Devout Hindus make it a duty in life to undertake a pilgrimage known as Char Dham Yatra. The four most sacred of sacred places are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Badrinath is the most popular and religious of these four and it is in Chamoli, in Uttarakhand, between the Nar & Narayan mountain ranges, at a height of about 3100 meters. The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is on the banks of the Alaknanda River.
This is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu and the temple is conical, housing about 15 idols in the complex. Lord Vishnu is the main presiding deity. Nar and Narayan on either side give him company. Pilgrims bathe in the Tapt Kund, a hot spring on the banks of the Alaknanda before proceeding to worship the Lord. Then, they may go on to Neelkanth, a nearby mountain topped with snow. Badrinath has various legends. It is said that when the Gods prayed to Ganga to come down to the earth and alleviate human suffering, she chose these peaks but in order to reduce the force she split into twelve channels of which Alaknanda is one.
Helicopter Tour of Badrinath
The proper way to undertake a pilgrimage to gain religious merit is to travel barefoot. However, these days, very few have the time or are in a physical shape to withstand the rigors and a helicopter ride is the best way to do it safely and quickly, while admiring the splendid spectacle of the Himalayas from the air. A typical Helicopter Badrinath yatra usually starts at Rishikesh and takes you to Kedarnath and from there to Badrinath and then return on the second day. However, you can also opt to take a direct helicopter ride to Badrinath from Dehradun airport and return on the same day. Another option is to charter a helicopter to Badrinath from Delhi, worship the Lord and return on the same day; a quick, convenient, time saving method, but also the most expensive way of doing your religious duty. Then you can also book a seat on a helicopter Yatra from Haridwar to Badrinath, a journey of little less than five hours, enabling you to complete the round trip in a day.
Badrinath Yatra Tour Itinerary
- If you opt for the Rishikesh-Kedarnath-Badrinath helicopter ride, you will start at Rishikesh at around noon, reach Kedarnath about 1.5 hours later and have the rest of the day for Darshan and depart for Badrinath the next day in the morning. After Darshan the helicopter takes you back to Rishikesh.
- For the Dehradun-Badrinath tour, you board the helicopter at Dehradun and arrive at the holy shrine in a few hours and then go for a dip in the pond followed by Darshan. You have only a couple of hours here at Badrinath before the copter flies you back to Dehradun on the same day.
- The Delhi-Badrinath helicopter ride starts early in the morning, lands after a few hours near Badrinath and after you complete your worship, takes you back to Delhi by evening.
For some people, enduring hardship of the trek is a part of their service to God and for some, it is worship at the shrine of Badrinath that is significant and for them, the Helicopter Yatra is the easiest and best way.
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