Located at the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers, Rudraprayag is the gateway to one of the most sacred sites for Hindus, Kedarnath. And here is a detailed blog on how to reach Rudraprayag.
Major pilgrim and tourist destinations branch out from Rudraprayag town. And being the district headquarters public transport is widely available to other districts and major destinations in Rudraprayag district.
How To Reach Rudraprayag ?
Rudraprayag has easy access from major North Indian cities and towns in Uttarakhand. If you have your own vehicle, reaching Rudraprayag is fairly straight forward.
Here are some things to know about reaching Rudrapryag if you rely on Public transport.
- Nearest Railway station to Rudraprayag is Rishikesh
- Nearest Airport To Rudraprayg is Dehradhun Airport
- You’ve to break your journey at least once.
Now that these things are out of the way lets get started. By the way, if its your first time to Uttarakhand, here is a detailed blog on what to pack for Uttarakhand.
How To Reach Rudraprayag from Delhi ?
If you’ve your own vehicle its pretty straightforward to reach Rudraprayag from Delhi. If not, you’ll have to rely on public transport. There is no direct bus to Rudraprayag from Delhi & you’ve to break your journey at least once.
The total distance from Delhi to Rudraprayag is around 380 km. Here are multiple ways by which you can reach Rudraprayag
- UTC bus to Srinagar and then local bus to Rudraprayag
- Reach Haridwar/Rishikesh then bus to Rudraprayag
- Reach Haridwar/Rishikesh then shared cab to Rudraprayag
In my opinion, the first option is the best to reach Rudraprayag if you are traveling from Delhi. There is an overnight UTC bus which goes directly to Srinagar. It departs from ISBT Kashmiri gate at 9.30 PM.
From Srinagar Rudraprayag is only 33 km and it takes just over an hour to reach from Srinagar. There are local buses starting from as early as 6.00 AM going towards Rudraprayag and even further.
As far as second option is concerned you first reach Rishikesh or Haridwar. From there you might get a direct bus to Rudraprayag or bus ply regularly to Srinagar.
Using this option only makes sense if you reach way early in the morning. Bus ply regularly to Rishikesh and Haridwar from Delhi.
Also please note that you might you have stay for the night at Srinagar if you reach late in the evening.
How To Reach Rudraprayag from Dehradun ?
To reach Rudraprayag from Dehradun, there are shared cabs and buses available. There might be shared cabs running from Dehradun towards Rudraprayag and further but I am not sure.
If not you can always first reach Rishikesh and Haridwar from Dehradun. Buses and shared cabs are available at regular intervals from Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Even if you don’t get a direct bus to Rudraprayag, make sure you catch at least a bus going to Srinagar. From Srinagar, you now that Rudraprayag is just an hour with plenty of buses and cabs plying regularly.
From Rishikesh and Haridwar buses and shared cabs start as early as 4 AM in the morning. The total distance from Dehradun to Rudraprayag is around 175 km.
How To Reach Rudraprayag from Rishikesh ?
Reaching Rudraprayag from Rishikesh is fairly Simple. Buses and shared cabs going towards Rudraprayag start as early as 4 AM in the morning.
You’ll continue to get buses throughout the day going towards Rudraprayag and beyond like Ukhimath, Guptkashi, Joshimath etc.
So just hop on to anyone of the buses. Even if you get a bus going only till Srinagar, you can always find plenty of buses and shared cabs going towards Rudraprayag during the day.
The total distance from Rishikesh to Rudraprayag is around 140 km. And takes around 5-6 hours in buses. Shared cabs will be a bit quicker.
How To Reach Rudraprayag from Haridwar ?
Again like Rishikesh, You’ll find buses and shared cabs going towards Rudraprayag and beyond quite early in the morning.
For instance, I had boarded a bus from Sari village in Rudraprayag district which was going all the way to Haridwar at 6.30 AM in the morning. I am pretty sure that reverse service also exists.
The total distance from Haridwar to Rudraprayag is around 162 km. By the way, here is blog on what network works best in Uttarakhand.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some questions that you might have on your mind.
To conclude, I hope now you know how to reach Rudraprayag from major cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh. Reaching Rudraprayag is easy with widespread transport options.
In case of any queries, make sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll be happy to help.