Badrinath is a small holy village, located at the altitude of 3100m (10170 ft) in the Garhwal hills close to Tibet border. It is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River and is known for Badrinath Temple, an important pilgrimage site and one of the char dham (four ancient temples that mark the spiritual sources of four sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges, the Mandakini and the Alaknanda). Every year during the yatra (pilgrimage) season (April to November) hundreds of thousands of dedicated Hindu pilgrims visit the temple.
Badrinath is also a gateway to several mountaineering expeditions.
Ayurvedic medicine, wool, colourful bed sheets, bracelets and ancient coins can be purchased from the local markets.
When to visit: May to June, September and October.
How to reach
Nearest railway station: Rishikesh railway station about 295 km from Badrinath.
Nearest airport: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Badrinath situated at a distance of 314 km.
Buses: Buses available from Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc.
By road: The distance from Rishikesh to Badrinath is 295 km via NH7. It takes around 9 hours.
The distance from Haridwar to Badrinath is 315 km via NH7. It takes around 9-10 hours.
The distance from Dehradun to Badrinath is 336 km via NH7. It takes around 10 hours.
The distance from Delhi to Badrinath is 537 km via NH7. It takes around 14 hours.
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