Badrinath
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Brief

Badrinath is a famous tourist spot in the state of Uttarakhand. It is best known for the Badrinath Temple which is one of the four holy sites of the CharDham pilgrimage. Located in the heart of the Himalayas, Badrinath plays host to millions of pilgrims every year. However, religious attraction is not the only attraction that it boasts of. The natural beauty surrounding Badrinath is such, that a large number of tourists visit the spot just to enjoy its beauty. It is the meeting point of the rivers Rishiganga and Alakananda and is girdled on both sides by the Nara and Narayana mountain ranges. The snowcapped Nilkantha peak can be seen from the spot and sunlight playing on the snow creates a beautiful sight. Badrinath has an average elevation of 3,100 meters above sea level and has moderate snow for most of the year. However, winters here are completely white and the valley is layered with snow.

 
Travel Tips

It is advisable to carry torches and a decent amount of warm clothing. Also, it is better to consult trekking tour organizers, if one is planning to trek as far as Laxmi Van and Satopanth Lake. There is no place to buy food and water after the last shop on the Indian side. Therefore, one has to carry food and water for the trek. If one is interested in watching snowfall then the end of winter is also a good time to go. However, it is better to check the exact dates with a nearby Govt. of India office if one is planning a trip to the region. Also, for trekking enthusiasts carrying ample woolens and leather gloves are a must to fight the numbing cold during winters.



When to visit

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sprinkles Cold
  • 20.2° Max
  • 6.8° Min
  • 43.6 mm
  • Carry Heavy woollen.
 
Things to do

The most famous attraction of Badrinath is, of course, the Badrinath Temple. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here. The magnificient architectural beauty of the temple is further enhanced by a prominent Buddhist architectural influence; likewise, it resembles a BudhhistVihara. It is approximately 15 meters in height and has a small, dome shaped cupola on top. Legend has it that the original idol, made of Saligram stone, was found by Shankara, a hindu mythological character  in the Alakananda river, who enshrined it in a cave near TaptKund hot springs. It was moved to the temple by the Garhwal king during the sixteenth century. To reach the temple, one has to cross a rough bridge across the Alakananda River. A token from one of the three stalls in the taxi stands, has to be collected to enter the temple. Carrying proof of identification is a must for entry. At the foot of the temple is the local market which sells flowers and other necessities of worship. The market even has banks. Badrinath is mentioned in the Mahabharata, the famous Indian mythological epic in the chapter of the Pandavas’ mahaprasthana. The Pandavas had passed through Badrinath and the local village of Mana, which is four kilometers to the north of Badrinath. There is a cave in the village of Mana which is of great historical value and where Vyas is said to have penned the Mahabharata.

 
Getting Around

The best way to travel in Badrinath is on foot or on horseback. The town itself is small and the temple can be visited on foot. There is a trekking route to the Mana village. It is cold in Badrinath all year round and even during summer the temperature may go down as low as 10 degrees at night. Therefore, it is advisable to be well covered during any venture outside during the day and to not venture out at night at all. Also, it is better to go to Badrinath during the summer months. The best time for visit is from May to November. However, it is not advisable to go during monsoons.

 
Places to Stay

There are numerous ashrams in Badrinath where tourists can stay and eat for minimal cost. There are also government guest houses, forest department bungalows and even dharamshalas which make for economic accommodations. Numerous hotels, both budget and luxury, can be found. These hotels are strategically located to provide the tourists with the best possible view of the scenic beauty. The government hotel GMVN Badrinath Devlok serves with 20 Deluxe Rooms and 10 Economy Class Rooms at affordable prices. It has facilities like a doctor on call and hot water, which are important facilities in a place as cold as Badrinath. Other accommodations include hotel Narayan Palace for which the minimum cost per couple per day is Re. 3500 and the Joshimath Char Dham Camp the minimum cost for which is Re. 3600. Another budget hotel near the temple is the Sri HariNiwas. Tourists are also allowed to pitch their own tents. The Local shops sell readymade tents.

 
How to Reach

  • The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun. It is 317 kilometres away by road. However, the distance by a helicopter journey is hardly 100 kilometres. There are many providers of helicopter service from Dehradun and Phata. This can cost nearly 7000 INR.
  • The nearest railway stations are at Rishikesh and Kotdwara. However both are smaller stations and are connected by a few trains only. The nearest junction is the Hardwar junction which is 321 kilometres from Badrinath.
  • Badrinath can be reached by the national highway NH58 that connects Delhi with Mana Pass in Uttarakhand near Indo-Tibet border. There are buses from New Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar and Rishikesh in pilgrim season of summer months. Rishikesh is the major starting point for a road journey to Badrinath. Even regular buses operate from Rishikesh bus station to Badrinath, however they start early, usually before dawn. The last bus from Rishikesh leaves for Badrinath before dawn. The road is narrow after Joshimath and travel is not permitted on the road after sunset. Therefore if one misses the bus for Badrinath at Rishikesh bus station, one has to go only up to Rudraprayag, Chamoli or Joshimath and spend the night there to take the early morning bus for Badrinath from that town.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Though the town itself has the main attraction, the Badrinath Temple, there are quite a few interesting places surrounding it. The village of Mana, apart from its historical significance, is also the last Indian village on the Indo-Tibetan border. There is a motorable road leading up to it and a trekking route to the beautiful Vasudhara Falls starting from it. The waterfall is approximately 6 kilometers from Mana and on the way, one can visit the Saraswati Mandir and BhimShila. The last shop which provides food and water is Hindustan kiAntimDukan.Laxmi Van and the Satopanth Lake are further from Badrinath. The lake is 25 kilometres and the forest is en route to the lake. However, it is advisable to carry camping equipment if one is to venture so far. Share cars or buses take tourists from Badrinath to Joshimath. There are several temples on the way, which have become popular attractions for the large number of devotees who visit year after year.

 
Important Numbers

Police station - 0135-2430100