Joshimath is a beautiful town in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand which also known as Jyotirmath. It is one of the four math or cardinal institutions established by Adi Guru Sri Sankaracharya in the 8th century.
Joshimath is a religious hub with gateways to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib.
Another religious site is Narasimha Temple where Lord Badrinath is brought and worshipped in winters till he is taken back.
It is also a base point for many Himalayan treks like Pangarchulla, Valley of Flowers, and Kuari Pass.
There is a 1200 years old tree called Kalpvriksh under which Shankaracharya was enlightened after years of meditation.
Auli is 14 Kms up from here which is great skiing place of India.
HOW TO REACH-
BY Road- Joshimath is well connected by road with major destinations of Uttarakhand Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate
By Air- Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Joshimath situated at a distance of 272kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights.
By Rail- The nearest railway station to Joshimath is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 250kms before Joshimath on NH58.
Auli is a famous destination for skiing in India which also provide popular tourist attraction due to its proximity to the breathtaking Himalayas.
Ropeway operates from Joshimath to Auli which is the longest ropeway of Asia after Gulmarg. Ropeway provides a wonderful view of the Himalayas.
3. Shankaracharya Math
This is the math established by Adi Shankaracharya in North India. The Math has temples of Badrinarayan and Rajrajeshwari Devi. It has a sacred cave where Adi Shankaracharya supposedly undertook tapasya.
4. Tapovan Joshimath
Tapovan has situated 10 km from Joshimath. It has natural hot water springs. It has a nice view of river Dhauliganga.
5. Narsinh Temple
This is an ancient temple of Lord Vishnu in Narsingh Avtar and main temple of Joshimath. When Badrinath temple remains closed during winter every year, one idol of Lord Badri is brought to Narsinh temple and worshipped for six months.