A surprise and unplanned destination, was a memorable one!
My son and I left Haridwar early in the morning at six, reaching Devprayag at nine, stopping at a dhabha for breakfast of paneer parathas.
It's a beautiful drive to Devprayag situated on the Rishikesh Badrinath highway.
My stomach was full as our driver Anil from Garwhal Vikas Nigam or GMVN had very sweetly offered us his Tiffin of homemade "Bhatua" Parathas, (a green leafy spinach like vegetable, grown in this area), and achar.
We had to cross a bridge from the highway, to get to the village of Devprayag and walk down to the confluence.
Devprayag is where the Alakananda and Bhagirathi confluence. It's a beautiful place where you see Bhagirathi flow full throttle and Alakananda very quiet almost placid!Bhagirathi's flow is almost deafeaning! The distinct difference in the colour of the two rivers is obvious!
It is said that the Saraswati river from Mana village in Badrinath also joins this holy confluence!
Ram Kund is where Lord Ram's footprints are visible on days when the river water flows low is what we were told by a Swamiji, who lives in a cave near the holy confluence.
A visit to the ancient Raghunathji Temple is a must. This ten thousand years old beautiful temple was consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya. The Pandits who perform puja in Badrinath also come from Devprayag village.