Joshimath Travel Guide , Things To do, How to reach blog by vikas Kala :- A cup of tea in hand, and snow clad mountain peaks shining with the golden glow of the sunrise, a cold breeze brushing through one’s hair and the fresh air inflating one’s lungs. All this at one place is enough to make one forget his worries, his anxieties and elevate his depressed soul. The colourful town of Joshimath which is situated at anelevation of 1875m above the sea level provides a perfect blend of all the above ingredients.
Joshimath is a small town situated in district Chamoli of Uttarakhand. It is easily accessible
by motor road and is 254 km from Rishikesh. I went to Joshimath for a geological tour with
my classmates in the month of April and what was not there to call it a memorable trip. We
left from Dehradun at 6:30am and after full day of travelling by bus we reached Joshimath
around 8:30pm, but even after spending 14 hours travelling on curvy mountainous roads we
were not tired after all it was a “college” trip.
As we reached Joshimath it started to rain in the area and the temperature became quite low.
Our guest house was a bit far from the main market so we had only “Maggie” as an option for
dinner. Although we were “tired” and many amongst us had the effects of motion sickness,
we still managed to have a dance session lasting for about an hour. After which we went to
sleep around 12am.
Why Visit Joshimath ?
Joshimath is an important town situated in the higher Himalayas of Uttarakhand. It holds its
importance from historical, cultural, geographical, religious & strategic perspective. It is a
gateway to many important places like the Hindu shrine Badrinath, Auli etc. Badrinath is
only 37 km away from here and the winter games spot Auli, which is famous for its
adventure sport is just 12 Km away, which can also be reached by an adventurous ropeway.
One feels almost above the clouds while surfing the ropeway. Some people turn almost blue-
black when they see snaring deep gorges below them. But if one visit Auli he must try this
The people here are polite and helpful, most of who will welcome you with a smiling face. If
you ask for certain location people here will make sure that you reach that place without any
difficulty. A local tea vendor there was so friendly that he himself told us about the places
that we should visit there. The people there follow simple Garhwali culture and one may find
beautiful glimpse of traditional Garhwali dresses and ornaments while roaming around in the
streats. If one visits the place during festivals or some special occasion one may also find the
beautiful forms of Garhwali folk dances. The town is situated on the northern slope of the
mountain and is a beautiful blend of traditional Garhwali and modern architecture. One may
find beautiful “tibars”; which are wooden frames of the houses having beautiful floral and
geometric patterns carved upon them.
Important attractions of the place are The Narsingha Temple, which is devoted to lord
Vishnu. The temple has been reconstructed into a magnificent masterpiece which stands tall
to speak for the glory Lord Narsingha, and provides a beautiful view into the valley. The
morning and evening “aarti” of Lord Narsingha provides solace to one’s soul. The ringing
bells, the smoke of incense sticks and the recitation of Vedic hymns stir a sense of power and
calmness inside one’s mind. One can feel the powerful presence of optimism there. Another
important place is the “Jyotirmath” which is one of the four cardinal “pithas” established by
Aadi Shankaracharya. In other words it is the “Northern Monastery” of Hindu sages. One can
also visit Tapovan which is just 10 km away and provides a beautiful view of the Dhauli
Ganga valley, along with beautiful small and large villages situated on hill slopes along the
valley. A hot water spring is also located at Tapovan, which always leave people with
astonishment. The local market of Joshimath is a small one but one can find all goods of daily
needs easily at the market. The market also houses a number of small and big restaurants,
which provides good quality food at reasonable rates. One can also find lodging facility
easily throughout the year but lodging becomes difficult to find and costly during the “Char-
dham yatra”. The place generally has a cold weather even in summers so one must always
carry along some woollens. You can buy some “pahadi-dals” as a local souvenir, or if you
intend to spend some money on souvenir you can also buy unique Garhwali jewellery made
of gold from the local market.
All in all the sunrise and the sunset along with the religious ambience of the place shall allure
you to revisit it. So if you have a time and you want to go on a vacation with family this little
explored place should be in your list.