The sacred town of Rudraprayag is located in the state of Uttarakhand, India. The word ‘sangam’ or ‘prayag’ denotes a meeting point and Rudraprayag too derives its name from the confluence of two Himalayan rivers- the Mandakini and the Alakananda. Rudraprayag is also one of the Panch (five) Prayag (meeting point) of the Alakananda River. The small town of Rudraprayag is situated on the way en route the famous Hindu shrines Kedarnath and Badrinath temples which are located a few miles from this place. Rudraprayag being a small hill town is not well connected by air or rail; hence it is only accessible by roads.
The holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh act as a gateway to the hill town as there are regular buses plying to and fro from the place. Major attractions of Rudraprayag, apart from the river confluence are the Rudranath temple, Chamunda Devi temple and the cave temple of Koteshwar. The town of Rudraprayag came into prominence and news after the 2013 Uttarakhand floods as several building and bridges in the area experienced massive damages. The nearest airport from Rudraprayag is located in Dehradun 114 miles away, while the nearest railway station is located in Rishikesh.