Area : 3 sq km.
Altitude : 3133 m.
Season : From opening to closing, generally from April to November.
Clothing : Heavy woolen garments required through out.
By Air : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 314 km.
BY Rail : Nearest railhead is Rishikesh, 297 km which is connected to major cities like Howrah, Mumbai, Delhi and Lucknow by rail. There are two routes to reach Badrinath from Delhi.
Route 1: Delhi-Rishikesh: 287 km by rail, Rishikesh-Badrinath 297 km by road.
Route 2: Delhi-Kotdwar: 300 km by rail, Kotdwar-Badrinath 327 km by road.
BadrinathGuarded on either side by the two mountains Nar and Narayan, the Neelkanth Peak provides a splendid backdrop to Badrinath, one of the "Four Dhams". One of the most celebrated pilgrim spots in the country, it plays host to the famous Badrinath Temple. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu came to the area, called "Badri Van", or the berry garden, to meditate after Narad rebuked the Lord for being immersed in worldly pleasures. The main deity is a meditating Lord Vishnu.Facing the temple at the bank of Alaknanda River is a hot water spring known as "Tapt Kund", a bath in which is very refreshing to all travellers. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinathji, is 5 m high, built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. The temple opens every year in the month of April-May and closes for winters in the third week of November. Even though legend dates the temple back to the Vedic age, Guru Adi Shankaracharya has established the present temple. The temple has three parts - Garbha Grih (The Sanctum Sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Sabha Mandap (for devotees to assemble).
Yog Dhyan BadriThe temple of Yog Dhyan Badri, one of the five Badris is located at Pandukeshwar (1920 m), just 24 km short of Badrinath on Rishikesh-Badrinath highway. The image, depiciting a meditative posture of the Lord, is worshipped here. The Pandavas are said to have handed over Hastinapur to King Parikshit and retired here.
Bhavishya BadriThe temple of Bhavishya Badri is at an elevation 3641 m, and is surrounded by dense forests. It is located at Subain near Tapovan, about 17 km east of Joshimath on Joshimath-Lata Malari route. Pilgrims have to trek beyond Tapovan, up the Dhauliganga river.
It is believed that a day will come when the present route to Badrinath will become inaccessible and Lord Badrinath will then be worshipped here. Hence the name 'Bhavishya Badri', which literally means the "Future Badri".
Adi BadriApproachable from Karnprayag by a motor able road on the way to Ranikhet, are remains of 16 small temples. Seven among them are ancient ones, belonging to the late Gupta period. The credit for building these temples is generally given to Shankaracharya. The main temple of Narayan is distinguished by a raised platform in the pyramidal form, where the idol is enshrined. Sculpted out of black stone, the idol of Lord Vishnu is a metre high.