in the twin mountain ranges of nar and narayan is the holiest of
the four main shrines badrinath along the lift bank of the river
alaknanda. With the backdrop, it is an important destination on
the sacred itinerary of every devout hindu. Once the spot was carpeted
with 'badris' or wild berries and hence was famous as 'badri van'.
The revered shrine is still alive with myriad legends from mythology. Its sanctity is emphasised in the ancient scriptures as "there
are many sacred spots of pilgrimage in the heavens, earth and the
nether world, but there has been none equal to badri, nor shall
there be ". Legend has it when the ganga was requested to descend
to earth to help the suffering humanity, the earth was unable to
withstand the force of its descent. Therefore the mighty ganga
was split into twelve holy channesl. Alanknanda was one of lord
vishnu or Badrinath.
temple of shri badrinathji on the bank of the alaknanda river,
dates back to the alaknanda river, dates back to the vedic times, situated at an altitude of 3,133 mts., the present temple is
believed to have been built by adi guru shankaracharya - an 8th
century's philosopher-saint, who also established a math here. Also known as vishal badri, Badrinath
is one of the panch badris.
temple remains closed duriing the winter season and is open from
April - May to Octobr - November.
Area: 3 sq. km.
Rainafall: 1460 mm
Clothing: Till May - heavy woolens, June-Sept : light woolens
& Oct.-Nov. : heavy woolens
Languages: Hindi, English and Garhwali.
How to get there
Airport: Jolly Grant, (317kms.)
Railhead: Rishikesh, (300kms.) Kotdwar,(327 kms.)
Road: Well connected to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, Kotdwar and other hill stations of Garhwal
and Kumaon region.
On the right bank of alaknanda lies the sacred spotl perched at
an altitude of 3,133 meters above the sea level. Encircled by a
beautiful valley, the 15 mts. high temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
It is built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a ilt bull
by adi guru shankaracharya the philosopher-saint of the 8th centurty,
the temple has been renovated several times due to damage by avalanches.
Its colourful 'singh dwara' or the main entrance gate give it a new,
temple is divided into three parts the 'garbha griha' or sanctum
sanctorum, the' darshan mandap' where the rituals are conducted
and the 'sabha mandap' Where devotees assemble. The complex has
15 idols. Specially attractive is the one metre high image of Badrinath,
finely sculpted in black stone. It represents lord Vishnu seated
in a meditative pose.
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.
A pyramidal-shaped snowy peak towering above Badrinath,
Popularly known as the 'Garhwal Queen'.
The footprints of Lord Vishnu can be seen on a boulder in this beautiful
A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda where Hindus perform
A boulder having an impression of the legendary serpant- known as
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 meditation 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.
MURTI TEMPLE (3KMS.)
On the right bank of alaknana stands the temple dedicated to the
mother of sri Badrinathji.
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 - forming an important part of the pilgrimage
PURI (15 kms.)
The source of alaknanda river from the glacier snouts of Bhagirath-kharak
and satopanth glaciers.
A three cornered lake with a circumference of about 1 km., is situated
at an elevation of 4,402 mts. above sea level. It is named after
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.
The confluence of alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga rivers. It has an
imposing Gurudwara named after Guru Gobind singh.
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's established by adi guru shankaracharya.
An ideal ski resort in the Garhwal Himalayas with its slopes comparable
to the best in the world. Perched at an elevation of 2,500 mts,
Auli not only offers a magnificent view of the Himalaya rqnges but
is a delight for winter sports enthusiasts.
OF Flowers (42 kms.)
An exotice valley in a conical shape lies to the east of Badrinath
with river pushpawati flowing through it. The valley that is presently
a national park, is 19 kms. trek from govindghat. A must- see for
all natural lovers.
A scenic spot amidst snow- clad peaks.
From Gopeshwar to Badrinath highway
is the tiny mountain retreat that attracts visitors for its verdant
landscapes and fresh mountain air.
The old capital of Garhwal,
it is an important cultural and educational centre. Places to visit
include Kamleshwar and Kilkileshwar temples and the shankar math.