Badrinath Temple, Uttarakhand

Badrinath, one of the four Dhams of India, is famous all over the world. Your journey is incomplete without a visit to Badrinath. Every year lakhs of devotees come here to visit Badrinath. It is said that this Badrinath temple, built between two mountains named Nar and Narayan, is the Vaikuntha Lok of Lord Vishnu.

If you are going to visit Badrinath then you should have complete information about it. Today I will tell you how to reach Badrinath? What else is there to visit here? When should Badrinath come and what will be its total cost?

Badrinath temple front view
Badrinath Temple

Badrinath Travel Guide

Badrinath is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is surrounded by beautiful snowy hills, which are at an altitude of 3122 meters above sea level. Two rivers named Alaknanda and Laxman Ganga flow from near Badrinath.

And you will also get a hot water pond here. Before going inside the temple, one has to take a bath in this hot pond. If you do not want to take a bath, then you can lightly splash the water of this pond on your body.

The height of the temple is around 15 meters, On which are three gold urns. The Badrinath temple has two parts. In the first part the statues of Garuda, Hanuman, and Lakshmi attached.

wide angle view badrinath temple
Badrinath Temple

And in the second part, there is a black-colored statue of Vishnu is located. A large beautiful diamond is attached to the forehead of this statue. Along with this, idols of Nara, Narayana, Kubera, Narada, and Uddhav are also located here.

People also come here for Pind Daan. In this, worship is done for the peace of the souls of their ancestors. It is believed that one day Lord Shiva was accused of killing Brahman. Then Lord Shiva did Pind Daan here. Since then till today peoples do Pind Daan here.

Badrinath Temple History

There are many stories of the Badrinath temple. Every place here has a different story. The stories suggest that the Badrinath temple is situated from Satyuga.

In the Satyuga, Lord Vishnu came here to meditate for 66 thousand years. Meanwhile, Goddess Lakshmi grew a plum tree near Lord Vishnu, under whose umbrella Vishnu could meditate. That is why it is called Badrinath. Badrinath means Lord of Lakshmi.


After the establishment of Buddhism, China invaded India. And broke the Badrinath temple and took the Vishnu idol kept in it and throw it in Narada Kund. Shankaracharya removed that idol from Narada Kund and installed it in the Garuda cave. And then Chandravanshi Garhwal Naresh got this temple constructed. But some peoples believe that this temple was built by Shankaracharya.

inside of badrinath temple
Inside of Badrinath Temple

After the temple was built, the queen of Indore, Ahilya Bai, installed a gold peak on it. Now, this idol can only be touched by the Nambudripad Brahmin of Kerala, India. Today, the pilgrimage is not considered complete without offering a Bengal of copper of Jagannath, Orissa in the Badrinath temple.

It is believed that Lakshmi Ji cooks food here. And Vishnu Ji serves food. Peoples come here to get rid of the sins of their past lives. There is also a hot water pond here. In which the sins of peoples are washed away by bathing.

Best Places to Visit in Badrinath Temple

Mana: Mana village is situated at a distance of 4 km from Badrinath Temple. It is located near the border of India and China. Here you will see many tourist places. Here you can visit 

Charan Paduka: It is the footprints of Lord Vishnu. It is said that when Lord Vishnu came to earth, he took the first step here. It is just 2.5 km of the distance from Badrinath temple.

Bhim Pul: This is a bridge built by Bhima in Mahabharata times. When the Pandavas were going to heaven, Bhima made a bridge by placing a piece of the mountain on the river to cross the Saraswati river on the way. This made it easy to cross the river.

Vyas Gufa: This is a cave in which Maharishi Vyasa did penance. It is just 530 meters the distance from Mana village. There are lots of places to visit near Badrinath temple.

List of all beautiful places near Badrinath
  1. Mata Murti Mandir (3 km)
  2. Ghantakarn Mandir (3.5 km)
  3. Ganesh Gufa (3.5 km)
  4. Muchkund Gufa (6 km)
  5. Vasudhara (7 km)
  6. Satopanth (24 km)
On the way to Badrinath temple, a small city comes named Joshimath. Here you can visit a beautiful place Auli. Auli is very famous for skis.

Best Time to Visit Badrinath Temple

Badrinath Temple opens in May and closes in October. In winter the temple is closed. Because it snows a lot here. Due to this all the ways to reach here are closed. My recommendation is that you should come in the month of September or October. Because these days there is no crowd here and things also become very cheap.

Night view of Badrinath Temple
Night view of Badrinath Temple

Do not come in summertime. Because it is the peak season of Badrinath. Due to the summer holidays in May and June, it gets very crowded. Due to which the hotels and restaurants of Badrinath have become very expensive. The rainy season should also be avoided. Because in the rain there are landslides which are very dangerous.

More than 10 aartis are performed every day in the Badrinath temple. But the most important are two big aartis, the morning aarti which is performed from 4:30 AM to 6:30 AM, and the evening aarti which is performed from 6 PM to 9 PM.

Where to Stay at Badrinath Temple?

Ashram: You can stay in the ashram for a day. The fare of these hotels starts from Rs.100.
GMVN Guest House: This is a government guest house. Its booking is also done online. In this, you can book a bed for Rs.45.
Hotels: You will get many hotels in Badrinath. The fare of these hotels starts from Rs.500.

How does it cost to visit Badrinath Temple?

Only 5 days is enough time to visit Badrinath. In this, you can visit Badrinath temple as well as some important places nearby. After coming to Haridwar or Dehradun, your expenditure will be around 5 thousand. In this, a couple can visit nearby places, eat, drink, and stay for 5 days.

Badrinath temple front view
Badrinath Temple First Gate

How to reach Badrinath Temple?

Before 2010 it was very difficult to reach Badrinath. But after the road was built in 2010, it has become very easy to reach here. After reaching Haridwar, you will have to travel the rest of the journey by bus or taxi to reach Badrinath.

You have to come from Haridwar to Joshimath first. And then you can reach Badrinath temple by jeep from Joshimath. If you are coming from Dehradun then you have to come from Dehradun to Joshimath. Then from Joshimath, you can reach Badrinath temple.
  • Nearest Bus Stop: Haridwar is the nearest national bus stop to Badrinath temple. It is 313.8 km of distance.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Badrinath temple. It is 313.8 km of distance.
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport (Dehradun) is the nearest airport to Badrinath temple. It is 307.3 km of distance.

FAQ

Q. Can I carry my mobile and camera inside of Badrinath temple?
No, you can not carry your mobile, camera, and any other types of equipment inside of the temple.

Q. Can I do photography or videography in Badrinath Temple?
No, you can not shoot photos or videos inside of the temple. But you can do all the things outside of the temple.

Q. Can we go to Badrinath by own car?
Yes, it will be very good to go. you just need to follow the right way to Badrinath temple.

Q. Which month is best for Badrinath?
The rush time is May and June. But if you want to visit with a few crowds then you should come in the month of October and November.

Q. Is there any helicopter service to Badrinath?
Yes, To go to Badrinath by helicopter, you have to go to Sahastra Dhara Dehradun. From Sahastradhara, you can reach Badrinath by helicopter for Rs 9500.