Sonprayag is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is situated en route to Kedarnath Dham, one of the four pilgrimage sites of Char Dham Yatra Uttarakhand. It is located between Guptakashi and Gaurikund. Situated at an altitude of 1829 m, Sonprayag is known for its surreal natural beauty. At the point where Sonprayag stands, two rivers converge at that point, River Mandakini and River Basuki. It is believed that whoever takes a bath in this water is purified of all his sins.
The majestic natural beauty of Sonprayag attracts visitors. People come across this place on their way to Kedarnath. It is traveled by road, and visitors ponder over the beauty of the place. Sonprayag is famous for the Himalayan viewpoint.
The places that one can visit in Sonprayag lie not in Sonprayag but near Sonprayag.
This temple is located in the Rudraprayag district. This temple was dedicated to Lord Vishnu. What is special or luring about this temple is that it has a fire that burns in front of the temple. This fire has been burning from the times of Divine marriages. This myth alludes to Lord Shiva’s marriage to Parvati. Lord Vishnu witnessed this marriage. Thus, this temple became a popular pilgrimage site for the Hindus.
Gaurikund is a temple located in the Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 6502 m. The temple got its name after Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva, also known as Gauri, did penance involving yoga and meditation to win Lord Shiva’s heart. This temple has its religious aspect intact for people to come and visit.
Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary
Kedarnath Wildlife sanctuary is located in Chamoli and Rudraprayag district. This sanctuary is home to hundreds of species, including birds, the rare monal, and Himalayan snowcock. It also protects the endangered animal, the musk deer, the Himalayan Brown and Black bears, barking deer, goral, serow, the snow leopard, etc. This sanctuary also consists of all forest trees.
Maa Mahishasuramardani Temple
This temple is known for its art and painting. Mahishasura was a buffalo who pursued his evil ways by shifting shapes into different forms. He was eventually killed by Goddess Durga and was named Mahishasuramardini. This temple holds significant value. It symbolizes the contradictory concepts of good and evil.
Vasuki Tal is a lake that stands at the height of 4,135 meters. The water that melts from the snowy mountains meets at this lake. The lake freezes in winter, and because of the icebergs that float on the water, there can be no vegetation in this region. However, this place entices people because of its majestic beauty and the vigor that the lake holds.
Gandhi Sarovar is located near the Charobari Bamak Glacier. This is why it is also called the Chorabari Taal. Gandhi Sarovar lies at an altitude of 3,900 meters on the foot of Kedarnath. It is situated 4 km from Kedarnath, in Sonprayag, Garhwal. It is a must-go-to place because of the lake’s supreme beauty and the peace and tranquility that the place upholds.
The Mayali Pass is a hidden gem of the Kedarnath. This pass stands at the height of 5,000 meters. This pass is sure to offer you mental therapy by all the beauty that it encapsulates. The beauty that the place holds enchants visitors and attracts people to visual delight.
Located in Garhwal, Khirsu is a peaceful and mystic hill village. It embodies lush greenery and majestic orchards. It is ideal for some leisure time and holiday vacations. The Ghandiyal Devi temple located here adds to the positive aura that the place creates. Khirsu aims at rejuvenating your mind and soul, making it eternally calm and quiet.
Augustmuni is dedicated to one of the most admired teachers in Indian myths, Rishi Augustya. Therefore, the name ‘ Augustmuni.’ This place is located on the banks of River Mandakini. Augustmuni is an essential gateway to the Chardham Yatra. Augustmuni has a helipad from where the tour is undertaken for the Chardham yatra. This place is full of tall and majestic mountains. The river flowing beneath is a marvelous sight to watch for. Augustmuni exudes a unique sense of spirituality and beauty.
Koteshwar Mahadev Temple
This temple is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River. This temple has a religious aspect attached to it. It is believed that Lord Shiva meditated here while on his way to Kedarnath. This aspect makes this temple even more spiritual and special. This temple organizes a fair during Mahashivaratri that witnesses a crowd of people in large numbers.
Sonprayag comes on the way to the Char Dham Yatra Uttarakhand. The Char Dham includes four pilgrimage sites: Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri can be traveled by different means of transport.
Accommodations at Sonprayag
Few noted accommodations in Sonprayag are Kedar River Retreat, Shivalik Valley Resort, Hill Patesh Camp, Trip on Top, OYO 63645 Hotel Govind, Café Nirvana.
Sonprayag is a sacred and spiritual place. It is because Sonprayag lies on the way to the Char Dham Yatra, it has a special religiosity attached to it. The temples, lakes, valleys, and mountains that the place has to offer entices people from different parts of the country to visit Sonprayag. ‘Prayag’ means confluence, and Sonprayag lies at the place where Rivers Basuki and Mandakini confluences. In Hinduism, the ‘Prayag’ is considered very holy where people can attain ‘moksha’ or salvation. Besides its spiritual aspect, the place also offers divine natural beauty. To enjoy a stress-free and relaxed life, one can visit Sonprayag. The best time to visit here is in May, June, September, October, and November. Its vivid natural beauty elevates the spirit of the people who come to visit the place. Sonprayag is also an important route to Kedarnath, one of the important sites of the Char Dham Yatra. This aspect lends a special spiritual charm to the place.