Joshimath

Joshimath Uttarakhand

  *Garhwal Himalayas from Joshimath by Mamta Panwar

Joshimath is a small town in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand India. It lies in the Garhwal Himalayas, 60kms on the way to Badrinath.

The beautiful town is surrounded with coniferous and oak forests, and also offers a fantastic view of mountain peaks of Nanda Devi, Dunagiri, Beethartoli, Neelkanth, Hathi Parbat and Kamet.

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    Legendary belief of Joshimath

    Joshimath is the hindi name from sanskrit Jyoti - eyes and math - home' meaning home of Lord Shiva's eyes. It is believed that this place is Lord Vishu's ( Badrinath ) resting place for the winters.

    The town is also well known for its Narsingh Temple and Garuda Temple. The Narsing temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. When the Badrinath temple remains closed during the winter, the idol of Lord Badrinath is then transferred to the Narsingh temple and worshiped here for six months and later transferred back to Badrinath.

    The Amar Kalp tree in Joshimath is one of the oldest tree in India and is said to be almost 2500 yrs old. It is located 20 metres from the market near Shankaracharya Matt.

    What more to do in Joshimath?

    Joshimath Travel Information

    Joshimath Uttarakhand is a part of Garhwal tourism, and the local languages spoken are Gadhwali and Hindi. The best time to visit Joshimath dham would be from February - May and August - October.

    Be careful of slippery roads if you are driving to Joshimath.

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    Image courtesy - Mamta Panwar