India (Bharat) is the Land of Nature. Land of Stories. Real and Exciting.
Each place has a unique story related to them.
Visiting Kedarnath and Badrinath has a special importance in our life.
Not only in Spiritual (Adhyatmic) way…but it excite too, if you love nature beauty, Mountain, Rivers, Greeneries, Ice, Snow, etc…
In this article we will tell you about our journey in details so that it can help you during your journey … which includes everything…right from Car Travel, to Stay, to Foods.
We started our journey from Rudrapur, which is situated on the way towards Haldwani, on Delhi-Nainital Highway NH-109 (Previously NH-87), which is hub of various industrial establishments like Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj, Nestle, Titan, HCL, etc.
We started our journey at 7 am in morning from Rudrapur. Taken the route towards Haldwani through Delhi-Nainital Highway.
Before starting journey, we checked basic points related to Car like Car Insurance Paper, Registration Card, Pollution Paper, etc. we made tank full, ie 35 Litres Petrol on car.
Beautiful Roads from Rudrapur to Haldwani through Tanda Jungle , gives you an smooth nature feeling of fresh air around. You love it.
Reached Haldwani by 8 am. And then moved towards Bhimtal, through Kathgodam.
Bhimtal is also a natural place with a big water reservoir.
When we reach Bhimtal city, we see Bhimtal Lake on road.
The Bhimtal Town and Bhimtal Lake are named after Bhima. History linked with Pandavas and Mahabharata.
It is believed that Pandavas visited this place during 12 year Vanvash and One Year Agyatvas (total 13 Years of Exile). It is believed that this lake originates by Gada of Bhim, when he dig the place using his Gada, to bring Water for drinking.
In the bank of Bhimtal Lake, there is an old Shiva Temple, also known as Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple. It is believed that this temple is built when Bhima visited the place during the exile (vanvas) period of Pandavas. The present structure of temple was built in 17th century, by Baz Bahadur Chand (1638–78 AD). He was King of the Chand dynasty, and the Raja of Kumaon.
Bhimtal Lake is a “C-shaped” lake. It is the largest in the Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand. It is impounded by the masonry dam, which has an area of approx 47.8 hectares (118 acres).
This dam was built in 1883, when Kumaon Region was under the British Rule.
There is a beautiful aquarium also in the middle of the lake.
People visit there. Good Boating Facility also available at reasonable cost of Rs 250 to Rs 500 depending upon the type of boats. You can spend 3-4 Hours in a very pleasant way.
Naukuchiatal, is just 7km from Bhimtal, is another beautiful Lake. You love it. People used to do Paragliding too in Naukuchiatal.
Naukuchiatal is also known as “lake of nine corners”. It is a small hill station and It is surrounded by hills covered in trees and shrubs.
It is the deepest of all the lakes in entire Nainital region.
Very pleasant view. Enjoy Boating, Bird Watching, Paragliding, paddling, and many more fun filled activities.
Moving Ahead … we reached Bhowali at around 11am.
Kainchi Dham is one of the sacred place in Bhowali.
Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj Ji) Ashram is there. This place has a great importance. People visit from around the world. Sources says that even Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg visited this temple and Ashram and taken blessings. The temple is surrounded beautifully by trees, river and hills. Very Beautiful Scenery. You will love it.
Do not forget to eat Moong Daal ki Pakodi, Special Maggi, Shikanji, and other special Foods at outlet near Temple. Very Tasty.
Few quick facts related to Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj Ji) & Kainchi Dham :
- Maharaj Ji was a Great Hindu Guru, Mystic and devotee ofLord Hanuman.
- He is known outside India for being the guru of many of Americans who travelled to India in the 1960s and 1970s.
- The most well-known being the spiritual teachers Ram Dass and Bhagavan Das, and the musicians Krishna Das and Jai Uttal.
- His Ashrams are at various places in India and USA…like Kainchi (Uttarakhand), Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh), Rishikesh (Uttarakhand), Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Neem Karoli village near Khimasepur in Farrukhabad, Bhumiadhar, Hanuman Gadi, Lucknow, and Delhi in India and in Taos, New Maxico, USA.
- American Business magnate- Steve Jobs, His friend Dan Kottke, Hollywood Actress- Julia Roberts, American Technology Entrepreneur & Founder of Facebook- Mark Zuckerberg…etc are some of famous names as Notable Disciples of Maharaj Ji.
Moving ahead. We reached Ranikhet at around 2pm.
Ranikhet has everything to appease the nerves of an passionate city resident.
The hill station- Ranikhet, which means – Queens Land, is an all season tourist-spot for the admirers of the natural beauty. Ranikhet reflects the best of the great Himalayas. You will definitely Love.
We reached Karnprayag at around 5pm.
Karnaprayag is a city in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand.
Karnaprayag is one of five sites where the confluence (meeting together) of rivers occurs.
The five prayags are: 1) Vishnuprayag, 2) Nandprayag, 3) Karnaprayag, 4) Rudraprayag and 5) Devaprayag.
Karnaprayag- It is on the way towards Badrinath, on the confluence ( meeting point) of two holy rivers- Alaknanda and Pindar.
It is said that Karna of Mahabharata meditated at this place for many years to acquire the unconquerable shield, which made him a frightening warrior in the battleground.
This place also has a linkage with Swami Vivekananda. He has meditated here for eighteen days with his Guru Bhai, Guru Turianand ji & Akharanand ji.
Moving ahead…We reached Chamoli at around 6pm.
Taken one hotel at Chamoli on the bank of River.
Room Price was slightly high due to peak season. Rs 1800 to Rs 2000 for Single Room of 2 Bed. Food was good. Staff Behaviour Good. Very sceneric view from Hotel Balcony on back side.
24 Hours Sound of River, you can hear. Ultimate Experience. Night view from balcony of Hotel.
After staying one night at Chamoli, we started journey Towards Badrinath at 7am in morning, next day.
Road is Hilly. We moved towards Badrinath via Joshimath. It was 40 km from Chamoli. Joshimath is very Beautifully Maintained. Nice Road Side Trees and construction.
Joshimath is One of the most developed and matured place with more hotels and more stores.
Joshimath, being more popular, reach slightly early to book hotels if you want to stay here in night.
Joshimath to Badrinath is approx 40km. Hilly Roads. Nice Roads. At 3-4 places, Roads are slightly damaged. But overall its OK.
Very beautiful view. Mountains, River, Clouds, Snow etc…Memorable View.
Do not forget to capture few photographs. Really Ultimate Nature Beauty.
But with due care, as the hilly areas are very dangerous.
Badrinath is basically Badri Vishal.
Some Information about Badrinath Temple:
- The Badrinath Temple (also known as Badri Vishal) is one of the five related shrines called Panch Badri, which are dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu.The Panch Badri comprises of the five temples. The 5 Temples are: A. Vishal Badri – Badrinath Temple in Badrinath. B. Yogadhyan Badri located at Pandukeshwar, C. Bhavishya Badri located 17 km (10.6 mi) from Jyotirmath at Subain,D. Vridh Badri located 7 km (4.3 mi) from Jyotirmath in Animath and E. Adi Badri located 17 km (10.6 mi) from Karnaprayag.
2. The Badrinath Temple is considered one of the holiest Char Dham (Four Divine) site, comprising Rameshwaram, Badrinath, Puri & Dwarka.
The four monasteries are located across the four corners of India and their attendant temples are :A. Badrinath Temple at Badrinath in the North, B. Jagannath Templeat Puri in the East, C. Dwarakadheesh Templeat Dwarka in the West and D. Sri Sharada Peetham Sringeriat Sringeri, Karnataka in the South.
The number of pilgrims to these places has increased remarkably in modern times; it is called Himalayan Char Dham.
4. What to see in Badrinath Dham:
A. Badrinath Dham is considered as one of the sacred centres of pilgrimage situated in terrain of Himalayas. The route to Badrinath is one of the most appealing one due to the elevated hilly terrain, curves and cliffs amidst the most scenically attractive place on the earth.
B. Mana Village : Just at 3 Km distance from Badrinath Temple. Must Visit. It is the last Indian Village. Very Beautiful Place.
Visit Ganesh Cave, Vyas Cave, Bhim Pul, Saraswati River Originating Place and many more… Saraswati River is there for about 500 meter then it merges in Alaknanda…
All has its own unique story and importance.
5. Where to Stay?
Various Dharamshalas are available Near Badrinath at Reasonable rates ranging from Just Rs 250 per day to Rs 2500 Per Day…It just depends when you reach there…
6. Ideal Time to Visit ?
Ideal Time is May to October…But avoid travel during Monsoon Season, as the entire route is hilly and route often blocks by snow.
Hope, this article will help you to plan your visit to Badrinath.
Jai Badri Vishal !!!