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Badrinath

Badrinath Travel Packages IndiaLocated at an altitude of 3133 mts above sea level in the lap of the Nar-Narayan Parvat, with the towering Neelkanth peak in the background (6597 mts),standing guard over this holiest of shrines. Badrinath is one of the most revered Hindu shrines of India. Founded by Sri Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the ninth century, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Legend has it that he had done penance in the legendary Brindavan which was once spread over the mountains of Uttarkhand.

A dwelling place of seers, saints and yogis for centuries the place arouses intense religious feelings. Located on the right bank of the Alaknanda river, it is one of the four Dhams, which a Hindu devout has to visit at least once in his lifetime to attain salvation.

The shrine is encompassed on either side by the two mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan. The Neelkanth peak provides a fantastic background. Badrinath is also known as 'Tapobhumi', the land of meditation and penance and 'Bhubaikunth', which means heaven on earth. In fact in early times the land was carpeted by wild berries known as 'badris' hence it was also known as "Badrivan". 'Tapt Kund', the hot water spring faces the shrine. Narad Kund and Surya Kund are other well known springs in its vicinity.

Namboothiri Brahman from Kerala, the Rawal presides over Badrinath and also is the head priest for Kedarnath.

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Prime Attractions of Badrinath

» Badrinath Temple
The Badrinath Temple lies on the right bank of the river Alakhnanda. It is situated at an altitude of 3133 metres above sea level. This 15 metre high temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a guilt bull and spire. Built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya, the temple was renovated several times due to damage by avalanches.

Badrinath Temple Badrinath Pilgrimage Tours IndiaThe main entrance gate to the temple is a major attraction. The complex has 15 idols. The one metre high image of Badrinath, finely sculpted in black stone, is a must-see. The image depicts Lord Vishnu seated in a meditative pose.

» Tapt Kund
Tapt Kund appears before entering the Badrinath Temple. Many people throng to this place to take a dip in the holy waters of the natural thermal springs. The water of the kund is believed to possess medicinal properties.

» Bramha Kapal
Bramha Kapal is a flat platform on the bank of the river Alakhnanda. Here, the Hindus perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors. Sheshnetra is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent. Charanpaduka are the footprints of Lord Vishnu on a boulder in this beautiful meadow.

» Neelkanth
Neelkanth is a pyramidical-shaped snowy peak towering above Badrinath and is known as the ‘Garhwal Queen’. The Mata Murti temple stands on the right bank of the Alakhnanda River. It is dedicated to the mother of Shri Badrinathji. Mana Village nearby, is the last village before Tibet on this route. The Vyas Gufa is the rock cave of Saint Ved Vyas. The Bhim Pul is a natural bridge over the Saraswati River.

Places around Badrinath

» Joshimath
42 kms from Badrinath, Joshimath is situated on the slopes above the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhaulinganga, it displays unrivalled scenic beauty and also is a well known religious centre. This centre was established by Adi Shankaracharya who called it Jyotirmath, which later came to be known as Joshimath. Nav Durga and Narsingh are other interesting temples.

» Panch Prayag
Deoprayag is the confluence of the Bhagirathi and the Alakhnanda Rivers. Ancient stone scriptures are found here. The most visited pilgrim spots here are the Shiv temple and the Raghunath Temple. The Rudraprayag is the confluence of the Alakhnanda and the Mandakini rivers. The Rudranath temple and the Chamunda Devi temple are sites worth seeing.

» Nand Prayag
It is situated at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers. The Nanda Prayag houses the Gopalji temple, which is a must-see. Karna Prayag is the confluence of the Alakhnanda and the Pindar rivers with temples of Uma and Karna. Vishnuprayag is the confluence of the rivers Alakhnanda and Dhauliganga. An ancient temple of Lord Vishnu stands here by a pool called Vishnu Kund.
Yogadhyan Badri Badrinath Tour Packages India
» Panch Badris
The Yogadhyan Badri is located at Pandukeshwar on the Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway. The image of the lord here is in the meditative posture. The Bhavishya Badri is situated at a height of 2744 metres. The temple is surrounded by dense forests. The picturesque Tapovan valley lies nearby. The valley is famous for its hot springs.

» Chamoli
It's a scenic spot 10 kms. form Gopeshwar on Badrinath Highway. Chamoli is a tiny mountain retreat with verdant landscapes and fresh mountain air.

» Gobindghat
Situated between Joshimath and Badrinath, at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga rivers, Gobindghat is the starting point for the trek to the valley. Here the road diverts to the Valley of Flowers National Park (19 kms) and Hemkund Sahib (20 kms).

» Valley of Flowers
The valley gets its name from the plethora of enchanting flowers that it houses. This valley is one of the most enchanting valleys in the world and was discovered in by Frank S. Smythe. Just close by meanders the Pushpavati river and just providing a picturesque background is the majestic Rataban peak.

Places to Stay in Badrinath

Hotel Devlok, Jhunjhunwala Cottage, Modi Bhavan, Mittal Cottage, Chand Cottage, Badrish Sadan, Pilo Dharamshala, Kali Kamli Dharamshala, PWD Inspection House, Jal Nigam Rest House, Forest Rest House, DGBR Rest House.

How to get there

» Air
Jolly Grant (317 km)

» Rail
Rishikesh (300 km), Kotdwar (327 km)

» Road
Well-connected to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, Kotdwar and other hill-stations of Garhwal and Kumaon region.

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