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Badrinath Travel Guide

The famed town of Badrinath is among the four dominant Char Dham pilgrimage sites of India as well as the Chota Char Dham. It is perched at an average elevation of 3,300 metres (10827 feet) above sea level on the banks of Alaknanda River.

This holy town is named after the Badrinath temple dedicated to the preserver, Lord Vishnu. Many Hindu devotees are smitten by the charm of this holy shrine as it showcases the traditional Garhwali wooden architecture.

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Badrinath Travel Guide

Badrinath is one of the holy shrines for Vaishnavites among the 108 divya desams incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Badrinath town is also the part of Panch Badri temples including Yog Dhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Adi Badri and Vriddha Badri, along with Badrinath temple.

The temple is located in Silent valley of Garhwal Himalayas on the seashore of flowing water of Alaknanda river. Everyone heared about the marvellous or stunning beauty of Badrinath town, with pleasant weather, dense forest, snow clad Mountains, holy river with surrounding green valley which attracts tourists from india as well as from abroad.

There are many festival like Kedar-Badri Utsav, Janam-ashtami, Mata Mruti Ka Mela are celebrated. Along with Badrinath temple, there are many place of sightseeing namely Panch Prayag temple, Badhri Naryanan Temple, Vasudhara Falls, Hot Geyser (tapt kunds or hot water springs), Bheem Pul, Mana Village etc.

Badrinath in Winters

The Temple of Badrinath Dham is closed during winters, you can check the closing and opening dates here. Winter seat of Badrinath is located in Joshimath. Know more about Winter Char Dham Yatra.

Badrinath Temple Opening Date and Closing Date 2024

Badrinath Kapat Opening Date 2024: The opening date of Badrinath Dham will updated soon. Last year, the kapat of Shri Badrinath Temple were opened on 27 Apr 2023 at 7:10 am in the morning. An estimated 20,000 pilgrims visited Badrinath dham on the opening day.

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Badrinath Closing Date 2023: The portals of Shri Badrinath Temple will be closed on 18 Nov 2023 at 03.33 pm. With the closing of Badrinath Temple, the Char Dham Yatra 2023 will conclude.

Badrinath is one of the most popular and visited religious towns of the Hindus located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in India. The town of Badrinath lies between Nar and Naryana mountain ranges and in the shadow of the mighty Neelkantha peak. The several turquoise lakes, towering peaks, sacred ponds and water bodies make Badrinath a must visit place.

Photo: Sirsendu Gayen | Snow fall at Badrinath - Devotees are waiting for their turn to enter in the Badrinath temple.

Day to Day Travel Itinerary to Badrinath Dham

If you are an individual and want to travel to Badrinath alone, then it isn’t a huge task to achieve. Badrinath is situated at the roadside and the only thing you need to know is how to reach that location. Below is the day to a day travel guide to Badrinath Dham for solo travelers.

Day 0: Reach to Rishikesh / Haridwar or Dehradun

Badrinath is situated in Uttarakhand so firstly you have to reach this state of India. The Nearest railway station to Badrinath is Rishikesh railway station. However, you can book your train to Haridwar too as train availability is higher there. If you are coming from the south, east or west portion of the country then there is a high chance that you are coming from the flight to Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun. Rishikesh has situated just about 20 km from Dehradun.

Note: Try to reach these cities in the sharp morning so that you can start your journey to Badrinath temple in the morning.

Day 1: Rishikesh to Badrinath / Joshimath. 295 km | 10 Hrs

There are lots of buses and sharable cabs you can find at Rishikesh Bus Stand going towards Badrinath. But it is very hard to get them because of the extremely high numbers of pilgrimages traveling to the same destination. The best way to reach Badrinath is by changing buses or sharable cabs.

You can break your journey to avoid the wait for the direct vehicle to Badrinath. You can take bus/sharable Tata Sumo / Maxx to Rudraprayag and then Rudraprayag to Joshimath. You can stay at Joshimath which has plenty of accommodation, food & market facilities. However, if you have plenty of time then you can get to Badrinath town directly which is just 45km (2hrs) route from Joshimath.

You can follow this route buses or sharable Jeeps to reach Badrinath

Rishikesh – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – KarnaprayagChamoliJoshimath – Badrinath

eUttaranchal travel tip 1: Because of ongoing Char Dham highway project, you can face a delay in reaching Badrinath. In this case you can break your journey for two days. You can stay on all the above-mentioned towns of the route.

Day 2: Visit Badrinath Temple & Nearby locations

Wake up early in the morning, attend the temple aarti & pay your obeisance at Badrinath temple. It can take 2-3 hours for Darshan because of the long queue. After that, you can visit nearby locations like Vasudhara falls or Mana village which is also the last Indian village at Indo – China border. You can also visit nearby tourist destinations of Uttarakhand like Auli & Valley of flowers to utilize your time.

Badrinath Temple, Chamoli, Uttarakhand by Paras Anand (Facebook)

Day 3: Badrinath to Rishikesh / Haridwar

Bid adieu to this beautiful spiritual town of Uttarakhand situated on the bank of calm Alaknanda River. Take sharable jeeps to Joshimath for more transport options.

Badrinath Temple - Mystic Tales and Legends

According to legend, the temple was originally established by Adi Shankaracharya which was renovated several times after its establishment. Badrinath is also one of the Panch Badri. The other four badris are Yogadhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Bridha Badri or the 'Old Badri' and Adi Badri.

The Badrinath area is known as Badari or Badarikaashram in Hindu scriptures. It is a place sacred to Vishnu, particularly in Vishnu's dual form of Nara-Narayana. Thus, in the Mahabharata, Krishna, addressing Arjuna, says, "Thou wast Nara in a former body, and, with Narayana for thy companion, didst perform dreadful austerity at Badari for many myriads of years."

Photo: Lakshmanrawat. River Alaknanda flowing through the Badrinath valley.

One legend has it that when goddess Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help the suffering humanity, the earth was unable to withstand the force of her descent. Therefore the mighty Ganga (Ganges) was split into twelve holy channels, with Alaknanda being one of them.

The mountains around Badrinath are mentioned in the Mahabharata, where the Pandavas are said to have ended their life by ascending the slopes of a peak in western Garhwal called Swargarohini - literally, the 'Ascent to Heaven'. Local legend has it that the Pandavas passed through Badrinath and the town of Mana, 4 km north of Badrinath, on their way to Swarga (heaven). There is also a cave in Mana where the great sage Ved Vyasa is believed to have written the epic Mahabharata.

A short video of Badrinath

Badrinath Travel Tips

  • Please respect the place by refraining from alcohol and non-vegetarian food in the Holy Town of Badrinath. 
  • At an elevation of more than 3000 metres, the weather at Badrinath is always chilly no matter when you are visiting. It is advisable to carry ample woolen clothing.
  • The pilgrimage to Badrinath is not as arduous as Kedarnath, however it is normal to feel little dizzy due to low oxygen content in the air. Make sure to get yourself checked with a physician prior to the pilgrimage.
  • Photography may be prohibited inside the temple, especially inside sanctum sanctorum. Please abide by the guidelines outlined by temple authorities. 
  • Travelling to Uttarakhand in monsoons is little risky as the region witness road blockages due to frequent landslides. Best time to visit Badrinath is from May-April and September-October.

Staying in Badrinath

Badrinath has ample accommodations to stay, from the frugal dharamshalas to affordable guesthouses to 3-star hotels, it is easy to find a place to stay in Badrinath, if you are travelling in off-season.

As thousands of devotees ascent to the revered Badrinath shrine during the peak season, even finding a bed could be a task, let alone a room to stay. It is advisable to book an accommodation at Joshimath which is 45 kms from Badrinath. You can make a day trip to Badrinath and return to Joshimath by evening.

Badrinath Food Guide

At an elevation of 3,300 meters, not many restaurants could be found and only a handful of seasonal local eating joints and stalls tend to serve the pilgrims and tourists. The food served here is North Indian cuisine and popular Chinese delicacies with limited choices. Due to the religious significance of the place, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited at Badrinath.

History of Badrinath

In the 9th century, the holy town of Badrinath was re-established as a prominent pilgrim site by Guru Adi Shankaracharya. In the early years, the pilgrims used to walk hundreds of miles to pay obeisance at the sacred Badrinath temple. During the time of First World War, the town of Badrinath had only 20 dwarf huts, where the temple staff lived.

Architecture of Badrinath Temple

The architecture of Badrinath temple bears a striking resemblance to the Buddhist Vihara (temple). The facade of the temple is built out of stone and has arched windows. On the walls and pillars of the mandapa, one can see the intricate carvings. To enter inside, one has to take the broad stairway that leads to the arched gateway, the main entrance of the temple.

This remarkable temple is 50 feet tall, having a small cupola on top covered with agold gilt roof. Inside the temple, one can see the calm and meditative posture of Lord Vishnu, flanked by Nar and Narayan. Around 15 idols have been are enshrined in the temple that are carved out of black stone.

Mythology about Badrinath

There are two mythological stories related to Badrinath, the first states that as per the Vamana Purana, the two sages named Nar and Narayana (the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu) performed their penance here and Bhakt Narada was able to attain salvation.

Whereas, the other legend tells that Lord Vishnu in his child avatar manifested near the Neelkanth Parvat in search of a place to meditate.Upon searching, he fell in love with the site near Alaknanda river. Lord Vishnu then incarnated as a child near the Rishi Ganga and Alaknanda rivers (now in the vicinity of Neelkanth Parvat) and started crying. When his cries reached the ears of Goddess Parvati, it melted her heart at once. She wanted to help the child so she took her consort, Lord Shiva to meet him. When Parvati asked the child, 'What do you want?' The child asked for the site that he liked for meditating. Parvati granted his wish and now the same place is revered as BadriVishal.

Badrinath Pilgrimage Travel Destination

The main attraction of Badrinath is the Badrinath temple also known as the Badrinarayan temple. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is also one of the 108 Divya Desams or holy shrines of Vaishnavities. The present temple is conical in shape built two centuries ago by the Garhwal kings. 15 idols are present in the temple complex, each built-in black stone. Lord Vishnu is represented here in a meditative posture and is flanked by Nar and Narayan.

Some of the other attractions of Badrinath include the Tapt Kund a natural thermal spring on the banks of the Alakananda. You can also visit the Panch Prayag i.e. Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Nandprayag, Karnaprayag, Vishnuprayag; from Badrinath. You can also visit the Mata Murthi temple which is dedicated to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. At a distance of 3km from Badrinath is the Mana village popularly known as the last village of India, inhabited by people of the Indo-Mongolian tribe.

Badrinath illustration by team eUttaranchal. Artist: Beenu

Best Time to Visit Badrinath

In the opening time of six months of Badrinath, pilgrims can travel in any season but if you want a hectic free journey then choose the months of end season of yatra. The best time to visit Badrinath is September and October. May and June season is also ok to visit Badrinath but because of huge number of pilgrims you can face high rates of hotels and long queues outside temple. During monsoon, there is much possibility of landslides and road block because of mountainous road and heavy rainfall. So our team will suggest you to visit Badrinath in the month of October or November.

Latest Badrinath News & 2023 Updates

28 Jan 2023: Badrinath Temple will be opened 27 Apr 2023 for pilgrims.
5 Oct 2022: The Honorable Defence Minister of Country Sri Rajnath Singh Ji visited Sri Badrinath Dham and prayed for the prosperity and safety of the country. Sri Ajayendra Ajay, the honorable President of Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Committee received him with temple honors.
30 June 2022: Around than 9 lakhs pilgrims visited Badrinath Dham this year in just two months.
5 Feb 2022: Badrinath will be opened 8 May 2022 for pilgrims.
20 November 2021: Badrinath is closed for winter, now it will open after six months.
09 November 2021: More than 1 lakh 60 thousand pilgrims reached Badrinath, all previous records will be broken by November 15.
02 November 2021: Badrinath, Kedarnath again get cold due to snowfall, preparations are on to close the doors in Dhams.
21 October 2021: After Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Now Badrinath route also opened but only for small vehicles.
18 October 2021: Over 6k pilgrims in Kedarnath, Badrinath asked to stay in safe places amid heavy rains.
18 October 2021: Badrinath Dham Yatra stopped in Uttarakhand due to heavy rainfall.
15 October 2021: Badrinath dham will be closed for winters on 20 Nov 2021 at 6:45 pm.
5 Oct 2021:Badrinath Temple is now open for everyone. You can visit the temple without registration. Do follow some basic char dham guidelines
Badrinath Dham Yatra will start from 1st July in 2 phases: From July 1, the Badrinath temple will be opened for locals from Chamoli district only. In second phase beginning July 11, the Badrinath yatra will be opened for people across the Uttarakhand state. Later it will be opened for All India tourists and pilgrims.
11 March 2021: The opening date of Badrinath Dham is 18 May 2021.
05 February 2021: Badrinath Dham Kapat opening date will be decided on the day of Basant Panchami and Kedarnath Dham opening date will decide on 11 March.
18 November 2020: UP CM Yogi performs special pooja in Badrinath, Lays Foundation Stone for Badrinath Guesthouse.
05th October 2020: Uttarakhand relaxes cap on daily pilgrims for Badrinath Dham, e-passes to continue in Unlock 5.0.
04 October 2020: Government increases the devotees limit for Badrinath upto 3000.
29th September 2020: No Covid test report needed to visit Badrinath.

Badrinath Photo Gallery

Tapt Kund Hot Water Spring near Badrinath Temple
Badrinath temple after snowfall
River Alaknanda flowing through the Badrinath valley.
Around Mana village, Near Badrinath.
view of a snow covered bridge over Alaknanda river, flowing through Badrinath town.
Badrinath Temple, Chamoli, Uttarakhand
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Badrinath Weather

Check out the Badrinath weather report for December

Badrinath Weather in December

The minimun and maximum temperature in December in Badrinath is 5°C and 12°C respectively. The weather is generally snowfall in December and you would feel chilling cold throughout the day. Heavy Woolen clothes are recommended for Badrinath in December.

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