Conveniently situated between the Nar and Narayana mountain ranges and in the shadow of the peak Nilakanta is the holy town of India, Badrinath. Legend says it that this was once the abode of Lord Vishnu. The sacred Alaknanda flows through Badrinath. According to legend Alaknanda is one of the twelve parts of the holy Ganga River. The name Badrinath originated from the Sanskrit word ‘Badri’ meaning berries and ‘Nath’ meaning Lord, therefore the land of berries. Badrinath is one of the four important shrines in Garhwal, the Char Dham and a must visit for those planning to book Uttaranchal tour packages
The most fascinating part of your visit to the Badrinath Temple is the holy dip in ‘Tapt Kund’, the natural hot springs on the banks of the Alaknanda River. It’s believed that Tapt Kund has medicinal properties. The Sheshnag’s eye (of the legendary Serpent) has created an impression on a boulder and this boulder is called the Shesnetra. Shesnetra is fearfully attractive! Charanpaduka as the name says in Sanskrit, is the foot impression left on a boulder, this boulder can be found in the beautiful meadow near the temple. Don’t miss this one! Also the mystical pyramid shaped snow capped peak soaring above Badrinath is the Neelkanth, popularly known as ‘Garhwal Queen’ it’s a must see in Badrinath. Other places of excursion close to Badrinath are Mata Murti Tample, Mana Village and Alka Puri. You can very well manage to visit other temples and do some souvenir shopping on the second day of your trip to North India
Badrinath: Culture & Heritage
Badrinath is bowl of rich culture, religion and heritage. Two days are all you need to see the whole of Badrinath. The first thing you should see in Badrinath is the Badrinath Temple! You can leisurely spend a day to visit the Badrinath Temple and explore its surroundings. This is the most sacred place in Badrinath, located at an elevation of 3134 meters above the sea level, enclosed by an evergreen valley. This is the most beautiful pilgrimage, built by Adi Guru Shakaracharya. The temple has three parts and 15 idols. The one sculpted in black stone represents Lord Mahavishnu in meditative pose.
The ideal time to book Badrinath tours from Delhi
is during the months of May to October during which the Char Dham’s are accessible. If you are planning to visit during the winter season, be prepared to face the harsh cold climate. The airport closest to Badrinath is Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport. Jolly Grant is about 314 km from Badrinath and cab ride would cost around 1500 INR. The closest railway stations are at Rishikesh (about 300 km, Cab cost: Rs 1300) and Haridwar (about 310 km, Cab cost: Rs1400) and Kotdwar (about 330 km, Cab cost: Rs 1500). Buses are available to Badrinath from Haridwar, Rishikesh and New Delhi. If you are planning to go by car, then terrain vehicles are the advised vehicles.
Lodgings are easily available in Badrinath, no matter what your background is the variety of lodgings here will match your pocket. Hotel Narayan Palace is one such budget Hotel. Kindly don’t carry non vegetarian food or liquor when your traveling to the Char Dham, it’s strictly prohibited here. As far as food is concerned, you’ll find delicious north Indian vegetarian food!
Idols of God’s are ideal souvenir’s you can take back home. Badrinath Won’t let down heavy-duty shoppers. There are plenty of shops around with interesting buys!
All in all for a couple, stay in Badrinath won’t exceed more than 7000 INR. So what are you waiting for, begin with Badrinath the journey through Char Dham!