Badrinath Location – How to Reach Badrinath

Badrinath occupies a unique position in char Dham Yatras. It is part of the “Chota” char Dham yatra in Uttarakhand and the “major” char Dham Yatra comprising of Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameshwaram. Badrinath pilgrimage Tirthdham is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The temple is at a height of 3415 metres with the Nilkanth peak in the background and the Alaknanda River flows by its side. The temple is about 50 feet in height with a gold capped spire. There is a Darshan Mandap, a Sabha Mandap and a Garbha Griha that houses idols of Badri Narayan or Lord Vishnu, Kuber, Narad, Udhav and Nar-Narayan. The complex houses 15 idols but the most striking one is that of Badrinath in black stone.

Badrinath Ji Darshan

Badrinath Ji Darshan

Opening

Rthe temple opens for general public around Akshay trij in April-May and Darshan timings are 4.30 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 9 PM. With the onset of winter around Diwali the temple closes and the idol is brought down to Joshimath, the winter residence of the Lord.

Getting There

Most pilgrims choose to travel by road because it is affordable and one gets to interact with people. Haridwar, the main railway junction is the starting point from where one travels onward to Rishikesh and then onwards to Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, Chamoli, Pipalkoti, Helang, Joshimath, Govindghat and then Hanuman Chatti. From here pilgrims walk upwards to the holy temple of Badrinath. The road travel involves a distance of 298 kilometres. One can just as well travel via Guptkashi to Gopeshwar to Chamoli and Badrinath by road. There is an easier and quicker way for pilgrims in a hurry or for those who cannot undertake the physical rigors of road travel and the trek. That way is to go in for helicopter services to Badrinath.

Helicopter to Badrinath

Helicopter Services to Badrinath

Helicopter to Badrinath

These days a Yatra to Badrinath is easy and can be completed in a day or so if one goes the aerial route. Just fly down to Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun and get into a helicopter. Sahastradhara is one helipad where charter services are available for Badrinath. Flights usually depart at around 6.30 AM and one must remain present at least half an hour before the take-off time. Weather plays an important role and if conditions do not permit then the flight may be cancelled. If all is well the helicopter with its 4 to 5 passengers lifts off and it is an hour’s flight. Passengers can enjoy a breathtaking view of the scenery and the Himalayas all around. After about 50 minutes one can see the town of Badrinath and the temple. The helicopter lands and passengers disembark and make their way to the waiting car that takes them close to the temple. They alight and walk about 100 metres to the shrine. It is as easy as that. Flying also gets you advantages such as VIP Darshan which means you do not line up with the rest of the pilgrims but are taken straight to the sanctum. Once the Darshan is over passengers return to the waiting helicopter and are whisked off to Dehradun. You are back by 10.30 AM. It takes just 4 hours to complete Badrinath Yatra by helicopter.  By night you could be back in Delhi.

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Brihadeeswarar Temple World Heritage Site in Tamil Nadu

Tanjore and Thanjavur is a famous for its rice growth ability because of that this district is also known as “Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu”, and is also home for many historical temples featuring architectural beauty. Brihadeeswarar temple is one of them, witnessing the glorious reign of Chola Empire. This temple is included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. This temple was built by King Rajaraja Chola of Chola Empire, in 11th Century.

Brihadeeswara Temple

Brihadeeswara Temple

This temple is a greatest architectural achievement of Chola Era. This temple is the first building which is made with the granite and completed within just 5 years. This temple features big Nandi weighing 20 tone which is made with a single stone. This beautiful temple is dedicated to lord Shiva features the lingam of 3.7m in height. This temple is also well known as the largest temple amongst all Hindu temples in India. It said that this temple gives employment to 1000 workers and 400 dances, including staff of temple.

The Kumbam which was placed on the top of the temple never casts shadow on the ground. It is also believed that the Kumbam is weighing 60 ton and was carved with a single rock of granite. The building of this temple has a compound which is made with the walls measuring 270 X 140 Meter. This temple also features murals depicting various Mudras (actions) performed by lord Shiva. Temple also portray the various mythological episodes of the journey of Saint Sundarar and the Chera King, there is also some battle scenes are depicted of Tripurantaka (Lord Siva) with Asuras (demons). The Chola artists also portrays the beauty, even the Asura womens has sense of beauty.

Best Time to Visit

You can visit this temple at any time of the year, but keeping in mind the weather condition in Tamil Nadu October to March is the best time. In this period of time the temperature over here is relatively low and which can make you trip enjoyable. During the month of June to September the climate changes drastically and become very humid which cannot suits many tourists.

How to Reach

Tanjavur is well connected with the narrow gauge railway line, which offers trains from most pars of the country, you can get direct trains from Allahabad, Madurai, Ernakulam, Coimbatore, Mysore and Jabalpur.

The closest airport from Thanjavur is in Tiruchirappalli, this is an international airport.