Karnaprayag - Third Prayag

Karnaprayag is located in Chamoli district, 130 Kms ahead from Badrinath Temple. Merger of river Alaknanda & Pindari river happens at this place. According to legends, Karna warrior of Mahabharata, performed severe penance here to acquire impregnable shield (Kavacha & kundal) from Lord Surya. Along with religious importance, this place also offers huge opportunities to adventure lovers & avid nature enthusiast. The serenity of the place had even allure Swami Vivekananda who had mediated here for few days.

Places to visit near the Karnaprayag

  • Uma Temple: The temple is located at confluence of Alaknanda & Pindari River. Goddess Parvati is deity of temple & one of most revered temple of the region.
  • Adi Badri: Adi badri is group of temples located at distance of 17 Kms from Karnaprayag on the way to Ranikhet. Some of temples were built during Gupta age. It is also believed that Adi Shankara in order to foster the spread of Hinduism has sanctioned this temple. It is believed that here Maha Rishi Ved Viyas wrote Shri Mad Bhagwat Maha Puran.

How to reach to Karnaprayag

Nearest railway station to Karnaprayag is Rishikesh located at distance of 170 Kms approx.

Jolly Grant airport is closest airport which is 190 Kms approx.

Karnaprayag distance by Surface from various cities

Delhi Karnaprayag 400 Kms (approx)
Bareilly Karnaprayag 318 Kms (approx)
Lucknow Karnaprayag 565 Kms (approx)
Chandigarh Karnaprayag 377 Kms (approx)
Shimla Karnaprayag 435 Kms (approx)

Best time to visit Karnaprayag

Jan – Dec except monsoon

Summers & winter, both are apt season to visit Karnaprayag. However avoid during monsoon due to heavy rainfall, (July till September) the place become prone to landslides. The place has severe chilling winters accompanied with snowfall hence advisable to carry warm woolen clothes.

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