Reached by a hair-raising mountain road from Rishikesh that hugs steep-sided valleys for the final few hours, Joshimath is a ramshackle two-street town that serves as the gateway to Auli ski resort, Badrinath Temple, and treks to the Valley of Flowers, Hem Kund and Kuari Pass. As such it’s a major destination for Hindu and Sikh pilgrims as well as trekkers.
The town itself is a rather ugly administrative centre full of rusting rooftops, erratic power supply and limited places to eat, but it’s a good base to organise some of Uttarakhand’s best treks. Auli – with spectacular views of Nanda Devi – stands directly above Joshimath and can be reached by a 4km cable car.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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