Badrinath is believed to be a popular religious destination of the Hindus. Badrinath is located in district Chamoli within the state of Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal). Badrinath is considered to be a popular as well as a calm place. It is situated in the background of the Neelkanth Peak. This holy land is the visiting place of a number of sages as well as saints who come here seeking salvation. It is said that during the time of his penance lord Vishnu survived on the Badri tree’s wild berries. Badrinath is believed to be the most holy place in the whole universe.
Badrinath covers an area of approximately 3 square kilometers. Its population is about 978.it is situated at a distance of about 3150 metres above the level of the sea.
The most commonly spoken languages in Badrinath are Garhwali, Hindi as well as English.
Best Time to Visit Badrinath:
The weather in Badrinath remains pleasant at almost all times of the year. But during the winter season there is a chill in the region. This is the reason the winter season is not preferred to plan a trip to Badrinath. The best time of the year to visit Badrinath is during the months starting from May and continuing up to September.
How to Reach Badrinath:
By Air: Badrinath can be reached by air. Badrinath does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is the Dehradun airport through Badrinath can be accessed. The airport connects Dehradun to the major north Indian cities by flights.
By Rail: Badrinath can also be accessed through the rail. The nearest railheads include the Rishikesh located at a distance of 300 kilometers from the city, Haridwar located 310 kilometers away and Kotdwar located at a distance of 330 kilometers from the city.
By Road: Badrinath is set amidst the Garhwal Himalayas. Roads connect Badrinath with places like Dehradun, Rishikesh and Joshimath.
By Helicopter: Badrinath can also reach by Helicopter almost 100 km journey. There are many helicopter operators who operate Badrinath Helicopter Tour from Dehradun.
Places to Visit in Badrinath:
Plenty of options for sightseeing are provided by Badrinath to the tourists visiting the sacred place. Badrikasharam is located on the banks of Alakananda River. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Badrinath.
It is the common belief that a natural hot spring named as the Tapt Kund possesses a kind of healing property. One of the other major Kunds is the Surya Kund.
Mata Murti temple which is surrounded by the Alaknanda River is constructed as a dedication to Badrinathji’s mother.
A serene village named Mana which is situated on the Indo-Tibetan border consists of many places such as the Bhim Pul, Vyas Gufa, Vasudhara Falls as well as the Ganesh Gufa.
A pilgrimage place for the Hindus as well as the Sikhs named as the Hemkund Sahib is also present in the holy city of Badrinath.
Tourists can also go and visit the Panch Prayag namely Devprayag, Nandprayag, Vishnuprayag, Karnaprayag and Rudraprayag.
The Badrinath temple is located near the right bank of river Alaknanda .it is situated at about 3133 metres above the level of the sea. It is set amidst a beautiful valley and is constructed as a dedication to Lord Vishnu. The temple has been partitioned into 3 parts which are the ‘Garbha Griha’,’ Darshan Mandap’ as well as the ‘Sabha Mandap’.