Badrinath, is a tourist atttract for both the Indians and
the foreigners. Badrinath is one of the four Dhams along with
Puri, Rameswaram and Dwaraka. Badrinath is also known as Tapobhumi
(land of meditation and penance) and Bhubaikunth (heaven on
earth). It is situated at an altitude of 3130 meters above
sea level. The temple, also known as Badri Narayan, is dedicated
to Vishnu, who is said to have done penance in the mythical
Brindavan, that once covered the mountains of Uttaranchal.
Besides the main temple itself, the entrance to the shrine
is of special significance.
The holy Dham Badrinath Hill Station, badrinath tours a temple
of Badrinath , is in the state of Uttaranchal of the Himalaya
mountains.The temple's elevation is 10,248 feet (3050meters).
Badrinath is above the Alaknanda river, believed to be a headstream
of the holy Indian river , Ganges . Cradled in the mountain
ranges of the Nar-Narayan, with the spendid Neelkanth peak
as the enchanting backdrop, is located this holiest of all
the Hindu pilgrimages, Badrinath. Along the left bank of river
Alaknanda, the place is called badrinath as it was once carpeted
with 'badris' or wild berries.
This gorgeous and rare beautiful sight is itself an enchantment
for tourists and is called the "Garhwal Queen."
The nearest cities are Rishikesh (300 km), Mussoorie and Dehradun.
The night temperatures falls to as low as 10°C. The day
temperatures are never too high even in summers thus proving
Badrinath to be a distinct identity as compared to other places.
This place has some special significance from the Indians
perspective. According to the ancient believers, the name
Badrinath has cropped on the basis of Badri Van, where the
lush green Badri trees grow. The word badri is derived from
the wild berry that Lord Vishnu survived on during his reparation
at Badri Van. Badrinath is an 8th century monastery and a
temple to the Hindu god Shiva. The great Indian scholar and
teacher Sankaracharya hold the credit to develop this popular
pilgrimage. Adjacent to the shrine is the hot spring pool
of Taptakund in which pilgrims take a dip before worshipping
Sri Badrinatha. Badrinath is one of the four Dhams, a devout
Hindu has to visit in his lifetime to attain salvation.
Major Attractions in Badrinath
Tapt Kund, a natural hot water and cold springs are at the
enterance of the temple. Before entering the temple, the pilgrims
take a holy dip in the Tapt Kund. Other famous natural spring
sites are Narad Kund and Surya Kund.
A rock boulder with the impression of Sheshnag, a mythological
serpent, called Sheshnetra, is also a place which impresses
the visitors. Another important temple is the Mata Murti temple,
dedicated to the mother of Badrinathji. The footprints of
Lord Vishnu are present on a boulder called Charanpaduka.
The origin of Alakananda River, Alka Puri , attracts the tourists.
Satopanth, a triangular lake, is located at a height of 4400
meters above the sea level and is one of the sources of the
Alakananda River. It is named after the Hindu trinity-Lord
Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Rudraprayag, which is at the meeting point of the rivers Alakananda
and Mandakani, is known for the Rudranath and Chamunda Devi
Nandaprayag is known for the Gopalji temple. The fifth pilgrimage
spot is Vishnuprayag, at the confluence of Alakananda and
Dhauliganga, where there is a very ancient temple dedicated
to Lord Vishnu, besides the pool of Vishnu Kund. The convergence
of the rivers gives birth to the famous pilgrim sites that
are collectively called the Panch Prayag. Devprayag, is famous
for its rock inscriptions and the temples dedicated to Lord
Shiva and Raghunath.
Mashru Peak - One can hike through thick forest around Kufri
to the Mahasu Peak- the highest peak in Kufri.
Himalayan Nature Park - The Himalayan Nature Park,which has
a collection of animals and birds,found only in Himachal Pradesh.
Indira Tourist Park - The Indira Tourist Park is near the
Himalayan Nature Park and provides panoramic view of the locations
Prime Attractions of Badrinath
Badri Kedar Festival – The Badri-Kedar festival, held at the
sacred shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath is held in the month
Mata Murti Mela - On the day of Mata Murti Ka Mela, the mother
of Shri Badrinathji is worshipped, and a large fair held at
the Badrinath Temple in the month of September.
How to reach : Badarinath can be easily accessed
through air, train or road.
By Air : Jolly Grant, is the nearest airport, which
is about 317 km from Badrinath. Helicopters and small private
airlines are also allowed to land there.
By Rail : The nearest railway stations are Rishikesh
(297 km) and Kotdwar (327 km). Roads-Badrinath is well connected
by roads from Rishikesh, Hardwar, Kotdwar, Dehradun, and other
hill retreats of the Garhwal and Kumaon region.
By Road : Badrinath is connected by good motorable
roads with Rishikesh, Dehradun, Kotdwara and other hill stations
of Garhwal and Kumaon region.
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