Nestled on the top of the mountain, Badrinath is one of the holy towns in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. Surrounded by the snow capped peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas with the Alaknanda River passing by close to the Badrinath temple. This valley is an important place for Hindu devotees.
Just 43kms from Joshimath, the vehicles are queued up for their turn at specific time, maintaining a one-way system to prevent any road accidents. The road was very bumpy, scary and yet thrilling. On our way we came across many hydro projects by NTPC and Jaypee group that were in progress and after driving the twists and bends for nearly three hours we reached Badrinath. We came across many places that were damaged by the previous incident of flooding of the Alaknanda River, which is a tributary of Mandakani River whose main source is Chorabari glacier in Kedarnath.
After Kedarnath, Badrinath lies at an altitude of 10248 feet above the sea level, with an amazing view of Neelkanth hill. This hill is very famous for its Hindu mythological stories surrounding Lord Shiva and among the mountaineers a wish, as part of their pilgrimage, to touch its almighty peak.
Decorated with marigold flower and bright colours with scenic beauty all around, the temple of Badrinath will definitely catch your eye, thus certainly a worthy spot to film. It is one of the most devoted Hindu pilgrimage sites and people from all over India gather here to receive the blessings of Lord Vishnu, who is referred to as a supreme God in Hindu mythology.
Running close to the temple is the Alaknanda River whose water offers access to a natural thermal spring water enclosed within the bathhouse for men and women below the temple. Draped in a saffron coloured cloth, the devoted Hindus travel the entire journey by foot to reach the temple of Badrinath.
Every year the temple opens in the month of the April-May for six months and closes before winter, by the end of November, due to extreme weather condition in the region.
Badrinath along with Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri makes the Char dham yatra: the four main auspicious pilgrimage site in India known for their distinct beauty, nature, stories and difficult terrains which most of the pilgrims cover with ease and faith in almighty God.