Badrinath Temple History and Travel Guide

badrinath temple travel guide

History of Badrinath Dham

In the 9th century, the holy town of Badrinath was re-established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. In the olden days, pilgrims used to walk hundreds of miles to pray in the Badrinath Temple. During the 1st world war, there were only a few huts, where temple staff lived.

Architecture of Badrinath

The facing side of the temple is made up of stone and has arched windows. For entering inside the temple you have to climb up the front stairs of the temple which starts from the Tapt Kund(Hot water spring) these stairs are the main entrance of the Temple.

The temple is approx 50 feet tall, the roof of the temple is covered with a gold glided roof. Inside the temple, one can see the meditative posture of Lord Vishnu. 

Temple of Lord Vishnu
Badrinath Temple Images

Mythology about Badrinath

There are two stories about Badrinath, the first one states that as per the Vamana Purana the two sages Nar & Narayana performed their penance here & Bhakt Narada was able to attain salvation.

Whereas the other story tells that Lord Vishnu in his child avtaar came near the Neelkanth Parvat. At that time they were searching for a peaceful place for meditation. While searching for the place they fell in love with the site near Alaknanda river. After that, they lived there for meditation and after that, the place was named as Badri Vishal.

Badrinath Dham Kapat opening date 2020: Kapats of Badrinath will be opened on 10th April 2020(confirmed). The gates of the Badrinath temple are scheduled to be opened on 4.15AM of 10th April in 2020. 

Badrinath Dham Kapat Closing date 2020: The Kapats of Badrinath Dham will be closed on Nov of the year. If you want to visit Badrinath at the time of winters you can visit Badrinath at Pandukeshwar which is located at Joshimath. The closing date will be updated soon.

Badrinath is one of the most popular religious places in Uttarakhand and all over India. Badrinath is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India. The Badrinath town is situated in between Nar & Narayana mountains and in the shadow of the Neelkantha Peak. Bheem Pul and Vasudhara are also located near Badrinath they are also awesome places for travel and peace.

The origin of river Alaknanda

There is another great legendary tale, which is associated with Badrinath. Legends say that the holiest and curse reliever, river Ganga had granted the request of Bhgiratha for relieving the humanity from curse sufferings. While ascending to earth the intensity of Ganga could immerse the earth under its water flow. To release the earth from such force, Lord Shiva bore her onto his tresses and ultimately, the river Ganga got divided into twelve holy rivers and river Alaknanda was one of them.

Travel Guide Badrinath – How to reach Badrinath

If you are individual and wanna travel alone to Badrinath Dham, then it’s not a big task to travel there. Badrinath is located at the roadside and the only thing you need to know is how to reach Badrinath. So here is the travel guide to Badrinath so that you can reach easily.

Start Day 0: Reach Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun

As you know that Badrinath is located in Uttarakhand so you need to reach in the state first. If you are travelling by train you can only reach Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun. Because after these stations there is no facility of trains. The nearest railway station to the Badrinath is Rishikesh. After that, you have to travel via road with bus services and other vehicles.

If you want to travel through flight, so firstly you need to travel to the Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, and then you have to book Helicopter service which will drop you to the Gaucher Airport. The ticket price from Dehradun to Gauchar is approx 5000 rupees. If you want to travel via road, so you will have to take a Bus from Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun. If you live in Delhi, so you can pick the Bus from Kashmiri Gate Bus Stand, Delhi to Karanprayag or Joshimath Chamoli.

Day 1: There are lots of Bus services and van services you can find at Rishikesh Bus Stand which operates to the Badrinath. If you are a bike rider so that you can also take bikes at rent from Rishikesh and can make your journey more enjoyable. The route via road is about 295 Km from Rishikesh to Badrinath, and it takes approx 10 hours travelling time. 

badrinath temple
Badrinath Temple


Route to Badrinath

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

Note: Due to 4 lane highway project work you can face travel delay of some hours but don’t worry you can stay in the above-discussed destinations like as Srinagar which is also a big town of Uttarakhand, Rudraprayag, Gauchar, Karanprayag, Chamoli and then in Joshimath.

Day 2: When you reached Badrinath in the next morning wake up early and attend the morning aarti at the temple. It can take up to 2- 3 hours for Darshan because of the long queue of peoples. After that visit the nearest locations like as Bhim Pul, Vasudhara Falls and then Mana village which is just 3 Km away from Badrinath. Mana is the last Indian village at Indo – China border. You can also visit the destinations like as Auli in Joshimath and Valley of Flowers

Day 3: After spending time at different places you can return to your home via Max service or Bus service. Hope your journey will be great.

Activities you can do in Badrinath

As you visited all the nearby places the extra activities you can do in Badrinath are:

Trekking: There are many treks which starts from Badrinath such as Satopanth Trek, Mana Pass Trek and Charanpaduka Treks.

Village Tourism: Mana village which is just only 3 Km away from Badrinath, which is also known as the last Indian village. There is a very famous tea shop named “Antim Chai ki Dukaan“. Mana village is basically a village of Bhotias there are many shops there from where you can buy the famous spice “Faran” and hand made woollen sweaters, mufflers, socks. 

The basic clothing culture of the peoples who live there is “Pakhlu”. The peoples from mana village sells their sweaters, spices(faran mostly), woolen caps, woolen socks and other items in the different fairs like Gauchar mela which helds in the month of November.

“Tapt Kund” the natural hot spring which attracts peoples. The hot spring always remains as hot in Summer days as well as in Winter days. In winter all the Badrinath and the nearby villages get covered with snow. There are some more locations as Charanpaduka, Bheem Pul, Ganesha Cave, Panch Dharasand, Panch Shillas, Vyas Cave and Narad Kund.


Travel Tips for Badrinath

  • At an altitude of 3000 meters from the sea level, the weather of Badrinath remains always the same doesn’t matters in which month you are visiting there always carry warm clothes together.
  • Please respect the holy place don’t carry alcohol and non-vegetarian food items.
  • Photography is prohibited inside the temple but is allowed outside and other nearby places.
  • Travelling during the monsoon season is a little risky and risk of landslides and road blockage is common at that time. 

Som FAQ’s About Badrinath

Badrinath Overview

Temperature: 11(Max) and 3(Min)
Location: Chamoli Garhwal
Stay(Recommended): 2 Days
Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh, 295 Km
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, 314 Km
Famous Locations: Badrinath Temple, Bheem Pul, Vasudhara Falls, Char Dham Yatra
Best time to Visit: May, June, September and October

Highlights about Badrinath

  • Badrinath is one of the Panch Badris.
  • It is also known as Badrinarayan temple which is one of the 108 Divya Desams.

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