The stunning and divine destinations in Badrinath Valley need no introduction. This place is decked with ethereal vibes all around as numerous divine destinations of universal value are the sights of eternal bliss and peace. Apart from the spiritual significance, the beauty of Badrinath Valley is like a heaven on the earth. Lofty Himalayan Peaks, enchanting trekking trails, soothing meadows, pleasant climate, gorgeous villages, sacred rivers, cascading waterfalls, icy glaciers and awesome streams are the tourist delights, the beauty of which is unparalleled. It is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit for a spiritual and blissful holiday.
In this blog we will take you to 16 best places to visit in and around Badrinath Dham.
Best Places to visit in Badrinath Valley
- Badrinath Temple
- Neelkanth Peak
- Charan Paduka
- Narad Kund
- Mata Murti Temple
- Brahma Kapal
- Bheem Pul
- Ganesha Cave
- Vyas Cave
Best Places to Visit Nearby Badrinath Dham
- Satopanth Lake Trek
- Yoga Dhyan Badri Temple
- Valley of Flowers
- Hemkund Sahib
- Vasudhara Falls
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Places to Visit in Badrinath Dham Valley
Abode of bliss and serenity, the sacred Dham of Badrinath is one of the most important and popular pilgrimage sites for the Hindu devotees. It is one of the sacred Char Dhams. Devotees from all over the world come here to seek spiritual wisdom and eternal bliss. Without visiting Badrinath Temple your Char Dham Yatra will remain incomplete. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Apart from its religious significance, the surroundings near Badrinath Temple are one of a kind. The beauty of this place cannot be defined in words. Nar and Narayan Mountain ranges, mesmerizing Neelkanth Peaks, views of the scenic river Alaknanda will seduce your senses. It is said that Lord Badrinath (Vishnu) came here for meditation after the instruction of sage Narada. Sage Narada told him that he is more inclined to the worldly pleasures and in order to get rid of it he should do meditation.
One of the most prominent Peaks of Garhwal Himalayas, Neelkanth Peak is situated at an elevation of 6507m. It is popularly known as Queen of Garhwal and it rises above the sacred Badrinath Temple. The mountain Peak is the most soothing and divine sight to behold as it resembles the image of Lord Shiva sitting on cliffs. The very sight of this snow-clad Peak and the golden sunrise makes it one of the best places to visit in Badrinath. The journey to Neelkanth Peak is the most amazing one. The 10 km Neelkanth Trek offers the best vistas of picturesque landscapes and it is the most scenic trekking trail in Uttarakhand for adventure.
Situated at an elevation of 3,380 ft, Charan Paduka is a paradise for solace seekers. It is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites near Badrinath Mandir. The boulder here is said to have the imprints of Lord Vishnu’s feet. It is believed that when Lord Vishnu stepped down from Vaikunth (his celestial abode), his divine feet etched on a boulder. Thousands of devotees come from all over India to take blessings of Lord Vishnu. It is located 3kms away from Shri Badrinath Dham. You will get to witness beautiful flowery meadows when you indulge in a 3km uphill trek to reach Charan Paduka.
Situated in the holy town of Badrinath, Narad Kund is one of the major tourist attractions in Badrinath. It is actually a bay in river Alaknanda which is naturally enclosed by a rock. As per the legend, it is a place where sage Narad wrote a book named Narad Bhakti Sutra. This is the reason why this place is named after him. It is also said that the saint Adi Shankaracharya found the idol of Lord Vishnu in Narad Kund. This sacred hot water spring remains hot throughout the year despite the snowfall in winter. Before heading towards Badrinath Shrine, devotees take a holy dip in Narad Kund as it is considered auspicious spiritually.
Mata Murti Temple
Located 3km away from Badrinath Mandir, Mata Murti Temple is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Mata Murti who is a mother of Nar and Narayan. It is said that Mata Murti prayed to Lord Vishnu to take birth as her son. Pleased with her devotion Lord Vishnu was born as twins Nar and Narayan in order to kill a demon. During Shukla Tritiya, Ashtami and Chaturdashi, Mata Murti temple looks magnificent.
Brahma Kapal is a major pilgrimage site in Badrinath for the Hindu devotees. Situated on the blissful banks of Alaknanda river, Brahma Kapal is a must visit place during your holy Yatra to Badrinath Dham. Brahma Kapal is located inside the holy dham of Badrinath. As per the legend here Lord Shiva was freed from his sin of Brahma Hatya. Devotees from all over India come here to perform the rituals of ‘Pind Daan’ to free the soul of their ancestors from hell. It is also said that performing Pind Daan at Brahma Kapal yields eight times more positive results than performing Pind Daan at Gaya.
The Bheem Pul will give you the breathtaking vistas of the confluence of the two sacred rivers- River Saraswati and River Alaknanda. It is said that on their way to heaven called Swargarohan, the Pandavas of Mahabharata had to cross Saraswati river near Badrinath Temple. Their wife Draupadi was unable to cross the river so Bheema placed a huge rock in the river stream in a way that a bridge was formed. This rock is now called Bheem Pul. You will also seea shop which is said to be the last shop of the Indian border. It is indeed one of the best places to visit near Badrinath because of the views of splendid landscapes.
If you are in Badrinath valley, Ganesha cave is one of the most visited pilgrimage destinations in Uttarakhand. Located only 4km from Badrinath Temple, it is a naturally formed cave. According to a legend, it is said that here Lord Ganesha penned the Indian epic Mahabharata dictated by Sage Vyas. Apart from the religious significance, lush vegetation and gorgeous views of Himalayan ridges will be the most soul-pleasing sights to behold in the pious valley of Badrinath.
According to a legend, it is said that Lord Viushnu took refuge in this place by the name of Ananta Shesha. Sheshnetra is a major pilgrimage tourist attraction in Badrinath.It is located at the opposite of Sheshnetra River from where you will be able to witness the eye of serpent Shesha from a rock. The belief that Lord Vishnu reclines here makes this place ethereal. It is believed that Sheshnetra protects the sacred shrine of Badrinath Temple.
Vyas Cave is situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand near Badrinath Dham. It is one of the most ancient caves in Uttarakhand which has been luring the devotees for ages. As per the legend it is said that here Sage Vyas composed the Indian epic Mahabharata with the help of Lord Ganesha. Devotees from all over India come here to revel in the historical vibes and dive deep into the stories and myths of the origin of Mahabharata.
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Satopanth Lake Trek
Satopanth Lake is a pristine glacial lake of Garhwal and is one of the top places to visit in Badrinath. It is in the shape of a triangle and located at an elevation of 15 100 ft above the sea level. Satopanth Lake has a very interesting history. It is said that the three holy divinities- Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu meditated on the three corners of the lake. For trekking it offers beautiful views of scenic Mana Village and vasudhara waterfalls. You will also witness gorgeous Sahastradhara which has more than 100 waterfalls. Moreover, the beauty of Lakshmi van forest and Chakratirtha meadow will blow your heart away. It is one of the best tourist attractions to visit in the Himalayas.
Yoga Dhyan Badri Temple
Yogadhayan Badri Temple is considered as one of the seven Badris. It is a blissful abode of Lord Kuber and Lord Udhava in winters. Here the idol ofLord Vishnu is worshipped which is in a meditative posture.It is said that the bronze idol of Lord Vishnu was installed by King Pandu. The festival of ‘Devwar’ is celebrated with great enthusiasm. The idol of Kuber and Udhava leaves for Badrinath and comes back to Yogdhyan Temple in winters. As per the legends, King Pandu spent his last days before attaining Nirvana. This temple is a part of Panch Badri and without visiting this sacred site your Panch Badri Pilgrimage will be incomplete.
Alkapuri is a scenic and divine source of the sacred Alaknanda River. It is located near Badrinath Dham in Chamoli district at an elevation of 4600m above the sea level. The gorgeous Alkapuri river originates from Alkapuri Glacier which touches the feet of Lord Badrivishal and heads to Devprayag to meet the holy River of Bhagirathi (Ganga). You will be surrounded by the breathtaking views of Neelkanth Peak and Chaukhamba from the north of the glacier. It is said that Alkapuri used to be the abode of Lord Kuber, Yakshas and Gandharvas. If you are seeking some moments of peace and bliss, Alkapuri is the best place to be in.
Valley of Flowers
Situated at an altitude of 11,000 ft, Valley of Flowers is one of the most beautiful and popular tourist attractions to visit near Badrinath. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Snowclad Himalayan Peaks, scenic Zanskar range in the background, white glaciers. Its beauty is at its peak in the months of August and September. Thousands of Shrubs, blue poppies, primula, Dwarf rhododendrons, Dwarf iris etc will delight your eyes and lens for photography. Valley of Flowers Trek is one of the most gorgeous trekking trails in the entire Uttarakhand as gorgeous landscapes, exotic Himalayan floras, scenic waterfalls, streams and enchanting flowery meadows will be the mind-boggling sights to behold.
The most sacred and important pilgrimage shrine of Sikh community, Hemkund Sahib is the best place to visit near Badrinath Dham. It is said that the 10th guru of the Sikh- Guru Gobind Singh Ji mediated for 10 years here. Dotted between the mesmerizing Peaks of Hemkund Parvat, The Gurudwara is visited by thousands of devotees for divine grace. It remains closed in the months of October and April. It is also said that this pious place used to be the meditation spot for Lord Rama’s brother – Lord Lakshamana. Located close by there is a temple dedicated to Lord Lakshamana which you must visit to soothe your soul.
Vasudhara Falls is located near the sacred Badrinath Shrine. It is a major tourist attraction to visit in Badrinath. This waterfall is a sight to behold. It falls from the height of 400 feet above the sea level. The gorgeous landscapes and pleasant atmosphere make Vasudhara Falls soul pleasing. You have to indulge in a beautiful trek which starts from Mana village. On your way you will also witness the stunning and divine Saraswati Temple. You must visit this temple for divine grace.
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Badrinath Dham is a journey which one must indulge in his or her lifetime not only because it has a spiritual significance but also for experiencing the heavenly Himalayan landscapes and lifestyle. If you have already visited these places, share your experience in the comment section of this blog.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q.How many days are enough to explore Badrinath?
Two to five days are enough to explore the best of Badrinath. It has numerous divine destinations which can be covered in five days.
Q.What is the distance of Badrinath from Delhi and Auli?
The distance of Badrinath from Delhi is approx. 552 km via NH7. The distance of Badrinath from Auli by road would take 2 hours, it is approx. 52 km from Badrinath.
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