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BADRINATH in Himalyas

Badrinath is situated in the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat, with the towering Neelkanth peak (6,597mts.) in the background. Also known as the Vishal Badri, the largest among the five Badris, it is revered by all as the apt tribute to Lord Vishnu.

It is believed that to revive the lost prestige of Hinduism and to unite the country in one bond, Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya built four pilgrimage centres in four corners of India. Among them were Badrikashram (Badrinath) in the north, Rameshwaram in the south, Dwarkapuri in the west and Jagannath Puri in the east. Badrinath situated at an elevation of 3,133 mts. is considered to be amongst the most pious.

The revered spot was once carpeted with wild berries which gave it the name 'Badri Van' meaning 'forest of berries.' Built by Adi Shankaracharaya, the philosopher-saint of the 8th century, the temple has been renovated several times due to damage by avalanches and restored in the 19th century by the royal houses of Scindia & Holkar. The main entrance gate is colourful & imposing popularly known as Singhdwar.

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The Hindu Scriptures state that the life of a Hindu can't be complete without a visit to Badrinath. Apart from spiritual terms the visit to Badrinath will linger all through your life. The snow covered mountains, the water falls , the fresh air, the innocent faces of the Gharwal people they are mesmirising.

The Badrinath Temple !!!
The temple adjacent to the river Alaknanda!!!
The Mighty Peaks!!!
The Bus Stop at the Top-Badrinath!!!

In Gharwal Uttharakand(Uttaranchal) there are four holy temples Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri. They are the sources of river Alaknanda, Mandakini , Bahgirathi(Ganga) and Yamuna. These four temple are also called as Char Dhams by piligrims. And now a days many tour-packages are also available for Char Dham Trip.

About The Temple :

Badrinath is situated at an altitude of 3500 meters amidst the snowy and magnificent valley between the two mountains called Nara and Narayana after the great sages who meditated here. The temple is situated on the right bank of the river Alakananda which later joins Mandakini and then Bagirathi at Devprayag from where it is called Ganga.

The idol of the Lord here is a saligrama (type of a holy stone) seated naturally in padmasana (lotus pose).Only here the idol of Vishnu is in yogic pose. Here he sits alone in splendid isolation without his consort and is immersed in the bliss of soul. According to eminent historians, the temple had existed well before the period of the Mahabharata. With the advent of Buddhism, the territory surrounding this sacred place came under the influence of the Buddhists. The ancient temple was destroyed and the idol was thrown into Alaknanda river. It was Adi Shankaracharya, who discovered the image in the Alakananda from the pool known as Narad Kund and installed it in the Garud Gupha near the hot water spring known as Tapta Kund. It remained here for about seven centuries. Then at the insistence of the great Vaishnava saint called Varadarajacharya, the then ruler of Garhwal made a temple at the spot where the present temple stands and had the idol installed therein. The gold canopy of the temple is supposed to have been a gift of the famous Queen, Ahalyabai of Holkar..

Narad Kund is a recess in the bed of the Alakananda River which forms a pool and is close to the Tapta Kund. It is sheltered by a projecting rock which breaks the force of the river and allows people to bathe in it. Adi Shankaracharya knew this by his great powers and retrieved the idol from this pool. He is the one who has laid down the rules by which the Lord is to be worshipped. He decreed that the Rawal or chief priest of the temple should come from the state of Kerala, far down south. He also decreed that the chief priest of the temple of Rameswaram in the south, should be from the state of Garhwal. Thus he ensured that there was a good interchange between the north and south of this holy land. This tradition is followed to this day and the Rawal of Badrinath is always a Namboodiri Brahmin from Kerala, the land of Adi Shankara’s birth.

How to Reach:

Badrinath is the most accessible of the Char Dhams. The temple is connected by road. Since it is near China border road has been constructed by the BRO. Badrinath is at a distance of 290 kms from Rishikesh. Rishikesh is the last railhead. Lot of Buses run from Rishikesh to Badrinath. Private vehicles can be hired. The road through the weak structures of himalayas are prone to frequent landslides . So better avoid going by your own vehicle. It is better to hire experienced driver of that area. State buses are very frequent. As the gradient is very steep, the average speed will be around 15-20 kmph. So the entire distance can't be coverd in a day. It is tradition and a very strong belief that one should first visit Kedarnath and then come to Badrinath. After Visiting Kedarnath one can take direct bus from Gauri Kund to Badrinath.

  • Airport :
  • Railhead : Rishikesh
  • Road :There is road connection to the temple from Rishikesh

Other Places :

Mana Village-the last village of INDO-CHINA

. The place to visit are "Vyas Guha" -
Another 5 kms takes you to vasudhara falls .......the waters are believed to be very sacred.

A very scenic 3km walk beyond Badrinath along the Alaknanda River and past fields divided by dry-stone walls leads to tiny but charismatic Mana village......a place of legends, which is crammed with narrow stone laneways and traditional houses of varying designs – some have slate walls and roofs while others are wooden with cute balconies. You can wander around and watch the village ladies knitting colourful jerseys or weaving blankets or carpets while the men tend the sheep or play cards or carom. Carpets (Rs 150 for a small square, Rs 2000 for bigger ones), blankets and jerseys are all on sale.

Just outside the village in a small cave is the tiny, 5000-year-old Vyas Temple the place where Ved Vyas written the legend "Mahabarath" -just near by is the "Ganesh Guha" where Lord Ganesh helped Ved Vyas in writing the Mahabarath .Near by is a point where Saraswati river is visible.This is the only place where sarswati is visible.....if u do'nt believe in lengends---the scenic beauty of this place make u thrust "Even Gods might have been impressed by the beauty and stayed there"....., and nearby is Bhima’s Rock, a natural rock arch over a river that is said to have been made by Bhima, strongest of the Pandava brothers, whose tale is told in the Mahabharata. The 145m Vasudhara Waterfall can be seen from the village and is a 4km hike along the river. The villagers migrate to somewhere warmer and less remote – usually Joshimath – between November and April. From the large bus station at the entrance to Badrinath buses run to Govindghat and Joshimath but check scheduled departure times or you may end up stranded.

Click here to Know about places near and Badrinath like the Popular Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahiba.

Valley Of Flowers :

The Monsoon Waterfalls in The Sanctury!!!
Badrinath trekking adventure will take you to the Valley of Flowers,a vast concave valley in the Himalayas (3658m to 3962m). A 10km stretch about 2km wide, the Valley of Flowers is blocked by the massive Ghoradhungi mountain. The beautiful Pushpawati stream (according to a legend, the Pandavas, during their visit to the valley, saw flowers floating in the stream and named it Pushpawati – Pushpa means flowers in Hindi) that flows through the valley, joins the Laxman Ganga stream, flowing in from Hemkund Sahib, at Ghangaria (3048m) to form the Laxman Ganga River. Some of the flowers that are found in the valley are the sacred brahma kamal, pink geraniums, mauve polemoniums, creamy anemones, the rosy petalled cypripedium, blue forget-me-nots, white androsace, the blue borage, large purple asters, purple and dwarf larkspurs, dwarf irises, green and chequered fritillaries, blue and yellow pansies, the indigo-coloured nomocharis, dwarf rhododendrons, pink, blue and purple primulaes, ranunculus, white and red potentillas, the Himalayan blue poppy (mecanopsis) and many more.


How to Reach--From Rishikesh to Badrinath , just 5km before badrinath , is the point to start for 'Valley of Flowers'-considered as the Switzerland of India.One has to travel 19km by walk to reach this place of beauty.But through out journey u come across the beauties of Mighty Himalays....


Best Time To Visit
During monsoon from mid-July to mid-August.

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I have been to Badrinath in 2010. It is one of the few places where I felt divinity lives in earth. Memories of Lord Badrinath, Naratha muni and Garudar all still fresh in my mind. one would always wish to be there as ofen as possible. It is everending beauth on earth bestowed upon favoured few. Walking on the hills in the morning taking a tea at way side tea stall visiting manasvillage by walk all are very good experience. It is a place whereone feel that one is away from daily chores with mind focussed on divinity. Atomoshphere chill and always made one remember that nature is above you and God is great and he always wish to help you if only you take pain to realise him.
pradeep rawat
15 Jun 2012, 13:04
last year we (me and my frnds) r went to Gadhwal with our Bikes.We r start our journey frm 26th of june, Faridabad to Haridwar-Haridwar to DEhradun-Dehradun to Yamnotri-Yamnotri to Tehri Dam-TehriDam to SriNagar-SriNagar to Karnpryag-Karnpryag to Badrinath-Badrinath to Chukhatiya-Chukhatiya to Corbett NP and then end our journey we are back to our home .In these days we are feel the Thrill and fully enjoyed.all the places are captured in my mind, mostly Badrinath and Chukhatiya ( the place of Leopards).
Pramod Sharma
30 Dec 2011, 23:47
Jai Shri Krishna !!

I wish to know how should we start with char dham yatra also known as Mahaparikrama. I've been to Rameshwar only once. Is there any set path like one should visit one place first and then next or one can visit one by one as per their choice.

10 Jun 2010, 13:30



03 Jan 2010, 23:24
Thanks Sri. Jatin for a vivid description.
Jatin Pandita
30 Dec 2009, 15:55
I went to Kedarnath and Badrinath in August 2009. Both these place are very poius and one can feel the spritual power of Almighty. I first went to Kedarnath Baba. I preferred to take local SRT bus as i was travelling first time. I took the bus from Haridwar to Gauri Kund early morning at 6 AM and by 7 PM reached to Gauri Kund. As it was rainy season hence it relatively took more time as the roads were slippery and in bad shape . Overnight it had rained heavily in the area. The same night the road to Badrinath was closed due to the landslide that had swept away the bridge near Vishnu Prayag.
We stayed overnight at Gauri Kund and next day morning after taking the bath at famous Tapt Kund of Maa Gauri we started the steep trekking of 14 Kms to Kedarnath Shrine. It was raining in the morning but by afternoon everything was OK and the nature seemed fresh and more pure. We took the bath in the ice cold crystal waters of Mandakini river below the shrine and had the darshan at around 2 PM. Later we went to other kunds and Adi Gurusankaracharyas Samadhi sathal.Overnight we stayed in Kedarnath and were lucky enough to attend the evening prayers and early morning abhisheka of the Jyotirling. Next day by 12 noon we were back at Gauri Kund and went to Triyuginarayan temple enroute Sonprayag. We took a holy dip at Sonprayag in the clear water of Son Ganga. We stayed overnight at Triyuginarayan temple where Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati had got married. There is belief that the it is the same havan kund and the jyoti is still continuosuly burning from the time it was explored by Adi Sankaracharya. Next day morning we left from Triyuginarayan,sonprayag to Badrinath via the local cab . We took the cab from Sonprayag to Rudraprayag and boarded bus at Rudraprayag for Badrinath. We were lucky enough as the road was opened for traffic on the same day after the brief closure due to heavy landslide. The route was in very bad shape and by the Grace of GOD we reached Badrinath at around 7 PM. We booked the hotel and after taking the bath in Tapt Kund had the darshan of Badri Vishal. The Kapat of the temple were just waiting for us and we were the last batch of devotees to enter the temple. We attended the Aarti and had a very fantastic darshan and left the temple at last. We were shovered with the blessings of Lord Vishnu in the form of the Van Tulsi Mala, the most admired and affectionate to Lord Vishnu. This was really the most memorable feeling in my life. We had a kirtan of the lord Krishna outside temple in the temple premises. One really felt the power of the place and the Moksha power of the Baikunth dham. Next day morning we had the early morning prayers in the temple and went to the Mana village the last Village in India falling on India China Border. Enroute we had the darshan of Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Bhim Pul, Nag-Nagin, and Kailash Mansoravar Dhara. The scenic views of Nar and Narayan ranges and neelkanth peak was awsome. The weather was perfect for the picnic and Sun was shining on the peak. We crossed via the garden of flowers which gave it a look similar to valley of flowers and Ashok Vatika. This has made me ambitious to visit VasuDhara and Satopanth next time . Overnight again we stayed in Badrinath and left early morning back to Rishikesh. We reached Richikesh by 5 PM and had a good time there.
kavita chandak
29 May 2009, 14:39
I am interested to visit badrinarayan, kedarnath, gangotri and jamnotri and all the piligrim places around from Gujarat. Plz tell me how to reach. which place should visit first and after that. How many days will take to cover the places. Name of all the piligrim places in north. the cost of places to visit.
Ramkrishna Thakur
05 Apr 2009, 13:58
PLz contact how to visit this place.
I want to interest to go this place at 17th may 09
Plz tell all data imedeately thats whya i will book the ticket
I am from Bhubaneswar Orissa
How to go from Bhubaneswar to Badrinath plz tell