Predominantly a religious place, Badrinath is perched atop 10,800 ft on the banks of the Alaknanda River, flanked by the mystifying Garhwal Himalayas. Lakhs of tourist visit this town every year to get a glimpse of the popular Shri Badrinathji Temple and seek blessings here. The pilgrimage road to the temple is open from May to September. It is vivid but treacherous, but the beautiful sights all around will keep you distracted. Just outside the Badrinath temple lies Tapt Kund, a hot sulphur spring, which is great for a revitalising dip after the testing pilgrimage to the temple. Vasundhara falls, reached through a serene 5 km from Mana Village is another stunning sight to feast your eyes on. This village in itself is a picturesque and tranquil destination situated just before the onset of Tibet, inhabited by the semi-Mongolian tribe of Bhotias. The very famous Valley of Flowers National Park is located just another 7 kms from the temple. The park lies nestled amidst the ranges of Zanskar and the Himalayas and is home to the most exotic alpine flowers and animals such as the snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, brown bear, red fox, musk deer and blue sheep. Some 40 km away is the Kedarnath temple, another significant pilgrimage sight, which has a splendid location and intriguing architecture. Being a holy town, restaurants here adhere strictly to vegetarian cuisines and do not serve any alcohol. The few hotels here provide decent options for stay.