5 Places to Visit in Badrinath, Tourist Places & Attractions

For hindus, visiting Badrinath once in a lifetime is considered auspicious. The main attraction here is the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located along the Alaknanda river in the hilly town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand state. The majestic one-metre tall Vishnu idol made of black stone (saligram) depicts him sitting in a meditative position which is quite different from his usual reclining pose. Devotees also bathe at the Tapt Kund hot water spring before entering the temple.

Amongst the places to be visited, Brahma Kapal where Hindus perform the last rites for the deceased is worth visiting. Likewise, Neelkanth peak situated above the temple offers a breathtaking view with the first rays of the sun casting a beautiful spell on the entire area. One can also visit the Mata Murti Temple, Charanpaduka, Narad Kund and other caves. The temple is open only for 6 months in a year between the end of April to beginning of November. The restricted openings is due the extreme weather conditions.

Situated about 10,170 feet above sea level, the magical town lies between Nar and Narayana mountain range and the trek route is usually between Gangotri & Badrinath. As this trek is of 13-14 days duration, fitness needs to be taken care of and packing the right gear is extremely important due to the weather conditions.

As this trekking route falls in the inner line, one has to obtain permissions to trek here for which a small tariff is applicable. It is the best to obtain the permit much ahead of time to be on the safer side. Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun (137 kms by road) is the nearest airport and the helicopter ride is about 100 kms to this place. At 297 kms away, Rishikesh is the nearest railway station. Haridwar which is 24 kms ahead of Rishikesh is well connected to other parts of the country by rail. However, buses also operate from Rishikesh to Badrinath frequently.

 

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Badrinath

After a brief stopover in Auli, you can embark on a journey to one of the most pious pilgrim centres of India, Badrinath. The most important of the Char Dhams (Four Holy Places) in India, it lies in the shadow of the Nar and Narayana ranges below the mighty Nilkantha peak. 

Situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River, it is one of the best places to visit near Auli. There are various legends surrounding the temples of Badrinath. The hike to this holy place usually begins from Joshimath. There are many sights to see around Badrinath that will just astound you! Thermal springs, Neelkanth Mountain and the confluence points of the huge Ganga River are just a few that will take your heart away. 

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This was a really great trek. We got the chance to see Ganges and Alaknanda river while travelling from Haridwar and Rishikesh. Our trek was stared on 2nd day and we got to see the amazing sights of Nanda Devi which is India second highest peak. The trekking experience was fun despite being tedious. Apart from the weather, the trek was indeed an enjoyable experience. Everything was well arranged from transportation to food. Would love to go for more treks in Himalayan region.
12 January 2016
Excellent
the most difficult trek of all time for me. The himalayan terrain is too difficult to trek. so if you are going for the first time for trekking, i would recommend that you go on some of the normal treks and then try this one. But it is one unforgettable trek I had. really had a chilling and amazing time.
12 January 2016
Excellent
Good experience.It is a really difficult trek and I would defnitiely appreciate the operators for conducting the trek smoothly and managing things well. Really loved it.
12 January 2016
Excellent
We started from Haridwar where our pickup was ready. After crossing Rishikesh we reached our destination. We stayed in a decent lodge and I was mesmerized by the snow caped views of Himalayas. Next day we trekked to a beautiful village and reaches Auli. In Auli we went for the cable car ride and reached top point of our trek. Cable Car experience was amazing as we can see the snow covered mountains from the top. We trekked for 3 days and passed some of the beautiful and remote villages. Food was ok and iur guide give attention to every member of the group. This was first group trek and would recommend others this trek. Thanks for amazing trip.
30 December 2014
Excellent
Skiing Basic Course, Auli: This is a paradise for the avid skiers. While you are an avid skier like me, go ahead and take it, you will not regret it. However, if you are new to skiing the if might be a little tough although this is a basic course. The Auli skiing course centre is located in Garhwal range of Himalays. This is almost about a 250km drive away from Haridwar. We reached here from Rishikesh which was 320km from here. The best part about Auli is that it offered us with immense opportunities to indulge in skiing. Thanks to its high altitude ranging between 2500m to around 3000m! The Skii trip overlooks the majestic peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet and Dronagiri.
I booked this Badrinath kedarnath tour from Mumbai and it felt so peaceful and very well managed. The temple premises is awesome. The whole process of darshan is seamless. A must visit place for everyone.
First visit to Kedarnath, such a mesmerising experience then we visited Badrinath. We have very good darshan. Its a must-visit place at least once in lifetime. Everything was well arranged.
Kedarnath is among my favorite spiritual places in the Himalayas. The rough track, thin air, and magical atmosphere, in and around the temple, is a blessing for body, mind, and spirit. Overall it was a wonderful tour big thumbs up
Excellent
I booked the Badrinath Kedarnath and i must say that both of are the most beautiful temples i have ever visited and the hotels were good and clean and darshan was also good and hassle-free, Breakfast and dinner were delicious.
I booked the Badrinath tour from delhi and visited here with my family. we visited the famous Badrinath temple which is more than 1,200 years old, we took Pony service to reach the Temple. The sightseeing and transfers were up to the mark, really enjoyed the trip.