1. Ganesh Gufa
Ganesh Gufa is located in the Mana village and is just 4kms away from Badrinath. This mystical Ganesh Gufa is situated near the Vyas cave that is another popular attraction of Mana village.
This Gufa is a naturally formed cave. As per the Hindu beliefs Lord Ganesha penned Mahabharata in this cave as dictated by Rishi Vyas. Ganesh Gufa is surrounded by lush green trees and thus offers fantastic views of the beautiful vista of the Himalayan ridges.
Visit this guga between May to November as it is the aptest time to visit. On reaching Badrinath one needs to commence a 3km trek to Mana village and then from Mana, a brisk 1km hike leads one to Ganesh Cave.
2. Vyas Gufa
Vyas Gufa is located near Badrinath. It is situated int eh Mana village. Vyas Gufa is an ancient Gufa in the Chamoli district of Uttarkhand. It is believed that it is the place where sage Vyas composed the Mahabharata epic with the help of Lord Ganesha.
The nearest railhead is the Haridwar railway station located at a distance of around 336kms from Badrinath. Visit this Gufa in May, June, September and October.
3. Mana Village
The beautiful Mana village is the last Indian village from the border of India and Tibet/China in the Himalayas. It is nestled in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state of India. It is one of the best tourist attraction situated near Badrinath. This village is on the banks of the river Saraswati and is located at a height of around 3219m. it is believed that the Pandavas had passed through Mana during their journey to heave. Apart from all the scenic places, one can indulge in trekking here as there are several trekking spots- Mana to Vasudhara, Mana to Satopanth and Mana to Mana Pass.
Visit this astounding place in May June, September and October when the weather is quite salubrious. This village offers some stunning places to visit like-Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Fufa, BheemPul, Neelkanth, Tapt Kund and Mata Murti temple. The nearest railway station is at Haridwar that is locatedat a distance of around 275kms from the village and the nearest airport is the jolly grant air[ort that is at a distance of around 319kms.
4. Saraswati River
River Saraswati is named after the goddess of wisdom. Saraswati is the tributary of the river Alaknanda that flows in the state of Uttarakhand. The river meets Alaknanda at Keshav Prayag near the Mana village in the Chamoli district.
Alaknanda merges with Ganga at Devprayag thatis known as Bhagirathi until that point. Sarswati river can be seen from BheemPul in the Mana village. The best time to visit is in May, June, September, and October. Local transport is available till Mana village and fro there one need to commence a very short trek to reach river Saraswati.
5. Vasudhara waterfall
Vasudhara waterfall is one of the stunning waterfalls and is one of the most loved places among nature lovers. This ravishing waterfall drops from a height of 400 feet about 122 metres above sea level. There is a belief that the mesmerizing beauty of this waterfall can only be savoured by those who are clean pure and unstained from guilt.
Plan a visit to this waterfall between May to June when the weather is quite salubrious. One can reach Vasudhara waterfall by taking a short 3kms drive from Badrinath to Mana village. After reaching the mana village one needs to indulge in 5kms brisk trek that takes one to the Vasudhara waterfall.
Tapt Kund is a hot water spring that lies between Badrinath Dham and Alaknanda river. It is a thermal spring located inthe Badrinath temple in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state of India. This Kund is a natural hot water spring having a 45-degree temperature. The water of Taptkund comes from the GarurShila and flows into a concrete stone tank. There is a strong belief that the sacred bath in tAptkund cures all the body ailments.
The Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest domestic airport located at a distance of around 310kms away from Badrinath and the nearest railway station is at Dehradun. After reaching the railway station or the airport one can hire a taxi or avail bus service to reach Badrinath. Visit in May, June, September and October when the weather is quite pleasant.
7. Brahma Kapal
Brahma Kapal is located on the banks of the river Alaknanda and is situated in Badrinath. This place is located around 2kms far from the hills of Badrinath. It is believed that Lord Brahma himself exist at this particular place and if someone performs rituals and Shraddha Karm for the departed souls they get salvation from the cycle of birth and death one after another. Visit this place in May, June, September and October.
The nearest railways taint is the Haridwar railway station. One can hire a taxi or avail bus service to reach Badrinath after reaching the Haridwar railway station.
8. Charan Paduka
Charanpaduka is positioned on Narayan Parvat that is just 3kms away from Badrinath town. One can trek up to the hill that takes only 1.5 hours to complete. Charanpaduka is a rock atop 3380ft, located 3kms from Badrinath. This boulder rock is deemed a religious site and is visited by several pilgrims and tourists every year.
It is believed that Lord Vishnu kept his foot first on earth here and left ever pervading imprints of his feet. Numerous devotees and pilgrims visit this boulder to cleanse their souls of every wrong deed they have committed.
9. Neelkanth Parvat
Neelkanth Parvat is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and stands at a towering altitude of 6596m over the Alaknanda valley and the town of Badrinath. The Satopanth Glacier lies on the northwest side of Neelkanth. Trek to Neelkanth starts from the holy town of Badrinath in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The trek route is- Badrinath-Mana-Hanuman Chatti-Laxmi Van-Neelkanth Peak Base Camp.
Visit in May, June, September and October. The nearest railway station is in Haridwar. After reaching the railway station one can hire a taxi or avail bus service to reach Badrinath and the nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport located in Dehradun. After reaching the airport one can hire a taxi or avail bus service to reach Badrinath.
The beautiful Pandukeshwar is a holy place that is located in-route to the abode of Lord Vishnu- Badrinath at an elevation of 1829m. Pandukeshwar is nestled around 18kms from Joshimath. As per the legends,Pandukeshwar is the places where King Pandu- father of great Pandavas of Mahabharat epic worshipped lord shiva. Visit the two renowned temples in Pandukeshwar- Yogadhyan Badri temple that is one of the Sapta Badri and the other one is Lord Vasudev temple.
One can visit Pandukeshwar all round the year. Plan a trip here between April to June and September to November. The nearest railway station is at Dehradun that is around 302kms away and the Rishikesh railway station that is 274kms away. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport that is around 290kms away.
Govindghat is located on the confluence of the Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga rivers. Govindghtat is around 22kms from Joshimath on NH58 at an altitude of 6000 feet. This place is one of the famous places amongst nature lovers. Just take some time out to visit Govindghat and spend some time in tranquillity. It is the road-head and the starting point for trekking to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers.
Attend the famous festivals celebrated with great pomp show in Govindghat- Ramnavami and Dussehra festival. Plan a trip to Uttarakhand and grab a chance to explore the places like- Valley of flower, Ghangaria, Hemkund sahib, and Vasudhara waterfall.