Joshimath, Uttarakhand

Joshimath is the winter headquarters of the Badrinath and Kedarnath Temple Committee and the seat of Jagatguru Sankaracharya of Jyotirmath. The ancient Kalpavriksha from where Sri Sankara Bhagvatpada had the vision of the Jyoti of Badrinath and the place Laxmi Narashimha are here. The Narasimha Badri is the ancient temple and the Shankara Gaddi of Jagatguru are kept here for the winters. Bhavishya Badri and Tapovan are places of interest for pilgrims.

Fast Facts

Height: 1875 m

Climate: The summer is mild and light cottons and light woolens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens/cottons are suggested. 

Getting There & Away: How to reach Joshimath

Road: Joshimath is well connected with good road network via Haridwar, Rishikesh and Almora.

Rail: The nearest railway station is Rishikesh which is situated 253 kms.

Air: Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun, is the nearest Airport, situated at a distance of 273 kms.

Tourist Attractions in Joshimath

Narasimha Temple: Located at Joshimath, this renowned abode of Lord Narasimha is said to be about 1200 years old. Lord Narasimha (half man half lion) was the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In this temple, Lord Narasimha is seen in the “Padmasana’ posture.

Kalpavriksha (Divine Tree): Kalpavriksha has been regarded as divine and spiritual tree in Indian history. As per the Hindu Scriptures, Adi Jagatguru Shankaracharya sat under this tree and worshipped Lord Shiva. Kalpavriksha is an old Mulberry tree having a lot of historical, holy and religious significance in India. Located at Joshimath, Kalpavriksha is believed to be 1200 years old and is known by the name of Kalpataru. Mysteriously, Kalpavriksha remains evergreen throughout the year and never sheds a single leaf by itself.

Vasudeva Temple: Located 30 yards away from Narasimha Temple, Vasudeva Temple is dedicated to another incarnation of Lord Vishnu. One of the most renowned Vishnu temples of North India, it is considered extremely sacred by ‘Alavars’ Vaishnavite saints from Tamil Nadu.

Chopta: Chopta is popularly known as Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand. The number of tourists visiting Chopta has increased in recent years and the region has become popular vacation spot for adventure lovers and explorers. Tunganath is the highest temple of Lord Shiva situated only 4 kms from Chopta which should be covered on foot or by pony. Chopta is situated at a distance of 92 kms from Joshimath.

Gopeshwar: There are several ancient temples in Gopeshwar with great religious importance. The main attractions are the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, Vaitarani Kund and the splendid views of the Himalayas. Trek to Rudranath commences from Saggar which is situated 5 kms ahead from Gopeshwar on Guptakashi-Gopeshwar road. Gopeshwar is at a distance of 58 kms from Joshimath.

Auli: Auli is the most popular skiing destination in Uttarakhand and is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal. It covers an elevation from 2519 m to 3050 m above sea level. This place is often compared with the best resorts of the world and has also hosted the First SAF Winter Games in the year 2011. Read More>>>

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