Joshimath Tourism

Joshimath Tourism

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  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Hill
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.

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  • Harjot
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  421 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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"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
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"Best location and good staff"

  • 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
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  • 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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  • 2 Reviews
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"Excellant location"

  • 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
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"Religious and natural Joshimath."

  • 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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  • Shahbaz
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"Auli visit"

  • Posted Jan 24, 2013
Auli is awsm coverd with snow, snowfall starts from mid january. Only book gmvn guest house it is the best .

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food plaza resturant in main market is best stay in gmvn guest house much better than all hotels dont drive ur car in snow

Activities & things to do: Skiing and making snowman.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Bargain lot with taxi drivers.
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Syed Fahad

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  • Syed Fahad
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • Posted Jan 22, 2013
Joshimath is famous for its ancient temples, so a good place for Hindu pilgrimage and also for people who cannot get accomodation at Auli. As Auli is just half an hour from here.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food average, no sight seeing at Joshimath except for few temples, yes but Auli has good number of places and snow sports as well.

Activities & things to do: Skiing, cable car, snow motor car are the sports one can enjoy.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best to visit in winters, specially when no Badrinath Yatra is going on, hotel are easily available
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Sachin Joshi

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  • Sachin Joshi
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Religious place"

  • Posted Sep 9, 2012
Wow... It was great to be at Hindu religious place. Once u be at Joshimath its spiritually involvement ..
Its Dev Bhoomi

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Hmm pls don't expect any food and shopping.. Only sight-seeing.. Once u are out of Hotel sight-seeing start from lane of every hotel.

Activities & things to do: Just concentrate on ur mind soul... There is no activities to do.. Yes Photography is one activity u can enjoy...

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reaching to Joshimath is very comfort... Bus and car from Delhi, Haridwar.. only need to take care of timing, being of Mountain roads Time management cannot able to track.
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"The Monsoon Magic at Uttaranchal : Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb"

  • Posted Jul 27, 2010
Though the winters are recommended periods for visiting the Hills in Uttaranchal, the monsoons offer its own variety of scenic beauty. The green cover gives your eyes a fantastic treat and the same is likely to remain in your mind and soul for long.

Reach Haridwar first :
If you have reached by flight or any other mode to Delhi, it is recommended that you travel down to Haridwar by the ever-reliable Shatabdi. Dot 11.35 am, you are in the small town station of Haridwar, a gateway to Uttaranchal. Even otherwise, Haridwar is well commutable by road, once you plan to leave Delhi early in the day.

Haridwar to Joshimath by road :
Trying to do this in a day can be termed as 4
adventurous! You would need a clear 12 hours to do this. Going by kilometres and computing travelling time doesn't make sense here since the slopes / ghats had to be taken into consideration! It also doesn't make sense, as you wouldn't be enjoying the nice tracks all along, if you hurry thru. Further, driving after 8 pm is practically banned in the Hills ! A vehicle like Innova is the right choice, as you need good clearances. For that matter any SUV will give you the right feel on these roads.

GMVN offers nice places en route, both for food and stay and you can safely take a break in any of these spots. The crew of GMVN is friendly and kind and have a clear inclination towards promoting tourism. They clearly believe that a satisfied tourist brings more to the state.

If you leave Haridwar early and if there are no land-slides en route in this monsoon season, you can cover good distance in a day's drive of say 8 hours (9am to 5 pm). The recommended places for the break are Gauchar or even a river-side Birahi. If you are driving out of Haridwar or Rishikesh well after the break of the day, you need to take a break at earlier spots like Srinagar!

Once you come down to Joshimath, there are good options for the stay. If you want to explore the Hills little more seriously, Auli at 2750 plus mts is a good option. You can take a rope way or just drive up thru the cantonment area to either of the options at Auli. GMVN is a basic and simple option and if you want the best, Cliff top Club is a fantastic option. You need to climb further a 3kms on a rugged track by a sturdy vehicle like Maruti Gypsy from Auli for the resort and it is advisable to call them for help instead of venturing in your own vehicle, however tough the vehicle may be. The stay in the resort is worth its effort, with the full view of the peaks from Nandadevi, Ghori Parbat and Hathi Parvat range staring at your balcony when you open the doors, early in the morning!!! There are fabulous trekking options for you to explore the woods along with the peaks, in the company of trained guides from the resort.

The first gate :

Govindghat, a little village at a small distance from Joshimath / Auli is the gateway for Valley of Flowers / Hemkund Saheb. You need to keep track of the gates which open from 6 am at a periodicity of two hours when you drive out. The walk / climb to Govind Dham is a 13 kms of trek for which the horse option is in. It is a pleasure to walk over this distance with lowly waters, snowy peaks and rugged tracks keeping you company.

The final break :

You will reach Govind Dham or Gangria for the final frontier. It is recommended that you take an acclimatization break here before you start your journey next morning. This is small place with limited options outside GMVN. The Hotel Pritam (opposite to GMVN) is a good option with a friendly service. They will serve you hot water, good food, hot tea / coffee and even oil massage, if your tired legs / body wanting.

Valley of Flowers : July and August is the right season

The 3 kms trek to the valley is a treat one can give to himself, after all this effort of travelling down to this tiny but beautiful place. The journey actually is in itself a destination. The trek offers gushing water ways, small bridges, smooth slopes, glacier points, snowy peaks, wet and sturdy trees amongst the flowers and plants of unimaginable grace and colour !!!

Exploring the actual valley is a different experience all together and you need time for this. It is up to you to provide time and enjoy the environment in your own terms. You should not be surprised to meet up people who are on their third visit to the valley and scheduled to stay for full 14 days just to explore the valley of flowers!

At least spending a full day in the valley of flowers is the justice you can do to the effort you had taken in reaching the place!

Hemkund Saheb : World’s highest Gurudwara

Once back in the room, relaxed and re-charged, next early morning is the time for the yatra to the high holy shrine in the heavenly environs. The sikh families in all ages, sizes and shapes walk up to the gurudwara on a continuous slope of 6 kms. The trek is a tough one with option of the most takath-war animal known to human kind (horse).

The kund is the serene place to take a dip before you visit the gurudwara and take the blessings of the tenth sikh guru. Laxmanji ka mandir in within the vicinity and with its huge history connecting back to Ramayan is a must visit at this altitude. Langar or a tea / Prasad is a natural relief after your darshan. With no staying arrangements at the sahib, it is time to climb back, before it gets dark. The gurudwara is closed officially by 2 pm but the priests are so kind they would open the mandir for you even at 4 pm, as you do deserve a holy darshan, after all that great effort.

Trekking back the slopes on a ghoda could be a tough experience as much as walking down is a pleasure. At 4329 mts, the air is so pure and fresh with huge valleys staring at you on the sides of your trekking path. The glacier points and water-ways keep you company on your way.

Haridwar and Rishikesh : All is well that ends well

A visit to the Ram and Lakshman Jhoola and the boat ride on the peaceful monsoon evening are worth remembering for ever at Rishikesh. A dip in the Ganges is much more sacred and clean than the crowded and dirty dip at Haridwar’s HAr-ki-Pauri, though the later is considered to be sacred ! Temples, temples every where, and you can get all best of wishes from all possible Gods, to wind up your way back home.

Jan-shatabdi is a convenient train for get back to New Delhi and a trip to Sharavana Bhawan in Connaught Place is a perfect beating-of-retreat to activate your taste buds, after a week of paranthas and achars with the south Indian sambhar and rasam !!!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Any GMVN joint is worth it with its hygenic food, nice location and friendly staff !

Activities & things to do: Plenty of trekking and walking in the woods to do !!

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Road, Walking and some times ghoda for climbing heights !!!
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