Joshimath is a hill station located at an altitude of 6,000 ft in the Chamoli district of Garhwal Division in Uttaranchal. It lies in the mountain slopes above the rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga.
Joshimath is a mesmerizing place with lovely and eye catching views of the snow mountains, greenery and pleasant weather conditions. Joshimath is also known as Jyotirmath. It is one of the four great 'maths' established by the Adi Guru Shri Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. There are several ancient temples for the tourists to pay visit. The town is the winter abode of Lord Badri, who is brought down from Badrinath to the Vasudeva Temple at Joshimath somewhere around the festival of Deepawali. At a distance of 16 km from Joshimath is the Auli. It is one of the few places in India offering winter sports like Ice Skiing. One has to go to Auli by a ropeway from Joshimath. The Nanda Devi National Park is 23 km away from the town of Joshimath. One can trek to the park, which abounds in rare flora and fauna. The tourists can go to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Chopta, Valley of Flowers and Hem Kund sahib Gurudwara on excursion from Joshimath.
A popular centre of pilgrimage, Joshimath has a tourist bungalow, hotels and dharamshalas. It is the base for trekking to the famous Valley of Flowers, Nanda Devi and Kuari Pass.
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Valley of Flowers
If one is fond of flowers then is a must visit place for him.Witness the endless galore of multihued blooms and you'll just wish to stay in this oblivion flowery world forever.
This sacred site is one of the most sacred pilgrimage centre of the state and is also one four holy sites or 'Char Dhams', visited by numerous pilgrims year after year.
Auli is nestled in the lap of the snow-capped peaks of Garhwal Himalayas in the Chamoli District of western Uttar Pradesh, near the world famous religious shrine of Badrinath.
At an altitude of 2,500-3,050 metres above sea level, Auli's well-dressed slopes are flanked by coniferous and oak forests and offer a panoramic view of Mt. Nanda Devi, Mana Parbat, Dunagriri, Beethartoli, Nilkanth, Hathi Parbat And Ghori Parbat.
How to reach Joshimath:
By Road : The best option is to travel from Delhi by road. Delhi to Haridwar is 229 kms. on National Highway no. NH-47. The climb from Haridwar to Joshimath is 257 kms. and takes about 13 to 15 hours. The ascent to Joshimath winds through Rishikesh, Srinagar, Karnaprayag, and Chamoli. We suggest a stay at Rishikesh/Rudraprayag to break the journey if required.
By Train : Nearest Railway Station is Rishikesh / Haridwar which is connected from Delhi by Shatabdi Exp., from Bombay by Bandra-Dehradun Exp. and from Calcutta by Howrah-Doon Exp. and from Lucknow by Gorakhanath/Doon Exp. Rishikesh to Joshimath by road. Road from Joshimath to Badrinath opens Mid May-mid November subjected to normal snowfall
By Air : Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant near Dehradun (280 Km). Indian Airlines fly thrice from Delhi and Jagson/Archna Airways also regulates their flights. Very soon a new airport at Gauchar (92 Km.) will be operational within a year.