Activities In Badrinath

Badrinath Activities - Things to Do

One of the most revered pilgrimages in Hinduism all over India; Badrinath is one of the Char Dham – the four divine seat of the Lord. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the country visit to Badrinath Temple every year to worship and pay obeisance to The Almighty Lord Vishnu as Badrinath. 

Badrinath is also a gateway to heart throbbing, mountain expeditions to the towering mountain ranges like Neelkantha. Various treks start from Badrinath for thrill-seekers, such as Satopanth Trek, Mana Pass Trek and Charanpaduka treks.

In addition to being a place of religious importance with temples and shrines, Badrinath also offers various activities that tourists and pilgrims can take part in.

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List of Activities you can do in Badrinath

1. Visit Badrinath Temple

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Shri Badrinath Temple, Chamoli Uttarakhand. One of the 4 most Sacred Pilgrimage according to Hindu Mythology.

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.

2. Take a holy dip in Tapt Kund
Tapt Kund Hot Water Spring near Badrinath Temple

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.

3. Visit Vasudhara Falls

Vasudhara Fall as seen from camping ground

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 Mahabharata mythology, this is one of the final resting places before Pandavs ascended to their heavenly abode Swargarohini. It is also believed that the falling water turns away from visitors who are impure in thoughts and heart.

4. Visit Narad Kund

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.

5. 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.

6. Visit Last Village of India: Mana

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View Of Mana Village near Badrinath Shrine, Chamoli Uttarakhand

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 "First Tea Shop of India", this tea shop is located at the edge of the village.

7. Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers Trek

The enchanting valley of Flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national park that is known for its meadows laden with a myriad of alpine flowers and a variety of flora. It is located a few kilometers away from Badrinath town, near Joshimath.

8. Hemkund Sahib

Sacred Hemkunt Sahib ji Gurudwara and Lake, Chamoli Garhwal, Uttarakhand

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 snowbound paths and glaciers. Pilgrims arrive from May till September.

9. Village Tourism

Mana Village near Badrinath Dham

Have you ever reached the terminus of a road? Referred to as the ultimate Indian village, it marks the conclusion of NH 58. Situated at an elevation of 3,200 meters, this village is inhabited by the Marchhas and Bhotia people. Exploring Mana village offers an opportunity to delve into the rich culture and traditions of the region. Proudly boasting the title of the 'First Tea Shop of India,' there is a tea shop perched at the village's outskirts where visitors can enjoy a unique experience.

10. Brahma Kapal

Brahma Kapal in Badrinath Dham

In the sacred town of Badrinath, pay your respects at Brahma Kapal, a revered site situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River. Brahma Kapal is just a short walk away from the Badrinath Temple. It's typically within a few hundred meters, and visitors can easily reach Brahma Kapal on foot from the Badrinath Temple. Pay homage to this revered site on the banks of the Alaknanda River, where rituals for the departed are conducted, infusing a profound spiritual essence into the pilgrimage experience. Pilgrims often come to Badrinath to perform ancestral rites at Brahma Kapal, believing in the sanctity of the Alaknanda's waters.

11. Charan Paduka

Charan Paduka near Badrinath Dham

Embark on the spiritual journey to Charan Paduka during the Badrinath Yatra, where a sacred rock bears the divine imprints of Lord Vishnu's feet. Charan Paduka is approximately 1.5 kilometers away from the Badrinath temple. The trek to Charan Paduka is a well-marked path that starts near the Badrinath Temple, and it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan landscape. This hallowed site not only holds religious significance but also provides a vantage point for breathtaking views of the majestic Neelkanth Peak.

12. Satopanth Lake

Satopanth Lake

Embark on the challenging trek to Satopanth Lake, a hidden gem near Badrinath, admired for its crystal-clear waters and pristine surroundings. Satopanth Lake is located at a considerable distance from the Badrinath Temple. The trek typically covers a distance of around 25 to 30 kilometers one way. For seasoned trekkers, this journey unveils breathtaking views of the Badrinath region, traversing through diverse landscapes, including meadows and glaciers. The trek to Satopanth is both a physical and spiritual adventure, offering an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Badrinath Himalayas.

13. Bheem Pul

While visiting the revered Badrinath Temple, the pilgrims can easily reach Bheem Pul on foot from the Badrinath Temple. Bheem Pul is a bridge across the Saraswati River, and it is associated with the Mahabharata legend, where Bhima is said to have placed a massive rock to create a bridge. Bheem Pul provides not only a physical connection between the two banks but also a spiritual link to ancient tales, offering a serene spot for reflection amidst the majestic Himalayan landscape.

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