Virbhadra is a town in Dehradun district of the north Indian state of Uttaranchal. It is located very close to the popular pilgrimage Rishikesh and is visited by a lot of domestic and international travelers. Virbhadra is located just 26 km from Dehradun city and can be easily reached using public and private transport. The motorable road to Neelkantha Mahadev Temple passes through the town of Virbhadra.
The town is also famous for first government pharmaceutical plant, Indian Drugs and Pharmaceutical Limited (IDPL). It was established in 1967 with about 2700 houses, government Inter-college. Kendriya Vidyala was established in 2003.
History of VirbhadraThe city derives its name from Virbhadra, an avatar of Lord Shiva. This avatar was created by Lord Shiva after witnessing the wrath at the yagna of Daksha. An ancient Virbhadra temple is situated in the town and is very popular among locals.
Geography and Climate of VirbhadraVirbhadra is located at 30.07°N 78.28°E and has an average elevation of 330 m.
The climate of Virbhadra is typically temperate. It is characterized by severe cold winters. Summers start in early March and continue till end of June. The temperature in summer ranges between 12 degree Celsius and 32 degree Celsius and it is the best time to visit Virbhadra. The town witnesses medium amount of rainfall during the monsoon months. Following monsoons are the heavenly winters which commence in December and continue till end of February. The maximum temperature of winters is around 21 degree Celsius.
Demographics of VirbhadraAs per the 2011 census, Virbhadra had a total population of 13, 271 out of which males constitute 52% of the population and females constitute 48% of the population. The average literacy rate was recorded to be 81% which was quite higher than the national average of 74.04%. Male literacy rate in Virbhadra was 86% and female literacy rate was 75%. 8% of the total population was below the age of 6 years.
Culture of VirbhadraVirbhadra is an important town of the district. The local art, music and dialect is what makes the culture of Virbhadra very unique. Garhwali is the local language spoken in the region. The people of Virbhadra are warm and amicable. It is a multicultural society and people of different religions, castes and creeds live peacefully in this dainty little town. The region has seen a lot of development in the past decade. Education system has strengthened; transport and other services are now widely available which in turn has helped tourism in the region.
Tourist Attractions in Virbhadra
Virbhadra TempleVirbhadra is one of the many avatars of Lord Shiva. This 1300 year old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that it was at this temple that Lord Shankar smashed his hair lock and Virbhadra was born. The temple is located in the heart of the city and can be easily reached by public and private transport.
Timings - 5:00 am - 9:00 pm, every day
Pashulok Barrage is a popular tourist attraction in Virbhadra. It is located on Ganges River, just south of Rishikesh. It is a part of Chilla Power Plant, one of the completed run of the river schemes. It utilizes a drop of 33 metres from Virbhadra upto power house situated 4 km. upstream of Ganga Canal Headwork's at Bhimgoda. The water from the power house is discharged back into Ganges River. The power station consists of four 36 MW power turbines for an installed capacity of 144 MW.
KaudiyalaKaudiyala is a famous tourist attraction in close proximity to Virbhadra. It is known for its serenity and adventure sports. It is a beach camp situated on the banks of River Ganges. The place is loved by both domestic and international tourists. The beach camp is 38 km from Rishikesh and can be easily reached by a taxi. Camping in tents in the lap of nature is a great getaway option.
Rafting in Kaudiyala
Rishikesh is known to be one of the favorite rafting destinations. The stretch of Ganges between Kaudiyala and Rishikesh is fun filled and exciting. Rafting in Kaudiyala is a great experience. Rafting distance of about 36 km can be covered in 8 – 9 hours. There are 13 rapids in this stretch and rapid category are Grade I, II, III and IV. Adrenaline rush gets a new high at Kaudiyala.
Places around Virbhadra
Triveni GhatIt is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rishikesh. The evening aarti of Goddess Ganga is performed at Triveni Ghat. It is also believed that streams of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati flow at this point and taking a dip are considered holy. The ghat is a delight for photographers and nature lovers. It rejuvenates the lost peace and calm amidst the chaos and cacophony.
Laxman JhulaThink of landmarks in Rishikesh and one cannot miss the very famous Laxman Jhula. It is an iron suspension bridge on the River Ganges. A similar bridge called Ram Jhula is built further downstream.
Experts believe that it is here that Laxmana crossed the Ganges River using jute ropes and later the bridge was built. The bridge has a length of about 450 feet and a height of 70 feet from the river.
Rajaji National ParkRajaji National Park & Tiger Reserve is one of the most prominent wildlife sanctuaries in the region. It makes a great weekend destination from Delhi, Rishikesh and Virbhadra. It is spread over an expansive 820 sq. km area and is a great place for nature lovers, wildlife photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. Watching animals in their natural habitat is something that cannot be put into words. You need to experience the eerie silence, see the pugmarks and be a part of the safari to know what it feels like. Park remains open from 15th November to 15th June. The national park is located at a distance of about 33km from Virbhadra.
Safari Timings – 7:30 am – 10:00 am and 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm, everyday
- Indian – 150/- per person per visit for about 3 hours
- Foreign national – 600/- per person per visit for about 3 hours
Neelkantha Mahadev Temple
Vashishta GufaVashishta Gufa is located on the banks of Ganges and is a great place for meditation. People seeking solace and serenity visit the caves and enjoy the much needed break and rejuvenation. The caves are situated just 16 km from Rishiksesh on Rishikesh – Badrinath highway and can be easily reached by hailing a taxi or through private vehicle as well.
Kunjapuri Devi TempleThis beautiful temple is located on top of a hill 15 km from Rishikesh. The temple is dedicated to one of the thirteen most important goddesses of the Shivalik range. The locals have firm belief on the goddess and many devotees visit the temple to seek blessings. The view from the temple is spectacular. Picture perfect Himalayan peaks leave you mesmerized.
Virbhadra is also known for its religious tourist attractions. Some of the most popular temples in the vicinity are –
- Purana Shiv Mandir
- Bhadrakaali Temple
- Trayambakeshwar Temple
- Shri Ram Temple
- Swarg Niwas Temple
How to Reach VirbhadraBy Road
State owned Uttarakhand transport buses provides regular bus service from the main city towards several cities. The buses facilities also connect Virbhadra to Dehradun. It would be easier for travelers if they reach Dehradun and hail a taxi from there.
The nearest railway junction is Haridwar railway station. It is a major station and a large number of trains from various parts of the country originate and pass through Haridwar.
Nearest airport to Virbhadra is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun around 15 km.
Fact Fileof Virbhadra
- District - Dehradun
- Elevation - 330 m
- Total population - 13, 271
- Official Language - Hindi
- PIN Code - 249202
- STD Code - 0135
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