Joshimath (Auli)

Joshimath is a town that is located in the state of Uttarakhand in the District of Chamoli. The place is highly revered by Hindus and it is an important pilgrimage center in the country. Many devotees and travelers can be seen in the area during the pilgrim season. There are many temples and other religious sites that are located in the town as well.

The town serves as a base for travelers who are looking to take a trek to some of the higher regions. One can reach the Valley of Flowers by taking a trek from the town of Joshimath. There are many hotels and dharamshalas that are located in the town as well and these cater to the visitors.

There is an 8th century matt called the Adi Guru Sri Sankaracharya and this is one of the most popular places in the town. There are many temples that are located here as well and one can see them all around the town.

For the ones among you who are interested in adventure sports, there is a place called Auli that is located around 16 km from the town. This is one of the few places where you can experience sports such as ice skiing. The Nanda Devi Park is also another tourist spot in the region.


It is a forgotten tree which holds unsurpassed and unparalleled significance. Kalpavriksha is the oldest tree of India with an estimated age of more than 1200 years. The great 8th century explorer Adi Shankaracharya used to meditate in the shades of this same tree and the cave where he used to live is also situated here. The circumference of this mulberry tree is 21.5 mts. This historic tree now only bears flowers and not fruits, but the leaves are still young and fresh. Millions of people visit Badrinath every year unknowingly that the tree they pass through has same age as the Badrinath temple.

Shri Shankracharya Math

This math was established by Adi Shankaracharya and it is one of the four cardinal institutes in India situated in the north. The Math houses the temples of Lord Badrinarayan and Rajrajeshwari Devi. It also has a sacred cave where Adi Shankaracharya meditated.

Narsingh Temple

This is an ancient temple dedicated to Nasringha Devta at Joshimath which is the home of Shri Badrinathji in winters. The statue of God Narsingh is shrinking day by day and it is said that the day when it will fall, the route to Badrinath will get closed permanently by a major land slide. Narsingh is one of the several avatars of Lord Vishnu and the famous temple in Joshimath.


Auli is the most popular skiing and paragliding spot of Uttarakhand situated at an elevation of 3050mts above sea level. Auli affords astounding and celestial views of the enchanting snow laden Himalayan range. Asia highest and longest cable car is situated in Auli connecting it with Joshimath. Auli has the distinction of holding the first ever South Asian winter sports games in 2010. Auli is also connected with motorable roads and is situated 14kms from Joshimath.

Auli Ropeway

One the major attraction of Joshimath. It is one of the highest and longest cable car (ropeway) in Asia, and offer majestic views of Himalayas. Auli Ropeway is of total 4kms in lenght and connects Joshimath town to the Auli within a timespan of 15 minutes.

Bhavishya Kedar

As per legends and local belief, one day the Kedarnath temple will disappear along with Badrinath temple, and Lord Kedar will be worshiped in Bhavishya Kedar. Currently, this temple have a very small Shivling.


It is located just 10 kms from Joshimath and famous for its natural hot spring water. The have many medicinal values and are also helpful in treating skin problems. 

Garhi Bhawani Temple

It is a beautiful temple, located 6 kms from Joshimath towards the Rishikesh Highway.

By Flight
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Joshimath situated at a distance of 272kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Joshimath is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Joshimath.
By Train
The nearest railway station to Joshimath is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 250kms before Joshimath on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Joshimath is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli and many other destinations to Joshimath.
By Road
Joshimath is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Joshimath are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Joshimath is situated on NH58.

You can get to Joshimath from haridwar by bus or hiring a taxi. The drive is very scenic and runs along the ganges and its tributaries. The buses are mostly private run and generally in poor condition. The buses leave from haridwar in the morning starting at 4:30. The last bus leaves by around 7 AM. The journey is long, takes about 11 hours depending on the number of stops your bus is making on the trip.

You can also take a taxi to Joshimath, that will be more comfortable and the time it takes is about 8-9 hours.




Jan Freezing Cold with Snowfall January has a freezing climate with snowfall. The snow clad nature is  imposing and ideal for winter sports.
Feb Freezing Cold with Snowfall February is snow bound with nature appears with eye catching white cover. Good for winter travels.
Mar Very Cold March offers reprieve for the freezing cold. The atmosphere starts to become warm.
Apr Moderately Cold April is cold but perfect for all tourist activities. Day times are bit warm, but nights are cool.
May Moderately Cold
May is moderately hot with sun appears over the sky most of the days. Good for outdoor travels.
Jun Pleasant June is the hottest month of the year. The atmosphere is temperate. The nature looks attractive and suitable for tourist activities.
Jul Pleasant July has beautiful showers in its kitty. The nature dresses in new lush green new leaves. Good for enjoying the picturesque nature.
Aug Moderately Cold August is pretty good with picturesque nature and flowering plants and trees. August offers moderately warm climate.
Sep Moderately Cold September is humid with post monsoon showers. The nature appears fresh.
Oct Very Cold October welcomes winters with all its majesty. The climate is moderately cold.
Nov Very Cold November offers a very cold ambiance. This month is ideal for honeymoon travels.
Dec Very Cold December is very cold. Outdoor activities require winter dresses and often snowfall is seen.

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