Also known as:
Holy place for Hindus
Cradled in the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan is the holiest
of the four main shrines, Badrinath along the left bank river
Alaknanda. With the splendid Neelkanth mountains as the backdrop, it
is an important destination on the scared itinerary of every devour
Hindu. Once the spot was carpeted with 'badris' or wild berries and
hence was famous as 'Badri Van'.
Badrinath is considered the holiest of the four important shrines in
Garhwal. The town is at an altitude of 3,133 m. above sea level,
situated on the left bank of river Alaknanda and exactly between the
two mountains Nara and Narayan. The shrine is dedicated to Vishnu, the
preserver and falls in the religious itinerary of every devout Hindu.
On the right bank of Alaknanda lies the sacred spot perched at an
altitude of 3,133 metres above the sea level. Encircled by a beautiful
valley, the 15mtrs. High temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is
built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of gilt bull and
spire. Built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya - the philosopher-saint of the
8th century, the temple has been renovated several times due to damage
by avalanches. Its colourful 'Singh Dwara' or the main entrance gate
gives it a new, modern look.
The temple divided into three parts - the 'garbha griba' or sanctum
sanctorum, the 'darshan mandap' where the rituals are conducted and
the 'sabha mandap'where devotees assemble.The complex has 15 idols.
Especially attractive is the one metre high image of Badrinath, finely
sculpted in black stone. It represents Lord Vishnu seated in
Devotees take a holy dip in the natural thermal springs on the banks
of the river Alaknanda, before entering the Badrinath Temple. The
water of the kund is believed to have medicinal properties.
Hemkund Sahib (43 kms.)
Near the Valley of Flowers is the holy lake Hemkund- an important
pilgrimage of the Sikhs and Hindus. Along its shores is the sacred
Sikh Shrine where Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru unified with God
after prolonged mediation in his previous birth. Nearby is the
Lakshman Temple where Lakshman - the brother of Lord Rama performed
his penance. The reflection of surrounding snow-clad peaks in its
placid waters offers a scenic sight.
A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda where Hindus perform
propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.
A Pyramidical-shaped snowy peak towering above Badrinath, popularly
known as the 'Garhwal Queen'.
Mana Village (4 kms.)
Inhabited by Indo-Mangolian tribe, it is considered to be the last
Indian village before Tibet on this route. Nearby are Vyas Gufa- the
rock cave of saint Ved Vyas, the writer of Mahabharata; Bhim Pul- a
natural bridge over the Saraswati river and Vasundhara Falls- a 122
mts. high waterfall- all forming and important part of the pilgrimage
Mata Murti Temple (3 kms.)
On the right bank of Alaknanda stands the temple dedicated to the
mother of Sri Badrinathji.
Alka Puri (15 kms.)
The source of Alaknanda river from the glacier snouts of Bhagirath-
Kharak and Satopanth glaciers.
Satopanth (25 kms.)
A three cornered lake with a circumference of about 1 km., situated at
an elevation of 4,402 mts. above sea level. It is named ater the Hindu
triad- Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, who are believed to occupy one
corner each of the lake. The trek is hazardous with dramatic
landscapes. An experienced guide is advisable. Govindghat (25 kms.)
The confluence of Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga rivers. It has an
imposing Gurudwara named after Guru Gobind Singh.
Joshimath (44 kms.)
The winter home of Shri Badrinathji is situated on the slopes above
the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. It is one of the four 'maths'
established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya.
The five important confluences- Deoprayag, Nandprayag, Rudraprayag,
Karnaprayag and Vishuprayag, form the Panch Prayag.
The confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers. Ancient stone
scriptures are found here. Important pilgrim spots are Shiv Temple and
The confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers. The temples of
Rudranath and Chamunda Devi are noteworthy.
The confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers. The Gopalji Temple
is worth a visit.
The confluence of Alaknanda and Pindar rivers with temples of Uma and
The confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers. An ancient temple
of Lord Vishnu stands here by a pool called Vishnu Kund.
The old capital of Garhwal, it is an important cultural and
educational centre. Places to visit include Kamleshwar and Kilkeshwar
temples and the Shankar Math.
from major cities
How to reach there
Haridwar is the nearest railway
station to Badrinath.
Connected by road via Haridwar.
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