Joshimath Tourism

Joshimath Tourism

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Joshimath Info

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Chamoli
Joshimath is a city with religious importance and a municipal board in the Garwal region of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand. Joshimath is located at an altitude of 6000 ft in the snow-capped Himalayan ranges just above the mountains of Dhauliganga and Alaknanda.

Joshimath lies in the region of Kamaprayag, which is a region where the two rivers of Dhauliganga and Alaknanda meet. Joshimath is visited by Hindu devotees as it is as an important pilgrimage centre with several temples and religious sites.

Joshimath, which is located very close to the area of Badrinath, is one of the four ‘maths’ discovered by Adi Guru Shri Sankaracharya in the 8th century AD. The ‘math’ here is dedicated to Atharva Veda. This place was earlier known by the name of Kartikeyapura until the Katyuri rulers renamed the place.

Joshimath offers opportunities for trekking from Joshimath to the Valley of Flowers National Park. The region of Joshimath experiences mild cold even during the summers while heavy rainfall is expected in the monsoons. Winter seasons here are extremely cold and the temperature during this time drops to the freezing point. Some areas of the town are even closed due to heavy snowfall.

Joshimath is not directly connected by rail or air. The nearest airport is located in Dehradun at a distance of 151 kilometres. The nearest railway station is at Haridwar, which is about 163 kilometres from Joshimath and can be reached from major cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad and Dehradun. It is also connected to Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Almora and Nainital by regular bus service.

Joshimath is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Hemkund and Rudranath.

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Joshimath Traveller Reviews

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Surender Singal

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  • Surender Singal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 5 Reviews
  •  354 readers

"Worth visiting" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
One of the four renowned sacred Mutts of Shankaracharya religious dynasty, located at erstwhile end of motorable road for pilgrims in the ancient Northern mountains of Bharat, it is worth a long stay by the side of musically flowing Alaknanda, that does not allow you to even think of leaving Joshimath, irrespective of expiry of your sectioned vacation.

It is the gateway to (a) Valley of Flowers, (be) Hemkunt Sahib, (c) Vasundhara Falls via Lord Badri Nath Dham, Bhim Paav beyond Mana village (last known habitat on Hind-Tibet Highway), (the) Auli slopes for skiing sports, (e) TungNath (Kedar famous for Ram-shila and Raavan-shila) via flora-fauna rich motorway and many more tracks;

It is the last headquarters of ASC/AMC, Army fleet workshops, BRO and ITBP commands for Indo-Tibet Highways.

Highway into hills from Muni-ki-Reti till Joshimath via chain of Prayags (confluence of mineral rich streams), starting with the origin of the Ganges, itself is a treat to enjoy and to remember for your life;

Overall, it needs to experience, the beauty of Joshimath and around, in-person.
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Aman Rawat

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  • Aman Rawat
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  30 helpful votes
  •  5648 readers

"Steps to heaven"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 30, 2016
Joshimath is surrounded by hills that talk to clouds and snow! You can see a chain of snow clad mountains. There are two important mountains you can't miss.

One is the sleeping beauty and the other one is an elephant, you can literally hallucinate watching them.

The famous manna village which is India's end is nearby along with Badrinath which is one of the four dhams. There is also a hot water spring named tapovan which helps the natives to get a hot bath in chilling winter season.
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Nikhil patel

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  • Nikhil patel
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  234 readers

"A beautiful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 26, 2016
Best destination if you want to visit Auli or badrinath. Place is very beautiful since it's surrounded by Himalayas from all the sides. Travel could be a problem as roads for Joshimath are closed during night. If you are planning to leave Joshimath by public transport and plan to go towards Haridwar or Delhi than last bus goes by 5:30 AM only so will have to plan your travel accordingly.
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M s Rawat

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  • M s Rawat
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 16 Reviews
  •  34 helpful votes
  •  6828 readers

"Nice place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2016
Joshimath is a very attractive destination from tourism as well as religious point of view. It takes about 9 hours fro Rishikesh by Road. Road is only mode of transport to reach there. There is one Army helipad is there for Helicopters.

Tapovan is about 20 Kms from there ane there are temples as well as one boiling sulphur water sourse. Water oozes out from one rock and people put eggs/rice wrapped in a cloth and these items get cooked.

About 20 Kms on a different route we have Pandukeshwar having Vishn Temple. A few Kms away we have a place called Hanuman Chetty.

Another 20 Kms we reach Badrinath. But best is to visit after first week of May when the doors of the temple will get opened. During the period when temple doors are closed, we can not enter Badrinath as the area is a Military area and we would be requiring special permission to enter the town. During the period when temple doors are open, all are allowed to visit Badrinath.

Auli is a place known for skiing and one can reach by road from Joshimath. One can also reach Auli by Ropeway from Joshimath in just 20 minutes. In case you are staying in a hotel and you hand over the ticket counterfoil to the hotel staff and he is able to produce that counterfoil to ropeway authorities same day, then the hotel boy will get a refund of Rs 50/=

There is a mountain on the other side of Joshimath called Haathi Pahaad(Elephant Mountain) just because the shape of the mountain resembles Elephant. Overall experience at Joshimath is good and one must visit
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  • Harjot
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  695 readers

"A lovely place with greenery and hills"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 10, 2015
It was a very good experience in my life to stay at Joshimath. It's an very cool place to stay with family and friends. I loved and enjoyed the nature, greenery, temples, hill view and of course cable car. I would love to visit again as soon as possible.
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Harish Phulara

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  • Harish Phulara
  • 15 Reviews
  •  145 helpful votes
  •  54824 readers

"Nice place to spend some days after Delhi's summer"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2014
Well, Joshimath is a nice place. It is situated in uttarakhand. I went there in the month of August, just to relax. It is a nice place to spend some days after Delhi's summer. Moreover, Badrinath is just few Km away from this holy place in the chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
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Neo Adventureindia

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  • Neo Adventureindia
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1307 readers

"Best location and good staff"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 31, 2013
Best place with lots of things to do and nice people and food is lovely as well shy people. This place is in progress as lots of trekking, peaks and chardham national park are resource of income

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Good food
Nice small market

Activities & things to do: Adventure, hiking, temples etc.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: April to end of may and again winter
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Gayatri Singh

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  • Gayatri Singh
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  5279 readers


  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 13, 2013
Nice place with lots of sightseeing and religious places..

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Small hilly town with small restaurants, not much variety but enough. Town market with general items no special local item for shopping. Sightseeing. Lot of places far and nearby for sightseeing specially Auly in winter famous for snowfall and skiing Joshimath is famous for winter shelter of God Badrinath. Other sightseeing places are Tapovan, Vishnupryag etc. in summer.

Activities & things to do: Skiing in Auly in winter 14km above Joshimoth

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Only by bus either from Haridwar, Rishikesh or from Kotdwara. Best from Haridwar or Rishikesh. Hilly terrain, lot of turns so if you have problem of vomiting in bus then carry medicine of vomiting is must for you..
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Vikas Anand

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  • Vikas Anand
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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3158 readers

"Excellant location"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 2, 2013
Good spot, only stay at auli for full view .donot book joshimath. which is 16 kms from auli and a poor place .nothing to do in good restaurant,no activities,no mall road overall nothing in joshimath but auli is beautiful in winter and stay in gmvn auli only for real life time experience

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: No good restaurants, nothing much to do in auli except play wid ice

Activities & things to do: play with loads of ice and love the beauty of snow in auli

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Good roads except for few bad patches but avoid rainy and foggy days
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Ajay Joshi

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  • Ajay Joshi
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 2 Reviews
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"Religious and natural Joshimath."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2013
The experience was very good, it was a holy place. We had great opportunity to meet Shri Shankaraachaarya, he was there at their Math. The old badri temple was. superb

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There is only one or two food hotels except GMVN , so be ready with your food options, sight seeing is manageable on foot except only one location of Old Badri temple.

Activities & things to do: There is nothing to do very much at Joshi math itself as it is only the Midway towards Badrinath or Auli.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Be prepared with medicine for vomit due to hilly terrain, try to reach in day time.
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