Places to visit in Badrinath

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An amazingly beautiful meadow which is located 3 km above Badrinath Temple has a boulder. This boulder has the footprints of Lord Vishnu and is known as Charanpaduka. It is said that when Lord Vishnu descended from Vaikunth he stepped on this boulder.

Extremely near to Tibet border, Mana is one of the last villages of India. Indo-Mongolian tribes often called bhotias inhabitate Mana. Mana village is 10, 248 ft above sea level and lots of mythological importance are associated with it. According to mythology, Pandavas passed through Mana during their journey to the heaven.

Bheem Pul is such a place which offers enchanting beauty, adventure and also has mythological importance. According to mythology, at this very place, Bheem threw a big massif rock in order to make a path from two joining mountains so that Draupadi could walk easily on it. The Sarasvati River also merges with the water of Alaknanda River.

Ved Vyas told the entire of Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha from the Vyas Gufa, which is also known as Vyas Caves. This cave is also the meditation site of Ved Vyas. Vyas Caves is located in village Mana on the banks of River Sarasvati. Village Mana is the last Indian Village situated at Indo-China Border in Badrinathdham. This beautiful village is famous for historical Vyas Caves where Vyas Maharishi, author of Mahabharata, is believed to compose the Mahabharata (the great Indian Epic), 18 Puranas, and Brahma Sutras and classified the Hindu Vedas into 4 parts - Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva. Most of the tourists who visit Badrinath also come to see the end of the road at Mana. 

Sheshnetra is one of the popular holy sites, which is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from Badrinath. This is a large stone which is marked with an eye of a legendary snake. According to mythology, Lord Vishnu took retreat on the huge snake AnantaShesha. This sacred site has the natural imprints on the rock.

It is also believed that the Sheshnetra guards the sacred temple of Lord Badrinath. This site is visited in order to explore the two lakes and River Alaknanda.

 

The Panch Dharas (five streams) which are famous in Badaripuri are Prahlad, Kurma, Bhrigu, Urvashi& Indira dhara. The most striking of these is the Indira dhara is the most striking among these. Narad, Narsimh, Barah, Garur & Markandeya Shilas (stone) around the Tapt Kund are five blocks of rocks of mythological importance.

 

Ganesha Cave is the natural cave where he wrote Mahabharata as dictated by Ved Vyas from Vyas Gufa.

The natural attractions in Badrinath are a lot of them. The most appealing to the eyes are the lush green and the muddy brown environment which eases out the mind of a person and gives them all the beauty in the world.

 

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.

There is no nightlife in Badrinath in the typical sense of the term. It is a holy pilgrimage where people come only to worship and clean their evil. The people don’t have any reason to party here or enjoy the nights. If a person is an atheist, all a person has to do is enjoy the national lush green beauty.

You will get a variety of souvenirs here in Badrinath. A number of smaller shops sell several souvenirs. You can get these items as gifts back homes for your near and dear ones.  These include miniature "Salgram Silas" or the sacred stone of Lord Vishnu, who is the presiding deity of this revered temple town. Besides this, a number of shops sell woollens, which are the speciality shopping items of almost every hill station.

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