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One of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, Devprayag is a pilgrimage town in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers merge to form the holy River Ganga at Devprayag. The small town is situated on the route from Rishikesh to Badrinath and is about 71 km from Rishikesh.

Devprayag literally means the ‘holy confluence’. It is an extremely important religious site for Hindus. Ganga, the biggest and the holiest river in India, starts its journey to the plains and further towards Bay of Bengal from Devprayag.

Situated at an altitude of over 850 metres, Devprayag is the last prayag or confluence of Alaknanda River. Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag and Rudraprayag are the other four confluences of the river. The entire town was destroyed in 1803 by an earthquake. Nonetheless, the heritage structures of Devprayag were restored soon and the ancient charm of the holy town has been retained.

The town is named after a holy man Dev Sharma who led his ascetic life here. It is believed that through his penance, he managed to have a glimpse of God during his stay in Devprayag. Devprayag falls on the route to Char Dham pilgrimage.

The town is home to some of the most sacred shrines in the country. Chandrabadani, Raghunathji and Danda Nagraja are amongst the most oft visited shrines in Devprayag. Raghunathji temple is considered to be one of the oldest temples of Lord Rama and is believed to have been built more than 10,000 years back. The temples have heavy influence of Dravidian style of architecture.

Located in the Himalayan ranges, the pilgrim town is known for its salubrious climate and is an excellent summer getaway. Dasarathachal Peak is the highest point in the Devprayag offering a majestic view of the Himalayan ranges.

Devprayag is also known for the plethora of adventure activities it offers. Adventure sports enthusiasts would be treated to activities such as white water rafting, kayaking, etc. Rafting starts at Bhagwan and concludes at Devprayag. Kayaking is another popular water sport which can be enjoyed in the rivers of Devprayag.

Devprayag also offers several trekking trails. Some of the most famous one’s are Shivpuri-Corbett, Rishikesh-Badrinath, etc. A few treks from Shivpuri also end at Devprayag. The confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers leads is a popular camping spot.

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