It is one
of the four destinations that constitute the
chardham, a sacred pilgrimage for every
devout Hindu. Located in the Chamoli
district of Uttarakhand in northern India,
Badrinath also happens to be the most
revered of the four sacred shrines in
Garhwal, the other three being Yamunotri,
Gangotri and Kedarnath ji.
The Himalayan town occupies a place on the
banks of the River Alaknanda and is located
at an altitude of 3,133 m above sea level.
The Badrinath shrine is dedicated to Lord
Vishnu, considered to be the preserver of
the universe in the Hindu mythology. The
original structure of the temple was
destroyed many times due to avalanches.
The structure was restored in the 19th
century by the royal houses of Scindia &
Holkar. The temple complex at Badrinath 15
idols, wonderfully carved out of black
Altitude: 3,133 mts
Climate: Summer: Cool during the day
and cold at night.
Winter: Snow-bound touching sub-zero.
Clothing: Summer-Light woollens,
Winter- Heavy woollens.
Languages: Hindi, Garhwali, English.
HOW TO REACH US
Air: Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant,
around 300 kms.
Rail: Nearest Railway Station is
Rishikesh, around 297 kms., Haridwar 317
Road: Taxi: Private taxies are also
available between Haridwar and Badrinath on
hire. Bus: GMVN operates daily bus services.
POPULAR PLACE :
Panch (Five) Badris
The five Badris are five different sites in
Badrinath. At all these places, Lord Vishnu
is worshipped in five different forms and
under five different names. The eternal
search of the man has never come to an end
and never will. As travellers visit these
Panch Badris in Badrinath, they will come to
learn how Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the
universe, is glorified in five different
It is the main shrine of Lord Badrinath.
Also known as Badrinath ji, the Badrinath
shrine attracts around six lakhs pilgrims
every year. The Badrinath temple is located
in the middle of two mountain ranges - Nar
and Narayan. Badrinath was anciently known
as Badrivan, due to the abundance of wild
The Badri has immense importance. The
Yogdhyan Badri is at an altitude of 1,920 m
in Pandukeshwar. According to the Hindu
mythology, it is here that the Pandavas,
after gaining victory against the Kauravas,
handed over Hastinapur to Raja Parikshit.
The place Pandukeshwar, where Yogdhyan Badri
is located, takes its name from Pandu, who
is believed to have meditated at the place.
At this Badri is enshrined the lion-headed
idol of Narsingh. Perched at an elevation of
2,744 m, it is located in the midst of thick
forests. To reach Bhavishya Badri, tourists
and pilgrims need to get to Joshimath, the
entry point to this Badri. While pilgrims
reach the place, they also pass through
Tapovan, popular with tourists for its hot
Also spelt Vridha Badri, Bridha Badri means
Old Badri. The place is situated at a
distance of 7 km from the pilgrimage town of
Joshimath. Before the advent of
Shankaracharya, the idol of Badrinath was
worshipped here for many centuries. Owing to
its long age, the idol enshrined here is
known as Vridha Badri or the First Badri.
The sacred site is located at a distance of
17 km from Karanprayag. At the place, you
will find a group of sixteen Gupta-period
temples. Hindus believe that these temples
were founded by Adi Guru Shankaracharya.
Visitors can easily distinguish the main
Narayan temple, as it is built on an