Welcome to Joshimath, a town perched high in the snow-capped Himalayas at an altitude of 6150 feet!
Legend has it that Joshimath is home to one of the four ‘maths’ founded by Adi Guru Shri Shankaracharya in the 8th century. This ‘math’ is dedicated to the holy text of Hindus called Atharva Veda, which is like the cheat sheet for everyday life.
Overlooking the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga at Vishnu Prayag, Joshimath is also the winter home of Lord Badri. Apparently, the idol is shifted from Badrinath to Joshimath during winters.
Nestled amid the lap of the snow-capped Himalayas, Joshimath is also known as the ‘gateway for trekking.’
If you’re up for a good hike, the Valley of Flowers Trek is located close to Joshimath. If you’re not into trekking, don’t worry. Joshimath is a popular gateway for many places of religious importance, so you can go on a spiritual journey instead.
But wait, there’s more! Asia’s longest cable car – the Gondola – offers a scenic ride from Auli to Joshimath. It’s like a rollercoaster ride, except the only scream you’ll hear is from the view. There are also many camps organized in and around Joshimath which have a plethora of different activities to choose from. You can go trekking along the beautiful Himalayan mountain paths, cycling routes, rock and rope climbing activities, campouts, as well as river rafting. Just make sure you don’t fall off the raft, or you might end up in the next town!
Joshimath is a small town packed with nature’s beauty in abundance with a spiritual aura about it. If you’re planning to visit, we suggest starting your day with an early rise and a mindless walk amid nature. After a hot breakfast at the hotel, your first stop should be Narsingh Temple, one of the famous temples in the town. Kalpavrikshan and Gari Bhavani temple should be next on the list. Break for lunch at any nearby restaurant and move on either to Hemkund Sahib or Tapovan. But don’t forget, Nanda Devi National Park is also situated in the area, and it’s a full-day adventure to explore its rich flora and fauna.
If you’re thinking of travelling on foot, Joshimath is the perfect place to do so. But if you want to go farther, a taxi or private car is your best option. They’re very convenient and comfortable, considering the rocky terrain of the area. But before visiting, make sure you check the weather condition prevailing in the region and avoid travelling during monsoon and winters, unless you want to be drenched or buried in snow!