Access to Badrinath
Rail : The convenient railhead to both the places is Haridwar, where regular bus services, conducted tours & taxis are available to Badrinath (293 kms), Kedarnath (256 kms), Gangotri (248 kms) & Yamunotri (237 km).
Road : Badrinath is connected by road to Rishikesh (293 km), Haridwar (313 km), Kotdwara (325 km), Joshimath (42 km) & Valley of flowers (38 km), Delhi(518 km).Regular bus services are available from Delhi to Rishikesh during season transport companies operate regular services from Rishikesh to Badrinath:-
Yatayat Aur Paryatan Vikas Sahakari Sangh Ltd.
Semant Sahakari Sangh Ltd.
Kedarnath is connected by road with Rishikesh (226 km), Delhi (450 km), Haridwar (250 km), Kotdwara (256 km), Badrinath (242 km), Gangotri is connected by road to Rishikesh (248 km) and Delhi (472 km).
Route from Rishikesh to Badrinath
Rishikesh-Deoprayag 69 kms, Srinagar (U.P) 105 kms, Rudraprayag 139 kms, Karnaprayag 171 kms, Nandaprayag 192 kms, Chamoli 202 kms, Pipalkoti 221kms, Joshimath 252 kms and Badrinath 294 kms.
Route from Rishikesh to Kedarnath via Rudraprayag
Rishikesh-Rudraprayag 139 kms, Agastamuni 157 kms, Kund 171 kms, Guptakashi 181 kms, Phata 194 kms, Soneprayag 207 kms, Gaurikund 212 kms and Kedarnath 226 kms, Distance between Gaurikund and Kedarnath (14 kms) has to be covered on foot.
Route from Badrinath to Kedarnath
Badrinath-Joshimath 42 kms, Chamoli 92 kms, Gopeshwar 103 kms, Guptakashi 183 kms, Gaurikund 214 kms and Kedarnath 228 kms
Accommodation in Badrinath
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam provides accommodation with their packages.
Badrinath: Andhra Bhawan, Jhun Jhunwala Cottage, Chand Cottage apart from these PWD rest houses and Dharamshalas are also available near the holy shrine.
Kedarnath: Arti, Bitko Cottage, Gujrat Bhawan, Madras Bhawan, Bharat Seva Ashram and Dharamshalas are also available near the holy shrine.
Places Of Interest - Badrinath
Mana Village - 3 km from Badrinath, this is the last village of India on the Indo-Tibetan border. The Indo-Mongolian tribe set up this village. A population of 200 people lives here. As soon as the gates of Badrinath open, they come here and as soon as they close, they go down to the plains where they live for the rest of the year. In this way they live a dual family life. These people are very hardworking and industrious. They wherein the women knit and weave sweaters, carpets, etc run a small-scale industry of woollen clothes. They are very attached to their culture and traditions. Earlier they traded with Tibet but in 1962 this was shut down. Tourists come in plenty to this quaint village.
Bheem Bridge - A short distance from Mana Village a natural bridge made of a huge boulder, over the river Saraswathi is seen. The story goes that Bheem; one of the Pandava brothers put it there. The view of this extraordinary bridge and the din of the flowing river make this place interesting.
Vasudhara Falls - 5 km after Bheem Bridge this astonishingly high waterfall is very attractive. The most interesting aspect about this place is that all the water here becomes vapour and vanishes into the atmosphere. The view looks like the Ganges is descending from the sky.
Satopanth Lake - Satopanth Lake is 18 km from Mana Village amidst the difficult areas of Himalayas. The water in the lake is very calm. On the banks of this lake are innumerable lotus flowers. To get here one has to come via Lakshmi Forest. To return from here to Badrinath on foot it takes 3 days.
Pandukesar - Pandukesar 20 km from Badrinath, this is a memorial for the Pandavas. Two temples here have intricate carvings. This village is quite big. During the season one finds huge crowds here.
Govind Ghat - This is 2 km before Pandukesar and is the gateway for the Hem Kund Lake and the internationally well-known Valley of the Flowers. The Hem Kund Saheb is 20 km by foot from here. There we find a Sikh Temple and some hotels. The Valley of the Flowers is a 17 km walk.
Hanuman Chatti - 13 km before Badrinath this temple is situated in a village. Nearby is a nursery of the rare birch tree.
Kheerau Valley - As soon as you cross the bridge on the Alaknanda River from Hanuman Chatti to Benakuli, this extremely beautiful valley comes into view. 4 km from here is the Kheerau village where the local people stay for 4-5 months. Many other interesting spots are there about the village like Tatapani, Unyani Lake etc.
Kagbhushandi Lake - On the Valley of Flowers Road, a 20 km trek from a village called Bhyundar is a vast lake, the beauty of which is amazing. Since getting here is very difficult, very few tourists are found here.
Joshimath - 42 km from Badrinath this place is set to have been visited in the 18th century by Shankaracharya from the state of Kerala. He meditated here and founded a Mutt called Jyotir math or Joshimath. Here orchards of apples, apricots, peaches and lemon have to be seen to be believed. Many hotels and tourist bungalows are available to stay.
Tapt Kund, Surya Kund, Narad Kund - On the banks of the river Alaknanda, are many natural hot water springs, where people bathe before they enter the temples.
General Information of Badrinath
State : Uttaranchal
Altitude : Badrinath - 3133 mts, Kedarnath - 3581 mts
Temperature : Summer Max. 17.9, Min.5.9
Best Season : May to October is the best season for both the places
Language : Hindi, Garhwali, English
Best Time to Visit : May to September/October
STD Code : Badrinath 01381, Kedarnath 01372