Into the land of Divine and Chants - Badrinath, Uttrakhand
So, this time I went to road trip with my parents to Rishikesh, Chopta and finally Badrinath. While for me Chopta was nothing less than a dreamy village but there is nothing compared to the beauty of Badrinath. It feels like you are standing in middle of that scenery we used to draw as kids. One river, few huts, a waterfall, mountains, clouds and birds of course.
Badrinath is a popular religious town located in Chamoli district of Uttrakhand. It is most important out of all 'Char Dhams' of India and is surrounded by mighty Nar and Narayan ranges. Also, 4 km from Badrinath is the last village of India, Mana.
Badrinath's average elevation - 3,133mts above sea level on banks of Alaknanda river.
Important distances from Badrinath:
* Delhi to Badrinath: 526km
* Rishikesh to Badrinath: 301km
* Dehradun to Badrinath: 314km
HOW TO REACH BADRINATH:
BY AIR: Jolly grant airport is the nearest airport situated at 314km. You can either hire a taxi directly or take a bus from there.
BY TRAIN: Nearest railway station is Rishikesh which is situated at 295km. You can get a bus from there to any nearest place to Badrinath.
BY ROAD: You can get many buses till Chamoli, Srinagar, Ukhimath, or Rudraprayag from where you can find direct bus till Badrinath.
The route to follow on your own vehicle: RISHIKESH - DEOPRAYAG - SHRINAGAR - RUDRAPRAYAG - CHAMOLI - JOSHIMATH - GOVINDGHAT - BADRINATH
BEST TIME TO VISIT BADRINATH:
The best season to visit Badrinath is in between May to June and September to October months. The climate remains pleasant during these months.
WHERE TO STAY IN BADRINATH:
We are lucky to have a membership of Youth Hostel so finding a room wasn't a task for us as we booked our room in advance in Hostel. It's a nice, comfortable place to stay in Badrinath.
Badrinath has ample accommodations to stay, from the economical dharamshalas to affordable guesthouses to 3-star hotels, it is easy to find a place to stay in Badrinath if you are traveling in the off-season.
As thousands of devotees ascent to the Badrinath shrine during the peak season, even finding a bed could be a task, let alone a room to stay. If you cannot find a place in Badrinath you can book an accommodation at Joshimath which is 45 km from Badrinath and you can make a day trip to Badrinath and return to Joshimath by evening.
PLACES TO SEE IN BADRINATH:
- MANA VILLAGE: popularly known as the last village of India
Read my blog on MANA Village here.
- TAPTA KUND: a thermal natural spring located amidst of Badrinath temple
- NEELKANTHA PEAK
- CHARAN PADUKA: a beautiful rock believed to have the foot impressions of Lord Vishnu
- BHEEM PUL: the place where Pandavas begin their journey to heaven
This pilgrims paradise provide a sacred being to the visitors that make them feel blessed after visiting this town. River Alaknanda provides people a chance to challenge themselves in the rifts of the river. While you are here, you will dwell into the vibe that you are standing on a land where so many 'rishi-munis' have done prayers for so many years.
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