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    For centuries this part of Garhwal has been the abode of Gods. Steeped in the midst of antiquity, lie hundreds of small and large shrines-beacon of devotion to the humble pilgrim in you. Follow the footsteps of Gods down the snowy peaks. It beckon you to rediscover your union with the absolute.


    The seat of the Shankaracharya, Badrinath is one of the four holiest places Hindus must visit to complete the "char-dham" pilgrimage. Non-believers revel in the natural beauty of the roaring Rishi Ganga river as it merges into the mighty Alaknanda river to flow down the Himalayas into the plains as the Ganga . Dawn breaks over the Neelkanth peak amid resounding temple bells and as the day winds on, thousands of pilgrims bathe in the hot sulphur springs at the foot of the temple before paying obeisance to Lord Vishnu, the Preserver and one of the Trinity of the Creator (Brahma), Preserver (Vishnu) and Destroyer(Mahesh). Around 40 km drive from Heritage Camp to Badrinath through Govindghat winds through the most picturesque mountain roads that cut through the steepest Himalayas. Steep gradients with hairpin bends flanked with apple trees provide a magnificent view of the Alaknanda gorge, where the river makes her presence felt with the roar of gushing waters that emanate from the glaciers beyond Mana, the last Indian inhabited village.
Places of interest around Badrinath are Mana village, Ganesh gufa, Vyasgufa, Bhimpul where the legendary Saraswati River is believed to have descended on earth.
The temple of ShriBadrinath opens in April and closes in winter each year. The deity is worshipped at Joshimath during the winter months..


Narsimha Temple: The temple is about 1200 years old. Dedicated to Vishnu, the presiding deity of the temple is Narsimha, the half-man, half-lion and fourth incarnation of Vishnu. Like Badrinath, he is also sitting in the padmasana. The characteristic feature of the deity is that its left wrist is very thin and is getting thinner by  the day. Vasudeva Temple: Situated some 30 yards from the Narsimha Temple, the Vasudeva Temple is one of the most famous Vishnu temples in India. It was considered very sacred by the Tamil vaishnavite saints known as alvars . The presiding deity of the temple is Vasudeva who is identified with Vishnu. The idol is carved out of a piece of black stone measuring 6 feet in height.

Joshimath,Narsimha Temple,Vasudeva Temple Auli,Rudraprayag

Also known as a skier's paradise, Auli has one of the best slopes in the world. The 3km long slope ranges from 2519m to 3049m offers a magnificent panoramic view of great Himalayan peaks like the Nanda Devi (7817m), Kamet (7756m), ManaParvat (7273m) and Dunagiri (7066m). You could reach Auli from Joshimath (1890m) by taking an enchanting 3 km ride on the world's most highly situated and longest ropeway (cable car). A round trip costs Rs 200/-per person. GarhwalMandalVikas Nigam conducts a skiing course from January to March under the supervision of skilled instructors from the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg (Jammu & Kashmir).


HemkundSaheb is near the Valley of Flowers that is 20km from Joshimath. It attracts thousands of Sikh pilgrims because Guru Govind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru (spiritual head of the Sikhs), had meditated by the Hemkund Lake in his previous birth. Nature too has been bountiful in making this place beautiful. There is a majestic gurudwara (a Sikh place of worship) near the lake where people offer prayers after bathing in its cold waters. The place also attracts Hindus in large numbers. It is referred to as Lokpal in the Hindu texts. Like most of the hill stations of India, the Valley of Flower was rediscovered by a British mountaineer, Frank Smiche, in 1938. His book, Valley of Flowers, which became a bestseller in those days, dwells mainly on the beauty of this place.


The ascent to the valley of Flowers begins from the small settlement of Govindghat (1800 m), 22 km beyond Joshimath en-route to Badrinath. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Alaknanda a 3 km trek brings one to the small village Pulna with basic facilities to tourists. The next 9 km trek from Pulna to GovindDham (Ghangaria) is for the most part along the Bhyundar Ganga. This route is punctuated with waterfalls, wild flowers, forests and beautiful landscapes. On the way there is one more small migratory village, Bhyundar, named after the river and surrounded by dense broadleaf moist temperate forest. The last stretch is a steep ascent to GovindDham, 3 km beyond which lies the Valley of Flowers. 
The Valley of Flowers National Park (87.50 km2, lat 30° 41' - 30° 48'N and long 79° 33' - 79° 46'E) is located in ChamoliGarhwal, about 595 km northeast of India's capital Delhi in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Its altitude ranges from 3,200 m to 6,675 m. Such a variation in the altitude provides a great diversity of landscape and microhabitats. The credit for the popularising the Valley of Flowers generally goes to the British mountaineers Frank S. Smythe and R.L. Holdsworth who incidentally reached this valley after a successful expedition of Mount Kamet in 1931. Fascinated by its beauty and grandeur, Frank S. Smythe revisited this area in 1937 and published a book "The Valley of Flowers in 1938. But according to Manmohan Sharma's book on the Valley of Flowers published in 1985, it was Colonel Edmund Smythe, an explorer and Education Officer in the Indian Army who visited this valley much earlier in 1862. However, there is no doubt that F.S. Smythe's writing made this valley world famous.

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