This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is known as Badrinath, Lord of the Vaishnavites. It is open for six months every year, between the end of April and the beginning of November, because of extreme weather conditions in the Himalayan region.
Take a holy dip in Tapt Kund
Believed to be the home of Lord Agni, Tapt Kund is a natural hot water spring at 45 degrees Celsius above the Alaknanda river bank where visitors take therapeutic baths. The hot water of the kund is believed to have medicinal properties.
Visit to Vasudhara Falls
Situated just 4kms from the Badrinath at Mana village, Vasundra Falls is a beautiful destination where the water drops from the height of 400 feet. According to the Mahabharata mythology, this is one of the final resting places before Pandavs ascended to their heavenly abode Swargarohini. It is also believe that the falling water turns away from visitors who are impure in thoughts and heart.
This kund is a small recess created by the river Alaknanda near the Badrinath temple. Regarded as an auspicious site, it is believed that it is from here the eminent Hindu philosopher Adi Shankaracharya recovered the idol of Vishnu which he established at the Badrinath temple.
Trekking around Badrinath
Badrinath is nestled among the mighty peaks of Nar Parbat, Narayana Parbat and the colossal Neelkanth, which rises 6597 meters above sea level. Various treks are led to these mountains for thrill seekers. Apart from that, Satopanth, Mana and Charanpaduka treks can also be experienced. . Treks to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib also commence near Badrinath.
Visit Last Village of India: Mana
Ever been to the end of a road? Known as the last Indian village, it is where National Highway 58 ends. Located at an altitude of 3,200 meters, this village is home to Marchhas and Bhotia people. One can visit the Bheem Pul, which according to the legend was built by the physically powerful Bheem. A claim to be the "Last Tea Shop of India", this tea shop is located at the edge of the village.
The enchanting Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national park that is known for its meadows laden with myriad of alpine flowers and variety of flora. It is located few kilometers away from Badrinath town, near Joshimath.
A Gurudwara dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh, Hemkunt Sahib is perched at an altitude of 4632 mts and is beside a glacial lake. One can trek to Hemkunt Sahib from the nearest town Govindghat. Hemkund is inaccessible from October through April because of snow bound paths and glaciers. Pilgrims arrive from May till September.
Ever been to the end of a road? Known as the last Indian village, it is where NH 58 ends. Located at an altitude of 3,200 meters, this village is home to Marchhas and Bhotia people. One can visit and learn about the culture and tradition of the Mana village. Claiming to be the ‘Last Tea Shop of India’, a tea shop is located at the edge of the village.