Badrinath, Uttarakhand, India

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Badrinath Ji

Here are some general points that a first time visitors should know.
If you have more in-depth knowledge and want to add points, please do.

Badrinath Yatra is very much easy as you can go till the place.
It is just 1km of trek in streets left from the Bus Stand / Parking.
Normally it opens near Akshay Tritiya every year and Doors are closed near Diwali.

Badrinath Temple is in Chamoli District.
This place is open only for 6 months mostly.
Public Transport / Private Vehicles can go till parking of the town.

Wiki :
Badrinath Temple - Wikipedia

Badrinath Temple

Affiliation : Hinduism
District : Chamoli
Deity : Badrinath (Vishnu)
Location Badrinath
State : Uttarakhand
Country : India

Badrinath or Badrinarayan Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu which is situated in the town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand, India. The temple and town form one of the four Char Dham and Chota Char Dhampilgrimage sites. The temple is also one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Badrinath—holy shrines for Vaishnavites. It is open for six months every year (between the end of April and the beginning of November), because of extreme weather conditions in the Himalayan region. The temple is located in Garhwal hill tracks in Chamoli district along the banks of Alaknanda River at an elevation of 3,133 m (10,279 ft) above the mean sea level. It is one of the most visited pilgrimage centers of India, having recorded 1,060,000 visits.


Badrinath Temple - Wikipedia


Location on Google Maps :

Badrinath Temple

Badrinath Temple
श्री बद्रीनाथ मंदिर
Hindu temple
Views attract visitors to this celebrated, high-altitude Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.


Badri to Mata Murti road, Badrinath, Uttarakhand 246422

PFVR+WG Badrinath, Uttarakhand

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Google Co-ordinates : 30.744695, 79.491175

ISBT / Bus Stand /Parking at Badrinath Ji :
Google Maps




Distance :

1.
Rishikesh to ISBT Badrinath
296 km
All Hill roads in Construction Phase in 2019

Rishikesh to ISBT Badrinath


2.
Delhi to Rishikesh
250km

Avoid Ghaziabad Route, if possible.

Delhi to Rishikesh


3.
Rishikesh to Rudraprayag
142 km
All Hill roads in Construction Phase


www.google.co.in/maps/dir/rishikesh/Sonprayag,+Uttarakhand+246471/@30.5499112,78.9018681,12z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x39093e67cf93f111:0xcc78804a6f941bfe!2m2!1d78.2676116!2d30.0869281!1m5!1m1!1s0x390847eb09d88081:0xc0dddec6a4966363!2m2!1d78.9952754!2d30.6325757


4.
Rudraprayag to Joshimath
255 km

Rishikesh to Joshimath


Rishikesh to ISBT, Badrinath Ji
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How to go there?

Train goes till Rishikesh now.
Anybody can book ticket from irctc website.
Take Tickets till Rishikesh Station.
Then goto Bus Adda / Bus Station of Rishikesh

Google Co-Ordinates :

Google Maps


Start your journey in morning, strictly around 5-6 am.
If you are late than 8 am then better move till Joshimath.
Some Buses run for Joshimath in morning only.
Shared Taxi also runs in morning for Joshimath or Badrinath Ji.
From Joahiath, you can get Bus Shared Taxi to ISBT badrinath Ji.

People going from Delhi can take Night buses, late evening from
Kashmere Gate Bus Station (ISBT - Bus Adda) to Haridwar or Rishikesh.
Haridwar to Rishikesh can be done on other local buses ? Shared Taxis / 3 wheelers too.
From Rishikesh Bus Stand you can take Shared Taxi or Bus towards Joshimath / Badrinath Ji.
Bus is more comfortable in hills.


REGISTRATION :
Char Dham Yatra Registration is compulsory for 1 or 2 or 3 or All 4 Dhams.
Photometric Registration is must by showing any Govt issued Photo ID.
Do it at Rishikesh Bus Stand to avoid rush at your destination and save time earlier.



Disabled / Aged Persons can get Kandi.
Kandi means a person will take you on his back (a Chair type arrangement).
These people are available at ISBT Badrinath (Bus Stand) / Parking only.
Kandi can take you mostly to Temple.
 
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Route to follow :


Distance :

1.
Rishikesh to ISBT Badrinath
296 km
All Hill roads in Construction Phase in 2019

Rishikesh to ISBT Badrinath

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2.
Delhi to Rishikesh
250km

Avoid Ghaziabad Route, if possible.

Delhi to Rishikesh


3.
Rishikesh to Rudraprayag
142 km
All Hill roads in Construction Phase 2019


www.google.co.in/maps/dir/rishikesh/Sonprayag,+Uttarakhand+246471/@30.5499112,78.9018681,12z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x39093e67cf93f111:0xcc78804a6f941bfe!2m2!1d78.2676116!2d30.0869281!1m5!1m1!1s0x390847eb09d88081:0xc0dddec6a4966363!2m2!1d78.9952754!2d30.6325757


4.
Rudraprayag to Joshimath
115 km

All Hill roads in Construction Phase in 2019

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5.
Joshimath to ISBT Badrinath Ji
45 km
All Hill road.
It is now in OK condition and wide enough to cross with to and fro traffic.

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Special Note:
The time shown above is for only normal running of traffic.
There are many factors that can affect timings.
Road Widening work is in progress for 4 Dham specially.
Please consider Summer Vacation traffic is much more than any time of the year.
People from all over India and World try to be here at these routes.
If there is some rain then expect delays dues to Landslides also.

Do Not Travel at Night.
Police can stop you at any point mostly near 6+ major places.
They can simply tell you to go back.

This Route is a priority route and most of the time they try to clear this route as fast they can.
Time depends on size and solution needed by JCB of the landslide.
Landslide can happen at many places on this route.
If rain went on overnight, expect landslide at 2-3 places aleast and add 2-3 or more hours of delay.


If you want to try other rout for Badrnath Ji via Kausani - Karan Prayag,
same Road Widening is happening.
Get info about other routes regularly.
 
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Fuel :
Last Fuel Pump : Joshimath has a Fuel Pump at out skirts for Diesel.
Joshimath Town has a Petrol Pump in city area.
Expect good Rush at Joshimath Fuel Pumps.

From Rishikesh, take full tank of fuel, specially Diesel.
Do tank full at Srinagar / Rudraprayag.
At Rudraprayag they may send you via bypass to save from traffic jam of the city during Summer Vacations.

Diesel is not available at times when there is shortage in hills due to Rain / Landslides / Rush / Low Capacity Tanks at Fuel Pump or other reasons.

4 main places / points on this routes are

1. Srinagar
2. Rudraprayag
3. Karanprayag
4. Joshimath

At night fuel pumps do not operate / work.
 
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Cellular Network :

BSNL is good.

Airtel (private operator) worked here on opening date in 2019.
Vodafone was dead here.
No Signal at all.

Jio can work if signal is there.
Ambani has a building here.
Jio is good till Srinagar only in UK.
 
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Accommodation :

Many Sarai / Dharamshalas / Guest Houses / Hotels are here.
No 5 Star Hotel is here.
You have to book on arrival mostly or if possible, by calling on particular mobiles if network is available.
Check Mobile Network post.

If by any chance, you can not get accommodation here, Pandukeshwar has some Guest Houses. you can get there easily.
Ask any opened shop even if you are late and reach there after 7pm.

You can do a day visit to Badrinath Ji easily from Joshimath, where hotels / Guest Houses are easily available.
Peepalkoti is another place before Joshimath where you can get Guest House if Joshimath is also full in summer vacation.

Remember here you have Govindghat, Starting point of Hemkunt Sahib and Valley Of Flowers.
This place also see good rush during summer vacations.
Whenever there is a landslide between Joshimath and Govindghat,
Joshimath Hotels get full occupancy.
You may have to find a room at Peepalkoti or similar small place on the road.
 
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Check regularly for Opening or Closing Dates of Badrinath ji
or
Char Dham Door Opening / Closing

at this link:
Shri Badari Nath Shri Kedar Nath Mandir Committee



BADARINATH
Location: Right Bank River Alaknanda

Dedicated To: Lord Vishnu

Altitude: 3133 Mt.

Built In: 8th Century AD



Badarinath Dham is considered as one of the most sacred centres of pilgrimage situated in the lofty Himalayan heights in the Garhwal hill tracks (Uttarakhand). Situated at the height of 3133 m (10248 feet) above sea level. The route to Badarinath is one of the most fascinating one due to the lofty hilly terrain, curves and cliffs amidst the most scenically beautiful place on the earth.

Throughout the route to Badarinath there are numerous pilgrimage sites at Deo Prayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Vishnuprayag; as well as Pandukeswar where king Pandu observed Tapasya with his queen Madri and where his sons Pandavas, stayed during their pilgrimage to heaven, and the site where Bhima and Hanuman (sons of Vayu) met.

At Badarinath Lord MahaVishnu is believed to have done his penance. Seeing the Lord doing his penance in the open, Goddess Mahalaxmi is believed to have assumed the form of Badari tree to provide him shelter to face the onslaught of the adverse weather conditions, therefore the name Badari Narayan. It is believed that Lord Vishnu revealed to Narad rishi that Nar & Naryans forms were his own. It is also believed that Narad rishi, who also did his penance here, is even now worshipping the supreme God with Ashtakshara mantras.

The image of Badarinarayan here is fashioned out of Saligramam. Badarinarayan is seen under the Badari tree, flanked by Kuber and Garuda, Narad, Narayan and Nar. Mahalakshmi has a sanctum outside in the parikrama. There is also a shrine to Adi Sankara at Badarinath.

Behind the temple of Lord Badarinarayan is the Lakshmi Narsimh mandir, with shrines to Desikacharya and Ramanujachary.At Badarinath one can witness one of the greatest wonders of Nature in the Hot water springs of Taptkund on the banks of ice chilled river Alaknanda. The temperature of the water in the Kund is 55 degree centigrade whereas the normal temperature in this region for most part of the year remains at 9-10 degree centigrade to sub-zero levels. Before visiting the temple the pilgrims take a holy bath in the Taptkund.

The Temple's present structure was built by the Kings of Garhwal. The Temple has three sections - Garbhagriha (Sanctum), the Darshan Mandap, and Sabha Mandap. The Garbhagriha (Sanctum) houses Lord Badari Narayan, Kuber (God of wealth), Narad rishi, Udhava, Nar & Narayan.

Lord Badari Narayan (also called as Badari Vishal) is armed with Shankh (Conch) and Chakra in two arms in a lifted posture and two arms rested on the lap in Yogamudra.The principal image is of black stone and it represents Vishnu seated in meditative pose. The temple also houses Garuda (Vehicle of Lord Narayan). Also here are the idols of Adi Shankar, Swami Desikan and Shri Ramanujam. Guru-Shisya parampara is supposed to have its roots here.

Best Time to visit:- The ideal time or peak season to go for a Char Dham Yatra is from May to October, except monsoons. This is because; all the four sacred sites are perched in Garhwal Himalayas, which is prone to heavy snowfall. As a result, all the passage leading to the shrines are blocked. Moreover, during the monsoon season, there is undue threat of having landslides, which can further disrupt the journey.

Kapat Opening:- The kapat of Shri Badarinath Temple had been opened on 30th April 2018 at 4:30 AM.



GETTING THERE

Air : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 317 kms.
Rail : Nearest railhead is at Rishikesh, 300 kms.
Road : Well connected to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and Delhi.
 

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Rush Times :

This place is easily accessible by road and on private and public transport.
People prefer to go here and there is good rush during summer vacations, Navratri, Long holiday Weekends, Opening Date / Closing Date.
Only 1.5 days are required from Delhi to Badrinath Ji.
Expect good rush anytime of the year.
After Schools are open, expect much less rush.

Darshan can take more than 3-4 hours in normal vacation days.
Token System is there.
Take token and get in line only when your group's turn is announced.
 
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Nearby Places :

1.
At Badrinath Town there are many places are nearby to explore on foot.
You can spend a day here easily.


Neelkanth
At the back of the Badrinath temple, a side valley opens to a conical shaped Neelkanth peak (6600 mts). Also known as the ‘Garhwal Queen’ is a snowy peak in the shape of a pyramid that forms the background of the Badrinath. Visitors can come up to Braham Kamal area.


Tapt Kund
Before entering the Badrinath Temple, one has to take a holy dip in the Tapt Kund. Tapt kund is a natural hot water pool fed by a sulphur spring which is said to be the abode of Agni, the god of fire. The bathing area has separate arrangements for men and women. Although the normal temperature is 55°c, the water temperature keeps rising gradually during the day. It is considered to have high medicinal value. A dip here is considered to be a good cure for skin diseases.

Brahmkapal
Near the temple, there is a place to perform Shradha of ancestors of yatris, this is an important place of Shradha where a person can perform once in his life.

Charan Paduka
It is just 3 km away is a beautiful meadow carpeted with wild flowers in the summer. Here is a boulder bearing the footprints of Lord Vishnu.

Narada Kund
Situated near the Tapt Kund, Narad Kund is the place where the idol of Lord Vishnu was recovered by Adi Sankara. The hot water springs comes out from beneath the Garur Shila and falls into a tank. Darshan of Badarinath is always preceded by a holy dip in this kund. Apart from that there are many other hot water springs. Devotees take a dip in them for their religious and medicinal value. Suraj Kund at Badarinath and Gauri Kund on way to Kedarnath are another famous Kunds.



Leela Dhongi
Badrinath is the area that Lord Shiv originally chose for his tapasya. However, Lord Vishnu decided that he wanted to meditate here so he assumed the form of a little child and lay on a rock and cried. He refused to stop even when Parvati tried to console him. In the end, Lord Shiv could not stand the child’s wails and decided to shift to Kedarnath.

The Urvashi Temple
Badrivishal, the ashram of Nar and Narayan, where both performed penance and now, in the shape of mountains, guard the temple, was also the scene of their temptation. While they were in deep meditation, Lord Indra sent a group of celestial maidens or apsaras to distract them. Narayan tore his left thigh and out of the flesh, created several nymphs each more beautiful than the other. The most ravishing of all of them – Urvashi — led the nymphs to Indra and shattered his pride near a small pond in the Charanpaduka, 2 kilometres from Badrivishal. The pond bears the name of Urvashi; and there is a temple on the outskirts of Bamni village dedicated to the lovely nymph.


Sheshnetra
1.5 km away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary snake, better known as the Sheshnag’s eye (Shesh meaning Sheshnag and Netra meaning eye). On the opposite bank of the river Alaknanda, in the lap of Nar Parvat, there are two small seasonal lakes. Between these lakes is a boulder having an impression of the legendary snake, Sheshnag.


Mata Murti Mandir
About 3 km from Badrinath, on the right bank of the Alaknanda stands this temple, dedicated to the mother of Shri Badarinath (Maa Murti).

Panch Dharas
The Panch Dharas (five streams) which are famous in Badaripuri are Prahlad, Kurma, Bhrigu, Urvashi & Indira dhara. The most striking of these is the Indira dhara, about 1.5 km north of the town Badaripuri. Bhrigudhara flows past a number of caves. The one on the right of river Rishi Ganga, originally from the Neelkanth range is Urvashi dhara. Kurma dhara water is extremely cold whereas Prahlad dhara has lukewarm water, which glides majestically down the rocks of Narain Parvat.

Panch Shilas
Around the Tapt Kund there are five blocks of mythological importance called Narad, Narsimh, Barah, Garur & Markandeya Shilas (stone). Standing between Tapt and Narad Kund is conical formed Narad Shila. It is said that the sage Narad meditated on this rock for several years.



2.
At Mana Village :

You can spend 1 day here too.



Vasudhara Falls
Vasundhara Falls (3 kms from mana village) is one of the famous tourist attractions, which lies in the Mana Village. The water of this cascading falls flows down from the height of 400 ft and is situated at an altitude of 12,000 ft. It is believed that the water of Vasundhara Falls turns away from the visitors who are not pure at heart. Close to the falls are prominent peaks of Satopanth, Chaukhamba and Balkum.

Vasuki Tal
This is a high altitude lake which can be reached by an 8 km trek that ascends to 14,200 feet. Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Bhimpul and Vasudhara Falls are 3-6 km. All these destinations are famous for their links with Hindu mythology and form part of the pilgrimage to Badarinath.

Leela Dhongi
Badrinath is the area that Lord Shiv originally chose for his tapasya. However, Lord Vishnu decided that he wanted to meditate here so he assumed the form of a little child and lay on a rock and cried. He refused to stop even when Parvati tried to console him. In the end, Lord Shiv could not stand the child’s wails and decided to shift to Kedarnath.

The Urvashi Temple
Badrivishal, the ashram of Nar and Narayan, where both performed penance and now, in the shape of mountains, guard the temple, was also the scene of their temptation. While they were in deep meditation, Lord Indra sent a group of celestial maidens or apsaras to distract them. Narayan tore his left thigh and out of the flesh, created several nymphs each more beautiful than the other. The most ravishing of all of them – Urvashi — led the nymphs to Indra and shattered his pride near a small pond in the Charanpaduka, 2 kilometres from Badrivishal. The pond bears the name of Urvashi; and there is a temple on the outskirts of Bamni village dedicated to the lovely nymph.

Bheem Pul
It is a huge rock which acts as a natural bridge across the Saraswati River. The Saraswati River flows with force in between the two mountains and joins the Alaknanda River. It is believed that Mahabali Bheem, one of the five Pandavas, threw a huge rock in order to make a path to join the two mountains so that Draupadi could easily walk over it.


Mana Village
It is the last village of Indian Territory at China Border and is just 3 kms from Badrinath. The villagers of Mana are closely linked with the activities of Shri Badarinath temple for they offer a choli to the deity on the closing day of the temple – an annual traditional feat. The Mana village is full of caves and it is said that Ved Vyas dictated his famous epic of Mahabharat to Ganesh, in one of these caves, now known as Vyas Gufa (cave).

Vyas Gufa
Visit to Vyas gufa near Mana village an ancient gufa of Shri Vyas Muni where he wrote great grantha of Mahabharata. The caves associated with ancient sages and yogis, like Ganesh Gufa, Bhima Gufa and Muchakanda Gufa are known since very long.


River Saraswati
3 km north of Mana village emerges the river Saraswati from a lateral glacier. Saraswati is known as the Goddess of learning, blessed Ved Vyas to compose the epic Mahabharata at Mana. The river after touching Vyas Gufa, gets lost in the Alaknanda at Keshav Prayag. From here to Allahabad, Saraswati flows incognito. It is said that at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati at Allahabad, the Saraswati remains invisible.



Satopanth (Can not go without permission from SDM Joshimath and Guide + Tent etc.)
It’s a triangular lake surrounded by snow covered peaks and is named after the Hindu gods Mahesh, Vishnu and Brahma. It is believed that Hindu gods Mahesh, Vishnu and Brahma takes bath in this Sarovar each Ekadasi of Hindu Calender. (Permission required to visit)
 
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