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Joshimath Tourism And Travel Guide
16.6° C / 62° F
April to November
2 to 4 Days
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (272 kms)
Rishikesh Railway Station (250 kms)
Joshimath is a hidden gem, approximately 6000 feet above sea-level. It serves as the winter home to the priests and shrine of Badrinath. This quiant town is situated amidst immense natural beauty and is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas on all sides. The town also acts a base point for treks to the Valley Of Flowers as well as Hemkund Sahib. It is best visited any time between April to November, but can be visited during the summer and winter months. The town has a strong spiritual significance in the Hindu religion but is also a great place to indulge in some outdoor adventure sports like camping, trekking and even skiing. Tourism in Joshimath is booming all year around. To learn more about Joshimath, check out this travel guide.
How to Reach
Having no domestic airport of its own, Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is closest to Joshimath, 272 km away. There are multiple bus and taxi options for visitors to get to and from Joshimath.
This is the best way to reach Joshimath, due to the well-connected roadway network present in and around the area. The drive down from Delhi is long but very scenic and is not to be missed.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Summer (April - June):
This is the most ideal time to visit Joshimath. The weather is warm throughout the day and visitors can enjoy clear skies with high visibility. This is perfect weather for outdoor activities.
Monsoon (July - September):
Although the surrounding landscape becomes lush in this season, Joshimath is prone to flooding and landslides. Hence, caution is advised when travelling during this period.
Winter (December - February):
The weather in this season can drop down to freezing levels. However, if visitors are well-clad they can truly enjoy the beauty of Joshimath in the snow.
Things to Do
Pangarchulla Peak Climb:
This 6 day trek is a unique experience for adventurers and trekkers from all over the world. The trek enables visitors to observe some of the rarest plant and animal species on the planet.
Kuari Pass Trek:
Visitors will travel through hot springs, hillocks and a variety of other natural wonders on this journey. This trek is perfect for moderately experienced trekkers.
Auli Skiing Tour:
Auli is hands down the best place to enjoy skiing in India. The snow covered hillocks and slopes are a dream for adventure sport enthusiasts and is a fun family activity to do as well.
Valley Of Flowers Trek:
This extremely scenic and breathtaking trek takes visitors through the iconic Valley of Flowers and Nanda Devi National Park. The valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the natural wonders of the modern world.
The Joshimath Market is a fun place to check out some handicrafts and traditional winter wear like shawls, pashminas, gloves, socks and hats, all handmade from scratch. The market is quite famous for the unique, wooden idols of Hindu deities on offer and is not to be missed.
There are limited food options for visitors in Joshimath. Some of the best food can be found at places like Ahaar, Saket Restaurant and Panwar Hotel. Most of these places specialize in traditional North-Indian vegetarian delicacies. The food here is simple, affordable and very tasty.