Sandwiched between Nar and Narayan mountain ranges, Badrinath in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is naturally bestowed with pristine surroundings. Among the most sought after pilgrim centres in the Indian subcontinent, Badrinath is beautifully set in the backdrop of the colossal Neelkanth mountain peak. The term Badrinath is a derivative of badri, which means the place where berries grow abundantly.Facing the temple at the bank of Alaknanda River is a hot water spring known as 'Tapt Kund', a bath in which is very refreshing to all travellers. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinathji, is 5 m high, built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. The temple opens every year in the month of April-May and closes for winters in the third week of November. The temple has three parts - Garbha Grih (The Sanctum Sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Sabha Mandap (for devotees to assemble).A scenic place with picture book sceneries, undulating peaks, sacred ponds and water bodies, Badrinath makes the visitor spellbound with its unparalleled gorgeousness. This majestic look of Badrinath is attributed much by the presence of the magnificent rivers Rishi Ganga and Alaknanda. Apart from the natural beauty, Badrinath presents excellent opportunity for those who love escapades and recreational activities.
A place, which holds so many myths and legends, Badrinath acquires predominance in the travel itinerary of a pilgrim. Sanctity and holiness of Badrinath festooned it with accolades since the Vedic ages. This sacred abode of Nara-Narayana sages had been a revered seat and the Vedas like Srimad Bhagavatam, gave testimony to its devoutness.
The Badrinath temple with its pureness and calm splendour, brings you to a different world, free from troubles and chaos.
Located around 2 kms from Badrinath, it is here that people pay homage to the dead souls of their ancestors.
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun, about 317 km from Badrinath.
The nearest railway stations to Badrinath are at Rishikesh and Kotdwar, which are at a distance of 297 km and 327 km respectively.
Badrinath is well connected by road to major cities in Northern India. There are regular buses operating to Badrinath from Delhi, Haridwar and Rishikesh.
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