Badrinath is one of the most important Hindu religious destination and one of the sites of the Char-Dham Yatra. Located in the Chamoli District at an altitude of 3133 meters above sea level, Badrinath is along the banks of River Alaknanada at the India-Tibet Border. Badrinath is encircled by the Nar and Nikantha Peak named after the two forms of Lord Vishnu, who meditated on these places. Legends believe that the greatest epic of Hindu religion, The Mahabharta by Ved Vyasa, was written in one of the cave in Mana which is 4 kms from Badrinath. Apart from all these reasons, the major attraction at Badrinath is the Badrinath Temple dedicated to Lord Badrinarayan. Legends say that in 8th Century, Adi Shankracharya, visited this place and found the idol of Lord Badirnarayan submerged in the River Alaknanada. He took out the idol and established it in the near Tapt Kund (hot spring). The temple was later constructed in 16th century by the King of Garhwal which is now known as the Badrinath Temple. Along with the Badrinath Temple, Badrinath is also known as the destination of ‘Panch Badri temples’ (5 Badri Temples); Yog Dhyan Badri, Bhavishtya Badri, Adi Badri and Vriddha Badri, along with Badrinath temple. Best Time to visit Badrinath is in the seasons of summer and autumn.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun, 279 kilometers.
Tourists can hire taxis and cabs to reach Badrinath. Flights are available on a daily basis from Delhi Airport to Jolly Grant airport.
Rishikesh, 297 km and Kotdwar 327 km are the nearest railheads which are connected with various major cities from all over the country.
Buses & taxis ply regularly from almost all cities and especially from Rishikesh & Haridwar.
May to June and September to October are the best periods. Tourists are advised to avoid rainy days as landslides are common. In winters, the shrine itself is closed and opens in April.
May to June and September to October are the best periods. Tourists are advised to avoid rainy days as landslides are common. In winters, the shrine itself is closed and opens in May.
Month wise Recommendations
May Though the shrine opens around 9-10th May, it will be like fish market. It is like people booking for “first day first show of a movie”. Expect unmanageable crowd, unruly behaviour and chaos everywhere. This continues till end of the month.
June Gets a bit warmer... read more...
Badri- Kedar Festivals It is one of the biggest festivals in the Hindu community held at the sacred shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath in the month of June every year. The festival is celebrated for eight continuous days and attracts tourists from across India. Mata Murti ka Mela Mata Murti ka Mela, as name suggests is the festival celebrated to worship Badrinath’s mother. It is celebrated in the first month of September.
Apart from all the souvenirs and the scared stone of Lord Vishnu, ‘Salgram Silas’, tourists can also shop for woollen items and brass metal items that are crafted by locals of this town.
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