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General Information

Area: 3 sq km.
Altitude: 3133 m.
Season: From opening to closing, generally from April to November.
Clothing: Heavy woolen garments required through out.

Accessibility

Air : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 314 km.
Rail : Nearest railhead is Rishikesh, 297 km which is connected to major cities like Howrah, Mumbai, Delhi and Lucknow by rail. There are two routes to reach Badrinath from Delhi : Route 1: Delhi-Rishikesh: 287 km by rail, Rishikesh-Badrinath 297 km by road. Route 2: Delhi-Kotdwar: 300 km by rail, Kotdwar-Badrinath 327 km by road.
Road : Condition: Metalled from Rishikesh to Badrinath.
Taxi: Private taxies and other vehicles are also available between Rishikesh and Badrinath on hire.
Bus: U.A. State Transport corporation operates regular bus services from Delhi-Rishikesh daily.
Transport Companies operating regular bus services from Rishikesh to Badrinath during the Yatra season: Yatra Office, Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.
Organised package tours for Chardham, 2X2 DLX/Coach, 15 seater, Qualis, Sumo, Contessa, Ambassador (Fleet of Transport GMVN Ltd.) and other agencies: G.M.O.U. Ltd., T.G.M.O.U. Ltd., Yatayat Aur Paryatan Vikas Sahakari Sangh Ltd., Roopkund Travels Ltd., Seemant Sahakari Sangh Ltd.

Excursions

Mata Murty Temple

Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include Shesh Netra temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.

Mana Village

Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet. It is 3 km from Badrinath by road.

Vasudhara

As the name suggests, Vasudhara is a magnificent water fall. This place is 5 km from Badrinath, out of which 2 km is motor able upto Mana.

Panch Dharas

(a) Prahalad Dhara, (b) Kurma Dhara, (c) Urvashi Dhara, (d) Bhrigu Dhara, (e) Indra Dhara.

Panch Shilas

(a) Narad Shila, (b) Varaha Shila, (c) Garurh Shila, (d) Markandeya Shila, (e) Narsingh Shila.

Tapt Kund

Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath Temple.

Narad Kund

A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool, from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.

Brahma Kapal

A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. Hindus perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.

Sheshnetra

1.5 km away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag's eye.

Charanpaduka

3 km away is a beautiful meadow, where the footprint of Lord Vishnu is seen on a boulder.

Neelkanth

A pyramidal shaped snowy peak (6,600 m) towering above Badrinath presents a dramatic sight. It is popularly known as the 'Garhwal Queen'.