This photo was taken at Mana, Chamoli, Uttarakhand.
Distance from Badrinath in km
Ghaziabad – 527
Delhi – 551
Haridwar – 323
Rishikesh – 299
I have traveled within Uttarakhand via GMOU bus service but personal choice is journey by sharing jeep though traveling by jeep is a little costly in comparison to bus service but at the same time it takes less journey hours and I personally find jeep much safer than bus specially in hilly areas. And the capacity of passengers in a jeep is only 10.
But for longer distance like Rishikesh to Badrinath / Mana village (300 km approx) or vice-verse I guess there is no direct jeep. Maybe till Chamoli or Joshimath or from Joshimath or Chamoli you will find a jeep for Rishikesh and you have to change to another jeep for onward journey.
I personally find jeep service much safer. I prefer front seat nearby driver.
During Badrinath / Mana village tour while returning back to Rishikesh I obviously opt jeep option. We reached Badrinath bus stand where jeeps with yellow number plates are also parked along with buses for various destinations. At the entrance gate a jeep was in queue for Joshimath. Charges – Rs. 80 per person. The jeep took one and a half hour to reach Joshimath from Badrinath.
Badrinath to Joshimath distance is approx. 44 km
At Joshimath the moment we reached we found another jeep for Chamoli. Rs. 80 per person the charges and journey hours – Two.
Joshimath to Chamoli distance is approx. 50 + km
After reaching Chamoli we have to wait at least 40 minutes because Chamoli is less crowded with tourists in comparison with Badrinath or Joshimath. It took 40 minutes to have 10 passengers and then the journey continued for Rishikesh.
K. S. Parmar was our driver. He is 71 years old and I find him the best driver having fantastic hill driving skills.
Chamoli to Rishikesh we paid Rs. 350/- per person. There was a traveler who paid Rs. 700/- to occupy two seats for comfort.
Chamoli to Devprayag we reached within 4 hours 40 minutes and from Devprayag to Rishikesh while having a stop for food at Teen Dhara we reached Rishikesh within 2 hours 30 minutes.
Conclusion: Total journey time from Badrinath to Rishikesh including stop for changing jeep, cold drinks, petrol for jeep and having food it took 11 hours and 30 minutes approx. The total cost of journey from Badrinath to Rishikesh by sharing jeep was Rs. 510/- only. Bus charges from Badrinath to Rishikesh if I am correct is somewhere around Rs. 400/- Correct?
Note: At Rishikesh, Bus stand is nearby Chandrabhaga bridge and little further is Natraj Chowk for sharing jeep. And within hills finding a jeep stand or bus stand is not a tough task because towns are small in comparison with Rishikesh.