Karnaparyag is one of the Panch Prayags (five confluences) of the Alakananda River, situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at a elevation of 1,451 metres above sea level. It is a pilgrimage site located at the confluence of the Alaknanda, and Pindar River. Ganga starts its journey to the plains from Karnaprayag.
Karnaparyag is the place where Karna of Mahabharata worshipped the Sun God to acquire impregnable shield to enable him to be a formidable warrior in the battlefield. An ancient temple dedicated to Uma and Karna is also situated here. Swami Vivekananda, along with his disciples, meditated at Karnaprayag during a visit to the Himalayas.
Karnaprayag is surrounded by towering peaks like Drona Giri, Nanda Devi, Trisul, Narad Ghunti, Maiktoli and Mrigathuni. Besides Karnaprayag, Vishnuprayag, Devprayag, Nandprayag, and Rudraprayag are the other four confluences of the river Ganga.
Best time to visit Karnaparyag
Karnaprayag can be visited all round the year but the best time to visit is between January and April. Landslide is common during the Monsoon so avoided during Monsoon period.
How to reach Karnaparyag
Karanprayag by Air
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, and well connected to the other important cities like Delhi, Amritsar and Mumbai.
Karanprayag by railways
The nearest Railway Station is Rishikesh Railway Station and is connected by the all major cities of Uttarakhand.
Karanprayag by road
Karnaparyag is located on National Highway 58. It is 32 Kms from Rudraprayag, 41 Kms from Gopeshwar, 67 Kms from Srinagar, 95 Kms from Pauri, 99 Kms from Devprayag, 173 Kms from Rishikesh, 193 Kms from Haridwar and 400 Kms from New Delhi.