As the gateway to Badrinath Temple and Hem Kund, Joshimath sees a steady stream of Hindu and Sikh pilgrims from May to October. And as the base for the Valley of Flowers and Kuari Pass treks, and Auli ski resort, it attracts adventure travellers year-round.
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.
Joshimath destination guides
Nanda Devi & the Valley of the Flowers with Garry Weare
Trek Nanda Devi and the Valley of the Flowers with time in the renowned hill station of Mussoorie