Badrinath : The Town of Holiness
One of the holiest cities of the Hindus, Badrinath offers an unforgettable spectacle to the visitor. It is cocooned in the arms of hills while a spiritual aura emanates from its holy sites.
The Narayan and the Nar hill ranges of the Garhwal Hills embrace the town of Badrinath lovingly as proud parents are fond of doing. The scenic Alaknanda River makes its way by the town. The city is a gateway to spirituality. Filled with fascinating vistas and a rich heritage, Badrinath is at once, a divine and a beautiful city.
The Alaknanda and the Rishi Ganga rivers enhance the picturesque beauty of Badrinath and make it look majestic. In the midst of the natural beauty, you can indulge in adventure. There are quite a few exciting activities here to quench your thirst for adventure.
How to Get There
By Air :
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, about 315 km from Badrinath.
By Rail :
The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh 300 km from Badrinath.
By Road :
Well connected to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and other hill stations of Garhwal and kumaon region of the state. Distance from places; Haridwar:320 km,Kedarnath:205 km,Rudraprayag:158 km,Joshimath:46 km
The Badrinath Temple is a hugely popular shrine of the Hindus, especially for the Vaishnavite sect. Open only six months every year, the temple attracts a massive number of pilgrims during the season. The holiness of the temple cannot take away from its beauty. The idyllic Alaknanda River flows by the temple which also has hot springs bursting nearby. Considered to be one of the char dhams, important religious sites, of Hinduism, the Badrinath Tem,ple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his Badrinath form.
A dip in the natural thermal springs in Badrinath will rejuvenate you completely. A dip in these holy waters is a must if you are planning to visit the ever popular Badrinath Temple. The warm waters of the springs supposedly have medicinal properties as well.
The majestic Neelkanth Peak got its name from Lord Shiva. The glorious golden rays of the sun first touches this peak before moving onto the rest of Badrinath. The beautiful Neelkanth Peak looms large over the city with its pyramidal shape and snowy slopes. The peak is perfect for a trek and you can enjoy some fantastic sights along the way.
If you truly wish to enjoy a fine example of nature, you can head over to Charanpaduka. Here in summer, you will be able to lay eyes on an enchanting meadow overrun with stunning wild flowers. In the midst of this chaotic beauty, you will notice a boulder which bears the footprints of none other than Lord Vishnu. The journey to Charanpaduka may be a difficult one but it will be worth it when you reach the end.