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Badrinath Travel Guide

Badrinath Kapat opening date 2021: Badrinath Kapat start date has not been announced yet. Last year, Sri Badrinath Temple was scheduled to open on April 30, 2020. However, the temple opened on May 15, 2020, due to the coronavirus epidemic. The gates of Badrinath Temple were opened at 4:30 AM. You can book your Badrinath Dham Yatra and visit Char Dham packages to choose which package fits best as per your budget—wishing you a happy and safe pilgrimage tour to everyone in Badrinath.

Badrinath Closing Date 2020: Badrinath Temple was closed on November 19, 2020 (3:35 PM). The last date of Badrinath Temple was announced on Vijayadashmi / Dushera day.

Badrinath is a city located in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, India. Badrinath is a city located in the foothills of the Nadar and Narayana Ranges and the shadow of the Neelkanth Peak. Many turquoise lakes, high peaks, sacred water bodies, and ponds make Badrinath a place to visit once in a lifetime.

Itinerary for Badrinath Dham

If you are a person and only want to go to Badrinath, getting there is not a big deal. Badrinath is next to the road, and you need to know is how to reach that place. Below is a one-day travel guide to Badrinath Dham for solo travelers.

Day 0: Arrive Rishikesh / Haridwar or Dehradun

Badrinath is in Uttarakhand, so you should visit here first. Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Badrinath. However, trains to Haridwar can also be booked as train availability is high. If you come from the south, east or west, you are more likely to arrive by plane from Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. Rishikesh is located at a distance of 20 km from Dehradun.

Note: Try to reach these cities on a sharp morning or come a day before so that you can start your journey to Badrinath Temple in the morning.

Day 1: From Rishikesh to Badrinath / Joshimath. 295 km | 10 hours
There are many buses and cabs at the Rishikesh bus stand on the way to Badrinath. It is very difficult to get them as the number of pilgrims to a single destination is very high. The best way to reach Badrinath is to change buses or hire shareable cabs.

Waiting for a direct vehicle to Badrinath will ruin our journey. You can take a bus / shared Tata Sumo / Max to Rudraprayag and then to Rudraprayag to Joshimath. You can stay in Joshimath with accommodation, food and market facilities. However, if you have more time, you can go directly to the town of Badrinath, which is 45 km (2 hours) from Joshimath.

To reach Badrinath, you can follow these route buses or shaper jeeps.

Rishikesh – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Karnaprayag – Chamoli – Joshimath – Badrinath

Travel Tip #: Due to the existing Char Dham Highway project, you may experience delays in reaching Badrinath. In this case, you can split your journey into two days. You can stay in all the cities mentioned above along the way.

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Day 2: Visit Badrinath Temple and nearby places
Get up early in the morning and attend the temple Aarti, and worship at the Badrinath Temple. The visit takes 2-3 hours as there is a long queue. After that, you can visit the nearby Vasudhara Falls or Mana village, which is also the last Indian village on the Indo-China border. There are many tourist places such as Auli and Valley of Flowers, that you can visit to explore nearby areas.

Day 3: From Badrinath to Rishikesh / Haridwar
Say goodbye to a beautiful spiritual city in Uttarakhand located on the banks of the serene Alaknanda River. Hire sharable Jeeps to Joshimath for more transportation options.

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Badrinath Temple – Mystical Stories and legends
According to legends, this temple was first established by Adi Shankaracharya. Badrinath is one of the Panch Badri. The other four Badri’s are Yogadhyan Badri, Brida Badri or ‘Old Badri,’ Bhavishya Badri, and Adi Badri.

In Hindu scriptures, the region of Badrinath is known as Badri or Badarikaashram. It is a sacred place for Vishnu, especially in Nara-Narayana, the dual form of Vishnu. Thus, in the Mahabharata, Krishna addressed Arjuna and said, “Thou wast Nara in a former body, and, with Narayana for thy companion, didst perform dreadful austerity at Badari for many myriads of years.”

According to a legend, when the goddess Ganga was asked to come to earth to help the suffering human race, the earth could not withstand the force of her descent. Hence the Ganga was divided into twelve sacred channels. One of them is Alaknanda.

The mountains around Badrinath are mentioned in the Mahabharata as the Pandavas ending their lives by climbing the slope of the peak in West Garhwal known as Swargrohini, literally ‘ascending to heaven.’ According to local mythology, the Pandavas went to Swarga (heaven) through Badrinath and through the town of Mana, which is 4 km north of Badrinath. The Mahabharata is said to be written in a cave located in Mana by the great sage Ved Vyasa.

Badrinath Travel Tips

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  • Avoid alcohol and meat in the holy city of Badrinath.
  • At an altitude of 3000 m, the weather in Badrinath is always cool when you visit. It is better to carry a lot of woolen clothes.
  • Pilgrimages to Badrinath are not as difficult as in Kedarnath, but dizziness is expected due to lack of oxygen in the air. Check yourself with a doctor before booking for pilgrimage and make sure you have the necessary physical endurance required for long walks Badrinath
  • Photography may be prohibited inside the temple, especially inside the shrine. It is expected to follow the guidelines laid down by the temple authorities.
  • During the monsoon season, traveling to Uttarakhand is very dangerous as the area is prone to road blockages due to occasional landslides. The best time to visit Badrinath is from April-May and September-October.

Accommodation in Badrinath

From affordable Dharamshalas to affordable guesthouses to three-star hotels, Badrinath has a lot to offer from a stay, making it easy to find a place to stay in Badrinath if you are traveling off-season.

With thousands of devotees flocking to the venerable Badrinath Temple during the busy times, finding even a bed to sleep in becomes a lot of work in itself, let alone finding a room for the stay. It is advisable to book accommodation at Joshimath, which is about 45 km from Badrinath. You can take a day trip to Badrinath and return to Joshimath in the evening.

Badrinath Food Guide

At an altitude of 3,300 meters, there are not many restaurants to be found. Only seasonal local food stalls and eating joints serve travelers and tourists. They offer North Indian cuisine and popular Chinese cuisine with limited options. Due to its religious significance, meat, food, and alcohol are strictly forbidden.

History of Badrinath

Although Badrinath can be traced back to India’s Vedic period, which dates back to 1,500 BC, no one knows how old the Badrinath Temple is. Known as Badrikashram in Hindu scriptures, this place attracted many saints and sages during this period. Although temples are not mentioned in the Vedas (early Hindu scriptures), some Vedic songs were originally sung by the sages (munis) who lived in the area.

In the 9th century, Guru Adi Shankaracharya re-established the holy city of Badrinath as a major pilgrimage center. In the early days, pilgrims walked hundreds of miles to pay homage at the holy Badrinath Temple. During the First World War, there were only 20 dwarf huts in the town of Badrinath.

From 814 to 820, Adi Shankara lived in the Badrinath temple. He also appointed Nambudiri Brahmin chief priest born in Kerala, South India. Although the temple is located in northern India, the tradition of having a priest from Kerala continues to this day. The priest is elected by the former rulers of Garhwal and Travancore.

Construction of Badrinath Temple

The structure of the Badrinath Temple is similar to that of a Buddhist Vihara (temple). The front of the temple is made of stone. Intricate sculptures can be seen on the walls and pillars of the hall. To enter, one has to go through a wide staircase that takes to the arched gate, the temple’s main entrance.

The temple is 50 feet high and has a small cupola on top. Inside the temple, one can see the serene and meditative aspect of Vishnu. About 15 idols have been enshrined that are carved out of black stone in the temple.

Mythology about Badrinath

There are two mythological stories associated with Badrinath, the first of which, according to the Vamana Purana, states that two sages, Nar and Narayanan (the fifth incarnation of Vishnu), performed penance here, and Bhakt Narada attained salvation. There are many references to Badrinath in the Vedic scriptures that tell stories about the creation of the universe. According to the Bhagavad Gita, Vishnu, his incarnation, Nara and Narayanan are twin sages who have performed penances for the welfare of living beings “since time immeorial.” In the epic “Mahabharata,” these two sages are incarnated as Krishna and Arjuna to help humankind.

Meanwhile, another legend says that Vishnu, in the incarnation of his child, appeared near Neelkanth Parvat, looking for a place to meditate. After a search, he fell in love with a site near the Alaknanda River. Vishnu later incarnated as a child near the Rishi Ganga and Alaknanda rivers (now near Neelkanth Parvat) and started crying. When his cry reached the ears of Goddess Parvati, it melted her heart. She wanted to help the child, so she took her husband, Lord Shiva. ‘What do you want?’ The child asked a site he liked to meditate on. Parvati granted his wish, and now the same place is worshipped as BadriVishal.

Apparently, Lord Shiva chose Badrinath from the beginning. However, Vishnu tricked him into leaving (he went to Kedarnath temple). There are many sacred epics and legends associated with Badrinath. According to one of them, Goddess Lakshmi gave berries to Vishnu (or took the form of a berry tree to provide shelter to him from the cold). Hence, Badrinath is derived its name from Badri (Sanskrit word for Indian jujube tree) and Nath (meaning Lord).

Badrinath pilgrimage destination

Badrinath Temple, also known as the Badrinarayan Temple, is a major attraction of Badrinath. Dedicated to Vishnu, it is one of the 108 Divya Desams or holy shrines of Vaishnavities. The present temple is conical in structure built by the Garhwal kings two centuries ago. There are 15 idols in the temple complex, each with a built-in black stone. Vishnu is represented here in a meditative posture along with Nar and Narayanan.

badrinath nearest places

Other attractions include Tapt Kund, the natural hot springs on the banks of the Alaknanda. You can also visit the Panch Prayag, which are Devaprayag, Nandprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, and Vishnuprayag; From Badrinath. You can also visit the Mata Murti Temple dedicated to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Mana village, located at a distance of 3 km from Badrinath, is known as the last village in India and is inhabited by people of Indo-Mongolian descent.

Best time to visit Badrinath

With the six-months of opening time, travelers can travel in any season, but if you want a hectic free trip that is not busy, choose the months or the end season of the Yatra. The best time to visit Badrinath is during the months of September and October. It is also good to visit Badrinath during the May and June seasons, but as there are many pilgrims, you can see the high cost of hotels and long queues outside the temple. Landslides and road blockages are possible during the monsoon season due to the mountain range and heavy rainfall. So it is recommended for you to visit Badrinath in October or November.

Latest news and updates from Badrinath

  • November 18, 2020: UP Chief Minister Yogi Badrinath conducts special pujas and laid the foundation for Badrinath Guesthouse.
  • October 05, 2020: Uttarakhand eases restriction on the number of daily visitors to the Badrinath Dam, e-passes to stay in Unlock 5.0.
  • October 04, 2020: The government increased the number of devotees to Badrinath to 3,000.
  • September 29, 2020: Covid test reports are not required to visit Badrinath.

Why is Badrinath so famous?

Badrinath Temple is popular among tourists for Char Dham Yatra, pilgrimage, and the temple itself. Badrinath is recommended for couples, families, children, foreigners, groups, and solos.

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