A religious destination, Badrinath has always had an important place in the tourism of our country. Offering a pristine nature and breathtaking surroundings, one is sure to love the life that they get to experience in this town of hills. The Vasundhara Falls offer a spectacular view to the tourists and the nature lovers would love to spend their time here. Trekking is one activity that the adventure enthusiasts would thoroughly enjoy. The basic aim of most of the tourists who come to this place is to offer their prayers at the famous temples here including Brahma Kapal, Charanpaduka, Narad Kund, Neelkanth and many more.
Places To SeeBadrinath Temple
One of the most sacred and famous Dhams of India, the Badrinath temple is set at an altitude of 3, 133mts above sea level in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple was established in the ninth century by Adi Shankaracharya on the banks of Alaknanda River. Tip
: The Badrinath Yatra which takes place from May to October sees the participation of millions of pilgrims who flock here to pay their obeisance to the reigning deity. The temple remains closed during the rest of the year due to the heavy snowfall. Tapt Kund
Tapt means hot – Tapt kund refers to the natural thermal spring in Badrinath. It is important for people to take a cleansing dip in the kund before proceeding to visit the Badrinath temple. The thermal spring is also believed to have curative value and can cure allergies. Brahma Kapal
Brahma Kapal refers to the site where the people perform the last rites of their deceased ancestors. The kapal is actually a flat platform built on the banks of the Alaknanda River. Mata Murti Temple
The temple is located about 3 kms from Badrinath and is dedicated to Lord Narayan’s mother. The story goes that Mata Murti prayed to Lord Vishnu to take birth through her womb and rid the earth of demons. Lord Vishnu acceded to her prayers and took birth in the form of twins - Nar and Narayan. Narad Kund
Located near Tapt Kund, this is the place where the original Badrinath idol was recovered. Hot thermal springs originate from beneath the Garur Shila and fall into the Narad kund. Devotees take a dip in the pond to absolve their sins and take advantage of the curative powers of the hot water.
Things To Do Neelkanth
Named after Lord Shiva, Neelkanth is a lofty peak that is the first to receive the rays of the sun. Look carefully towards the cliff and it will seem that Lord Shiva is actually sitting and meditating in the sky. Numerous Branmakals can be seen at the foot of the peak and can be reached by a 6 kms easy trek. Charanpaduka
A boulder located in the Badrinath temple bears the imprints of Lord Vishnu. The boulder on which he stepped when he came down from Vaikunth is known as charan paduka. A steep climb from the town will bring you to this boulder. The route is a bit difficult and is full of caves and boulders. The path further takes you down to Neelkanth peak where you can see several Brahmakamals. Mana
Mana is one of the last villages of India, located close to the Tibetan border. Tourists come to see the village to get a glimpse of Tibet. The village was once inhabited by Indo-Mongolian tribes often called as bhotias. Bheem Pul
According to mythological accounts, Bheem Pul is the place where Bheem, the strongest of the Pandava brothers, threw a huge massive rock to create a path between two mountains so that Draupadi could easily walk through. Bheem Pul is also the place where River Saraswati merges with Alanknanda River. Vyas Cave
It is said that it was in this cave that Rishi Ved Vyas dictated the entire epic of Mahabharata to Lord Ganesh who wrote it down. Ganesha Cave
It is in Ganesha Cave that Lord Ganesha wrote Mahabharata as dictated to him by Ved Vyas from Vyas cave. Sheshnetre
In between two seasonal lakes, there is a huge boulder that gives the impression of the snake, Sheshnag.