Badrinath, Nilkantha and Mana village


Badrinath and Kedarnath are the two goals of the pilgrims who throng annually to the Himalayas to worship the five deities of Hinduism, Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, Ganesha and the Sun. The Raval or the High priest, of Badrinath comes from south India. And the Badrinath temple contains the image of Vishnu carved in black stone. There is a hot spring near the Badrinath Temple, believed to be very efficacious, especially every twelfth year when the planet Jupiter is in the sign of Aquarius.

Badrinath Temple

Badrinath Temple

Badrinath has very less to no trees and is situated in a barren valley. Its greatest interest lies in its proximity to the source of the Alaknanda River, the “true source” of the Ganges, which issues from the Bhagat Kharak and Satopanth Glaciers a few miles distant, though a nearer and remarkable waterfall is acknowledged to be the stream motioned in the Skandha Purana, “where the Ganges falls from the foot of Vishnu like the slender thread of a lotus flower.”


Only one great mountain visible from Badrinath is Nilkantha. This peak is associated in Hindu mysticism and mythology with shiva, for Nilkantha or Nilakantha, the blue naked, is an allusion to the god whose mattered locks are represented by torn glaciers and eternal snows. It is very easy to understand why Nilkantha should be held in superstitious awe and reverence by the pilgrims, for there is no more majestic and awe-inspiring peak of this height in the world.

Nilkantha Peak - First ray of sun

Nilkantha Peak – First ray of sun

Nilkantha Peak - True Golden color

Nilkantha Peak – True Golden color

It rises 21,640 feet above sea and its summit is only five miles from Badrinath, 10,159 feet. Nilkantha stands alone and has no rival with in eight miles, and is beautifully proportioned, being pyrimnadical in form with a graceful ice-clad summit whence sweep down three great ridges, of which south-east terminates in the Alaknanda Valley at an elevation of only 7,000 feet.

Nilkantha can be seen as mountain of gold early in the morning and the whole game is of 3-4 minutes once first sunlight strikes the crest of Nilkantha. (See the pictures)

Mana Village

Mana is the last Indian village and is only three kilometers from Badrinath. If you visit Badrinath you must visit village Mana. You can see the starting point of river Saraswati, Ganesh Gufa and Vyas Gufa. If you have one extra day you may also trek to Vasudhara Falls. Trek to Vasudhara Falls starts from village Mana. The trek is 6 kilometer one side and you can do it same day from Badrinath.

Vasudhara Falls

Vasudhara Falls

Last Indian Village- Mana

Last Indian Village- Mana

Bhim Pul on Saraswati River

Bhim Pul on Saraswati River

Temporary bridge over Alaknanda river near Mana village

Temporary bridge over Alaknanda river near Mana village

Best Time to visit Valley of Flowers

Best Time To Visit Valley of Flowers

The best time to visit valley of flowers depends upon your liking as the valley is always beautiful. If you want to see maximum number of flowers July and August is a good time, if you want to see lot of glaciers you should visit in June, to see Brahamkamal flowers at Hemkud August and September is a good time.

Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary

Valley of flowers trek itinerary

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Valley of flowers Tour Packages

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Things to carry for trek to valley of flowers

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How to Reach Valley of flowers

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Frequently asked questions About the Valley

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Can senior citizens visit valley of flowers?

Senior citizens also want to come to this heaven on earth but they are confused about whether they can do it or not. We have been taking senior citizens to the valley of flowers. There are options of helicopter and ponies to skip trekking.

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What type of shoes is appropriate for valley of flowers ?

When you go for trek you should wear appropriate type of shoes so that your main concentration is on trekking and enjoying nature. We have seen that shoes of many people breaks while trekking and sometimes people develop blisters.

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Minimum age to visit valley of flowers

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Number of days required to see valley of flowers

Number of Days required in seeing Valley of Flowers

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How difficult is Valley of flowers trek.

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Valley of Flowers after Floods

Valley of flowers after floods.

Valley of flowers has witnessed a massive flood in 2013. We were the first to report that the flowering area of the valley is totally intact. Now the valley of flowers has become again accessible and all the treks and bridges have been reconstructed.

2 comments on “Badrinath, Nilkantha and Mana village
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan DAMODAR SHENOY PADUBIDRI says:


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    Spiritually intoxicating

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