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Things To Do In Badrinath
The acclaimed town of Badrinath is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage spots in India as well as the Chota Char Dham. Rested at a height of about 10,827 feet above sea level on the banks of Alaknanda River, the place is divine and mesmerising in equal measures. It is named after Lord Vishnu and throngs of tourists flock here to enjoy the strong spiritual energy and stunning views of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges after paying their respects. There is a lot more to do around Badrinath, as explained in the article below.
Visit Badrinath Temple
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Badrinath Temple is the must-do activity when one visits the city of Badrinath. Steeped in religious folklore, the temple is open for six months a year, between April and November due to the dangerous weather settings Badrinath faces during half the year.
Take a Dip in Tapt Kund
The 45°C hot spring water of Tapt Kund is famed for its medicinal properties. It is said to be the home of Lord Agni and hundreds of visitors annually visit this spot to take a holy dip in the boiling water. The water here is said to have benefits for those with skin ailments and is also spiritually uplifting.
Visit Narad Kund
Narad Kund is set nearby Tapt Kund. It is acknowledged that the Badrinath image was developed from this kund. The sweltering water mainspring is located below the Garur Shila and contains healing properties. Believers take the plunge here before entering the temple.
Trekking around Badrinath
Badrinath is hidden amongst the peaks of Nar and Narayana Parbat and the gigantic Neelkanth that is a whopping 697 metres above sea-level. Nature lovers and adventurers march through these peaks on trek trails. Treks to the Valley Of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib also originate here.
Visit Vasundhara Falls
Located at a height of 12,000 feet, visiting the Vasundhra waterfalls is another must-do activity when in Badrinath. March to June is the ideal time to visit this waterfall. Visitors can observe the peaks of Chaukhamba, Nilkantha and Balakun from here.
Valley of Flowers
Valley Of Flowers National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an Indian state park, situated in North Chamoli and beloved for its fields of prevalent mountainous vegetation and the diversity of flora present. It is a few kilometres away from Badrinath, located near the town of Joshimath and boasts of blooming meadows of rhododendrons.
Visit the last village of India: Mana
Mana Village is said to be the last of its kind, from the perimeter of India and Tibet/China in the Himalayas. It is situated at a height of 3219 metres, in the region of Chamoli, on the banks of Saraswati River. Just 3 km from the main town, it is a major tourist attraction.
Shri Hemkunt Sahib is a central religious site for Hindus and Sikhs. Hemkund is the spectacular Lokpal Lake situated at an elevation of 4329 metres above sea-level. The gorgeous backdrop makes this an ideal vacation spot. It is reachable through the regal lake through a stimulating but exciting hike from Ghangharia.