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The city of Badrinath experiences cool and chilly climatic conditions throughout the year. Summers in Badrinath are pleasant with an average temperature of almost 18°C. The season is ideal for pilgrimage and sightseeing. The monsoon season, extending from the month of July to October is characterised by scanty rainfall. The temperature may drop down to as low as 15°C. Winter season lasts from November to February. Days are chilly with an average temperature of less than 5°C. The minimum temperature can reach subzero levels and snowfall is a common occurrence. The best time to visit Badrinath is from the month of May to October, with the exception of the monsoon season.

How To Reach

By Road:

National Highway NH58 passes through Badrinath. Regular bus service conveys pilgrims from the capital city of New Delhi to Badrinath through the Rishikesh and Haridwar region in the summer pilgrim season. The city of Rishikesh happens to be the major starting point for road travel to Badrinath. The bus route passes through the towns of Joshimath, Chamoli and Rudraprayag. Special tourist buses running on daily basis are available from these places to Badrinath city. Cabs are available from Dehradun to Badrinath.

By Air:

The airport closest to Badrinath is the Jolly Grant Airport near the town of Dehradun, situated at a distance of almost 317 km away by road. New Delhi is the nearest international airport. Several helicopter service providers are available from Dehradun. Tourists prefer to avail helicopters since the distance from Dehradun to Badrinath via helicopter journey is not more than 100 km.

By Rail:

Rishikesh is the nearest railway station, located at a distance of 297 km from Badrinath. The railway junction at Kotdwar is situated at a distance of about 327 km. The railway junction at Rishikesh is small and is not connected by fast trains. Few trains connect Kotdwar with the rest of the region. Just 24 km away from Rishikesh is the Haridwar railway station which boasts of train connectivity to almost all the important cities in India. Haridwar is considered to be the railhead for Badrinath Dham.


The city of Badrinath located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is one of the most sought-after pilgrimage destinations in the subcontinent of India. Every Indian pilgrim yearns to visit the place at least once in a lifetime.


The name “Badrinath” is derived from the term “badri” which indicates the site where berries grow in abundance. Badrinath occupies a major position in the legendary and mythical history of the country. According to popular notion, Badrinath is the abode of Lord Shiva. Lord Vishnu was successful in unseating Lord Shiva from the region to Kedarnath. The sanctity and holiness of the city has been preserved since the time of the Vedic Age. The place has served as the dwelling of the Nar-Narayan sages and even the Vedas like Srimada Bhagavata offered testimony to its devoutness.


Badrinath is famous not just for its shrines, but also because of its natural beauty. Badrinath is sandwiched between Narayan and Nar mountain ranges and is blessed with pristine natural environment. The region is set against the beautiful backdrop of the awe-inspiring Neelkanth mountain peak. The snow-clad mountain ranges and beautiful landscapes of the Garhwal region heighten the visual impact of the region. Badrinath provides a great opportunity to tourists who love nature and indulge in adventurous activities like trekking.


The uninterrupted flow of tourists to the city of Badrinath has resulted in the development of bustling markets in the region. Local utilities and brass artifacts are popular. Utilities comprise mainly of articles necessary for worship. Knickknacks and antiques are also sold in stores which serve as great gifts and souvenirs. Several stores also sell shawls, blankets and woolen caps, which are in great demand among tourists.


The cuisine of Badrinath is simple. Fast food items are popular in the city. Traditional Indian fare such as roti and dal constitute the major food items. Green vegetables, especially the potato curry, are in great demand among the locals. Hotels and restaurants in Badrinath along with the local dhabas prepare only vegetarian cuisine. Non-vegetarian dishes are not available in the holy city of Badrinath. Alcohol and narcotics are strictly prohibited.