Joshimath

General Information
Altitude : 2100 mts.
Season : Round the year.
Language : Garhwali, Hindi and English.
Clothing : Summer - Cotton & Woolens.
Winter - Heavy woolens.
Adi Guru Sankaracharya, who came all the way from Kerala in the 8th century A.D., performed penance under a tree and after attaining enlightenment, established a Math, (religious center), known as 'Jyotirmath'. The name Joshimath is derived from it. Temples of Narsingh Dev and Nav Durga is located here. Of special scenic interest are orchards of apple, apricots, lemons and maltas spread all over. Badrinath is just 44 km. from here. Joshimath is also Gatway of Badrinath.

Accessibility

Air : The nearest airport is Jolly Grant 325 km.
Rail : Nearest Railhead is Rishikesh 309 kms.
Road : Well connected by motor able roads to the major towns of Garhwal and Kumaon region, situated on rishikesh Badrinath motor road.
Auli
16 km.) This ski and tourist resort can be reached by road from Joshimath and by 4.2 km. long ropeway. It provides an excellent view of Himalayan peak like Nanda Devi, Kamet etc.
Tapovan
(15 km.) On Joshimath - Malari motor road. Tapovan is famous for its hot spring which are belived to posses miraculous healing power.
Vishnu Prayag
(12 km.) On Joshimath - Badrinath route. It is situated on the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauli rivers. This is the place where Narad had meditated and got the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
Hemkund Sahib
25 kms. short of Badrinath is GivindGhat, which is connected with direct bus service from Badrinath, Joshimath and other part of region, then a 18 km. trek.
Badrinath
46 km. from Joshimath, Badrinath is also known as Vishal Badri, this temple located at the height of 3,133 mts. is the largest himalayas and most popular of Vishnu pilgrimages among the five Badries. The original temple here is believed to be built by King Pururava and the icon of the lord carved by Vishwakarma, the creator of the gods. The idol was recovered by Adi Shankaracharya from the waters of the nearby Naradkund and consecrated once more in the temple, restored in the 19th century by the royal houses of Scindia & Holker. So holy in this shrines that it forms one of the four prominent places of Hindu worship. The epic Mahabharata, it is believed, was composed in the Vyas and Ganesh caves close by. The Vishnu Ganga which later becomes Alaknanda flows below the while Neelkanth keeps vigil over all devotees.

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