The holy town of Badrinath is situated within Uttarakhand’s Chamoli and is well known for the temple of Badrinath. The temple belongs to Lord Vishnu enshrined here as Badrinarayan. The temple stands on the river banks of River Alkananda at an elevation of 3133 meters above the sea level. Badrinath temple is one among the Chota Chardhams as well as the all-India Chardham. Planning a trip for Badrinath needs you to be aware of certain vital travel-related details. Read on to learn more-
Badrinath Dham Sightseeingg
The major places to see in and around Badrinath include-
Badrinath Temple– Badrinath Dham is an important pilgrimage destination for all Hindus and especially for the Vaishnavites. The temple is an abode of Lord Vishnu enshrined here as a black stoned statue in meditative posture. The temple dates back to 9th century and is believed to have been set up by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. The temple is one among the 108 Vishnu Divya Deshams.
Vyas Cave– This natural cave has been named after Ved Vyas who at this place is believed to have dictated the epic Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha for getting a written copy of the epic.
The flat stone tablet along river Alkananda’s banks is referred to as Brahmakapal. Hindus perform several propitiating rituals at this spot.
‘Panch Dharas’ or five streams are located at Badaripur. The five streams are Indira, Urvasi, Prahlad, Brigu, Kurma. These five streams present one with a sublime and splendid view.
How to Reach
Badrinath temple can be reach through air route, rail route as well as road route. If you avail the airway, you need to fly to Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun. Frequent flight run between Jolly Grant Airport and Indira Gandhi International Airport of Delhi, plus many other airports of the country. After reaching Jolly Grant Airport, you could hire a cab to transport you to Badrinath. The distance to be covered is 314 kms. Also, Helicopter services to Badrinath are available from Dehradun. If you choose to avail the rail route, you need to take a train to Rishikesh first and then proceed towards Badrinath by cab/taxi. It is approximately an 8 hours of drive covering a distance of about 296kms. If you choose to take the road route, you can avail buses/cabs/taxis that regularly ply between Badrinath and all other major Uttarakhand destinations like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Pauri, Srinagar etc. NH58 connects Badrinath to Gaziabad too.
When to Visit
The ideal time to visit Badrinath is around months, May and June and then again in September and October. The weather during that time remains bearable, soothing and travel-friendly.
Badrinath experiences summers around months March, April, May and June. The weather during that time remains moderate and pleasant with average temperatures being around 18 degree centigrade. July to the middle of September is the period when Badrinath experiences monsoons. Scanty rains, frequent landslides and a slight drop in temperature to about 15 degree centigrade characterize the monsoons at Badrinath. Badrinath winters start in the month of November and close in the month of April. During these 6 months temperature drops down to freezing point and below and snow fall occurs to clad the entire region in sheets of ice. It is impossible to travel to Badrinath during that time.
There are many state government guesthouses, Dharmashalas, and budget hotels to put up while at Badrinath. These accommodation options come with decent facilities such as TV Connection in every room, abundant hot water supply, fooding etc
Purely vegetarian food is available at Badrinath. Non-vegetarian food plus alcoholic drinks are strictly forbidden. One can sample typical Garhwali cuisine at the road side Dhabas, restaurants.