Gateway to the Magical Himalayas
Joshimath or Jyootirmath is a small town in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand which will leave the tourists spellbound forever. Despite it being small in size, it carries huge significance, as it is the home to great Lord Badrinath during the winters when the holy temple of Badrinath remains closed. It is a highly revered and respected Hindu pilgrimage site and also considered to be visited at least once in every Hindu's life. Not just the temple of Badrinath, it also has a lot of other temples which mostly worship either Lord Shiva or Vishnu or its different avatars. Tourists never get disappointed and return back with a lot of inspiration whenever they visit the enchanting Joshimath. It such a beautiful blend of nature and holiness that one can feel nothing but blessed.
There can be absolutely no place better than the holy site of Joshimath to celebrate life, nature, God, culture, some beautiful Pahari music and a hot cup of tea! The perfect definition of Bliss!
The base camp for all adventures
Joshimath boasts of being religiously rich in every inch of itself it offers, but it also shows subtly is its enthralling beauty which can take anybody's breath away in a jiffy. It is loaded with beauty in the form of snow-clad mountains, milk-like flowing rivers, waterfalls, and a lot of forest areas too. Its diversity in flora and fauna can surprise anybody. It has a lot of surprises in store to offer to every tourist, but especially trekkers. There are a number of treks which can be which have a base camp in Joshimath like Hemkund Sahib and The valley of flowers. It also has natural hot springs, one of the most relaxing and satisfying things in the world! It is such a healing experience to be in Joshimath as it inspires you, guides you and fills you with a lot of courage and energy to go back and continue with an overbearing life.
How to reach
Joshimath is a quaint little hill town situated in Uttarakhand. Being situated in the mountains, there is no direct flight or train but it is very well connected by roads.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is the Dehradun or Jolly Grant airport, which is about 270 kms away. From there a lot of state government buses are deployed for Joshimath. Else, a taxi can be hired too And Dehradun airport is connected to a lot of major cities in India, especially New Delhi.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest commercial railway station is in Rishikesh about 150 kms away. It is connected by road from Rishikesh and a bus/taxi can be taken further.
How to Reach by Bus
Buses are available from almost all cities of Uttarakhand, including Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Haridwar. Some buses also run from Delhi.
How to Reach by Road
It is quite easy to reach by road and the most convenient way too as even after reaching the nearest airport or railway station, the rest 250-270 kms have to be covered by road.
How to travel within
Joshimath is a very small town and can be covered entirely on foot, Still, for elderly and children, a cab or taxi can be taken.
A Cultural Heritage
There's absolutely no question on Joshimath lagging behind when it comes to culture. It carries forward the teachings of Lord Shiva and Vishnu, a lot of other magical Hindu mythology stories and wonderings. Being such a popular tourist destination, especially among Hindus, it is well packed with delicious food, safe surroundings, warm hospitality, and pollution-free surroundings. What makes the stay more memorable is the touching sociability and amicability of the people here. They try their best to make your stay very comfortable and beautiful. This probably explains the number of restaurants of different cuisines, entirely foreign to this remote area, present here. Hospitality flows in the blood of people here and it is best felt when paid a visit.
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