Guarded on either side by the two mountains Nar and Narayan, the Neelkanth Peak provides a splendid backdrop to Badrinath, one of the ‘Four Dhams’. One of the most celebrated pilgrim spots in the country, it plays host to the famous Badrinath Temple. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu came to the area, called ‘Badri Van’, or the berry garden, to meditate after Narad rebuked the Lord for being immersed in worldly pleasures. The main deity is a meditating Lord Vishnu.
Facing the temple at the bank of Alaknanda River is a hot water spring known as “Tapt Kund”, a bath in which is very refreshing to all travellers. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinathji, is 5 m high, built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. The temple opens every year in the month of April-May and closes for winters in the third week of November. Even though legend dates the temple back to the Vedic age, Guru Adi Shankaracharya has established the present temple. The temple has three parts – Garbha Grih (The Sanctum Sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Sabha Mandap (for devotees to assemble).
Badrinath Yatra (5 nights / 6 days)
Day 1: Delhi – Rishikesh (230 kms/6hrs):
- Arrival Delhi Railway Station/Airport – drive to Rishikesh- On arrival transfer to your Hotel. Visit for Ganga Aarti in evening. Back to your hotel, Dinner & Night halt.
Day 2: Rishikesh – Rudraprayag(165kms/6hr):
- Morning, drive straight to Joshimath enroute visit Deoprayag, Rudraprayag – Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 3: Rudraprayag- Badrinath (165 kms/6hrs):
- Morning visit Narsingh Temple & Shankracharaya Math. Later drive to Badrinath, Check in Hotel. Visit Badrinath Temple for evening Aarti. Night halt at Badrinath.
Day 4: Badrinath – Rudraprayag (165kms/6hr):
- Early morning, pilgrims after having a bath in the Taptkund have the Darshan of Badrivishal. Brahamakamal is significant for Pinddan Shraddh of ancestors (Pitrus). There are other interesting sight seeing spot like Mana, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the “Mukh” of the Saraswati River. Just within the three kms of Badrinathjee. Later drive back to Rudraprayag. Check in Hotel. Overnight stay.
- Mana Village : Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet.
Day 5: Rudraprayag – Rishikesh (160kms/5hr):
- Drive to Rishikesh, enroute visit Rishikesh Local Sight Seeing (Ram Jhulla, Laxman Jhulla, Triveni Ghat, Parmarth Niketan, Shivananda Ashram & Gita Kutir). Arr. Rishikesh, transfer to Hotel. Night halt.
Day 6: Rishikesh – Delhi (230kms/6hr):
- Morning visit Rishikesh/Hardwar Local Sight Seeing. Later dep. to Delhi. On Arr. Delhi, Drop at Railway Station/Airport.
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