Getting There & Away
Although the main road up to Joshimath is maintained by the Indian army, and a hydroelectric plant on the way to Badrinath has improved that road, the area around Joshimath is inevitably prone to landslides, particularly in the rainy season from mid-June to mid-September.
The best way to get to Badrinath/Govindghat (for Valley of Flowers and Hem Kund) is by shared jeep (₹100/50), leaving from the Badrinath taxi stand at the far end of Upper Bazaar Rd. Hiring the whole jeep costs ₹1000.
Buses run from Joshimath to Rishikesh and Haridwar (₹500, 11½ hours), at 5am and 6am departing from the tiny GMOU booth, where you can also book tickets. From the main jeep stand, private buses leave occasionally for Chamoli (₹100, two hours) and Karanprayag (₹140, four hours), with some continuing to Rishikesh.
To get to the eastern Kumaon region, take any bus or shared taxi to Chamoli then transfer onward to Karanprayag, from where a series of local buses and share jeeps can take you along the beautiful road towards Kausani, Bageshwar and Almora. You may have to change several times along the way. Transport winds down in the late afternoon, so get an early start.
Full taxis are best hired through a travel agency or hotel, as there is no taxi stand for these. Taking one to Rishikesh would cost about ₹6000.