Badrinath (280km/12hrs From Rishikesh): Guarded on either side by the two Mountains Nar and Narayan, the Neelkanth Peak provides a splendid backdrop to Badrinath, one of the “Four Dhams”. One of the most celebrated pilgrim spots in the country, it play host to the famous Badrinath Temple. Legend has it that, Lord Vishnu came to the area, called Badri Van or the Berry Garden, to the mediate after Narad rebuked the Lord for being immersed in worldly pleasures. The main deity is the mediating Lord Vishnu. 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 travelers. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinathji is Five meters High, built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire.
Even though legend dates the temple back to the sacred writing age, Guru Adi Shankaracharya has established the present temple….
At A Glance
Climate: Winter – Winters are extreme and summers are cold.
visit Time to: April – October.
What to wear: Woollens with Thermals.
Languages Spoken: Hindi , Garhwali and English
PLACES TO WATCH
1. Yog Dhyan Badri: The temple of Yog dhyan Badri, one of the five Badris is located at Pandukeshwar (1920mts.) just 24 km. Short of Badri. The image depicting a meditative posture of the lord, is worshipped here.
The Pandavas ar same to possess handed over Hastinapur to King Parikshit and retired here..
2.Bhavishya Badri :It is believe that every day can come back once the current route to Badrinath can become inaccessible and Lord Badrinath can then be worshiped here.
Hence the name’ Bhavishya B adri’ which literally means the “future Badri”.
3.Mata Murty Temple : Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinath ji.
Other vital temples embrace Sesh Netra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.
Adi Badri is near Karna Prayag.
4.Vasundhara : because the name suggests, Vasundhara is a magnificent waterfall. This place is 5 kms.
From Badrinath out of that 2kms is motorable upto Mana.
Mana is a little Village near Indo China Border Panch Dharas (a) Prahalad Dhara (b) Kurma Dhara (c) Urvashi Dhara (d) Bhrigu Dhara (e) Indra Dhara Panch Shilas (f) Narad Shila (g) varaha Shila (h) Garur Shila (i) Markandeya Shila (j) Narsingh Shila.
5.Hemkund Sahib or Valley of flowers : As the name suggests, it is a high – altitude lake (4329m) surrounded by seven huge snow- covered mountains, which are collectively called The Hemkund Parvat.
Close to the lake may be a sacred Gurudwara that’s a journeying centre for Sikhs and Hindus from everywhere the planet.
6.Joshimath : Joshimath is derived from jyotimath the seat of Adi Guru Shankaracharya, Also visit Narsimha Swami Temple here.
7.Auli : Auli has become a number one traveller spot and its slopes beckon daring and gallant athletics enthusiasts, its pristine natural beauty and its alpine atmosphere lure the tourists, most popular way to drop in at Auli is by cable car service which runs for 3kms.