Badrinath Hill Station

India is a country that has a divine meaning. Ever since it was discovered, the country has attracted lots of voyagers across the globe to explore its obscure nature. Even at this time, when the country has made tremendous progress in every sphere, it has never lost its root - religion. Right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, there are thousands of Hindu temples that are centuries old. Devotees flock in from all the corners of the world for salvation and blessing. One such sacred place in the north is Badrinath.

Badrinath Temple

Bardinath is a hill station that has a very special place in every Hindu's heart. It is one of the Char Dham (pilgrimage) and is necessary to visit at least once in a lifetime. This holy town is located in Uttarakhand State, a place where mountains rise high to touch the sky. The main significance of this town is the Badrinath Temple and the town got its name because of this temple that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Legend says that the name has been derived from the Badri Van. Badri is a kind of tree fruit that grows here in abundance, and Van is the Hindi name for the forest. When Lord Vishnu came down to this valley for some atonement, he stayed in this van.

Where is Badrinath?

Badrinath town is situated in a valley at Chamoli District which is in Uttarkhand State. It is surrounded on both the sides by Nar and Narayana mountain that fall under the range of Garhwal Hills. The famous and magnificent Neelkanth peak overlooks the valley at the backdrop. The valley is also famous for the Alaknanda river that flows along by the town.

Being a holy town, this place is blessed by the god. Beauty abounds in every place of this town. The view is so spectacular that it has been nicknamed as "Garhwal Queen." This town is also close to the other holy city called Rishikesh. The distance between Rishikesh and Badrinath is 300 km. From Dehradun, Badrinath is 317 km.

What is the Major Attraction of Badrinath?

People visit Badrinath for two reasons. First, it is a holy place; next, it is a hill station. The main credit in building the temple goes to the famous India scholar and philosopher, Adi Shankaracharya. It was built during the 9th century. The story says that first he found a black stone that looked like a replica of Lord Bardinarayan while having a bath in the Alaknanda River. He then placed that stone in the cave where he used to meditate. From there, it was removed and placed in its present position by the Garhwal King. The time was sixteenth century.

Since then, the temple has been renovated many times as and when any damage occurred due to age or other natural causes. The temple was expanded by the king in the 17th century. The holy structure was badly damaged in 1803 because of an earthquake that rocked the entire Himalayan region. After it was rebuilt by the King of Jaipur.

The entire temple is built with stone. There are several arched windows that provide adequate ventilation. The height of the structure is 50 ft. The top of the temple is very attractive and shiny as it is made in a shape that resembles a half ball. The entire section of the top is polished with gold. Devotees have to climb a broad stairway to reach the entrance gate. Entry to the main worship place leads through a large hall. Carved pillars are erected to support the hall. The style in which the temple is constructed reflects the Buddhist architecture.

What are the Places to Visit in Badrinath?

Badrinath is situated 3415 meters above the sea level. The town attracts tourists from India and abroad because of its beauty and religious belief. There are many places in this holy town to visit. The nearest place one has to visit before entering the temple is the Tapt Kund. It is a natural hot water spring at the entrance of the temple. A dip in this holy water is a must to wash away all the sins. Besides, there are two more sites where tourist can enjoy natural spring. They are Narad Kund and Surya Kund.

There are other places in the town where one pay respect to God. A temple dedicated to Lord Badrinath's mother. The temple is named as Mata Murti Temple. There is another place that enshrines a huge boulder which is called Charandpaduka because it has the impression of Lord Vishnu's foot. The town also has a triangular lake that is named Satopanth lake.

Where to Stay and Eat at Badrinath?

Badrinath is the place where Lord Vishnu stayed for a while and did some penance. The town is on the bank of river Alaknanda that flows from the Himalaya and between the two hills Nar and Narayan. There are many hotels and eateries where tourists can stay. Hotel Devlok is closer to the temple. This hotel is a managed by GMVN group. From this hotel, the temple is at five minutes walking distance. There are plenty of dhabas and restaurants in Badrinath where tourists can enjoy north Indian dishes.

How to Reach Badrinath?

Tourists preferring the air route have to come to Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun. The airport also allows to land private charter and helicopters. Taxi services are available from Dehradun to Badrinath. For train route, the Rishikesh railway station is the nearest from where visitors can rent a taxi or a minibus. For road route, visitors can take the national highway 1 from Delhi and have to cover 525 km to reach Badrinath.

The Badrinath hill station is famous for its religious value and heavenly beauties. Visitors can literally see heaven on earth after visiting this town. The best time to visit is from June to September because during winter, roads are always blocked because of heavy snowfalls.