A visit to Badrinath
TRIP TO BADRINATH
Badrinath is the only Shrine which is part of both Chota Char Dham and India Char Dham. Badrinath is one among four pilgrimage centres in four corners of India. Among them were Badrikashram (Badrinath Temple) in the North, Rameshwaram in South, Dwarkapuri in west and Jagannathpuri in east.
Trips are always very exciting, well, so was our trip to Badrinath. We left delhi on 3rd june to badrinath via haridwar by train. From haridwar we took a private vehicle to badrinath. It is 324 km away from haridwar. Badrinath is a Hindu holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is located at an elevation of 11204 feet (3415 mts), in the shadow of Nilkanth Peak and between Nar-Narayana Hills, Badrinath is a holy hindu pilgrimage situated on the banks of Alaknanda river.
Haridwar is a holy place where ganga enters the plains. After haridwar we entered rishikesh the yoga capital of the world. The mountain range starts from here. On my way we saw two hanging bridges , laxman jhoola and ram jhoola across the ganga river. From here we travelled admist thick and dense trees.
Next we reached devprayag the birth place of ganga. Here badrinath from gaumkh and alaknanda from satoponath unite and become ganga. From here it was a enjoyable drive to small town rudraprayag which is situated at the confluence of mandakni and the alaknanda. After we crossed karanprayag here two rivers panda and alakalanda merge. We crossed many small towns and villages and rached loshimud at night. It was a very cold place . our driver told us it was not safe to travel after dark in that route. So we stayed back. Next day we started to badrinath from loshimud the route was rough, narrow ,steep and very risky . finally we reached badrinath after 3 hours admist high steep mountains. At badrinath we saw snow covered peaks . from here we went to mana village the last one in that area. We went by foot to see ganesh gufa, vyas gufa,and bhim pul which are all situated at the mountain top. Then in the evening we took holy dip in the hot water spring Tapta Kund and Narad Kund. After that we went to Badrinath temple. Next day early morning we saw snow covered mountains. It was very nice and beautiful we left Badrinath with a heavy heart. The Ganga seemed to be moving with us from Haridwar to Badrinath. The tall pine and bamboo trees, high steep mountains, snow covered peaks and the silky routes all these make our journey more enjoyable and memorable.It was a trip of a lifetime and will remain fresh in our minds forever.