Badrinath was re-established as a main pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the ninth century. The temple in Badrinath is also a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus and specially for Vaishnavites. Badrinath is also gateway to several mountaineering missions headed to mountains like Nilkantha. Badrinath is a divine town and a Nagar Panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is the most significant of the four sites in India's Char Dham pilgrimage and gets its name from the divine temple of Badrinath.
Badrinath has an average elevation of 3,100 metres (10,170 feet). It is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, on the banks of the Alaknanda River. The town lies between the Nar and Narayana mountain ranges 9 km east of Nilkantha peak (6,596m). Badrinath is situated 62 km northwest of Nanda Devi peak and 301 km north of Rishikesh. From Gaurikund (near Kedarnath) to Badrinath by road is 233 km. (All distance are approximately).
Badrinath was re-established as a main pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the ninth century. In previous days, pilgrims used to walk hundreds of miles to visit Badrinath temple. In recent time its fame has increased considerably. The temple in Badrinath is also a holy pilgrimage site for Vaishnavites. Badrinath is also gateway to several mountaineering missions headed to mountains like Nilkantha. As per to the Bhagavata Purana, "There in Badrikashram the supreme being (Vishnu), in his incarnation as the sages Nara and Narayana, had been undergoing great penance since time immemorial for the welfare of all living entities." (Bhagavata Purana 3.4.22) Badri denotes to a berry that was said to grow plentifully in the area, and nath means "Lord of". Badri is also the Sanskrit name for the Indian Jujube tree, which has an eatable berry. Some scriptural references denote to Jujube trees being abundant in Badrinath.
Start Journey from Delhi > Delhi to Haridwar 206 km > Haridwar to Rishikesh 24 km > Rishikesh to Devprayag 74 km > Devprayag to Srinagar 34 km > Srinagar to Rudraprayag 33 km > Rudraprayag to Karnaprayag 31 km > Karnaprayag to Nandprayag 21 km > Nandprayag to Chamoli 10 km > Chamoli to Joshimath 48 km > Joshimath to Badrinath 42 km > End Journey on Badrinath
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