Positive vibes of Rudraprayag
Rudraprayag is a small pilgrim town in Uttrakhand and one can not call it a touristy place. Hence it is not on the map of vacation lists of most people.
But that doesn’t mean it is an unpopular place.
Just as the town is on the holy confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini, it is also at the conjunction of roads leading to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham. Almost all the people going to these shrines stop here for a change of bus or to have lunch en route their journey.
The confluence of rivers Mandakini & Alaknanda
However, I think it can be treated as a stopover place.
The entire region is blessed with immense natural beauty, lakes and places of religious importance. Apart from the main market road, where you hear nothing but chaotic sounds of buses & taxis; the town is a quiet place.
Beautiful view of the river Mandakini flowing merrily
The locals are very simple and peace loving people. School kids were as bubbly & fun loving as kids from any other place.
I liked to roam around in narrow lanes of this town and felt the simplicity in everything. Even though the life in hills is always very tough, I could sense the gratification in the air.
In cities, we howl at every little thing including potholes on the road; the people of this small town braved landslides everyday with ease. There was no yelling or blaming, only patience.
Landslide: A vehicle was caught in debris & overturned. Traffic jams are way of life.
Next time I will make sure to stay here for more number of days.
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