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How To Reach Badrinath
Badrinath is a sacred city and a Nagar Panchayat in the Chamoli region of Uttarakhand, India. Arguably the most significant of the four places in India's Char Dham journey, it is named after the shrine of Badrinath. It is an especially pious spot for the Vaishnavas, who are followers of Lord Vishnu. It is efficiently connected to other cities of Uttarakhand, now easily reachable by air, road or rail. Read below to find out more.
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest airport to Badrinath, situated at a distance of 314 km. The airport is well connected to majority of the significant Indian cities. There are a number of highways easily connecting the airport to Badrinath. Additionally, there is also a helicopter facility accessible from Dehradun to Badrinath, situated 146 km away.
The most efficient way to reach Badrinath is by road as it is connected to Delhi, all main towns in Uttarakhand and neighbouring states. NH 58 is the most significant freeway joining Badrinath to the rest of the country. Switching buses is necessary at Rishikesh, Dehradun and close-by destinations to arrive at Badrinath. The State Transport Corporation called GMVN and some other private tourism firms offer rental cars and buses to Badrinath. The journey from Haridwar to Badrinath is 318 km (12 hours) and 298 km (10 hours) from Rishikesh.
With no station of its own, Badrinath is connected with Haridwar at 318 km, Kotdwar at 327 km and Rishikesh at 298 km. Haridwar train station is well-connected to many other Indian cities. However, Rishikesh is the station closest to Badrinath. There are several taxi and bus options available to reach Badrinath from all the above mentioned railway stations.
Badrinath, the area around the shrine is a small place, and can essentially be explored on foot. Alternatively buses, cars and taxis assembled at the nearby railway stations can be considered as transportation options to the shrine or other scenic places of interest. Otherwise you won't need to worry about getting around.