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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time: Apr-Nov (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Dehradun (Check Flights)


Joshimath Tourism

Joshimath is a quaint hill town nestled amid the lap of snow-capped Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. This valley is mesmerizingly beautiful surrounded on all sides by picturesque views. If a good trekking trail is your calling, the Valley of Flowers Trek is close to Joshimath.

Perched at an altitude of 6000 ft, this enchanting town also exhibits the spiritual vibes that can be felt at several ancient temples. In fact, Joshimath serves as a significant religious center for Hindu pilgrims and lies in the close proximity to one of the four 'maths' founded by Adi Guru Shri Shankaracharya in 8th century namely Badrinath. This 'math' dedicated to the holy text of Hindus called Atharva Veda. Joshimath also boasts of salubrious weather throughout the year oozing tranquility away from the hustle bustle of cities. The clouds flirting with the hilltop, a verdant cover of lush green, winding rivers and streams and the mystique of several ancient temple dotted in the area will make sure of a luring you back again and again.

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Joshimath or Jyotirmath is a holy monastery, and one of the four cardinal institutions set up by the great Indian philosopher Sri Adi Shankara, who is believed to have contributed immensely to the underlying thoughts and principles of Hinduism, and who is credited with the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. According to Adi Shankara, Joshimath is in charge of the Atharvaveda, or ‘the procedures of everyday life'.It is believed that Adi Shankara himself placed the deity of Lord Narasimha in the famous Narasimha temple here.The temple is also one of the 108 Divya Desams in the country, which are Vishnu temples worshipped by the Alvar clan of Tamil poets.

Joshimath has some exciting adventure activities to offer its visitors. Asia’s longest cable car - the Gondola - offers a scenic ride from Auli to Joshimath. There are also many camps organized in and around Joshimath which have a plethora of different activities to choose from. These include trekking along the beautiful Himalayan mountain paths, cycling routes, rock and rope climbing activities, campouts as well as river rafting.

Joshimath serves predominantly North Indian cuisine at several dhabas and restaurants. You will also find few places offering South Indian delicacies as well. However, there are very few restaurants that serve Chinese and Continental food.

Joshimath is a place packed with nature's beauty in abundance with a spiritual aura about it. Mostly known for its ancient temples, begin your one day at Joshimath 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 you can go to Tapovan. Nanda Devi National Park is also situated in the area. However, you will need almost a full day to explore its rich flora and fauna. Other than that the place is like a beautiful piece of art that will continue to enchant you.

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10 months ago by Kumar Kislay

- Make sure you carry a camera to capture the cultural heritage and nature's beauty of the city.- Avoid travelling the city during winters or monsoon owing to heavy snowfall and rainfall.- Carry a pair of sport shoes for there is lot of walking and trekking around the town.

10 months ago by Divya Sachdeva

Tapovan is the best place for a nice and quiet weekend getaway. The place offers everything from some playful time with your family to a lot of places for having a romantic candlelight dinner with your partner. It became my go-to destination from the very first time I went there. The place offers a lot of outdoor activities like hiking, trekking, sightseeing, etc. The best part is that if you are not an outdoor person, you can just sit back and relax in the lavish resorts there and spend some quality time as well. The last advantage is that there are many religious attractions present there as well which makes it a suitable travel destination for the elderly in your family too. It’s the whole package.

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One of the safest places with almost negligible crimes. The locals are very honest and friendly.

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Tough terrains, with inhospitable climate in winters

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Joshimath is one of those less explored hill stations of Uttarakhand that you will love to explore. It is for all kinds of tourists as it is not only a pilgrimage centre but also an adventure sports hub. It is a getaway to many Himalayan expeditions, trekking trails and camping. It is also a stopover for people visiting Auli. Ideal for families and couples.

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  • Malari Inn

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  • 1 BR Boutique stay in Chamoli, Joshimath (5AE6), by GuestHouser

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Joshimath is well connected to the rest of India only by roadways. Regular bus services ply to and fro the city of Joshimath. There is no direct flight or rail connectivity, however, to Joshimath. ... (Read More)

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