Land of Lord Vishnu
In the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, the Garhwal Himalayas are home to the lovely and revered town of Badrinath. The Badrinath temple situated in this town is a part of both the Chota Char Dham in Uttarakhand and the Char Dham of India. It is also one of the Panch (five) Badri temples.
The term “Badrinath” is derived from the native word “Badri,” which refers to a wild berry that thrives in this area. It is also believed that “Nar Narayan”, incarnation of Lord “Vishnu” did medidation (Tapasya) here.
Places en route and nearby Badrinath temple are the epitome of scenic beauty and visiting these places will make your travel a wholesome experience.
The Badrinath temple has a plethora of legends. The Badrinath temple is supposedly located from Satyuga, according to the legends.
Lord Vishnu spent 66,000 years here in the Satyuga as a place of meditation. Lord Vishnu could meditate in the shade of a plum tree that Goddess Lakshmi nurtured close to him. The name Badrinath derives from this. Lord of Lakshmi is what Badrinath signifies.
1. Neelkantha Parvat – One of the various names for the Hindu deity Shiva is “Nilakantha.” The peak is located at the height of 6,597 metres above sea level and is often referred to as the Garhwal Queen. Nilkantha is located 9 kilometres from Badrinath in the Chamoli region of Uttarakhand and is one of the top hikes in the state. Badrinath is the starting point of the Neelkanth trek. The first checkpoint towards the Nilkanth base camp is Charan Paduka which is a beautiful trek of 3 km from Badrinath; tourists can even witness Lord Vishnu’s footprints on the way.
2. Vasudhara Falls – This beautiful fall is at an elevation of 13,500 feet above sea level. The water falling from a height of about 400 metres appears magnificent. It is believed that the water of Vasudhara is infused with herbs and has therapeutic qualities. According to mythological legends, this is where the “Asht Vasus“—the eight elemental gods— Prithvi, Agni, Antariksha, Dyaus, Aditya, Soma, Vayu, and Nakstrani—met for meditation. The waterfall was given the name Vasudhara for the same reason. And if it falls on a person, they become healthy as Vasudhara’s water.
3. Mana Village – This village is located on the banks of river Saraswati in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, at an elevation of 3200 metres. The five Pandavas (mythological figures from the Mahabharata epic) are thought to have travelled through Mana Village on their way to heaven. This settlement, which is only about 3 kilometres from Badrinath, is a living example of heaven on earth. One may purify themselves and take in the tranquillity and beauty this village has to offer with the clean air, gorgeous sky, and river Saraswati’s origin in view.
4. Ved Vyas Gufa – The name itself suggests that this place has some connection with the great sage Ved Vyas. It has an interesting mythological link as it is believed that it is this place where sage Vyas composed the epic “Mahabharata” with the help of Lord Ganesha. It is a historic cave that can be found in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, around 5 kilometres from Badrinath. The rocks of this cave are exquisitely packed together, giving it the appearance of stacked inscriptions.
2. Satopanth Jheel – At an elevation of 4600 metres above sea level, Satopanth Jheel is a high-altitude lake. The Satopanth Jheel hike offers magnificent Himalayan views, stunningly snow-covered peaks, flowing streams, and hills covered with luscious greenery. The river’s euphoric, green water is crystal pure and transparent. The serenity and breath-taking views from the emerald lake are truly bliss to the soul and make this place worth a visit. The distance between Santopanth Jheel and Badrinath is 25 km.
The Badrinath Temple is accessible from May till October. The temple is closed throughout the winter since it snows a bunch here and no open routes to get here. We advise you to travel in September or October because there is no throng these days and everything is also quite inexpensive. Due to severe weather, the Temple of Badrinath is only open for six months, from mid-April to the beginning of November. During the other three months, it remains closed.
By Air: Badrinath is located 314 kilometres from Jolly Grant Airport, which is the closest airport. Daily flights connect Jolly Grant Airport with Delhi, and motorable roads connect Badrinath to Jolly Grant Airport.
By Rail: Yognagri Rishikesh is the station that is closest to Badrinath. The Rishikesh train station is located 295 kilometres before Badrinath and has excellent rail connections to the country’s most important cities. There are many trains that travel to Rishikesh, and motorable roads connect Badrinath and Rishikesh effectively.
By Road: Major cities in the state of Uttarakhand are well connected to Badrinath by motorable highways. From popular locations in the state of Uttarakhand including Dehradun, Haridwar, and Rishikesh, buses and taxis to Badrinath are easily accessible.