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Joshimath Travel Guide

Gateway to Badrinath and Hemkind Sahib, Joshimath also boasts of being a picturesque hill town along with being a pilgrimage site, base of Char Dham Yatra.


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Joshimath At a Glance
  • Population:13,202
  • Area :
  • Geo Location:North
  • Average Climate:5°C - 25°C
  • Best Time to Visit:September - April
  • STD Code:01372

Introduction

Uttarakhand also known as the abode of Gods, 'Dev Bhoomi', amidst the magnificent snow capped Himalayas and silently flowing rivers, boasts of many pilgrimage destinations. Joshimath is one such place founded by Shankracharya among the four centers or piths. Joshimath is a halting place for pilgrims going to Badrinath. Tour to Joshimath can be a very exciting journey as you travel through the roads enjoying the scenic beauty around.

Surrounded by natural beauty a temple of Narshimha, dedicated to Lord Vishnu is found in Joshimath. To the south of the temple of Narshimha is a roofed edifice having a stone cistern with two brass spouts. These brass spouts are known as Danddhara and Narshimha Dhara. Between these sprouts there are idols of Lord Rama and Sita also made of brass.

On your tour to Joshimath you will visit several other temples dedicated to Hanuman, Ganesha, Surya, Gaurishankar and Naudevi. The temple of Vasudeva with the exquisite idol made of black stone of about two meters high stands on a lotus pedestal.

This idol of fine craftsmanship is flanked with two standing figures of Sridevi and Bhudevi. Ten incarnations or avtars of Vishnu also graces the temple and in the premises of the temple is a brass idol of Garud, Vishu's vehicle. On your tour to Joshimath, you can also visit the ruined Navdurga temple and the well known Kamad tree located near the Joshimath cave.

Joshimath is almost a well sought after hill station more than its religious importance. If you are planning your tour to Joshimath you can travel by air till Jollygrant the nearest airport at a distance of 221 kms. If you have plans to avail the railway Rishikesh is the nearest railway station while Joshimath is well connected to Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Nanital, and Almora by road.

On your tour to Joshimath you can choose from the range of moderate to good quality hotels for accommodation. Modern amenities and good services are the earmarks of the hotels in Joshimath.

How to Reach Joshimath

Derived from Jyotirmath, Joshimath is well known to be the home for ‘Sanyasis’ located in Chamoli district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This centre was established by Hindu Guru Shankaracharya. The tourists’ attractions of Joshimath are Shankaracharya Math, Narsinh Temple, Bhavishya Kedar Temple, Tapovan, Ropeway and Kalpeshwar. Joshimath is easily accessible from all major cities of India.

By Air
Joshimath is easily reachable from all major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur. The Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun is the nearest airport, 272km from Joshimath. Taxi services are available from airport to Joshimath.

By Train
Located at a distance of about 297kms, the nearest Railway station of Joshimath is Haridwar which is well linked to all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur. Taxi and bus services are available from Haridwar railway station to Joshimath.

By Road
Regular Bus Services are available from central cities of state like Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar and Chamoli.


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