Joshimath, a beautiful, mesmerizing town in the Chamoli district of the state of Uttarakhand is all naturalistic and lifelike hamlet that can make anyone adherent to it in one stance.

At the earlier time, it was called Jyotirmath, however, in the present years, there are only a few people who know about this. It all started when Guru Adi Shankaracharya came to visit the Joshimath to meditate for 5 years. During his meditation period, he attained perspicuity and wisdom so he lit an eternal lamp here which provided the basis for the name of the town JYOTIRMATH (i.e, Abode of Light)and he named the Mahadev as Jyoteshwar Mahadev but as the centuries passed, the modifications popped up in the pronunciation of the people and it is now known as Joshimath. 

The town with its best scenic views has more of a pastoral and godly core in its environment that attracts Hindu devotees from all over the country, this place has the goods to replenish one’s soul with optimistic vibes and revivified mind.  It has gotten its location at a high altitude of 6,150 feet.

Nearby Attractions:  

There are a multiple number of treks that proceed from Joshimath for the trekkers and the visitors, and there are a bunch of sacred pilgrimages in the locale of Joshimath. 

Shri Narsingh Temple: 

This temple of the Bhagwan Narsingh, which, according to Hindu holy books, is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and a winter residence of Badri Vishal ji,  

Again, Guru Sankaracharya was the person who installed the figure of Lord Narsingh. You can also witness the ancient seat of Guru Ji in the temple premises.

The view from the temple hill is mind-captivating. 


It is the confluence point, where the two religious rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga meet each other and make a Sangam Point. Beside it, there is a Hindu temple, and it is believed that it is where Sage Narad honoured his ideal Lord Vishnu with his substantial meditation.


A hill station, known as Ski Resort, carries a distance of 16 km from Joshimath. There are two connections from Joshimath to Auli. First, one can travel by taxi; otherwise, there is a chairlift or aerial connectivity, which travelers enjoy a lot. The last 1km is to be travelled with a chairlift only. It, in reality, provides an exclusive view. The best time to visit here is from December to February, and it seeks prior bookings from clients.

Gorson Bhugyal: 

When you are in Auli, you must visit the Alpine meadow located there; the view is not only magnificent but unique too. It is spread over a very long distance with major grasslands and sky-touching mountains, and in winter, it snows up to at least 8 to 10 feet, which amazes the crowd.

There are also jungles of different species of oak trees and inside the jungle, one can feel a sense of absolute pureness and freshness in the air.

How to travel?: 

People always get perplexed as to how to reach their destination and sometimes eventually cancel their plans due to a lack of knowledge. So, we are here with the ability to let you all know about the sources of transportation to the town.

By Air: 

The nearest airport and the easiest connectivity to the town is Dehradun. You can fly into Jolly Grant Airport, and from there you can book a cab to Joshimath, which would take around 7-8 hours to reach. 

By Rail: 

The closest railway station to the town is located in Rishikesh, where almost all rail connectivity to different states of the country is found. Also, there is a motorable road that connects these two, which would take you 6-7 hours.

So, consequently, you will not find any difficulties or complications in arriving at your destination. 


This is up to the preferences of the travelers, whether they want to stay at Joshimath or Auli. Otherwise, both of them deliver the best-staying alternatives to their visitors with the fairest quality of assistance. 

There are several motels, resorts, lodges, and hotels, and you can decide according to your pocket allowance. These are all accessible throughout the year, and you can also take pleasure in the local Gharawali food here in the Garwhal region of Uttarakhand and appreciate the scenic views from your balconies and windows. 


Q1) What is Joshimath famous for? 

A1) Among all the tourists who want to visit there, one always has this query in their mind what is special about going there, so the very first thing they need to know is Auli, which is also known as Mini Switzerland because it resembles beauty and a Meadow with forests, lakes, huge grasslands, and mountains. 

Q2) How many days it would take to visit Joshimath?

A2) If one only wants to delight in the beauty of the Joshimath, they should plan their itinerary for at least 3 to 4 days: 2 days in Auli, 2 days for local sightseeing in the town, or otherwise, if you’ve come to visit other places in the Garhwal region, at least 2 days need to be reserved only for the Joshimath. 

Q3) What is the religious significance of the town? 

A3)The town in itself is a holy pilgrimage according to the Hindu text, Atharva Veda, and is an abode of Lord Badri. 


Now, we have concluded all the necessary details for the trip to ensure that whatever is working as a hindrance in the planning can be removed. One just needs to glance over the whole article to learn about Joshimath. If you want to know more about the pre-planned itinerary, come to us through our website, and you can contact us too. Our travel team at Travel Acharya – Best Travel Agency in Haridwar is always ready to look into your place of interest and will find you the most suitable packages accordingly. 

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