Joshimath from Delhi | Joshimath Hotels –ELEV 1845M As the gateway to Badrinath Temple and Hem Kund, Joshimath sees a steady stream of Hindu and Sikh pilgrims from May to October. Joshimath is also base for the Valley of Flowers and Kuari Pass treks, and Auli ski resort, it attracts adventure travellers year-round.
Joshimath from Delhi | Joshimath Hotels
Reached from Rishikesh by a serpentine mountain road, Joshimath is a ramshackle two-street town with erratic power supply and limited places to eat. Although the mountain views are lost from the town itself, it’s only a short cable-car ride from here to magnificent vistas of Nanda Devi.
To trek the Kuari Pass and other routes in Nanda Devi Sanctuary, you need a permit and a registered guide. There are many excellent tour operators in town who can organise everything.
Sleeping & Eating
There are lots of cheap lodgings and a few pricier hotels scattered around town. You can stay in homestay-style guesthouses operate upmarket that are worth considering in Joshimath. Several dhabas in the main bazaar serve similar vegetarian thalis and dosas from ₹20 to ₹90.
Getting There & Away
Although the main road for Joshimath is maintained by the Indian army and the road towards Badrinath has improved by hydroelectric plant, situated there. The area around Joshimath is inevitably prone to landslides, especially in the rainy season from mid-June to mid-September.
The best way to get to Badrinath or Govindghat (for Valley of Flowers and Hem Kund) is by shared jeep (₹70), leaving from the Badrinath taxi stand at the far end of Upper Bazar Rd. Hiring the whole jeep costs ₹1000. A few buses (₹60) leave throughout the day from the same place.
Buses run from Joshimath to Rishikesh (₹270, 10 hours) and Haridwar (₹300, 11½ hours) at 4am, 4.30am and 6am, departing from the tiny GMOU booth (Upper Bazaar Rd; h4am-8pm), where you can also book tickets. From the main jeep stand, private buses leave occasionally for Karanprayag (₹90, four hours), with some continuing to Rishikesh.
To get to the eastern Kumaon region take any bus to Karanprayag, from where local buses and share jeeps can take you along the beautiful road towards Kausani, Bageshwar and Almora. You may have to change buses at Gwaldam (₹80, 3½ hours), to get to where you’re going.