For many years I have wanted to do a pilgrimage to the char dham (“four abodes”) of northern India. The char dham is defined by the Pandavas in the Indian epic Mahabharata as “Badrinath”, “Kedarnath”, “Gangotri” and “Yamunotri” as a journey to aid people to get rid of their sins. It is considered highly sacred by Hindus to visit the Char Dham during one’s lifetime. While in Rishikesh in March 2017  to premiere several short films at the First Annual Rishikesh Art & Film Festival, I knew that, despite the winter snows and road closures, I needed to visit Badrinath, the source of the Alaknanda River at 11,000 feet in the Himalayas. The Alaknanda forms the great and holy Ma Ganga when it joins the Bhagaraith River at Devprayag where I had bathed in February 2008. Due to the Badrinath temple being closed for the winter and that it was only 4 kilometers from the border with China, we needed to obtain the necessary permissions and paperwork from the Indian Army, the local chief of police and the Badrinath Temple Committee for a brief four-day visit. During high season there are often between 3,000 to 10,000 pilgrims in Badrinath; counting the four people in my party, there were no more than 20 people in Badrinath, including 11 sadhus who call Badrinath home year round and a few Indian Army guys. This short video shows just a few images of the 15-hour road trip from Rishikesh through Srinigar and Joshimath to Badrinath and back.