Guarded on either side by the two mountains Nar and Narayan, the Neelkanth Peak provides a splendid backdrop to Badrinath, one of the ‘Four Dhams’. One of the most celebrated pilgrim spots in the country, it plays host to the famous Badrinath Temple. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu came to the area, called ‘Badri Van’, or the berry garden, to meditate after Narad rebuked the Lord for being immersed in worldly pleasures. The main deity is a meditating Lord Vishnu.
Facing the temple at the bank of Alaknanda River is a hot water spring known as "Tapt Kund", a bath in which is very refreshing to all travellers. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinathji, is 5 m high, built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. The temple opens every year in the month of April-May and closes for winters in the third week of November. Even though legend dates the temple back to the Vedic age, Guru Adi Shankaracharya has established the present temple. The temple has three parts - Garbha Grih (The Sanctum Sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Sabha Mandap (for devotees to assemble).
Approachable from Karnprayag by a motor able road on the way to Ranikhet, are remains of 16 small temples. Seven among them are ancient ones, belonging to the late Gupta period. The credit for building these temples is generally given to Shankaracharya. The main temple of Narayan is distinguished by a raised platform in the pyramidal form, where the idol is enshrined. Sculpted out of black stone, the idol of Lord Vishnu is a metre high.
Situated at an altitude of 1380 m and at a distance of 7 km from Joshimath is Animath, the place where several centuries before the advent of Adi Guru Shankaracharya, the idol of Badrinath was enshrined and worshipped. The idol is known as Vriddha (old) or the first Badri and the temple remains open throughout the year.
The temple of Yog Dhyan Badri, one of the five Badris is located at P andukeshwar (1920 m), just 24 km short of Badrinath on Rishikesh-Bad rinath highway.it has the Yogdhyan Badri temple one of the panch badr i . The image here, in a meditative posture, is worshiped as at Badri nath. According to the myth, the Pandavas made over Hastinapur to Raja Parikshit and retired here. Also king Pandu, the father of Pandavas had spent his last days doing penance here before his Nirvana, and hence the name.Some famous copper plate carrying old inscriptions.
The temple of Bhavishya Badri is at an elevation 3641 m, and is surrounded by dense forests. It is located at Subain near Tapovan, about 17 km east of Joshimath on Joshimath-Lata Malari route. Pilgrims have to trek beyond Tapovan, up the Dhauliganga river.
It is believed that a day will come when the present route to Badrinath will become inaccessible and Lord Badrinath will then be worshipped here. Hence the name 'Bhavishya Badri', which literally means the "Future Badri".
NOTE:- Liquor and non-vegetarian food are prohibited.
|Area:||3 sq km.|
|Season:||From opening to closing, generally from April to November.|
|Clothing:||Heavy woolen garments required through out.|
|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.
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'.