Joshimath Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2021

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.

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12 July 2018
This was my maiden trek and I am glad I chose Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb. I carried home tonnes of great memories from the trip that I will cherish for my life. Serene Nature, Splendid weather, a great company of cousins, new friends we made and the team who lead the trek made a perfect mixture to cherish. While the chirpy young kept the team charged, the conviction of the others was inspirational to the rest. I am also glad that Thrillophillia conducts this trip which I came to know after reading thrillophilia reviews. The field team lead by Yogi and Sandeep was awesome. At some point or other everyone in the group were amazed with their knowledge, patience, perseverance, untiring efforts to make the trip a memorable and comfortable one for the entire team. Their daily briefing was quite interesting. Valley of flowers amazed us with the nuances it offered every minute. The continuous rain, the chill of the breeze, narrow steep path, rolling stones, changing landscape every minute, moving clouds around you, crossing the river over narrow bridges…. The list goes on and on Hemkund Saheb is another marvel. This place left most of the team members ecstatic. What a bliss. The only place I have seen made many people cry with joy. A place that one must visit atleast once in their lifetime. The trek(mule ride), the hospitality at the Gurudwara were breathtaking. It was a testimony to what faith can bring out of people. We could see people of all age groups from 3 to 70+ trek all the way from Govindghat to Hemkund Saheb, carrying children and luggage on shoulders and sometime on mules. Wow… We were exposed to a new world of Ghangaria which come alive in March and sleeps over from October. A town that has everything active only for 4 months.
"it was incredible experience. VOF is famous for its 80 and more rare flowers species. trek was 12000 ft above from the sea level. It was not easy but when I saw the colors of flowers it inspired me to go ahead and explored more.."
"once in a lifetime journey, must visit place and wonderful experience with Thrillophilia"
17 August 2019
So we were a group of 10. First were skeptical about how the trip would be manged by them as it was our first time plus everyone was about 50 year age but once we reached there evrything looked well managed and the staff was very nice and friendly. They explained everything to us very nicely. When the trek got a bit difficult for couple of them, subhash and jaydeep were very helpful. Special thanks to them. Ofcourse the trek is beautiful and no doubt about that.
"If a passing cloud, a sight of a waterfall, lush green landscape, or a cool breeze makes you crazy, then this is the perfect trek for you. If you dream about walking through green forests, valleys, trekking by the side of flowing rivers, touching mountain tips and snow peaks enveloped in rain and clouds, then this trek will make all your dreams come true. No camera or video cam can catch even 10 percent of the actual beauty of the pure serene wonderful landscape created by God with special care to be a feast for the eyes of nature lovers. So all you see in photos and videos is nothing when compared to what actually one feels during the trek. Don't forget to taste the purest coolest tastiest spring water which takes away the strain n tiredness from your body. But don't worry. a guide is always with you throughout the trek to tell you all the details and to watch your every step. Thanks to Thrillophilia for making the trek most comfortable and memorable. But more care can be taken about the food provided during the stay. Overall it's a compulsory trek which none of the nature lovers can miss."
13 March 2020
Thrillophilia had arranged a private departure for our group as we only want to visit the valley of flowers as we do not have 6 days time with us. The trek was very well coordinated and perfectly arranged. We had enjoyed our time during the trek.
22 February 2020
We had visited the trek in August month which was the peak time to go there and it was raining heavily during the trek. Thrillophilia has experienced guides and even in that heavy rain, we were able to complete the trek. The hotel stay during the trek was decent and the food provided was nutritious and good. Overall the trek was worth a visit and Thrillophilia arranged it very professionally.
05 March 2020
The trekking experience to Valley Of Flowers Trek was amazing and tiring also. The trekking terrain is easy no doubt but the trekking kilometers are many. Visiting the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib was a great lifetime experience we had.
13 September 2019
We were 60 plus a couple and decided to go to the valley of flowers and was in good physical health. We had a call with Udgeeth and he let us know about the availability of mules if at any point we are unable to trek and we hired them and had great experience of trekking and visiting the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib without any hassle.
10 April 2019
The valley looks so beautiful and has a great variety of flowers to see. The valley is also so big that we can not cover the entire valley as we get tired. It was worth the efforts of trekking to see the beautiful flowers.

People Also Ask About Joshimath

  1. How do I reach Joshimath?

    Joshimath is accessible by air, rail and road. We will take you all the three options.

    By air: The closest airport to Joshimath is the Jolly Grant Airport that is located 270 km from here. When you travel by air, you can reach this airport which is located in Dehradun. After you reach here you can travel to the town of Joshimath which will take approximately 6 hours to reach.

    By Train: The closest railway station to Joshimath is Rishikesh which is a close to 250 km away from here. You can reach Rishikesh and then cover the remaining distance by road

    By road: You can start your journey from Delhi, but we suggest you drive through Rishikesh. Rishikesh has a good network of roads and public transport buses which will ease your pain of looking for options. You can also reach Joshimath from other destinations like Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Srinagar too.

  2. What is the best time to visit Joshimath?

    We believe April to November is the best time to visit the holy town. Winters are chilling cold a witness’s heavy snowfall. Monsoon season too is synonymous with heavy rainfall and we suggest you don’t opt for this time as there have been many cases of landslides reported.

    Summers are pleasant and a little cold. So, if you want to explore the town with its true blue natural beauty, the time between April and November is the best time.
  3. What you will like in Joshimath?

    Apart from the essence of the town which you will love, there are many things you can explore here which will make you fall in love with the winter beauty. 

    1. Exploring the town is incomplete without a temple visit to all the popular temples especially Narsimha. 

    2. A visit to Nanda Devi national park is a must-include for those who love to explore flora and fauna amidst the beauty of nature.

    3. For adventure pursuers, skiing and trekking is very popular here and you will love the town for it.

    4. You will also like hopping on Asia’s longest cable car ride that covers a distance of about 4 km.

    5. For those who seek peace in this dreamy destination, camping also is something you will like.

  4. Any travel tips for visiting Joshimath?

    1. If you intend to visit here during monsoon, then we recommend you to download the best weather app to keep updating yourself about the weather conditions. Apart from this, we recommend you to stay in touch with your tour operator to get a check every little time to be sure to visit here.

    2. If you come here during winters you will be able to witness the deity from Badrinath brought here. This will be an experience of a lifetime.

    3. When you are planning to visit here in peak season, we suggest you complete all your bookings much in advance to avoid any difficulty in the future.

  5. Is Joshimath safe for solo female travellers?

    Joshimath is safe for solo female travellers. It is a small and closely-knit town and not very risky. We only suggest that all rules be duly followed and women do not travel alone at night, especially while coming from Rishikesh or Dehradun. We also suggest you come from Rishikesh.
  6. What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Joshimath?

    There are different purposes of any trip you take and even in the case of Joshimath the number of days you plan here depends on the purpose of the trip. If you are here on a pilgrim tour then 2 nights and one day will suffice you need. If you plan to visit the town completely and explore the temples and beautiful places then 3 nights and 4 days trip will suffice.

    For camping and other adventure activities too we recommend you to take a 3 nights and 4-day duration in hand. So on an average, a three to a 4-day trip is enough to explore the town holistically.
  7. How far is Auli from Joshimath?

    Auli is a mere 16 km drive from Joshimath. There are private as well as state transport buses that regularly travel to and fro the town to Auli.  There are also many cabs and taxis that frequent the two places and their frequency are really good.
  8. How far is Joshimath from Rishikesh?

    Rishikesh is one of the closest places from Joshimath. They are separated by about 254 km and it takes approx  8.5 hours to reach Joshimath from Rishikesh. It is well-connected and there is no dearth of public transport from Rishikesh to reach here.