnaprayag. The picturesque beauty of this get enhanced with the lush greenery all around and the mountains hidden behind the fog seem amazing as for the morning view. The temperature remains between 0°C and 15°C during the winter season.

Popular Tourists Attaractions and Things To Do in & arround Karnaprayag

Karnaprayag is an enchanting holy town showered with several ancient and architecturally beautiful temples, that are set amidst the mesmerizing nature enhancing the spiritual feel nurturing within the visitor’s soul.

  • Uma Devi Temple

    This holy site is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The self-manifested idol of the Goddess was consecrated ages ago and now being worshipped as one of the Shaktipeethas. Of high importance, this temple is visited by lakhs and lakhs of pilgrims each year.

  • Adi Badri

    A bunch of sixteen temples belonging to the Gupta period; Adi Badri forms a part of the famous Panch Badri Temple. Among them, one of the temples is dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is enshrined with three feet high idol of him made with black stone. This temple residing around 20 km away from Karnaprayag, carries immense religious significance among the Hindus.

  • Nauti Village

    Sprawling at an altitude of 369 m, this petit village blessed with scenic delights is situated at Chamoli district around 24 km away from Karnaprayag. Nauti village is considered as the pious hermitage of Goddess Nanda and is famous as the starting point of the majestic procession of Nanda Raj Jat Yatra.

  • Karna Temple

    An ancient sacred temple located on the confluence of Alaknanda and Pindar river is an architectural site, that has got immense space in Hindu religion. Thus, visited by many devotees visiting Karnaprayag.

  • Chandika Devi Simli

    Popular as Raj Rajeshwari Chandika Mata Mandir, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Located in the petit village of Simili in Karnaprayag, which has become the hub of tantriks and sages including other pilgrims, who visit here to worship the Goddess Kali who is the destroyer of all evil forces and also the other regional deities like Raj Rajeshwari Mata, Gunsai, Gol, and Govind.

Where to Stay in Karnaprayag?

Hoarded with good budget hotels, this beautiful tourist place also comes with the option of few 1 or 2-star hotels that provide the best of the comfort and amenities. Apart from them, there are lodges also available in Karnaprayag. There are no luxury property in Karnaprayag, therefore, visitors should expect hotels to only cater to their basic needs.

How to Reach Karnaprayag

Karnaprayag stands on the way to Badrinath while you are travelling from Delhi taking the highway NH 58. Whereas, from Nainital district, it is around 188 km away and 214 km away from Dehradun. Thus, both of them provide a major connection between Karnaprayag and other cities. The public and private transport is also readily available from the nearby cities.

  • By Air

    The nearest airport to Karnaprayag is Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun, which is around 187 km away. There are several flights that ply between Delhi and Dehradun. And once you reach the airport, the public and private transport facilities are readily available to reach Karnaprayag.

  • By Rail

    If you want to reach Karnaprayag by train, then Haridwar is the nearest railway station you can opt for. It lies around 194 km away from Karnaprayag. Upon reaching the Rishikesh railway station, there are both public as well as private transport facilities readily available outside to finally reach the town.

  • By Road

    Karnaprayag lies on the NH 58 highway that establishes a viable connection between Haridwar from Delhi. So, the buses travelling between them can be used as the smoothest way to reach this beautiful and religiously significant site by road. The private taxis can also be hired if looking for a comfortable travel.

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