One of the sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage,Badrinath is a holy Hindu temple in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Badri is said to be ‘Badrinarayan’, another alias for Rishi Ved Vyas. It is said that A ...
iguru Shankaracharya found an ancient stone image of Lord Badrinarayan and established it near the hot kunds, that was later moved by the king of Garhwal to the spot, the main temple where it is found today. At an elevation of 3100 meters, on the banks of Alaknanda river, Badrinath enjoys a humid continental and subtropical highland climate and is a renowned point of the Char Dham Yatra every year visited by thousands of devotees to seek blessings.
What to do around Badrinath?
Visit the main Shri Badrinath temple and pray to the lord. Visit Bheem Pul, trek a little to reach the beautiful Vasundhara falls. Ved Vyas Gufa nearby is the cave where Badrinarayan resided and prayed to lord Badri Vishal. Visit Narad Kund, the spot where Shankaracharya found the idol from. Take a dip in the Garam Kund. Travel across the Badrinath market and when you’re done a short trip to Mana - the last village of India will make you fall in love with the mountains even more. Forest Eco Resort provides custom itineraries for a smooth junction in Badrinath, whenever you’re planning to visit these Dhams.
Fun Facts about Badrinath
Badrinath is a part of the Panch Badri temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and the only one of four dhams to be surrounded by snow-clad Himalayas. It is said by some that until the 8th century Badrinath was a Buddhist site who threw the idol of Lord Vishnu in the Alaknanda river, which Adiguru Shankaracharya found and established near Tapt Kund. At a height of 5160 meters, Mana pass near Badrinath is the second highest motorable pass in the world - which Khardung La is believed to be, but that’s not true.