Located in the state of Uttarakhand, in the Chalmoli district, Badrinath forms one of the most important parts of the Char Dham Yatra. This is a pilgrimage which is frequentlu undertaken by devout Hindus in India. The Char Dham Yatra is one of the most important pilgrimage routes, and a very scenic one too. Badrinath is one of the four destinations included in this holy journey, and it is known for its Badrinath Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. For those looking for a spiritual journey, a visit to Badrinath, and a pilgrimage of the Char Dhams is a must.

Travel Tips

The Badrinath Temple is the focus of the town with respect to the Char Dham Yatra. The temple opens every year at around April, and shuts down by mid-November. The heavy snowfall during the winters makes it difficult for people to reach Badrinath.

During season, the temple opens at 4.30 a.m. and closes at 1.00 p.m. Again, it opens at 4.30 p.m. in the evening and stays open till 09.00 p.m. at night.

When to visit

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Things to do

Badrinath is located on the banks of Alkananda River, and is at a height of 3133 meters above ground level. Surrounded by mountains and scenic beauty, this is the town where thousands of Hindu pilgrims come every year to visit the famous Badrinath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Badri means berries or jujube is Sanskrit, and nath means lord. The town was thus named because of the jujubes which grow here.

According to Hindu Mythology, the temple of Badrinath is so sacred because the Supreme Being, or Lord Vishnu came in the form of two sages, Nara and Narayana who are undergoing penance at the spot of the temple throughout the passage of time, and will continue to do so, for the well-being of every living creature on earth. This is what the Bhagvat Purana has to say about the divinity of the temple of Badrinath.

The town of Badrinath was established as one of the pilgrimage sites for the Char Dham Yatra, by Adi Shankara in the 9th century. The temple, in its present structure, was built by the Garhwal Kings and is an important worshipping site for Vaishnavites. The temple, which was built almost 2 centuries ago, has a large, imposing gate which is named as the Singhdwara. The temple is divided into three parts according to the functions. The Sabha Mandap is where devotees come together to sing bhajans and chant and pray. The Garbha Griha is the inner sanctum while the rituals take place in the Darshan Mandap.

The temple, in its present shape, is conical, and it houses fifteen idols altogether. However, the main idol is that of Lord Vishnu, which has been carved out of exquisite black stone. On either sides of the god sit his own forms, Nara and Narayana. The idol of Lord Vishnu is shown in a distinctly meditative posture. Every year, thousands of pilgrims come down here to offer their prayers to Lord Vishnu, when they go for the Char  Dham Yatra. Make sure you take a dip in the Tapt Kund before you visit the temple. Many devotees come to this naturally occurring thermal spring to cleanse themselves before visiting the temple.

The three other places which make up this holy pilgrimage route are Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Gangotri. Offering prayers at the Badrinath Temple, and sitting in durgin the Bhajan session as well as observing the situals are an experience of a lifetime. The spiritual energy of the place is what makes it one of the most important of the 108 Divya Desams or holy shrines for Vaishnavites.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • The Jolly Grant Aiport is the closest to Badrinath. It is 314 kilometers away from this town. Form the airport, regular cars and buses are available to this holy pilgrimage spot.
  • Rishikesh Railway Station is 295 kilometers away from Badrinath. It can be reached easily and conveniently through NH58. The rest of the journey needs to be made by road.
  • Kedarnath to Badrinath is 247 kilometers. Rishikesh is 297 kilometers away, and the distance between Badrinath and Delhi is 520 kilometers.

Surrounding Attractions

Apart from the Badrinath Temple, if you want to explore beyond the spiritual aspect of the town, you should visit the beautiful lakes near the town such as the Bheema Pul. The Vyasa Cave is also fascinating, as is Ganesha Cave, the Panch Dharas and the Panch Shilas.

Important Numbers

Badrinath Police Station: 1381 - 222203