Joshimath

The word Joshimath is derived out of ‘Jyotirmath’ (the place of Jyotirlinga of Shiva). Joshimath is famous for being home to one of the four Peeths i.e. center for sanyasis. This Peeth was founded by Shankaracharya, the famous Hindu Guru.

Joshimath is considered to be one of the most sacred placed by Hindus since it is believed that Lord Badrinath (Lord Vishnu) resides here during winters. Surrounded by tall and majestic snow covered Himalayas, Joshimath is an important destination en route celebrated shine of Badrinath which is about 42 Km from here.

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Narasimha Temple In Joshimath
The famous temple of Lord Narasimha is about 1200 years old and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Presiding deity of the temple, Lord Narasimha, half-man and half-lion, is believed to be the fourth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu.

Like Badrinath, the Lord Narasimha too is seen positioned in ‘padmasana’. Interestingly, the left wrist of the deity is getting thinner day by day. It is believed that when the deity hand will fall off, the road to Badrinath will get blocked as a result of a land slide.

Vasudeva Temple
This Temple of Lord Vasudeva is situated some 30 yards away from the temple of Lord Narasimha. The presiding deity here is Vasudeva who is identified with Lord Vishnu. It is one of the most famous Vishnu temples of north India. It was considered very sacred by the ‘Alavars’, the Tamil Vaishnavite Saints. The deity’s idol here is carved out of a piece of black stone, measuring 6 feet in height.
Trekking Around Joshimath
Joshimath is the base for the trekking expedition to the famous Valley of Flowers and Hemkund. The season here, for trekkers is short-lived: mid-July to August end. Following are the two routes that can be taken:-

1. Joshimath - Govindghat - Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers
The trek begins at Govindghat, which is about 18 Km from Joshimath. Ghangaria is the next stop which is 12.5 Km away. Valley of flowers is a 3.5 km trek from here.

2. Joshimath - Govindghat - Ghangaria - Hemkund
Hemkund which is a famous center of Sikh pilgrimage can be reached after a steep trek of 5.5 Km from Ghangaria. Here, there is a beautiful lake and a Gurudwara by its banks.


Accessibility :
By Air :

Jolly Grant airport near Dehradun (25 km east of city) is the nearest airport.It is 273 km away from Joshimath. In fact this airport is closer to Rishikesh (approx. 16 km) and takes roughly 20-30 minutes to reach Rishikesh. From there you need to book a taxi or take a bus to reach Joshimath. Kingfisher Airlines connects Dehradun airport with New Delhi through its Kingfisher Red service leaving New Delhi airport at 11:35 and 03:20 pm and reaching Dehradun at 12:30 pm and 04:20 pm respectively.

By Rail
The nearest railway station to Joshimath is Rishikesh, which is 253 km away. However, Haridwar railway station, 25 km from Rishikesh is better connected with New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Amritsar and Howrah. There is a passenger train that leaves Delhi station at 05:35 pm and reaches Rishikesh next morning at 04:30 am. There is another express train connecting Jammu Tawi to Rishikesh (4610 Hemkunt Express) leaving Jammu Tawi at 06:45 pm and reaching Rishikesh next morning at 08:00 am.

By Road :
Joshimath is well connected to the towns of Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar. Taxis and buses are easily available to and from these locations. Generally buses leave early morning from Haridwar and Rishikesh for Badrinath and Joshimath comes en route. They leave from "Yatra Bus stand" in Haridwar in the morning starting at 04:30 am. The last bus from Haridwar leaves by around 07:00 am. Normally it would take around 9 – 10 hours to cover journey from Rishikesh to Badrinath. Fare would be approximately Rs. 350 one way. Another option is to take shared taxis from Tehri bus stand in Rishikesh. From New Delhi it is approximately 486 km to Joshimath and you need to just follow NH -58 crossing Modinagar, Roorkee, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Srinagar and Rudraprayag en route.

 
 
 
 

Narasimha Temple

 
 

Vasudeva Temple

 
 
 
 
 
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