Joshimath, also known as Joshimath is a city and a municipal board in Chamoli District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Located at a height of 6150 feet, it is gateway to several Himalayan mountain climbing expeditions, trekking trails and pilgrim centres like Badrinath. It is home to one of the four cardinal pithas established by Adi Shankara.
As of 2011 India census, there are total 3,898 families residing in the Joshimath city. The total population of Joshimath is 16,709 out of which 9,988 are males and 6,721 are females thus the Average Sex Ratio of Joshimath is 673.
The population of Children of age 0-6 years in Joshimath city is 2103 which is 13% of the total population. There are 1127 male children and 976 female children between the age 0-6 years. Thus as per the Census 2011 the Child Sex Ratio of Joshimath is 866 which is greater than Average Sex Ratio (673).
As per the Census 2011, the literacy rate of Joshimath is 91.3% up from 77% in 2001. Thus Joshimath has higher literacy rate compared to 82.7% of Chamoli district. The male literacy rate is 84.5% and the female literacy rate is 72.8% in Joshimath.
Joshimath had a population of 13,202 in 2001
This is the math established by Adi Shankaracharya in North India. The Math is having temple of Badrinarayan and Rajrajeshwari Devi. It has a sacred cave where Adi Shankaracharya supposedly undertook tapasya.
This is an ancient temple of Lord Vishnu in Narsingh Avtar and main temple of Joshimath. It has idol of Lord Narsingh, which is considered established by Shankaracharya. As per local belief, the right hand of this idol has become as thin as hair. On the day when it will break, the mountains Jay-Vijay (which are situated on a way to Badrinath) shall join and become one and Lord Badrinath of Badrinath temple will disappear from present temple and re-appear as black stone (Shaligram) at new place called Bhavishya Badri, which is situated at a distance of 10 km from Joshimath. When Badrinath temple remain closed during winter every year, one idol of Lord Badri is brought to Narsinh temple and worshiped for six months.
Bhavishya Kedar Temple
As Per local belief, present Kedarnath will disappear along with Badrinath and re-appear in Bhavishya Kedar temple at Joshimath. This temple has small shivling.
Tapovan is situated 10 km from Joshimath. It has natural hot water springs. It has nice view of river Dhauliganga.
A Ropeway to Auli is popular among tourists and one of the longest ropeway in Asia. It is open only during the winter season and costs more than Rs 700 for a journey. Very often, the ropeway is always under repair and tourists may have to take a taxi to go to Auli.
Gari Bhawani Temple
Beautiful temple is located 6 km away from joshimath main town toward Rishikesh highway,
Kalpeshwar is situated near the beautiful village called Urgam which is in a valley. Urgam is off the highway NH-58 and is reached from Helang which is situated at about 18 km from Joshimath. There are sometimes shared vans from Helang to Nyari/Urgam before noon. Public bus transportation is available everyday from Joshimath to Helang from 5AM to 7AM.
Ropeway from Joshimath to Auli
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun 293 km (182 mi) away.
The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh, which has a small railway terminal. Haridwar railway junction, 24 km farther from Rishikesh, has train connections to most of the major cities in India.
Joshimath lies on national highway NH58 that connects Delhi with Badrinath and Mana Pass in Uttarakhand near Indo-Tibet border. Therefore, all the buses and vehicles that carry pilgrims from New Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar and Rishikesh in pilgrim season of summer months pass through Joshimath. Rishikesh is the major starting point for road journey to Joshimath. Regular buses operate from Rishikesh bus station to Joshimath. The road distance from Rishikesh to Joshimath is 251 km (156 mi) via Rudraprayag and Chamoli.