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Kedarnath and Badrinath are beautiful religious destinations. There are many sightseeing locations on the way to Kedarnath and Badrinath. It has beautiful waterfalls, religious places, parks and great mountains to explore. The travelers can spend their leisure time and make the most of their time while visiting these nearby areas. Below are some of the places to visit on the way to Kedarnath and Badrinath.

25 Places to Visit in Kedarnath and Badrinath

1. Pandukeshwar


Pandukeshwar is a sacred place located on way to Badrinath. The distance from Badrinath is 22.6 km which approximately takes 30-40 mins. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu as it is believed that King Pandu, father of five Pandavas worshipped Lord Shiva. Yogadhyan Badri temple and Lord Vasudev temple are two of the most famous temples of this region.

2. Tapt Kund


This is a hot water spring which is located between Badrinath shrine and Alaknanda river. It has a temperature of 45 degrees. The water gets collected in a concrete store tank which comes from the group Silha. The name Tapta Kund itself indicates hot spring.

3. Neelkantha Peak


The Neelkantha Peak is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand over Alaknanda valley and the town of Badrinath, with Satopanth glacier on the northwest side. It is known as the second beauty to Himachal.

4. Narad Kund


This is a sacred and holy town of Badrinath located on Alaknanda river. It is only 0.4 km away from Badrinath. People visiting Badrinath often visits this location. It is in this very destination where Adi Shankara discovered the idol of Lord Vishnu.

5. Ganesha Cave


This cave is a very prominent attraction of Badrinath. It is not very far and only 4 km away from Badrinath. The mysterious caves are built naturally which attracts the tourists more to discover its beauty. this place holds a religious significance which changes a person spiritually from within. This is located near the Vyas Cave, which is another attraction of this location.

6. Vyas Cave


This is an ancient cave located in the Mana village of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand. A mythological belief attached with this place is that sage Vyas composed the Mahabharata epic with Ganesha here.

7. Panch Dhara and Panch Shila


It is known as Panch Dhara of Badrinath as five rivers originate from here. The five rivers are Prahlad Dhara, Kurma Dhara, Bhrigu Dhara, Urvashi Dhara and Indira Dhara. Indira dhara is most popular amongst the five. Each river has its own beauty which joins together and adds to the beauty of this place.

8. Satopanth Trek


Satopanth Tal is a triangular lake with crystal clear green water. It is located at an elevation of 4600 meters above sea level. This place is one of the popular treks of Uttarakhand. it offers a majestic view of the beauty of Himalaya.

9. Kalindi Khal Trek


With this tour you will visit some of the most famous religious sites and offers a varied variety of mammals to be admired. Kalindi Khal Pass is known for being one of the most famous hikes in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas, but also one of the the most difficult. It is ideal for experienced hikers in excellent physical shape.

The expedition to high altitude begins in Gangotri and ends in Badrinath, where it is reached through Kalindikhal. Boulders, rocky outcrops, glaciers and snow make the trek challenging. During the trek you can stop at Tapovan (4250 m), Nandanvan (4500 m), Vasuki Tal (5300 m), Kalindi (5590 m), Kalindikhal (5948 m), Arwa Tal (3980 m) and Gashtoli (3600 m).

The upper part of this route offers the opportunity to visit half of the Garhwal region, from the Bhagirathi river valley to the Alaknanda river valley. You can also see snowy peaks such as Shivling, Satopanth, Vasuki, Chandra Parvat and Bhagirathi.

10. Vasundhara Falls


Vasundhara falls is one of the enchanting beauty of Badrinath. It is located at a height of 400 feet about 120 meters above sea level. It is located in an isolated, remote area but the waterfalls add an ambiance and beauty to the area. It is believed that the waterfalls can be only savored by those who have clean, pure soul restraint of guilt.

11. Valley of Flowers Trek


This beautiful national park is located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. It was discovered by Frank S Smythe. People from all around the globe come and visit this area of magnificent beauty. All the nature lovers and botanists can find rare beauty in this location which makes it renowned globally.

Joshimath is located on the slope of the confluence of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers in Uttarakhand. Get mesmerized with natures splendor while trekking in Valley of Flowers that is located in the Nanda Devi Biosphere. The magic begins in the journey itself with calm lakes, quiet villages, gentle streams and dense forests on the way.

Imagine exploring the most magnificent wildflower cover you could ever think of. Get to appreciate the beauty of 300 species of wildflowers that also include 45 species of medicinal plants. And, consider yourself lucky if you get to spot the rarely seen tahr or Himalayan black bear. Near the Valley of Flowers is the sacred Hemkund lake.

12. Kuari Pass Trek


Lord Curzon's greatest discovery, Kuari Pass in Uttarakhand is one of the best places to walk in December. The walk starts from Joshimath, which is a center developed for hikers and pilgrims. See the breathtaking views of the towering peaks of the Himalayas and the confluences of the buzzing of the rivers. Walk through the luxurious meadows of the Himalayas called Bugyals and the green forests of Oak and Deodar where you can even find the marks of a leopard or the Black Bear Himalayas.

Trek from Tali to Khulara (3,395m) through the Kuari pass, lasting five to six hours. The road climbs a ridge above Tali. From these hills the path leads through a large meadow with spectacular views of the Himalayas. Looking north, the view extends from the Trishul Gorges in the east to the Kedarnath peaks in the west.

North of Joshimath, the chain of Chaukhamba peaks, Nilkanth (6,596 m) and Narayan Parbat (5,965 m), Mana (7,272 m), Kamet (7,756 m) and Abi Gamin (7,355 m) extend to the Tibetan border. First the main chain of the Himalayas in the vicinity of the Bhyundar Valley and Kund Hem includes Nilgiri Parbat (6,474 m), Rataban (6,166 m), Ghori Parbat (6,708 m) and Hathi Parbat (6,727 m).

Dunagairi (7,066 m) dominates the summits to the north of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. March to the Kuari pass, around 4,000 m, an emblematic point between steep valleys and surrounded by sacred snow-capped peaks. Camp in Khulara. The most enthusiastic have the option of walking three hours to the Pangarchulla Peak, to catch a glimpse of the sunrise on the snowy peaks.

13. Nanda Devi Trek


Hugh Ruttledge, the famous English mountaineer, could not conquer this. After his second attempt, he became carefree and said that even getting an entry to the Nanda Devi National Park is a more difficult task than reaching the North Pole. Now, if you are a game for this appointment with the Himalayas, this is for you.

The trek starts from the village of Lata near Joshimath, from where you should take the ridge towards the camp at Lata Kharak. From here, you will see the peaks of Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Dronagiri, Hathi Parbat, Kagbhusandi Tal, lake full of mystery that can leave you stunned and Gauri Parbat. If you go to Semi Kharak the next day, do not forget to capture the throat of the Rishi Ganga River with your camera.

Make a tent here for a quiet and windy afternoon. The next day, go early to Jhandi Dhar, one of the steepest stretches. A really difficult stretch of 500 meters. Part of the town of Tolma, just to grant you a beautiful and unforgettable view of Nanda Devi. You need about 3 days for this walk.

14. Kafni Glacier Trek


Located south of Nanda Kot hill on the eastern side of the Pindar canyon, Kafni glacier is blessed with a pleasant and peaceful environment that has become popular with travelers. The places also have a spectacular flora and exotic fauna. The glacier road covers the same trek to Dwali, as the trekking to the Pindari glacier.

The Kafni Glacier is 12 km from Dwali via Byali Udiyar. The road is wide and covered by rhododendron trees in bloom. The main peaks of the Himalayas visible from here are Nandabhnar (6236 m) and Nandakot (6860 m). After Dwali, it is only possible to camp.

15. Pindari Glacier Trek


Between Nanda Devi Peak and Nanda Kot Peak, the Pindari Glacier is one of the most popular attractions in Uttarakhand, located in the upper Himalayas of Kumaon. Known as the soul of Kumaon by the locals, it has magnificent glaciers, gushing rivers, colorful flowers, waterfalls, dense forests and immense natural beauty.

An unmissable site for passionate photographers, nature lovers and adventurers, this glacier tour takes you through unknown towns and Dev Bhoomi sites known for their mythological connections. Admire the solid wooden decks where you can treat your eyes to the green surroundings while enjoying your summer vacation in Uttarakhand.

Near is the famous Kafni glacier trek route. This glacier is popular with beginners and expert hikers. Do not forget to interact with the friendly locals.

16. Panchachuli Base Camp Trek


Located in the snow-capped mountains, the Panchachuli base camp begins in the Darma Valley in the Pithoragarh district. With stunning natural views, the path to the Panchchuli glacier in the Kumaon Himalayas is adorned with snow-capped peaks, diverse flora and fauna, flowing rivers, alpine meadows and attractive landscapes.

Located along the Dhauliganga River, the trekking route, located in the east of the Kumaon Himalayas, is like a link between the Darma Valley and the Gori Ganga Valley. Dar is the last road that is about 42 km from Dharchula. The walk to the glacier is pleasant. The walk takes you through tribal villages such as Sela, Bongling, Duktu, Nagling, Baaling and Duktu which are next to the Dhauliganga River and dense forests of Himalayan cedar, Bhojpatra and conifers.

The 5 snow-capped mountains of Panchachuli offer an impressive spectacle and embellish Him Khand, the Yuli River surrounded by the lush forests of Deodaar and the coniferous trees. The scenic beauty during the entire trip is unparalleled.

17. Roopkund Trek


If you're hiking in India, the Roopkund trek is a must with its deep virgin forests, bubbling streams, breathtaking campsites, miles of rolling meadows, snow and ice, and the taste of a great adventure climbing from 8,000 feet to 16,000 feet. This place is close to the famous hill stations like Nainital and Kathgodam. This hike begins in Lohajung, following one ascent after the other until Ran ki Dhar, then to Bhagwa Basa and finally to Roopkund.

Roopkund is a beautiful and attractive tourist destination at the base of two peaks of the Himalayas which are Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. Roopkund Lake is also known as the Mystery Lake or Skeleton Lake and is a glacial lake located in the Chamoli district in Garhwal. The radiocarbon dating suggests that the skeletons buried there have been almost 800 years in that place, when a large group of people died in a hail.

With a depth of only two meters, human remains can be seen at the bottom of the lake when the snow melts. This mystery has attracted so much attention that the National Geographic decided to present it in a documentary.

This place is best during the summers as Roopkund remains covered in snow throughout the year. One can also enjoy the Nanda Devi Raj Jat ​​Yatra here. Although any time of year is good to be chosen to try Roopkund trek but if you like snow and challenging walks then May and June are perfect and if you want to see the mysterious skeletons then you can opt for September or October.

Every year, at the end of April, the twin villages of Saloor-Dungra celebrate the Ramman, a religious festival in honor of the local tutelary divinity, Bhumiyal Devta, in whose temple most festivities are celebrated.

The lake is located on the route to the pilgrimage site of Nanda Devi Temple through Karnaprayag, one of the 5 confluences of the Alaknanda River. Travel to Srinagar and visit Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag and Rudraprayag. Trekking to Lake Roopkund takes about seven and nine days where hikers cross religious sites, lush forests, waterfall streams, clean snow and summits of Trisul.

The trek is known for having challenging terrain with oak-filled forests near Wan village and crossing the alpine meadows of Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal meadows and beautiful snow-covered peaks. Pathar Nachuni is located at the foot of a mountain, at the top of which lies the Kalu Vinayak temple. To get to Patar Nachuni from Bedni Bugyal, you will have to travel a distance of 4 to 5 kilometers in about 4 hours.

It's a relatively simple walk. After the initial climb, there is a gradual climb followed by a gentle descent all the way to Pathar Nachuni, following the path until you reach Bhagwabasa, passing by the Kalu Vinayak temple which is at an altitude of 14,550 feet. It is a vertical zigzag ascent that takes 3 hours to reach the Kalu Vinayak temple, followed by a 2-hour descent to the Bhagwabhasa region.

Roopkund is only 3 kilometers from the Bhagwabasa camp and climbing it takes about 3 hours. Even in the summer, this entire stretch is covered in snow. Make a short stop at Ghairoli Patal, which is also a camping area. Descend to the bottom of the valley to find the Neel Ganga river. It may be a good idea to cool off for a while in the river waters after an arduous downhill hike.

From the river, there is only one uphill walk until you reach the village of Wan.

18. Kedartal Trek


Kedartal is a glacial lake located at an altitude of 4,750 m in the Garhwal Himalayan region. The lake is fed by falling snow on Thalay Sagar, Meru Peak, Bhrigupanth and other surrounding peaks, and is the source of Kedar Ganga, which in mythology is considered the contribution of Bhagirathi to a source of the current of Ganges.

Kedartal, at a distance of 17 km from Gangotri is a popular hiking destination. Starting at Gangotri the route involves a steep rocky climb along the narrow Kedar Ganga Gorge on the way to Bhojkharak, 8 km away. From there it is 4 km to the camping site next to Kedarkharak, and a further 5km to Kedartal. The route passes through picturesque birch forests of the Himalayas, but is through dangerous places of falling rocks, heights and segments of steep ascent.

19. Gaumukh Trek


Gangotri is considered the birthplace of the River Ganges, although the Bhagirathi River will not be called Ganga until Devprayag, where it joins with another sacred river, the Alaknanda River. The origin of the river is in Gaumukh, at the base of the Gangotri glacier, 19 km upstream from the Gangotri temple.

The source of the first drops of water from the Ganges River is located in the Gomukh Glacier, in the Garhwal Mountains within the Gangotri National Park. Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri, is the name of the four sacred temples found within the National Park.

Experience striking sights of Mount Shivling and Bhagirathi group of mountains. In the Central Himalaya, this is one of the largest glaciers and also an awesome trek to view amazing peaks. The goal of this trek will be to ascend to this glacier to reach Tapovan. There is another new trek route leading to the Mukta Top.

From Uttarkashi the road climbs in a dive on a curve and the roaring Bhagirathi always gives company. It took us three hours to get on another hard road to the town of Harsil, where we visited a temple and performed the ritual of bathing in the cold waters of the Ganges. Gangotri to Bhojbasa (3800 m) is an easy walk (13 km trek).

Continue along the scenic trail that initially passes through a dense forest of cedars before emerging into the wide and deforested valley. Then it goes to a small isolated forest of pines. From Gaumukh, source of the Ganges, the scenery is fascinating.

The trail crosses the Gangotri before reaching Tapovan and its beautiful fields, furrowed with currents and scattered flowers. From here panoramic view on Shivling (6540m), Meru (6660m) and the massifs of Bhagirathi (6500m) is impressive. Chirbasa is a beautiful place to camp, covered with dense forests.

20. Panch Kedar Trek


Covering five Shiva shrines in the enchanting Kedar Valley, the Panch Kedar trek offers an unforgettable experience, away from the chaos of the city. Ideal for planning a vacation in Uttarakhand, the trekking attracts both beginners and experienced trekking enthusiasts. The path is a wonderful mixture of serenity and beautiful landscape charm.

The trip begins in Kalpeshwar, famous for its rock temple where the hair of Lord Shiva has appeared. Continue to Rudranath, known to be the place where Lord Shiva appeared. The Tungnath village, the central point of the trek, has the Tungnath temple, the highest temple of Shiva in the world. Then there is Madhya Maheshwar. Madhyamaheshwar or Madmaheshwar is the fourth temple to be visited on the Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit, comprising five temples of Shiva in the Garhwal region.

The other temples on the circuit are Kedarnath, Tungnath and Rudranath. The journey ends at Kedarnath, considered the most remote of the four Chota Char Dham yatra. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, or sacred places of this deity. From Gaurikund, it is necessary to trek 1500 meters of unevenness and 14 km on foot until finally arriving at Kedarnath.

Kedarnath is a really magical place. It is located in a beautiful valley at almost 3500 meters high, and right at the foot of the Kedar mountain range where the Kedar Dome is located, a summit of more than 7000 meters. The small village revolves around the Kedarnath temple dedicated to Shiva.

21. Chandrashila Trek


Located at about 2,650 meters high is Chopta, in the Garhwal region. Chopta is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand and is well known as a base point for a walk to Tunganath temple and further to Chandrashila peak. Ukhimath is located 31 KM from Chopta, where the deity of Kedarnath moves in winters. There are local temples of Usha and Anirudh, Shiva and Parvati.

Chandrashila is the summit of the Tungnath. It literally means moon rock. It is located at an altitude of about 4,000 meters above sea level. This peak offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas, especially Nanda Devi, Trisul, Kedarkantha, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks. There are several legends associated with this place.

The trip to Chandrashila through Chopta and Tungnath is a delightful experience thanks to the paths surrounded by forests, the beautiful flowers that open in full season, the lake Deoria Tal, the soft snow and the different bird species that fly over the region. Considered one of the easy treks in the Himalayas, this route can be visited throughout the year.

Tungnath mountain range is always the starting point of the trip to the top of the Chandrashila, and in addition, it has the highest Shiva Temple in the world, located at 3,680 meters high. It is believed that Tungnath is more than 1,000 years old.

Deoria Tal, at an altitude of 2438 meters, is a lake that offers hypnotizing reflections of the Chaukhamba Range in its crystal clear water. One needs to drive around 12 KMs to Sari Village of Ukhimath and from Sari Village one can reach Deoria Tal by a 2 KM walking route.

Guptkashi is 13 KM from Ukhimath. The ancient temple of Vishwanath, the temple of Ardhnareshwar and Manikarnik Kund, where it is believed that the two streams of Ganga and Yamuna are found, are the main attractions in Guptkashi. From Ukhimath and Khirsu you can see spectacular views of the Himalayas. Panwali Kantha Trek in Uttarakhand is a remote path that is physically demanding due to its steep uphill climb.

22. BrahmaTal Trek


An exceptional and exceptional winter trip, Brahmatal Trek could be the best walk of your life. A good amount of snow and a beautiful lagoon located between the snow-capped mountains are enough reasons to go on this winter trip. The trails meander through lush forests and beautiful meadows, which will surely leave you breathless. The views offered by this walk will leave you speechless with amazement and delight.

23. Auden's Col Trek


One of the most difficult trek in the Garhwal region, trekking to Auden unites two valleys, the valley and the Rudragaira Bhilangana valley. From Gangotri, the Patangani Dhar path leads to the Nala field, through birches and pine forests. Continue with a one-day walk to the base camp of Rudra Gaira, which offers beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

The next stop is at the base camp of Gangotri, from where the walk to the base camp of Auden's Col begins. The lonely road through the Mayali Pass at 5200 meters above sea level is a walk of life. The walk to the Khatling glacier is exhausting but it is worth the effort for the impressive view. The descending path begins after Masar Tal, Vasuki Tal, which ends in Kedarnath. The exciting experience makes it one of the best summer tours in Uttrakhand.

Located at an altitude of 5,490 m, the Colle di Auden is one of the high-altitude mountain passes of the Garhwal Himalayas. Taking your walk is really a fascinating experience. Adore views of the Rudragaira, Jogin, Bhagirathi and Kedar Dome peaks.

24. Nag Tibba Trek


Walk to the humble abode of Nag Devta. Humming with a rich diversity of birds and animals, Nag Tibba Trek is a visual gift for hikers for the first time. Be a spectator of the splendid views of Chanabang and Doon Valley and the great peaks of Gangotri. Enjoy views of Kedarth Peak, Bandarpoonch Peak, Changbang Peak and Gangotri Peak. It is a circular walk that at no point overlaps the road.

Therefore, enjoy a lot of delectable nature scenes. Another great thing about this trip is its exquisite camping. There are four routes to the Nag Tibba peak, the Pantwari village street is the most popular. The other routes are from the village of Devalsari, from the village of Antar and from Mangalori. Hikers should be very careful and cover the route during the day in order to avoid encountering bears.

25. Dodital Trek


The Dodital Dayara Bugyal trek is one of the most incredible trekking routes in Uttarakhand, where you can even ski in the winter season. The path goes through the wonderful Barsu and Barnala Bugyal, after which you climb the Barnala ridge where you can savor the panorama of Lake Barnala. Now, climb through the dense alpine forest, taking you to Dayara meadows.

Continue the road to Nimdhar, ending it, on the incredible Dodital Lake, surrounded by dense forests of pines, oaks and Deodar. The beautiful view of the Himalayas from one of the best trekking places in India is waiting for you. Lake Dodital is known for the birthplace of Ganesha. The route can start from Uttarkashi, Hanuman Chatti or Kalyani.

The Saptarishi Kund is high above the temple, a glacial lake in Kalindi Parvat. The ascent is more than 1,000 vertical meters and is not easy to access. In the crystal clear waters of the lake, find the reflection of the Chaukambha and Neelkanth peaks.

The Selku festival is an agricultural celebration that takes place in the Dharali village. It is a set of ancestral rites that have more to do with the paganism of the Himalayan peoples than anything else. Its calendar is lunar, so the beginning coincides with the full Moon.

Like all peoples and cultures, the fascination with fire is present. The night of the beginning of the party is all followed by games with firebrands, torches and mallets of firewood, where the young people of the town and the region, demonstrate their skills and courage in the manipulation of fire. Later they dance around the fire, in a very communal link.

The main object of the celebration will be observed quickly. It is a strange totem covered with silks and beads, which dances from the hand of men (only them) in another strange and ritual dance.
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5 comments:

  1. Great post. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. That photo of the view is just breathtaking. I would love to go trekking one day

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  3. So many things to love about this place! It's really beautiful out there. Truly a bucket list material.

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  4. Gorgeous photos! These treks sound like they would be magical.

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  5. Oooo so many awesome places to visit!!! I will have to keep this post on kind if I ever make the trip!!

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