Badrinath is a divine destination located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is one of the four points of Chota Char Dham yatra. Badrinath town is set amidst the Nar and Narayan mountain peaks and under the shadow of splendid Neekanth Peak. The amazing valleys of Badrinath are breathtaking. It is situated at an altitude of 3133 meters and the temperature remains cold throughout the year, so it is recommended to pack heavy woolen garments while visiting Badrinath, irrespective of the season. Badrinath pilgrimage generally remains open from May to November and the best time to visit there is in the month of April-May. It is recommended to avoid monsoon because Uttarakhand experiences road blockage due to landslides in many areas. It is believed Badrinath Dham was established by Adi Shankaracharya, many centuries back. The place is also mentioned in Mahabharata, the ancient Hindu epic. Pandavas are said to have ended their life here. People believe that Pandavas passed through Badrinath and Mana village (approx 4 kilometers from Badrinath) in order to enter heaven. The popular myth holds that Maharshi Ved Vyas wrote Mahabharata inside a cave at Mana village. Being a divine destination, most of the landmarks & attractions here have religious significance. Below is the list of top places to visit in Badrinath.
Neelkantha Peak also known as “Garhwal Queen” has a splendid height of 6507 meters. It is covered with mist and provides a spectacular view of Himalayas. It is located behind Badrinath temple and one of the top things that will astonish you with its grandeur and beauty.
Badrinath temple is the most significant landmark in the town of Badrinath. It is a famous Hindu temple, devoted the Lord Vishnu. Lots of devotees and tourists visit it every year. Badrinath along with Gangotri, Yamunotri and Kedarnath forms a spiritual tour referred as Chota Char Dham Yatra. This temple is mentioned is several Hindu text and scriptures.
Narad Kund is located behind Badrinath temple and is the second most significant place in Badrinath Dham. It is believed to be the place where Adi Sankaracharya found the idol of Lord Vishnu. Despite being enclosed by snow-capped peaks, the water in Narad Kund remains hot. It is also believed that this was the same place where Rishi Narad Muni wrote Narad Bhakti Sutra. Therefore the name Narad Kund was named after Narad Muni.
Located at a distance of 3 kilometers from Badrinath Dham, Charan Paduka holds significance in Hindu religion. The imprint of Lord Vishnu’s feet on a rock can be found here. It is believed that Lord Vishnu first set his foot here. The reference to this ancient rock with the feet’s imprint can be found in Bhagwat Puran.
Located in the middle of Badrinath temple and Alaknanda river, this place. It is a natural hot water spring with the temperature of about 45-degree celsius. The pond is believed to have healing properties. Devotees take a dip in this pond to remove impurity before entering holy temple of Badrinath.
Declared as tourism village by Uttarakhand Govt, Mana Village is set amidst beautiful sight of the Himalayas, which surrounds it. The place also has mythological significance. Mana Village is the last Indian village and is located at the distance of 4 kilometers from Badrinath at the height of 3219 meters above sea level. There are several attractive things in Mana Village like Neelkanth peak, Tapt Kund, Mata Murti Temple, Vasudhara, Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Bheem Pul, etc. One can also indulge in the activities like trekking and hiking over here.
Traveling to Badrinath is not that difficult as compared to other divine destinations like Kedarnath. But its is normal to feel bit uneasy and dizzy due to the shortage of oxygen. It is good to be prepared with medicines and woolen clothes before going to Badrinath. Photography is not allowed inside the temple and you should also refrain from using Alcohol and meat in Badrinath Dham. The above list of places to visit in Badrinath will be handy on your trip to Badrinath. Share your experience in comments, if you have already been to Badrinath before.