4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS

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1st May 2018
Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar
Day 1
Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Pavit Dhar

We started the trip from Mumbai, took a train to Delhi & then overnight Journey by Bus to Rishikesh from Delhi. Registration Process @Rishikesh Near Garhwal Bus stand (Not Compulsory). No govt. agency is going to check the slip, you can skip it also. Registration is free of cost. If you plan to take direst Govt Bus then be prepared for a 12 hours ride including few breaks.

Started journey around 9 AM to Rudraprayag as we didn't got a bus to Badrinath directly. One has to book a bus one day prior of Journey. Hiring a cab will cost you around Rs 11000 from taxi stand. If you don't get a bus to Badrinath then better to board any bus to Joshimath /Rudriprayag /Chamoli .

Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar
Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar

Few Km's Up from Rishikesh ; Crystal Clear River Water

Reached Chamoli District @ 6 PM, After that booked a cab for 2000 till Badrinath and 1500 rs till Joshimath. The drive is scary at night and due to the rain there was traffic jam on the way and as it was getting late so we stopped at Joshimath. Better not to drive at night.

Photo of Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India by Pavit Dhar

Had dinner in one of the best restaurant in Joshimath. The food was decent. Both Veg/Non Veg food is served in Restaurants @Joshimath. One can get a hotel between 800 Rs to 1500 Rs per night.

Photo of Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India by Pavit Dhar
Day 2

View from hotel around 5 AM in morning

Photo of Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Pavit Dhar
Photo of Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Pavit Dhar
Photo of Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Pavit Dhar
Photo of Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Pavit Dhar
Photo of Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India by Pavit Dhar

We left from Joshimath @ 7am in a sumo , ticket cost is 100rs and takes around 2.5 hours - driver waits till the sumo of fully occupied so it may take little time , The drive is breath taking. One the way to Badrinath one of the roads leads to Hemkund sahib/Valley of flowers (Opens In June Month).

Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar

Landslides on the way. Route gets very risky in rainy season and is blocked by snow in winters.

Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar
Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar
Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar

Baba's live near the temple

Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar

75 years old man sharing his stories of Uttarakhad ,He has witnessed Indo-China war , He loves to travel to religious places in India, he even shared that he used to travel to Tibet on horses for business purposes in his youth and would exchange stuff in barter system. He now lives in Badrinath.

Photo of Badrinath, Uttarakhand, India by Pavit Dhar

We reached Badrinath at 9:30am , there are more than 100 hotels in Badrinath so stay is not an issue. There were few hotels from GMVU and they have per person bedding system which will cost you 200rs.

You can even camp here and enjoy scenic beauty , Govt has provided Sulabh Toilets ..

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One can take bath in holy hot water Kundh before going for darshan of Sri Badrinath. We found many Bhandharas (community kitchen) who cook and server food to visitors (Anyone and Everyone can have free food ).

Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar

The temperature in May month will vary from 2 degree at night to 15 degree in day.

Shri Badrinath Ji temple

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Inner view of Temple

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Creativity at its best. The Baba Ji was very keen to get clicked.

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Me and My Wife

Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar

Snow clad Mountains

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Fresh Air; Pleasant climate; Nature at its best

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what else you want ??

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Near By places to explore. Satopanth is a difficult trek with religious significance. Do take local person if you want to go there, it might take 2 days. Other awesome place is Mana village which is exactly not India's last village as the border will be around 20 to 30 km from here and is secured by Armed forces and you will not be able to go near the border.

Mana Village is around 3 Km from Badrinath Temple. The road is in excellent condition. The road is plain and by walk will take you around 1 hr. You can also hire a cab/sumo there but better to walk in this area so that you can glance the beauty of mountains and small waterfalls around.

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Just 1 Km More

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Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar

Camps of Security forces. Hats off to them.

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"Reached at the entrance of Mana Village"

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Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar
Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar
Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar

Bhim Pul (Made by Bhim, one of the strongest men in the history)

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Last Indian Shops On Indian Side of Border

Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar

Bhim pul

Impressions of Bhim's Feet

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Relax and have a cup of tea and Maggie in the last shop of India.

Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar

5000 year old cave, where Rishi Vyas and God Ganesha wrote Mahabharata and many other scriptures.

Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar

Mata Saraswati Temple

on the way to Vasudara but couldn't make it as it was getting dark. the way towards Vasudara (Water Fall), it will take around 3 hours from Mana Village to reach there. It is a steep route so don't try it in evening as sun sets early in mountains and temperature will drop substantially during night.

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Way to Vasudara

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Photo of 4 Dham/Badrinath Temple/Last Indian Village(ManaVillage)/5000 YrOld Cave/Saraswati Rivr/Bhim Tal/AMS by Pavit Dhar

Breath-taking view of Shri Badrinath Ji temple at night.Me and My wife had few Signs of AMS at Night .So travel less on your arrival day .Next day we left for Chopta for over next trip.

Day 3

Left Badrinath for our onward Journey

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