A well privileged Badrinath is frequented by visitors every year. Not only Indians, a large number of foreign tourists also visit Badrinath. It is the only shrine which is a part of both the India Char Dham and Chota Char Dham. Badrinath is among the four Dham with Rameshwaram in the South, Dwarkapuri in West and Jagannath Puri in East. The auspicious trip to Badrinath usually excites most of the Hindu god lovers. Now, the place is much more developed than before and there are also few hotels in Badrinath. Badrinath houses temples from the time of Vedas. Not only temples, it is also home to many sages who sustain the extremity of weather for their religious devotion.
Nestled between Nar and Narayan ranges along the River Alaknanda, Badrinath bears a religious importance to both Hindus and Buddhists. Badrinath lies 10,276 ft above the sea level. The mythology says, Lord Vishnu himself meditated here. It is also known that when Buddhism became dominant in the region, the idol of Badrinath was cast into nearby Narad Kund. But Adi Shankaracharya recovered it and fixed the idol of the deity back for worship. The deity is Lord Vishnu here in black stone. During every ceremony sandalwood paste is applied on the idol and it is decorated with beautiful flower ornaments. Ganesh, Lakshmi, Nar, Narayan, Kuber, Garuda, Uddhav and Narad forms the Badrish Panchayat. During winters, the temple remains close. The original Badrinath temple is rebuilt several times because of damaged caused by avalanches and snowfalls.
The picturesque landscape with Neelkanth mountain on the backdrop and Alaknanda river is a spectacular view to cherish for a lifetime. Besides, the temple and the unique spiritual environment, Badrinath is a very beautiful place. On the onset of summers, the place looks gorgeous. You do not have to be a god lover to cherish the place. It is an apt place for the nature lover as well.
Temple timing: 4 am-noon, 3-9 pm. Temple opening date is fixed on February on the day of Basant Panchami and the closing date is on Vijaya Dashami during October. After the temple closed for the winters, the deity is carried to 21 km Northwest to Pandukeshwar for worship.
When you are here, do not miss Mata Murti Mandir which is dedicated to the mother of Badrinath. The temple is situated 3 km away from the Badrinath temple on the right bank of river Alaknanda. Mana village is 4 km away and it is the last Indian village before Tibet. The natural beauty here is truly a gift of god. There are few budget hotels in Badrinath and nearby regions. Narayan Palace is the most popular one. Park Inn, Travellers Lodge, Govind Seva Sadan, Sarovar Portico are some good places to stay.
The best route to reach the place is via NH58 that connects New Delhi with Mana Pass in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is the starting point. It is approximately 298 km away from Badrinath. However, in summers buses from New Delhi and Haridwar are available to reach Badrinath. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun which is 146 km. From there you will also get convenient modes to travel to Badrinath.