Badrinath is n ancient holy town in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand located at an altitude of 3133 meters above sea level. Its location is on the banks of river Alaknanda in the Himalayan Ranges of Garhwal region.Badrinath tourism is one of the most religiously significant places in India also becoming a part of the Chardham, holiest Pilgrimage. The town also has a great mythical relevance since it is surrounded by Nar and Narayana mountain ranges. It is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata that Lord Vishnu meditated here in the dual form of Nara and Narayana. Other such beliefs include that Pandavas passed from here on their way to heaven, Sage Vyasa authored Mahabharata at a cave in Mana, which is also located closeby. Book Char Dham Yatra Packages
Badrinath is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of Badrinarayan. Apart from which there are many other temples YogDhyan Badri, Bhavishtya Badri, Adi Badri, and Vriddha Badri which the town is famous for. Other major attractions of the region include Tapt Kund, Sheshanetra, Narad Kund, Charan Paduka, Brahma Kapal, Neelkanth and Mana Village. And attractions like Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Devprayag, Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag, and Pandukeswar are other pilgrimage spots on the way to Badrinath which are also visited by a large number of tourists. The region also offers activities like trekking and mountaineering because of the terrain that facilitates such activities.
Best time to visit Badrinath
The period between May and June and again Mid-September to October are the best times to visit this region as during this time the weather remains pleasant. July and August, the monsoon cause havoc with road blockages, landslides, and similar things.
Summer (May- June), the region is packed by the tourists as it is the most ideal time to visit. The weather will be pleasant but its good to carry some warm clothes as the evenings and early mornings can get chilly. The best part is there will be no snowfall to hamper your plans and you can enjoy the best weather.
Monsoons (July- August), make the days cold and chilly nights which is perfect for sightseeing and adventure activities around. Rainfall recedes in August but remains the warmest month of the year, but the temple will be closed to reopen only after mid of September.
Winter (November- April), this region receives heavy snowfall in these months leading to extreme weather conditions and closure of roads. The roads and areas remain blanketed in snow until April thus leading to shutting down of the temple.
How to Reach Badrinath
By Air- The nearest airport is located at a distance of about 314km from Badrinath at Dehradun which is Jolly Grant Airport. This is a well connected domestic airport in Uttarakhand connecting all the major parts of the country. The nearest international airport is the New Delhi international airport.
By Train-Hardiwar or Dehradun is the nearest Railheads connecting trains from most of Northern India which a good frequency. Further from these cities, you can travel by taxi or a bus to reach Badrinath.
By road- Major cities of north India and even within Uttarakhand are well connected to Badrinath by road. There are frequent and regular buses from Delhi, ISBT Kashmiri gate to Haridwar further from where taxis and buses regularly too.
Places to Visit in Badrinath-
Located right on the banks of river Alakananda, Badrinath Temple is one of the primary destinations in Badrinath to visit. Being part of the bigger as well as smaller Chardham Yatra, this is an important place of pilgrimage people come to visit from distances. Badrinath is the main deity worshipped here who is a form of Lord Vishnu. The temple as a whole date back to the Vedic age, however, the current structure is believed to have been established in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya. The entrance of this beautiful temple standing at a height of 50 feet, is known as the Singhdwar and is adorned most colourfully. The Idol present here is of Saligram black stone standing around 3.3 ft in height. Festivals like Mata Murti Ka Mela, commemorating the descent of river Ganga on earth, The Badri Kedar festival lasting for eight days are some of the prominent festivals celebrated here. Since most of the year the region remains covered under the snow, the temple is closed during winters marking the auspicious day of Vijayadasami in October / November and reopening in April / May on Vasant Panchami.
Charan Paduka is basically a beautiful rock believed to be holding the footprints of Lord Vishnu. A visit to this is believed to relieve the visitors of all the infirmities. This is located at an elevation of 3,380 feet above sea level. Lors Vishnu is believed to have set his foot on earth at this place. It takes about a trek of 3km of 1.5 hours from the town, the path to which leads from beside the main temple of Badrinath. One side adorned with the Nar Parvat and the other one with Neelkanth Peak you will get a wonderful view from Charan Paduka. You will witness several caves and boulders on the path, Rishi Ganga flowing through a manmade diversion which has created a waterfall too. The place also holds Badrinath shrine board’s medical unit which is well equipped with all the basic amenities. A trek of further 6km from Charan Paduka will take you to the Neelkanth Peak.
This is an ancient cave located at a distance of 5.5 km from Badrinath in the Mana village on the banks of river Saraswati. This cave is also believed to be the place where sage Vyas composed Mahabharatha with the help of Lord Ganesha. A statue of Maharishi Vyas also is installed inside the caves which are worshipped by the pilgrims. A varied feature of this place is also that the roof of the temple resembles the pages from the collection of his holy scripts. There are other caves around here named Ganesha cave, Muchukand Gufa which are named according to the mythology that’s been associated with it.
This is a sacred ghat situated on the banks of river Alaknanda. It plays a significant role for the Hindus who come to perform Shraddh or pay homage to the departed souls. It is said that the souls will receive salvation if these ceremonies are performed here as the Lord Brahma exists here. The mythology holds that Lord Shiva was relieved from his curse of killing Brahma.
This is a tiny hamlet on the Indo-Tibetian border of Uttarakhand located in the Chamoli district. At an altitude of 3219 meters, this village is popular as the last village of India on the Indo Tibetian border and at a distance of about 5km from Badrinath. This village is inhabited by the Indo-Mongolian tribes known as Bhotias. These villagers are associated with the cultural activities associated with the Badrinath temple and annual fair of MathaMurthi. Mana village houses caves of Vyas, Ganesh Gufa. A natural rock resting over the river that flows here is famous for being known as Bhim Pul which is believed to have been placed by the mythological character Bhim. You can go trekking around which also includes trails to reach Vasudhara Falls, Swargarohini and Keshav Prayag.
This is an entrance located at the entrance of Badrinath temple. It is believed to be an abode of Lord Agni and known for the medicinal properties it holds. the temperature of the water in this is quite high and people usually take a dip or bath in it before entering the temple. There is also another Kund near this named Narad Kund which also houses 5 big stone rocks known as PanchShilas which are devoted to different deities – Narad Shila, GarudShila, Narsimha Shila, VarahiShila, and MarkandeyaShila.
This is one of the best trekking trails in Uttarakhand located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand at a distance of 38km from Badrinath. Swargarohini is a group of peaks among which Swargarohini at the height of 6252 meters draws all the attention of the travellers and visitors of the region. The ideal time to trek this is from May to October and it is quite a difficult one requiring guidance and supervision. Hence, trekked by quite a few people which takes about 5-6 days.
Mata Murti Temple
This is an ancient Hindu temple situated on the banks of River Alaknanda at a distance of about 4km from Badrinath. This temple is dedicated to Mata Murti who is believed to have prayed Lord Vishnu to take birth through her womb, thus he Lord granted her wish by taking birth as twins Nar and Narayan to kill a demon. During the Mata Murti Ka Mela, a famous festival in Badrinath, the mother of Sri Badrinath is venerated with great devotion.