Located in

Chamoli, Garhwal

Recommended stay

     2 days

Best time to visit

Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov,

Railway Station

Rishikesh, 250 kms

Nearest Airport

Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, 272 kms

Famous for

Pilgrimage and Trekking

Joshimath | Uttarakhand

Joshimath, also known as Jyotirmath, is a city and a municipal board in Chamoli District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Located at a height of 6150 feet, it is a gateway to several Himalayan mountain climbing expeditions, trekking trails and pilgrim centres like Badrinath.

Best Trekking And Hill Station In Joshimath – Divine Travels

Uttarakhand is abounding with beautiful places and one among them is Joshimath, the sacred town of Uttarakhand. Nuzzled with lots of warmth in the Chamoli district the town has its own heavenly aura.  Also known as Jyotirmath, Joshimath is those places where one of the Mutts was established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. It is also the winter seat of Lord Badri Whose idol is traversed from Badrinath temple to Vasudev temple here.

In the sacred town of Joshimath, you will be able to visit umpteen temples like Narsimha and Gauri Shankar. You can also witness the magnanimity of the sacred Kalpvriksha which is said to be more than 1200 years old.Joshimath is also a famous destination for mountain climbing trips, treks and many other thrilling activities for those who love to explore the unexplored. If you want to explore religion, spirituality and thrill all in one place, then visiting here is a good decision.

One of the prime attractions here is a temple dedicated to the mighty Narsimha who is considered as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.The government has also introduced the winter Char Dham Yatra in order to turn Joshimath into a major winter travel destination. Apart from being a religious hub, it is also a popular hill station elevated at a height of 1890 meters above sea level. Vishnuprayag where the two powerful rivers of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga meet overlooks the beauty of the town of Joshimath.

The famous gateway to trekking also has a valley of flowers located very close to it. The place holds immense religious importance and so is the activity area of thrill-seekers. There are many places in Joshimath which you can enjoy. The most popular ones are Ghangria, the Nanda Devi National park, Tapovan and all the temples located in the vibrant town.

Joshimath - Winter Seat of Badrinath

Nestled with love in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, the sacred town of Joshimath spreads its celestial aura in the entire Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. 

The town of Joshimath is also nicknamed as Jyotirmath and is the winter seat of Lord Badri, whose idol is brought down from Badrinath temple to Vasudeva temple at Joshimath. This holy town is revered by the Hindus for being an important pilgrimage center of the country.

Why visit Joshimath?

Where religion and dharma are considered as the two main elements of one’s life, the Joshimath temple enshrined at the Joshimath town restores our faith in the divine energy. Every year many devotees flock here to pay obeisance at the 8th-century Jyotrimath math or the Shri Shankaracharya monastery, manifested in the town itself. 

It is one of the four maths or monasteries that were established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. One can see Kalpvriksha, the oldest tree of India which is believed to be 1200 years old and visit the other noticeable Hindu shrines that are located in the city. 

Among the important attractions of Joshimath includes a temple dedicated to Narashima, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Some other temples are dedicated to Hanuman, Gaurishankar, Ganesha, and Naudevi and Surya.

During winters, the town becomes home of the Lord Badri, whose idol is brought down from Badrinath temple to Vasudeva temple at Joshimath. Joshimath is being turned into a major winter travel destination as the government introduced winter Char Dham Yatra.

The tinsel town of Joshimath is also popular as a hill station as it seated at an elevation of 1,890 meters above sea level. Also, the two mighty rivers, the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga meet at the confluence of Vishnuprayag overlooking the town of Joshimath. And the view of Hathi Parvat and other Himalayan Peaks is mystifying. It is also the gateway of many Himalayan expeditions, trekking trails, camping, and pilgrimage center.

Activities in Joshimath

    1. TrekkingApart from climbing expeditions, several treks to nearby valleys commence at Joshimath. The famous Valley of Flowers trek starts at Govindghat which is only 26 kms from Joshimath. Apart from that, adventure enthusiasts can visit Auli meadow in summer.

      Skiing in Auli: A cable car takes one from Joshimath to Auli Ski Resort where both amateur and professional skiers can ski in snowy slopes during the winter season. One can also try certification courses that have a duration of 4 to 14 days.   

      Camping: Camping is another activity where tourists can stay in camps under the clear night sky. Tents can be availed on rent or can be brought by the tourists themselves. There are plenty of level ground close to nature where one can set up camps in the company of his family and friends.

History of Joshimath

The holy town of Joshimath was established by the great Hindu philosopher and guru, Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century C.E. To promote the Hinduism, Adi Shankara ensconced the four cardinal ‘mathas‘ or monasteries in different parts of India, among which Joshimath or Joyotirmath was the first-ever northern monastery of India.

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Mythology about Joshimath

According to the local legend, when the right hand of the idol adorned in the Narasimha temple of Joshimath, will become as fine as a hair, the two mountains Jay-Vijay, en-route Badrinath will become one. During this phase, Lord Badri will disappear from the Badrinath temple and will re-appear in the form of black stone (Shaligram) at Bhavishya Badri, located at a distance of 10 km from Joshimath. 

Adi Shankara had also laid the foundation of the temple of Lord Narasimha, the presiding deity of Joshimath which is believed to be one of the ‘Divya Desams’, the 108 temples of Lord Vishnu revered by the 12 Tamil poet-saints or Alvars.

In ancient scriptures, Joshimath is described as Kartikeyapura as it has been named after Kartikeya, the God of Katyuri kings and the son of Lord Shiva.

Joshimath as Popular Winter and Adventure Destination

The town of Joshimath serves as the base for the trekkers heading to the upper region of the Himalayas. The ravishing Valley of Flowers can be easily accessed from here by commencing a trek from Joshimath town. The visitant need not worry about accommodation as there are several hotels and Dharamshalas located in the periphery of the town.

Joshimath is also the entrance point of Malari and Niti Valley, which has a striking resemblance to the vegetation and mountains of Leh-Ladakh and the Spiti region. Don’t miss this place at any cost as you can experience some of the adventure sports activities as the hill station of Auli is located only 16 km away from here. Here you can try your hand in ice skiing, ice skating and much more. Also, the Nanda Devi Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage site can be easily accessed from here as it is located near Joshimath. 

What is Joshimath famous for?

Joshimath is famous among tourist as Pilgrimage and Trekking.

Joshimath is recommended destination for Corporates, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Joshimath is popular destination for following activities/ interests – Base Camps (Trek), Business Hub, Char Dham Route, Hill Station, Others, Pilgrimage, Temples, Winter Char Dham.