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Badrinath

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"A mountain for Lord Shiva"

Badrinath Tourism

Badrinath is a pilgrim centre (among one of the Char Dham) set in the backdrop of Neelkanth Mountain Peak dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Placed between Nar and Narayan mountain ranges, Badrinath has been mentioned in various Vedas as well. It also derives huge importance due to mention in Hindu mythology especially related to Lord Shiva and given the array of legends, tales and beliefs that surround it providing it the nature of a holy destination. It is a popular pilgrim destination with devotion and spirituality sensed in almost all aspects of the town. However Badrinath will also give you some of the most splendid and magnificent sceneries, and an absolutely awe inspiring natural beauty. Badrinath can also be your domain for a number of exciting activities.

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The city of Badrinath is known as ‘Badari’ or ‘Badarikaashram’ in the Hindu scriptures. A place sacred to Lord Vishnu, Nara – Narayana was believed to worship this place for its spiritual values. According to the ancient mythology, Lord Vishnu completed his 1000 years of meditation under a Badri tree to restore faith in humanity and seek bliss for the people. The city is among the legendary Panch badris, the other four being Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Bridha Badri and Adi Badri. Adi Shankaracharya originally established the Badrinath Temple, which holds the soul of this city within. The mountains surrounding this temple is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata, where Pandavas ended their life in ‘Ascent to heaven’. The place is a real manifesto of history and religion, of tales told by ancestral gurus, of a culture that symbolises humanity and a place for the human form to rejuvenate again.

Badrinath, a holy town in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, is sandwiched between two mountains Nar and Narayan. It is one of the most famous pilgrim location in the country as it hosts the Badrinath Temple. It is one of the four sites for Char Dham Pilgrimage. The Badrinath Temple is situated at the bank of Alaknanda river. Before visiting the temple, however, the devotees go to the natural thermal spring, Tapt Kund. It is found near the temple and travellers take a holy dip in the natural hot water which is believed to have medical values. The natural beauty all around works as an icing on the cake.
After worshiping for your loved ones, you can go to Brahma Kapal, on the bank of Alaknanda to remember your ancestors. It is a flat platform where various Pandits can be seen with Pooja Samagri to perform various rituals to pray for your ancestors. You could also attend the fair held in the month of August at Mata Murti Temple. One can also visit Bheem Pul, Vyas Cave, Ganesh Cave, Seshnetra, Panch Dharas and Panch Shilas, each having mythological importance. Adventure seekers may even trek to the Neelkhant peak which experiences the first crimson glow of the sun on its snowy peak.

The cuisine of Badrinath does not have any delicacy that stands out or is unique to the area. Other than these the options for eating out here are also, not exactly elaborate and choices tend to be limited. One can find local eating joints and stalls that serve trypical Indian food and popular Chinese items. Also since the place assumes much religious significance for Hindus, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are prohibited.

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Day 1: Upon arrival in Badrinath, check in the hotel and relax for some time. Get a backpack ready with some spare clothes and a pair of shoes before heading to the temple. You can take a cab or use local transport to the destination where devotees are lined up to pay their devotion. Take a dip in the Tapt Kund which is regarded for its purification of the soul, explore the surrounding sculptures and head towards the next destination which is Brahma Kapal. People participate in a ritual called ‘Shraddha Karm’ for the peace of deceased souls of family members. You can participate yourself or observe this ritual before returning back for the day.

Day 2: In the morning, partake in the dawn prayers at Mata Murti Temple. You can take a cab or auto rickshaw ride from your hotel after catching the popular street breakfast of ‘aloo-puri’. You can take a ride to the last village of India ‘Mana’ situated closer to the Tibetan border. Serenade yourself in the Tibetan culture, try the locally available dishes and have a cup of tea at the ‘Last tea shop of India’.

Day 3: Have breakfast in the morning and then check out from the hotel. As it will be the day of the departure, indulge yourself in some rigorous trekking and soul settling hot springs. Located at a distance of 8 kilometres from Badrinath, Vasudhara Waterfalls is a must visit. Take a bus from the nearby bus stand and you will reach the trekking point to the waterfall. After a small climb, you will find the last habitat on Indian site, the Bhim Pool. Listen to the folklore from the pundits about the legendary hero and take a dip in the waterfall before ending your trek. Climbing down you can discover various hot springs along the ridge. Take a relaxing bath before heading out to catch your flight/train back home.  

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  What's Great?

Badrinath has amazing scenic beauty, surrounded by snow covered peaks and water bodies like Alaknanda and Rishi Ganga. One of the four Dhams and famous for the Badrinath Temple. Badrinath is located close to Auli, one of the best skiing places in India.

  What's not so Great?

Heavy snowfall during winter and landslides during monsoon season are common causing frequent roadblocks this making Badrinath inaccessible for travellers and pilgrims during most months. And it is crowded with lots of pilgrims during May, June, September and October.

For Whom

Great for people who look forward to a religious tour of the town.

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