refers to a berry that was said to grow abundantly in the area, and nath
refers to Vishnu.
Badri is the Sanskrit name for the Indian Jujube tree, which has an
edible berry. Some scriptural references also refer to Jujube trees
being abundant in Badrinath. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi took the
form of the berries to protect Lord Vishnu from the harsh climate during
his long penance.
Located only a few kilometers from the
Indo-China (Tibet) border, Badrinath is generally a two-day-long journey
from either Kedarnath, the site that precedes it in the Char Dham
circuit, or one of the main disembarkation points on the plains. Hemkund
Sahib, an important Sikh pilgrimage site, is on the way to Badrinath, so
the road is especially crowded during the summer pilgrimage season. The
temple and its substantial surrounding village are accessible by road.
is a hot spring near the temple, and many saints live in the surrounding
mountains all year round despite the harsh winter at such high
The northern math established by Adi Sankara is
nearby at Jyotirmath.
The best time to visit Badrinath is
between June and September. Warm clothes are recommended all year.How
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun.
Nearest railheads are at Rishikesh and Kotdwara.
Badrinath is connected by good motorable roads
with Rishikesh, Dehradun, Kotdwara and other hill stations of
Garhwal and Kumaon region.