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Guarded on either side by the two mountains Nar and Narayan, the Neelkanth Peak provides a splendid backdrop to Badrinath, one of the ‘Four Dhams’. One of the most celebrated pilgrim spots in the country, it plays host to the famous Badrinath Temple. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu came to the area, called ‘Badri Van’, or the berry garden, to meditate after Narad rebuked the Lord for being immersed in worldly pleasures. The main deity is a meditating Lord Vishnu.

Facing the temple at the bank of Alaknanda River is a hot water spring known as “Tapt Kund”, a bath in which is very refreshing to all travellers. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinathji, is 5 m high, built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. The temple opens every year in the month of April-May and closes for winters in the third week of November. Even though legend dates the temple back to the Vedic age, Guru Adi Shankaracharya has established the present temple. The temple has three parts – Garbha Grih (The Sanctum Sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Sabha Mandap (for devotees to assemble).

Sandwiched between Nar and Narayan mountain ranges, Badrinath in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is naturally bestowed with pristine surroundings. One among the most sought after pilgrim centres in the Indian subcontinent, Badrinath is beautifully set in the backdrop of the colossal Neelkanth mountain peak. The term Badrinath is a derivative of badri, which means the place where beries grow abundantly.

A place, which holds so many myths and legends, Badrinath acquires predominance in the travel itinerary of a pilgrim. The popular belief is that Badarinath was the domain of Lord Shiva, and Lord Vishnu managed to unseat Shiva from here to Kedarnath. Another belief is that when Ganga made her descend to earth she split up in to twelve streams and one among the channels, Alakananda felt on Kedarnath. Sanctity and holiness of Badrinath festooned it with accolades since from the Vedic ages. This sacred abode of Nara-Narayana sages had been a revered seat and the Vedas like Srimad Bhagavatam, gave testimony to its devoutness.

It is not just shrines and pilgrimage that Badrinath offers. It proffers the awesome beauty of the snow clad mountain peaks and the surging landscapes of the Garhwal region. It is a scenic place with picture book sceneries, undulating peaks, sacred ponds and water bodies, Badrinath makes the visitor spellbound with its unparalleled gorgeousness. This majestic look of Badrinath is attributed much by the presence of the magnificent rivers Rishi Ganga and Alaknanda. Apart from the natural beauty, Badrinath presents excellent opportunity for those who love escapades and recreational activities.

City Facts

State: Uttarakhand
District: Chamoli
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Hindi, Garwali
Best Season: May – June and Sep – Oct
Weather: Summer 7 to 18°C,
Winter -1 to -18°C
Altitude: 3415 m
Pincode: 246422
STD code: 01381

Distances

  • Delhi to Badrinath 491 km
  • Jaipur to Badrinath 801 km
  • Kolkata to Badrinath 1719 km
  • Pune to Badrinath 1947 km
  • Bangalore to Badrinath 2495 km

Attractions

Following is the list tourist places in Badrinath. These are some of the popular tourist spots in Badrinath.

Badrinath Temple:

Badrinath is the most sacred Dham of India. It is located at an elevation of 3,133mts above sea level in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. This Dham was established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 9th century. The deity of Badrinath temple is Lord Vishnu. The temple is situated on the right bank of the holy Alaknanda River. The colorful ‘Singh-Dwara’ at the entrance is very artistic creation. Every year millions of tourists and devotees visit this sacred place from May to October month. The temple remains closed during winter months as the region is prone to heavy snowfall.


Brahma Kapal:

Brahma Kapal is a place where Hindus performs propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors. Brahma Kapal is a flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. You can see several pundits sitting with ‘pooja samagri’.


Mata Murti Temple:

Situated 3kms from Badrinath, Mata Murti Temple is dedicated to the mother of Lord Narayan. According to mythology Mata Murti prayed Lord Vishnu to take his next avatar by coming out from her womb. Lord Vishnu then happily agreed and came into world as twins, Nar and Narayan to kill a monster. Every year a fair is held in the month of August at Mata Murti Temple.


 Charanpaduka:

Situated 3km above Badrinath Temple lies a beautiful meadow carpeted with wild flowers in the summers. A boulder bearing the footprints of Lord Vishnu is located here known as Charanpaduka. It is said that when Lord Vishnu descended from Vaikunth he stepped on this boulder. The area is a steep climb from the town and is full of caves & boulders. This path leads you to the foot of Neelkanth peak where you can find several Brahmakamals.


Narad Kund:

Located near Tapt Kund, this kund is believed to be the recovery source of the Badarinath idol. The hot water springs comes out from beneath the Garur Shila and falls into a tank. Darshan of Badarinath is always preceded by a holy dip in this kund. Apart from that there are many other hot water springs. Devotees take a dip in them for their religious and medicinal value.


Mana:

Mana is very close to Tibet border and it is one of the last villages of India. Most of the tourists who visit Badrinath also come to see the end of the road at Mana. Mana is inhabited by Indo-Mongolian tribes often called as bhotias. Mana is situated 3kms from Badrinath.


Bheem Pul:

Bheem Pul is an enthralling and adventurous place with mythological importance. This is the place where Bheem threw a big massif rock to make a path joining two mountains so that Draupadi could walk easily on it. Saraswati River is coming from between the mountain with immense force to merge with the water of Alanknanda River.


Panch Dharas & Panch Shilas:

The Panch Dharas (five streams) which are famous in Badaripuri are Prahlad, Kurma, Bhrigu, Urvashi & Indira dhara. The most striking of these is the Indira dhara, about 1.5 km north of the town Badaripuri. Around the Tapt Kund there are five blocks of mythological importance called Narad, Narsimh, Barah, Garur & Markandeya Shilas (stone)


Month

Climate

Details

Jan
Freezing Cold with Snowfall
The weather is extremely cold and tourism is not possible as the way to reach the pilgrim city is completely blocked by snow.
Feb
Freezing Cold
The climate is very cold and not suitable for travel. The temperature can go much below freezing points and roads are still closed as heavey snowfall continues.
Mar
Very Cold
The climate is very cold and must be avoided.Heavy snowfall continues can the roads to reach the region is completely covered in snow.
Apr
Very Cold
Snowfall still dominates the land making it difficult for touring. The region remains blanketed with snow.
May
Very Cold
May marks the beginning of the tourist season for Badrinath. Sun shines through making the climate comparatively warm. However, heavy woolens are required and extra care is required for travelling with kids and old people. The famous Badrinathtemples also opens from this month for the darshan. There is no snowfall, but snowwill be found on the ground. It will be very crowded.
Jun
Very Cold
The weathers starts to get warmer making it apt for pilgrimage as well as holiday.Snow begins to melt down and natural greens starts to blossom. An ideal month of taking up the Badrinath Yatra.
Jul
Moderately Cold
One of the best times as the days are cold and nights are chilly, ideal for sightseeing as well as adventure. The month is prone of heavy rainfall which can cause landslides and disrupt your journey. Snow can be enjoyed on slightly higher altitudes.
Aug
Moderately Cold
The area receives occasional rainfall, making August a popular month for visiting Badrinath. August can be categorized as one of the warmest months in the year but the rains can cause landslides making it impossible to travel.
Sep
Moderately Cold
The temperature starts to dip again but is still in the bearable range, making September a popular months to visit Badrinath. There may be occasional rainfall but will not cause much disruption. Pilgrimage yatra resumes from the mid of this month. Go to high altitudes for enjoying snow.
Oct
Very Cold
Winters start to take its toll again. Snowfall will start from the end of this month. This is the last month of the year for tourism as well as pilgrimage. In case the tourist group includes children or aged people, extreme cautions needs to be adhered.
Nov
Freezing Cold
Snow carpets the entire region, making it very difficult for travel. Extremely cold waves engulf the region and roads are normally closed.
Dec
Freezing Cold with Snowfall
The routes to Gangotri are closed due to very heavy snowfall, barring all the tourist activities