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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Things to do in Badrinath – Activities, Sightseeing, Excursions in Badrinath

Badrinath Dham is one of the auspicious Chardham in the Chota Chardham circuit of Uttarakhand. Badrinath Dham is located in Uttarakhand Chamoli District along river Alaknanda banks and at an altitude of 3133mtrs above the sea level. The temple of Badrinarayan or Lord Vishnu is what makes Badrinath Dham famous among the pilgrims. The Yatra season to Badrinath spans across 6months of the year; i.e. from April to November.

Badrinath Darshan

Badrinath Ji Darshan

Sri Ji Badrinath Temple

The most important thing one could do at Badrinath Dham is to pay a Darshan at the temple of Badrinarayan. You could participate in morning and evening Aartis, offer Puja and get Prasad in the course of the Nirmalya Darshan. You could book a Badrinath Yatra online through the websites of some of the most renowned travel agencies that offer Chardham Yatra to pilgrims and tourists.

Badrinath Sight Seeing

Bheem Pul

Bheem Pul [Image Source]

Apart from the temple of Badrinath there are many other places to visit in an around Badrinath Dham. For instance, you could visit places like Narad Kund, Bheem Pul, Ganesha Cave, Ved Vyas Cave, Sheshnetra, Brahma Kapal, Panchasheela etc.

Naradkund is a holy thermal spring and bay of river Alaknanda. It is believed that the idol of shri Badrinarayan was discovered in the Narad Kund for the first time. Bhimpool is a natural bridge which is believed to have been constructed by Pandava brother Bheema for Draupadi, his loving wife. Ganesha Cave is a Cave where lord Ganesha is said to have written the Epic of Mahabharata when Sage Vyas dictated it out to him. Brahmakapal on the river banks of Alaknanda is a holy place where many Hindu rituals like Shradh Puja etc are performed. Sheshnetra is another auspicious location where lord Vishnu is said to have taken retreat on a mythical snake Anant Shesha. Vyas Cave is another holy cave where sage Vyas is said to have composed the Epic Mahabharata. Panch Dhara is a group of five streams, namely Kurma Dhara, Prahalad Dhara, Urvashi Dhara, Bhrigu Dhara, Indira Dhara. All of these five streams flowing together present a spectacular and sublime view.

Excursion to Mana village is one of the most important excursion one could make during the Badrinath Dham Yatra. Mana village is the last of the human habitats located on the Indo Tibetan border. It is about 3kms away from Badrinath.

Exploring Wildlife at Badrinath

Snow Leopard at Nanda Devi National Park

Snow Leopard at Nanda Devi National Park

For wildlife enthusiasts too there is enough scope to please themselves at Badrinath by viewing the exotic Himalayan wildlife. You could visit the Nanda Devi National Park situated near by and see some really rare animals such as Himalayan black bear, snow leopards, Himalayan musk deer and Himalayan Tahr.

Nature Gazing

scenic view near badrinath

Scenic view near Badrinath: Vasudhara Falls

If you are a nature lover the location of Badrinath is indeed a paradise for you. The rolling mountain ranges capped with shimmering white snow, vast stretches of lush greenery and emerald vales studded with alpine flowers, gurgling rivulets all conjure up an entirely out-of-the-world scenic view, pleasing your senses to the very core and helping you unwind in the lap of nature.

Adventure Sports at Badrinath

Mountaineering in Badrinath

Mountaineering around Badrinath

At Badrinath there is enough scope for chasing the passion for adventure. Rocky cliffs fast flowing mountain rivers, rugged topography are some of the geographical features that facilitate adventure sports in Badrinath. Thus you could indulge in a host of thrilling adventure activities like bungee jumping, paragliding, rock climbing, trekking and giant swing .

Badrinath Tourism – Badrinath Temple Travel Guide

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 Mandir

Badrinath Mandir

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.

Brahmakapal

Brahmakapal

Brahmakapal – Source

The flat stone tablet along river Alkananda’s banks is referred to as Brahmakapal. Hindus perform several propitiating rituals at this spot.

Panch Dharas

Panch Dharas

Panch Dharas

‘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.

Weather

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.

Accommodation

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

Cuisine

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.