Badrinath Dham Sightseeing & Excursion Places

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The holy pilgrimage town of Badrinath gets its name from the main temple of attraction here of Badrinath Dham which is not only an important part of the holy Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand but this Divya Desam is also a crucial pillar of the all-India Char Dham Yatra. However, it is a lesser-known fact that numerous surrounding spots allow pilgrims and visitors to explore the beauty of Badrinath.

Here are a few mesmerizing excursion destinations in Badrinath that you should not miss out on during your visit to Badrinath Dham:

Mana Village

Mana Village, Badrinath

Located in extreme proximity to the holy Badri Vishal is the last village of India, on the Indo–Tibetan border, Mana. This place is not only popular for its untouched natural beauty but it is also known for its religious significance since it was the place where the Pandavas are said to have spent a few days on their journey to heaven. Mana village is famous for its last tea stall in India and falls on the way to the holy Vasudhara Falls. One can experience the beautiful intermingling of traditional beliefs and the beauty of the natural surroundings making it an ideal destination to visit during your Badrinath Dham Yatra.

Valley of Flowers

valley of flower during monsoon

Located in the district of Chamoli, Valley of Flowers National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site that consists of untouched thriving biodiversity and some of the most stunning views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Visiting VOF during the post-monsoon months will allow you to witness the magical beauty of the bountiful nature where the entire landscape is covered in colorful exotic high-altitude plants. One legend is that this enchanting valley is the place from Lord Hanuman is said to have collected the medicinal Sanjeevani Booti to cure an extremely injured Lakshman.

Narad Kund

Hemkund Sahib Trek

Located on the lower end of the temple of Badrinath this kund is in the form of a small tank where people take their first holy dip before taking a holy dip in Tapt Kund and heading on to the temple. It is believed that this is the place where Adi Shankaracharya is said to have discovered an idol of Lord Shiva. It is also believed that Narad Muni had performed his meditation here for a long period. This thermal spring is a huge relief from the cold surrounding which seems like a natural miracle since right next to the kund the water that flows is cold.

Tapt Kund

Tapt Kund, Badrinath

This kund or lake is known for being one of the most famous naturally occurring thermal hot water springs in Badrinath. Pilgrims generally have made it a ritual to take a holy dip here, whose water is believed to possess some medicinal properties that rid the person taking the dip of various diseases. The entire Kund is divided into two separate sections for men and women and before getting inside it be sure to check its temperature since it may surprisingly be extremely piping hot. The popular story behind this Kund is that Lord Vishnu had appreciated goddess Agni’s penance and Tapasya and granted her this place where everyone taking a holy dip will be redeemed of their sins.

Urvashi Temple

Badri Vishal was chosen as the spot for meditation for the twins Nar and Narayan where both the brothers had performed severe penance. One Hindu mythology talks about the fact that once when they were deep in meditation Lord Indra had sent a group of maidens or Apsaras from heaven to distract them from their divine state of penance. To oppose this Narayan slashed the thigh of his left leg and created innumerable beautiful natural female spirits and each of them was more beautiful than the other. The most beautiful of the lot was Urvashi who led these female spirits to Indra and broke his pride at a pond near Charanpaduka and a temple was created to commemorate the beautiful goddess.


Narsingh Temple Joshimath

Also popularly named ‘Jyotirmath’, this holy pilgrimage site is one of the four crucial matters that was established by the prominent 8th-century sage Adi Shankaracharya. This place is also home to Kalpavriksh a 1200-year-old tree which makes it a unique spiritual vibe to the pilgrim’s journey. The holy hilly hamlet is dotted with numerous ancient temples one of which is dedicated to Narasimha while there are other temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Gaurishankar, Ganesha, Surya Dev, and Nau Devi. Overlooking the town of Joshimath is the confluence point of two of the holiest rivers of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga.

Leela Dhungi

This place falls on the way from Banni village and is famous for being a religious spot amongst the natural beauty of nature. As per popular beliefs Badrinath was originally chosen by Lord Shiva to perform his meditation. However, when Lord Vishnu came across the beauty of this place he wanted to perform his Tapasya there too. Lord Shiva refused his pleas even after his consort goddess Parvati tried to convince him. Lord Vishnu then turned himself into the form of a small crying infant and kept on crying until Lord Shiva was forced out of there.


Auli Artificial LakeLocated at a distance of just 14 km from Joshimath and easily approachable via a fun and thrilling ropeway ride or even by road, Auli is known for being one of the most well-known skiing destinations in India. While skiing from the top of the snow-clad hills you will also be witnessing some of the most stunning views of the surrounding peaks. One of the attractions here is the man-made Auli Lake from which, during the winter months, the water is gushed out on the close mountain and they are turned into fascinating skiing slopes.

Brahma Kapal

Brahma Kapal, Badrinath

Located right on the banks of the holy river of Alaknanda which flows past the temple of Badrinath, and located at a mere 5 minutes of walking distance from the main temple this is the place which is believed to be where Lord Brahma is believed to reside. This is considered to be the most prominent place to perform rituals or Pind Daan for the ancestors. People are required to first take a holy dip in Tapt Kund (a nearby hot water spring) and perform their puja rituals which may take more than 2 hours but it will all be worth it since the beauty of this place is extremely overwhelming and radiates peace.

Pandukeshwar Temple

As the name suggests this temple is dedicated to the father of the Pandavas – king Pandu. It is believed that this is the place where he had performed intense penance to Lord Shiva. He did so to ask for forgiveness from the lord for having killed two mating deer who were sages in their previous life. This holy temple is located at a distance of 18 km from Joshimath and is believed to have been constructed by the king himself. It is also believed to be the place where the Pandava brothers are said to have been born and spent a few months there.

Neelkanth Peak

View of Neelkanth Peak

Known for being one of the major peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas and standing tall at an elevation of 6,507 meters above sea level, this peak is also referred to as the ‘Garhwal Queen’ due to its paramedical shape. This snow-bound peak forms the majestic backdrop for the Badrinath Dham and has only been summited by a limited number of mountaineers. Best visited from June to September the peak can be reached after covering a trekking distance of 10 km which is covered in 2 days but the final resulting view of Neelkanth Peak is just awe-inspiring.

Bhim Pul

Bheem Pul, Mana Village

This ‘Pul’ or a small bridge is situated towards the end of Mana village at a distance of just 1 km where the water from Saraswati gushes from underneath the bridge creating a visual phenomenon. This stone bridge is a must-visit destination on your visit to Badrinath dham due to its wonderful mythological account related to it where it is said that on their journey to heaven Bhim put this rock here allowing Draupadi to pass through. You can explore some scenic places located around it with the help of a guide


The name of the temple suggests that this place is something related to Shesh Nag – a 5-headed snake, the king of all snakes or Nagraj, and is considered to hold an extremely important place in Hindu mythology. This holy place is situated at just a distance of 1.5 km from the main temple of Badrinath. This place is marked by a stone which is said to hold impressions of the eyes of the legendary snake and is also said to protect the temple from any harsh conditions or harm during the off-season.

Vasudhara Falls

Vasudhara Falls

Located at a mere distance of 9 km from the main temple of Badrinath and 6 km from the village of Mana, this pristine falls gushes down in full force from a towering height of 400 feet. You will be required to trek your way up to the falls and you will be treated with one of the most incredible views of the vast panning Badrinath valley below. People on their way to Satopanth Tal or Laxmi van will be making their way this fall. Researchers have proven that the water of these falls holds medicinal properties.

Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib Trek

Hemkund Sahib is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in Uttarakhand. Nestled at an impressive altitude of 4329 mts, it stands as the highest Gurudwara in the world. Dedicated to the tenth Sikh Guru – Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, it overtook the Valley of Flowers which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara is adorned with a serene glacial lake. Cascading waterfalls, lush vegetation, and vibrant Rhododendrons culminate in a delightful and enriching spiritual experience.

Timmersain Mahadev

Timmersain Mahadev is a sacred cave of Lord Shiva, located in the Niti Village of Chamoli Garhwal district in Uttarakhand. The idol resembles the natural shiv ling of Amarnath Gufa in Jammu& Kashmir. Alongside Lord Shiva, people also worship Devi Parvati and Lord Ganesha in the cave. Being placed at the Indo-China border amidst the snow-capped mountains, Niti Village offers breathtaking and soul-seducing views of nature. To visit Timmersain Cave, you need to get special permits from the authorities.

Gorson Bugyal

Located at an altitude of 3056 mts, Gorson Bugyal’s beauty will blow your heart away. Scenic green pastures, and alluring coniferous and Oak forests are delightful visual spectacles. If you love trekking and camping then you must visit Gorson Bugyal for the best vistas of lush green meadows and majestic Himalayan mountains like Nanda Devi, Kamet Parvat, Mana Parvat, and Dunagiri, etc.. The rolling alpine meadow of Gorson Bugyal is the bliss of the Himalayas.

Alkapuri Glacier

If you are in Badrinath, Don’t miss Alkapuri Glacier views. It offers an amazing opportunity to view the icy glacier of Alkapuri which is a source of the Alaknanda River. Located at the base of balakun Peak at 4600 mts, Alkapuri Glacier promises to show mesmerizing valleys and majestic Himalayan mountain views. This icy glacier serves as a gateway to two valleys – Satopanth and Gaumukh. Then comes Narayan Parvat which acts as a natural boundary between the district zones of Alkapuri and Gaumukh. The expanse between Gaumukh and Alkapuri forms a stunning glacial plateau with the Bhagirathi River emerging from the North and the Alaknanda River to the southeast. You will see mesmerizing Himalayan Peaks such as Nilkantha Peak on the right side and Chaukhamba Peak on the left.

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