Badrinath Yatra

 

Situated in the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat, with the towering Neelkanth peak (6,597mts.) in the background, Badrinath is one of the most revered Hindu shrines of India. On the right bank of Alaknanda lies the sacred spot perched at an altitude of 3,133 meters above the sea level. Encircled by a beautiful valley, the 15 mts. high temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The temple divided into three parts - the 'garbha griba' or sanctum sanctorum, the 'darshan mandap' where the rituals are conducted and the 'sabha mandap'where devotees assemble. The complex has 15 idols. Especially attractive is the one meter high image of Badrinath, finely sculpted in black stone. It represents Lord Vishnu seated in meditative pose. The main entrance gate is colorful & imposing popularly known as Singhdwar. It is believed that to revive the lost prestige of Hinduism and to unite the country in one bond, Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya the philosopher-saint of the 8th century built four pilgrimage centres in four corners of India.

The main deity in Badrinath Dham is a meditating Lord Vishnu. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu came to this area(" Badri Van") to meditate, after Narad rebuked the Lord for being immersed in worldly pleasures.

According to legend Shankara discovered a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan made of Saligram stone in the Alaknanda River. He originally enshrined it in a cave near the Tapt Kund hot springs. In the sixteenth century, the King of Garhwal moved the murti to the present temple.

The temple has undergone several major renovations because of age and damage by avalanche. In the 17th century, the temple was expanded by the kings of Garhwal. After significant damage in the great 1803 Himalayan earthquake, it was rebuilt by the King of Jaipur.

Badrinath situated at an elevation of 3,133 mts. The temple opens every year in the month of April-May & closes for winters in the third week of November. you may start the badrinath tour package in between April to November,

Duration : 04 Nights / 05 Days
Destinations : Delhi - Rishikesh - Badrinath - Haridwar - Delhi

Day 01 : Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh (240Kms)
Pick you from your convenient place. Departure for Haridwar. Holy dip in ganga and break for lunch. Proceed for Rishikesh. Evening free for sightseeing. Over night stay at Hotel.

Tapt Kund: Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath temple.
Narad Kund: A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.
Mata Murty Temple: Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include SeshNetra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.
Mana Village: Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet.
Bhim Pul: On the other side of Mana village, a massive rock forming a natural bridge lies over the roaring Saraswati River. It presents a spectacular view of water thundering down through the narrow passage under the rock and is believed to have been placed there by Bhim, the second eldest among the five Pandava brothers.
Vyas Gufa (cave): Near Mana Village, this is a rock-cave where Ved Vyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries.
Day 02 : Rishikesh - Joshimath (240kms)
Early drive to Joshimath, Lunch enroute. Evening free for local sightseeing, overnight stat at hotel.

Day 03 : Joshimath - Badrinath (45Kms)
Morning drive to Badrinath .Darshan and Pooja. Evening free for sightseeing. over night stay at hotel.

Day 04 : Badrinath - Rishikesh (300kms)
Morning Drive to Rishikesh, Lunch enroute, Over night stay at hotel.

Day05 : Rishikesh - Delhi (240Kms)
After sightseeing in Rishikesh Departure for Delhi. Arrival Delhi in the evening Tour concludes. Tour ends with sweet memories take home.