Badrinath is dominant among the four revered shrines of Hindus. Situated in the Chamoli district of Uttranchal, Badrinath is wrapped with a plethora of divine spots and is a retreat for adventure seekers. Badrinath Yatra is for a meaningful and evocative sightseeing vacation. Most of the excursive spots are spread along the holy river Alaknanda. The Mata Murli Temple (3 km) dedicated to the mother of Badrinath ji is an exclusive means of sightseeing to Badrinath. Panchprayag, namely, Devprayag, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag and Vishnuprayag are the major attractions of Badrinath. The list of attractions seems to be endless as there remain uncountable places in and around Badrinath that can be visited Badrinath Yatra. Some of the major sightseeing places to visit in and around Badrinath include:
Badrinath Temple:-On Char Dham Yatra, Badrinath Temple is one of the most revered Hindu Temples and one of the major attractions of Char Dham Yatra. The present temple was built by Adi Guru Shankracharya in 8th century. Situated on the banks of River Alaknanda it is one of the 108 Divya Desams and among the holy shrines for Vaishnavites. The temple is divided into three parts, the Garbhagriha –the sanctum, the Darshan Mandap –where the prayers are held and Sabha Mandap- the place where devotees assemble. The presiding deity of temple is Lord Vishnu. Every year millions of devotees visit the temple from the month of May to October. The temple remains closed in the months of winter due to heavy snowfall.
Tapt Kund:-Tapt Kund, a natural spring is liked and preferred for its curative medicinal properties. The temperature of the water is around 45°C, every year and thousands of visitors from far off places making their way to Tapt Kund to get rid of several skin diseases. It is believed to be the abode of Agni (the Hindu God of fire). So the Pilgrims take a holy bath in the Tapt Kund before entering the Badrinath temple.
Surya Kund:-Another hot water springs exist in Badrinath is named Suraj Kund. A large number of tourists and pilgrims visit Surya Kund every year. Narad Kund is another thermal spring of Badrinath recess in the river near the Tapt Kund. The idol of Badrinath was found here, a major pilgrimage site and a prominent sightseeing of Badrinath.
Neelkanth - Badrinath
Neelkanth is the gigantic peak forms the backdrop of Badrinath. The main temple is enclosed in either side by Nar and Narayan, the two mountain ranges on the bank of river Alaknanda. The ice-capped Neelkanth peak attracts hordes of tourists and thus increases the prominence of the spot as a pilgrimage destination.
Brahma Kapal:Situated on the flat platform on the banks of river Alaknanda it is the place where Hindus performs propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors. One can see several pundits performing the rituals on the banks of river.
Charanpaduka:Situated at a distance of just 3 km above Badrinath Temple is Charanpaduka, a boulder bearing the footprints of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that when Lord Vishnu descended from Vaikunth he stepped on this boulder. The area is a steep climb from the town and is full of caves & boulders. This path leads you to the foot of Neelkanth peak where you can find several Brahmakamals.
Bheem Pul:It is another major tourist attraction of Badrinath. Bheem Pul is an enthralling and adventurous place with mythological importance. According to a legend it is the place where Bheem threw a big massif rock to make a path joining two mountains so that Draupadi could walk easily on it. River Saraswati coming with immense force is flowing between the two mountains to merge with river Alaknanda.