Badrinath Tourism – Travel Guide to Badrinath
|Elevation:||3,300 m (10,800 ft)|
|Religion:||Hinduism 100 %|
|Language:||Hindi and Garhwali|
Weather: 18° C - 2° C
Ideal Duration: 2-3 Days
Best Time: May-Jun
Nearest Airport: Dehradun
The holy temple of Badrinath which graces the holy district of Chamoli and is placed on the bank of the holy river of Alaknanda marks as one of the most significant places of Vishnu worship. Being a part of not only the holy Chhota Char Dham Yatra but also of the all India Char Dham Yatra along with Rameshwaram in the south, Dwarkadheesh in the west and Jagannath Mandir in the east, the temple witnesses a massive footfall of devotees from all over the world when the temple doors open for darshan. The presiding deity of Badrinath Dham or Badri Vishal is Lord Vishnu who is worshipped as the king of Badri kshetra (region).
The historical and mythological significance of this place is clear to everyone and the peaceful vibes can be felt from the moment you set foot at this holy town. Apart from the temple one can also visit the naturally occurring hot water springs boasting of medicinal properties, the final village at the Indo – Tibetan border of Mana, the famous Vasundhara falls which also gives an incredibly panoramic view of the Badri valley below and other such interesting places which are laced with a deep sense of spirituality.
The mythological account of Badrinath can be traced back to the era of lord Vishnu and goddess Laxmi. After some altercation Lord Vishnu chose Badrinath as the place for performing rigorous meditation to lord shiva. Initially, the entire region was covered in tall Badri trees which was a form of wild berries, the lord chose to perform his meditation here.
He slipped into a deep meditative state and became oblivious of the harsh weather changes that took place, Lord Laxmi became protective of her better half and surrounded him by becoming a Badri tree herself and gave him some much-required shade.
The history of Badrinath Dham can be dated back to the 7th or 8th century when the temple building was used as a Buddhist monastery. During that time Adi Shankaracharya came here and spoke about how India needs a revival of the Hindu faith. Later on, along with the help of the king, he turned it into a prominent pilgrimage spot not just for vaishnavites but also for devout Hindus looking for moksha. Ever since then tourism in Badrinath has been at an all-time high and continues to be a major hub for devotees even after centuries.
Nowadays a typical Badrinath Travel Guide will take you across some of the most incredible places of tourist attractions which will fill your heart with a deep respect for our culture and traditions. It is by far the most easily reachable Dham temple in the circuit of Char Dham. Walk on the path of the lord and up to his holy abode and offer your prayer to the higher power above. have a memorable time with your family, friends and loved ones by going on this spiritual journey on the hills of Garhwal and take away with you a lifetime worth of memories.
Badrinath is the holy home of Lord Vishnu who is worshipped as the king of ‘Badri Kshetra’ or region. But there is so much to still know about this place laced in a deep sense of mysticism, spirituality, and wonderment. Located in the district of Chamoli in Devbhumi Uttarakhand on the bank of the holy river of Alaknanda, the temple is a major part of the holy Char Dham Yatra and even the all India Char Dham Yatra that includes Rameshwaram (south); Jagannath Temple (east) and Dwarkadheesh Temple (west). Every year after the temple opens for Darshan, throngs of domestic and international devotees make their way to the temple to offer their prayer.
Before being re-established as a center of pilgrimage and faith by Adi Shankaracharya during the 7th and 8th century the temple has a very lengthy legend related to it, which has also been mentioned in the Bhagwat Puran. One of the most widely acclaimed beliefs is that it was this particular spot which was chosen by the twin incarnations of Lord Vishnu who made this their hermitage and performed rigorous meditation to the lord who then appeared in front of them. It is also believed that Badrinath was the place where Lord Vishnu himself had meditated while his consort goddess Laxmi turned her into a Badri (berry) tree to save him from the harshening weather conditions. Not just this Badrinath has also been mentioned in the great Hindu epic of Mahabharat.
Later on, seeing the diminishing significance of Hinduism and unity of the Hindu population in India, prominent sage, seer and philosopher Adi Shankaracharya decided to re-establish maths and temples as pilgrimage centers in order to promote the Indian population to leave their homes, mingle with each other and spread the name of the lord while being bound in one thread of religion. He installed a stalagmite stone near the current temple, inside a cave as a place of worship, which was later on moved to the current position of the temple by the king of Garhwal during that time. Ever since then the people have been visiting this place of Vishnu worship in order to attain their moksha or salvation.
The temple opens up during the spring/summer months of early may and remains open for Darshan for a duration of 6 months. During this time the entire city and pilgrimage towns surrounding the temple springs to life and is flocked by devotees from all over the group and across different age groups. Reaching the temple is easier as compared to the other temple in the Chhota Char Dham Yatra circuit but the spirituality and a sense of peace here are overwhelming. Set against the incredible backdrop of the snow-clad Nar and Narayan mountain peaks this temple holds immense significance in the life of every Hindu devotee. Exploring Badrinath is a wholesome experience from Mana Village to Vasudhara Falls, Vyas / Ganesh Gufa and more. It is the perfect blend of spirituality and adventure.
Tour packages for Badrinath are available now ranging from Do Dham, Ek Dham, Teen Dham or even the Helicopter Yatra. Make your Journey to the abode of the Lord easy and comfortable by opting to go via a good Badrinath Tour Package. All the packages are designed to suit the need of the travelers and enable them to customize the package according to your need making the customer our priority. Stay in comfortable lodging facilities, get transferred in private vehicles and go for fun filled sightseeing to the places dotting this region. So what are you waiting for hurry and book your package today!
Things to Do
Badrinath Dham is famous as a significant holy town where only spiritual which functions as the centre of all the religious activities. However, did you know that Badrinath has a lot of options for adventure lovers as well, especially if you are here for a couple of days? From exploring the last village of mana and trekking your way up to Vasudhara waterfalls and going on excursions to Valley of flowers (a UNESCO world heritage site) and so much more. Badrinath is sure a wonderful combination of fun, adventure, and spirituality which will leave you rejuvenated and with a lifetime’s worth of memories.