The place is highly revered by Hindus and it is an important pilgrimage centre in the country. Many devotees and travellers 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. 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.
The town serves as a base for travellers 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. JOSHIMATH is a town that is located in the state of UTTARAKHAND in the District of CHAMOLI.
Where religion and dharma are considered as the two main elements of one’s life. It is one the four monasteries that were established by ADI guru SHANKARACHARYA in the 8th century AD. The JOSHIMATH temple enshrined at the JOSHIMATH town restores our faith in the divine energy. One can see KALPVRIKSHA, the oldest tree of India which is believed to be 1200 years old and visit the other noticeable Hindu shrines that are located in the CITY. Every year many devotees flock here to pay obeisance at the 8th century JYORIMATH math or the Shri SHANKARACHARYA monastery, manifested in the town itself.
Perched at an altitude of 6000 FT, this enchanting town also exhibits the spiritual vibes that can be felt at several ancient temples. In fact, JOSHIMATH serves as a significant religious centre for Hindu pilgrims and lies in the close proximity to one of the four 'maths' founded by ADI Guru Shri SHANKARACHARYA in 8th century namely BADRINATH. This 'math' dedicated to the holy text of Hindus called ATHARVA Veda. JOSHIMATH also boasts of salubrious weather throughout the year oozing tranquillity away from the hustle bustle of cities. The clouds flirting with the hilltop, a verdant cover of lush green, winding rivers and streams and the mystique of several ancient temple dotted in the area will make sure of a luring you back again and again.
1. KALPAVRIKSHA -
This historical tree is now only able to bear flowers and not fruits, but the leaves are still young and fresh. The great 8th century explorer ADI SHANKARACHARYA used to meditate in the shades of this comely tree and the cave where he lived is also situated here. The closing encircle of this mulberry tree is 21.5mts. Millions of people visit BADRINATH every year unknowingly that the tree they pass through has same age as the BADRINATH temple. KALPVRIKSHA is one of the oldest tree with more than 1200 years of age in India. It is a forgotten tree which holds unsurpassed and unparalleled significance
2. AULI –
AULI is Asia’s highest and longest cable car by connecting it with JOSHIMATH. AULI is the most popular skiing and paragliding spot of UTTARAKHAND situated at an elevation of 3050mts above sea level. AULI will be hosting SAF winter games in 2010. AULI - The Ski Resort of UTTARAKHAND is also connected with motor-able roads, situated 14kms from JOSHIMATH.AULI affords astounding and celestial views of the enchanting snow laden Himalayan range.
3. NARSINGH TEMPLE -
This is an ancient temple dedicated to NASRINGH DEVTA at JOSHIMATH which is the home of Shri BADRINATHJI in winters. NARSINGH is one of the several avatars’ of Lord Vishnu. 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.
By Air: 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 motor-able roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to JOSHIMATH.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to JOSHIMATH is RISHIKESH. Taxis and buses are available from RISHIKESH, Srinagar, RUDRAPRAYAG, CHAMOLI and many other destinations to JOSHIMATH.
By Road: 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. JOSHIMATH is well connected by motor-able roads with major destinations of UTTARAKHAND state. Buses to RISHIKESH and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. 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 motor-able roads with RISHIKESH.