The Heavenly Abode
Blessed with the background of a pristine beauty and flanked at both sides by the mesmerizing Nar and Narayan Mountains, with the majestic Neelkanth Peak in its backdrop, the enchanting valley of Badrinath is one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination. Situated at the bank of river Alaknanda in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Badrinath is a part of the ‘Chota Char Dham’ which is one of the important pilgrimage journey, done by the Hindus. The main attraction of the valley is the Badrinath temple itself, along with the famous Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, also being an important destination for the Sikh pilgrimage. It’s a valley filled with myths and legends, that offers vibrant spirituality in abundance for the devotees who come to seek the blessings and acquire an added bonus of exploring the unparalleled gorgeousness. The green landscapes with its sacred ponds and beautiful snow-clad peaks, Badrinath stands at the height of 3,133 meters covered in snow for six months. The best time to visit the destination is from May to June and then again from September to October. The valley experiences heavy snowfall and rain during winter and monsoon time making the roadways blocked and face landslides.
The holy town is named after the temple of Badrinath which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and forms the part of ‘the Chota Char Dham’ under the Hindu Pilgrimage. Although the temple dates back to the Vedic age, the present temple of Badrinath was established by the Hindu Guru Adi Shankaracharya. The temple has been renovated and reconstructed a number of times after that. The people of Badrinath are very simple living with high religious culture and customs, practised in their daily life. The majority of the inhabitants are mainly Hindus and Jains and the main local language spoken here are Garhwali and Hindi. Though the town celebrates a number of fairs and festivals, the few important ones are Thal, Juljibi, Bageshwar, Ganga Dusshera, Janmashtami and Bat Savitri. A famous fair by the name of Mata Murti Ka Mela that is held annually in the month of September along with the Badri Kedar Festival is celebrated in June for 8 days with many musical programs and folk dance forms like Bhotiya and Langvir, which are very popular amongst the tourist and devotees alike.
How to reach
Located in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Uttarakhand, Badrinath is accessible via routes that are connected from Dehradun and Delhi. Also, it is well connected with most of the cities in and around Uttarakhand.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport to Badrinath is the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun that falls at a distance of 314 km. The airport is well connected with major cities of the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad etc.
How to Reach by Train
Badrinath doesn’t have its own Railway Station. The closest one is in Rishikesh at a distance of 295 km. The Rishikesh Railway Station receives frequent and regular services from nearby major cities of Uttarakhand.
How to Reach by Bus
Buses are available from major cities of Uttarakhand like Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun etc. The State Transport Buses and Private Buses are easily available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate in Delhi to Badrinath.
How to Reach by Road
The National Highway 58 connects Badrinath to Ghaziabad at a distance of 498 km whereas the closest route to travel is from Dehradun through National Highway 7 which will take around 10 hours to reach Badrinath.
How to travel within
The small valley gives you the luxury to explore it on foot or move around in personal or hire cabs.
Being a high pilgrimage site, the town only serves vegetarian Foods with no alcohol beverages found in the city. The town serves a seasonal variety of dishes like typical Indian Cuisines that are simple in look yet delicious. One might also find Chinese street food sold by vendors in the street area.
- Saket Restaurant
- Brahma Kamal
- Sardeshwari Restaurant
- Chandralok Hotel
Day 1: Arriving at Dehradun Airport we can directly get into a cab or pre-book one and start our road journey to Badrinath which will take around 10 hours. Reaching there you can check-in to your hotel or ashram and get refreshed and have your dinner early to restore the energy for the next day.
Day 2: Morning in this divine place fills your lungs with an air of holiness. After having a bath in Tapta Kund you can start your holy pilgrimage of the sacred city from the main temple of Badrinath while also viewing the Neelkanth. Spending your time in the temple, take a detour to the Vashudhara Falls and Chandrapaduka for sightseeing and exploring the natural beauty. Spend the night roaming and shopping around the city and get checked out early morning the next day to get back home.