Originating near Badrinath, Alaknanda River is the main tributary of the Ganges
. One of the sources of the river is Satopanth, a triangular lake at a height of 4402 m. The Alaknanda passes through the western borders of Pauri Garhwal District
. The river separates the district from Tehri Garhwal
districts. It continues its way to Vishnuprayag, where it merges with river Dhauli Ganga.
, the origin of the Alaknanda is an attractive tourist spot.
Badrinath Temple and the natural spring Tapt Kund are along the banks. Multi-day adventure trips including rafting and kayaking can be enjoyed here. The best time to visit is October-November and March-April.