Ensconced amidst the most serene places in the northern part of India, the state of Uttarakhand is witness to the most heavenly paradise on earth in this part of the world. With the hills forming the major background here the hills and the flow of the River Ganges renders this a very beautiful region and it is thus rightly called the “Yoga Capital of the World”. Sometime back in the 1960s, R...
Augustmuni is a quaint little town situated on the banks of River Mandakini in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The place lies on the way to Kedarnath and it is only 18 km away from Rudraprayag which is another beautiful town surrounded by the great mountains of Uttarakhand. It is the right place for those who are looking for places away from the metropolitan hustle-bustle and where you can enjoy your quiet stay admiring the spiritual beauty of Himalayas.
As surmised from the name ‘Augustmuni’, the town was the spiritual abode of Saint Agastya who was a well-known scholar according to Hindu Mythology. It is also believed that he was the very first person who spread Yoga around the whole world. There is a famous temple in this town by the same name and it is believed that it was the place where the sage Agastya worshipped to Lord Shiva. The temple has also marked its importance under Archeological Survey of India and it has beautiful carvings of famous Hindu idols on its walls.
Must See Places
There are many places near this town where you can explore the Garhwali culture of Uttarakhand. So, if you are planning a trip to this town then, also plan to explore other famous places located in the vicinity of this town.
Kedarnath should be your first priority because the place is not beautiful but it has got a great significance in Hindu Mythology. The place found its importance during Mahabharata time when Pandavas came to this place to ask for forgiveness from Lord Shiva for killing their kin. So, exploring this place would be the best spiritual time you could spend up in the Himalayas and you will also find that how great its importance is when you see thousands of pilgrims visiting this place every day.
Vasuki Tal is a very picturesque glacial lake situated at an altitude of 14,000 ft. above the sea level and is only some km away from Kedarnath. Many adventurers and thrill seeker visit this place out of curiosity and there are many who says the beauty of this place is inexplicable. The beauty of this place magnifies thousands of times during winters when snow-capped mountain surrounds this place majestically.
Chandrashila is one of the famous trekking sites of Uttarakhand where millions of adventurers come to carve their name of conquering a beautiful Himalayan range of Uttarakhand. The place is also a famous skiing site so if you are looking for places where you can ski in India then you can head towards this place. There is a Lord Shiva temple at this place which is believed to have some great spiritual power and asking for a wish usually get answered by Lord Shiva himself.
Ukhimath which is only 24 km away from Augustmuni is yet another spiritual site situated at an altitude of 1,311 meters above sea level. It is an alternative to Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar during winters since Kedarnath closes during winters so pilgrims come here to worship Lord Shiva. There is a famous temple called as Omkareshwar, it is where all the rituals of Kedarnath are performed during winters.
Best Time to Visit
From July to September, Uttarakhand receives heavy rainfall due to which it may not be a good idea to visit this town during that time. And apart from this time period, this place is good to explore around the year. To beat the summer heat, you can come and explore this town because the temperature here falls into the range of 25 degrees to 32 degrees.
And if you want to see this town swallowed in snowfall, then you can also visit this town during winters but keep heavy woolen clothing with you so that you won’t catch a cold.
How to Reach
Augustmuni is only 434 km away from Delhi and 18 km away from Rishikesh. So, you can plan accordingly from taking a private taxi that directly leaves you to Augustmuni or a train, you can choose from any option.
If you choose this option then, the nearest Airport that you can find to this place is Jolly Grant Airbase in Dehradun and from there, you can either hop on a private taxi or you can also take the Volvo bus to reach this place.
If you decide that train will be a better option for you then, the nearest Railway station to this place is Dehradun Railway Station. From there, you can find n number of private taxi services available which will leave to this place safely. Or if you are keen on taking a Volvo bus then, the Bus Stand is adjacent to Railway Station from where you can get a bus ticket.
The last option is driving to this place by yourself or hop on a bus. Because Augustmuni is very well connected by a motorable road so you can take a bus but you won’t be able to get a direct bus. Firstly, you need to reach Rishikesh and from there, you can get a direct bus up to this place.