Himalayan trek to Bhavishya Badri

The trek to the Bhavishya Badri Temple or the Future Badrinath Temple is a 14 km trek which takes you 3,000 feet higher than the starting point near Joshimath. It is strenuous but thoroughly enjoyable due to the panoramic scenic beauty throughout the trek. This is apparently on the path of the ancient trek to Mansarovar Lake and Kailash mountain.

The temple at the end of the trek is in an isolated location within a beautiful forest of tall trees around it. A single priest lives there, who explains in detail that one day the present Badrinath Temple near Mana village in the Himalayas will be obliterated by the union of the two mountains behind it and in front of the temple. This will happen when the deity in the Narsingh Temple in Joshimath will lose it’s right arm ( it has been thinning over a period of time and is as thin as a hair now). The two mountains which will merge are called Nar and Narayan. Whenever this takes place, the Badrinath temple will be shifted to the Bhavishya or Future Badrinath temple. The path to the temple is through fields of crops and villages and thorny bushes to the temple at a high altitude location. The trek is well worth it, though the path back to base is steep and treacherous (like most treks in the mountains!!). The trek began with school children waylaying me and interrogating me, saying ‘it’s too tough, you can not come back today!’.

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Off we go….

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The winding uphill path leads through a couple of villages…

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Finally a signboard to encourage us…

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catching a breath…of fresh air

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It did not seem like anyone had been through here, there were thorny bushes along this stretch…

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My son and I in the lap of nature…

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Finally after hours of s steep uphill slope…the temple ….

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Refreshed, rejuvenated…

A special prayer session for us …..the idol has appeared here on it’s own…. IMG_4395

Back ….the path down is way steeper and tougher….but beautiful.

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Grateful for this opportunity…..


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