Joshimath As the gateway to Badrinath Temple, Hem Kund Sahib and Valley of Flower
Joshimath or Jyotirmath is a city in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is the winter seat of one of the four cardinal Pithas established by Adi Shankara, Badrinath Temple. The idol of the deity is brought down from the main shrine to Vasudeva Temple at Joshimath. The place has great value in the hearts of Hindus as it is an important pilgrimage centre in the country. The place serves as the base point of the several Himalayan mountain climbing expeditions, trekking trails and pilgrims centres like Badrinath and Auli.
Flock of the devotees visit Joshimath every year especially in the summer season to pay the obeisance to Lord Badri. One can visit Kalpavriksha which is the oldest temple of India, believed to be 1200 years old and other noticeable shrines located in the city.
With significant attractions of Joshimath there is also a temple dedicated to Narsimha, incarnation of lord Vishnu. Other temples are dedicated to Hanuman, Gaurishankar, Ganesha, Naudevi and Surya.
The place offers some interesting activity like trekking to near by valleys. The valley of flowers is one of the famous treks which start from Govindghat, 26 km away from Joshimath. Apart from that adventure seekers can also go for Auli meadows in summer. Not only this, it also offers a cable car ride which takes one from Joshimath to Auli Ski Resort. Auli is world famous for skiing. Here amateur and professionals both can ski in snow slopes during winter. One can also go for 4 to 14 days certification courses of skiing. Camping is another option of the adventure where one stays in camps under the clear and beautiful black sky. Visitors can bring tents by themselves or can avail them on rent. There are several levelled grounds in the lap of nature where one can set their camps.
Although Joshimath has itself many places of interest which attracts tourists but Auli is the special one which mesmerise visitors by its beauty and adventures and provide never to forget moments. Its ropeway is the major attraction of the place as it the longest one of its kind in Asia after Gulmarg. It is one of the best paragliding and skiing destination in India, hosts large number of tourists.
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