Badrinath is a holy town and is one of the major pilgrimages in the Hindu Religion. The town is a part of the Char Dham and the Chota Char Dham pilgrimages of Hindu culture. Badrinath is located at an average elevation of 3,100 meters above sea level and situated at the banks of the Alaknanda River. The town is not only a pilgrim destination but its mountain location has given it several trek routes and is famous for its various mountain expeditions. Here’s a list of the best places one can visit in the holy town of Badrinath.
1. Badrinath Temple
Badrinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is an important part of the Char Dham and the Chota Char Dham Hindu pilgrimages. The temple is also one of the 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu by the Tamil saints known as the ‘Divya Desams’. The temple has been mentioned in various ancient Hindu texts and is one of most important temples for the Hindus in India.
2. Hot Springs
The Hot Springs are located near the Badrinath temple complex and are considered for their religious and medicinal value. There are three main hot springs namely Tapt Kund, Suraj Kund and Narad Kund. The hot sulphurous water rises in temperature as the day progresses and a bath in the waters is said to cure the various skin ailments. Make sure not to spend more than 5 minutes in the water at a stretch as one can feel a bit dizzy due to the sulphur content in the water.
3. Neelkanth Peak
Located near the town of Badrinath, the Neelkantha Peak lies at an elevation of 3,474 meters above sea level and overlooks the Satopanth Glacier and the Gangotri Glacier. The peak is known to be a moderately challenging trek location and the views from it a breathtaking. The peak also has its mention in various Hindu texts and has several legends attached to its origination.
The name Charanpaduka literally means ‘footwear’ and is denoted by a large rock believed to have the footprint of Lord Vishnu. According to Hindu mythology, the rock is the exact spot where Lord Vishnu first set his foot when he visited earth. The spot is located at a height of 1,030 meters above sea level and is surrounded by a breathtaking meadow which is filled with flowers during summers.
Being the abode of Lord Vishnu on earth, the town of Badrinath was re-established by Adi Shankaracharya as one of the most revered pilgrim spot in India. The town is visited by millions of pilgrims and tourists each year and is best visited during any major Hindu festival.