Badrinath

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).

General Information
Area- 3 sq km.
Altitude - 3133 m.
Season- From opening to closing, generally from April to November.
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.

Badrinath Excursions
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 Temple.

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 'Garhwal Queen'.

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.