Badrinath Dham is located in the district of Chamoli next to the holy river of Alaknanda against the beautiful snow-clad backdrop of the Nar and Narayan mountain ranges. As a part of the holy Char Dham Yatra this Dham is relatively easier to reach however one must not underestimate the amount of preparation there is required to go to any of the Dham temples. Although well connected with roads from different parts of the state it is still at quite a height and should the Yatri should be ready to face any obstacle that may unfortunately befall. Here are some preparatory tips for you to follow if you are thinking about taking this holy journey to the adobe of lord Badri:
The Best Time to Visit – Prior to even booking your tickets you must know when is the safest and the best time for you to visit. Unarguably, monsoon months should be avoided due to the risks involving landslides and flooding. Plan your trip during the opening of the Dham in May till early July. After the monsoon season till the closing time during the months of September to October / November is also an ideal time to go if you can bear the Himalayan chill.
Weather And Road Conditions – Be aware of the latest weather and road conditions in real time by talking to the local authorities there or going through newspapers or social media platforms. This will allow you to be more prepared and keep you mentally ready to deal with any situation and avoid unexpected mishaps. Please know the best time to visit for this purpose as well since it will come in handy to your plans.
Medications Required – Apart from your regular prescribed medicines you must carry a first aid kit with you at all times. This box will consist of emergency medicines like anti fever, cough syrup, anti-diarrhoea medication, pain killers, bandages, cotton, band aids, Dettol etc. doing this will not only come in handy to you but also to any of your fellow Yatris in case of emergencies.
Clothing and Footwear – It is needless to say that you must be dressed decently in order to avoid hurting the religious sentiments of the people here. For a more comfortable travel you can choose to wear salwar suit or track pants and not sarees. When it comes to footwear invest in a good pair of walking shoes which will be a good idea.
Know About the Puja Rates in Badrinath – One can perform various different types of puja and Archana inside the temple. However due to a heavy pilgrim rush a certain system is put to place to organise these pujas. You can and should pre book a puja slot by calling up the Badri Kedar temple samiti. You will even get to know about the puja rates here.
Complete Your Registration – All the registration for Badrinath and char Dham yatra can be done at different counters free of cost. You can even get it done online by yourself. This registration for Yatri pass is important and should be done before going on the journey. The counters for this purpose are available at places like Haridwar, Rishikesh and Pandukeshwar. No matter where you get you registration done just be sure to complete it at the earnest.
How to Prepare for your Stay in Badrinath – Badrinath has a number of budget and super deluxe hotel which you can choose as per your liking. These hotels come with all the basic amenities like hot and cold water, free parking, comfortable bed and bedding, attached bathroom, blankets etc. you can even get your bookings done at the GMVN.
Be Sure of the Darshan Timings – you must know the darshan timings i.e. the opening and closing time of the temple. The temple opens in the morning at 4:30 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to around 10 pm at night. Knowing this will help you in a better time management during your trip and will enable you to organise your time in such a way that you will be able to go on some nearby sightseeing places in Badrinath like Mana Village, Vyas Gufa, Bheem Pul etc.