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
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).
Area- 3 sq km.
Altitude - 3133 m.
Season- From opening to closing, generally from April to
Clothing- Heavy woolen garments required through out.
Plasce to See in Badrinath
Badrinath Temple, Tapt Kund, Brahma Kapal,
Charanpaduka, Mana, Vyas Cave, Neelkanth, Ganesha Cave etc.
Mata Murty Temple - Devoted to the mother of
Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include Shesh Netra temple,
Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.
Mana Village - Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the
last Indian village before Tibet. It is 3 km from Badrinath by road.
Vasudhara - As the name suggests, Vasudhara is a magnificent
water fall. This place is 5 km from Badrinath, out of which 2 km is
motor able upto Mana.
Panch Dharas - Prahalad Dhara, Kurma Dhara, Urvashi Dhara,
Bhrigu Dhara, Indra Dhara.
Panch Shilas - Narad Shila, Varaha Shila, Garurh Shila,
Markandeya Shila, Narsingh Shila.
Tapt Kund - Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river
Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath
Narad Kund - A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a
pool, from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.
Brahma Kapal - A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda.
Hindus perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.
Charanpaduka - 3 km away is a beautiful meadow, where the
footprint of Lord Vishnu is seen on a boulder.
Neelkanth - A pyramidal shaped snowy peak (6,600 m) towering
above Badrinath presents a dramatic sight. It is popularly known as the
How to Reach Badrinath
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the
nearest Airport to Badrinath situated at a distance of 314kms. Jolly
Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Badrinath
is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are
available from Jolly Grant Airport to Badrinath.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Badrinath is
Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 295kms before Badrinath
on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major
destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Badrinath is
well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are
available from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Joshimath and
many other destinations to Badrinath.
By Road: Badrinath is well connected by motorable
roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Haridwar,
Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and
Taxis to Badrinath are easily available from major destinations of
Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag,
Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Badrinath is connected with Ghaziabad
by National Highway 58.