P.C: Darius Soodmand
Renowned all over the globe as a revered religious destination, Badrinath in Uttarakhand, has religious and mythological connotations tucked away in its every nook and cranny. However, besides being a popular pilgrimage site, Badrinath with its indisputable natural aura and transcendental scenic splendour, encapsulates and allures visitors from all over the world.
Perched atop a mountain of an average elevation of 3100 m and nestled on the banks of the Alaknanda River, Badrinath is bathed in the shades of various religious, cultural and undomesticated natural keepsakes. Don't miss out on the incredible places to visit in Badrinath and soak in the town's culture and history.
How To Reach Badrinath:
By Air: The closest airport to reach Badrinath, is located at Dehradun, which is nearly 314 km away from the town. From the airport, travellers can easily opt for cab services to reach the place.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is located at Rishikesh at a distance of 295 km from the town. This station is well connected by trains from the nearby towns and cities.
By Road: The Badrinath Bus Terminal connects Badrinath via roadways to all the major cities of the country.
Best Time To Visit Badrinath:
The weather at Badrinath is pleasant throughout the year. However, the months of May to September will be the best months to visit Badrinath, when the weather is pleasant and windy every day with an average temperature of 15°C to 20°C.
Places To Visit In Badrinath:
1. Badrinath Temple
P.C: Animesh Basnet
The Badrinath Temple, as the name suggests, is the primary attraction of the town. Renowned for its significant Char Dham and the Chota Char Dham Hindu pilgrimages, the temple is always busy with tourists and devotees from all around the world. Sanctified to the Hindu mythological character of Lord Vishnu, it is said, that the temple has been mentioned in various ancient Hindu texts. Regarded as one of most consequential temples for the Hindus in India, the Badrinath Temple is of immense spiritual significance and has stories and myths to tickle your fancy. The temple hosts an annual fair every September, only to be flooded by visitors and devotees in large numbers.
2. Valley Of Flowers
P.C: Michel Rathwell
With long wide stretches of greenery, speckled with fresh blooms here and there, the Valley Of Flowers near Badrinath is one paradise of a spectacle to behold! The place's remoteness and difficult accessibility are the main reasons for the unadulterated well-preserved astounding beauty of the place. Renounced as a part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the Valley of Flowers is studded with nearly around 520 different flower species. Replete with an abundance of flora as well as fauna some endangered species like snow leopards, varieties of butterflies and the like, can be spotted here. Bring out the photographer in you and experience the sheer joy and beauty of Mother Nature.
3. Hot Springs
P.C: Gunnar Ries zwo
The hot springs in Badrinath are touted as holy places and are very sacred to the people of the Hindu religion. The three primary hot springs of the place go by the names of Tapt Kund, Suraj Kund and Narad Kund. A hot spring is a natural fountain with a high sulphur content and the hot sulphurous water rises in temperature as the day progresses. The ones in Badrinath make for popular tourist hotspots for all the scenic splendour they are encircled by. The water of a hot spring has healing and medicinal qualities, and it is considered holy and pious to take a dip in the pool. Throngs of people visit the springs on auspicious occasions from all over the world to take a dip in the hot springs.
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