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Joshimath is a popular hill station and a famous centre for pilgrimage located at a height of 1,890 mts above sea level in Chamoli district of Garhwal division in Uttarakhand and is also known as Jyotrimath as well.
The rivers Alkananda and Dhauliganga meet at the confluence of Vishnuprayag located just below Joshimath. And the view of Hathi Parvat and other Himalayan Peaks is mystifying. It is also the gateway of many Himalayan expeditions, trekking trails, camping and pilgrimage centres.
Joshimath History and Legend (Jyotirmath)
In ancient scriptures Joshimath is described as Kartikeyapura as it has been named after Kartikeya, the God of Katyuri kings and the son of Lord Shiva. Among the important attractions of Joshimath includes a temple dedicated to Narashima, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Some other temples are dedicated to Hanuman, Gaurishankar, Ganesha, and Naudevi and Surya.
Joshimath is one of the four maths or monasteries established in the 8th century by Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya. Joshimath is the also the home of the oldest tree of India, Kalpavriksha which stands at Joshimath from the time of Adi Shankaracharya which is like 1200 years old.
During winters, the town becomes home of the Lord Badri, whose idol is brought down from Badrinath temple to Vasudeva temple at Joshimath. Joshimath is being turned into a major winter travel destination as the government plans to introduce winter chardham Yatra circuit.
Joshimath as Adventure Destination
Joshimath is sometimes as used as a base for treks to the famous Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib but the mopre popular base if Govindghat located 26kms from JoshimathThe best time to visit Joshimath and for the trek is from mid July till end-August.
Auli is the most popular destination accessed by tourists. Auli offers winter sports, skiing, trekking and other adventure activities.
It is also the entrance point of Malari and Niti Valley, which has very similar vegetation and mountains as in Leh-Ladakh and Spiti region.