Do you want to see exceptional beauty with a close range of snow peaks views throughout the year? If yes, you should visit Jyotirmath which is 44 km short of Badrinath. It is also called as Joshimath.
This place has made a mark on the global tourists’ map owing to the presence of renowned ski resort in Auli. It forms a transit point for trekkers going to Valley of Flowers. It houses Jyotirmath, one of the four mathas set up by Adi Shankara. It has renowned temple, Narasimha temple in its vicinity. Those who want to explore natural beauty and those who are religious tourists throng this site in high numbers.
Now let’s figure out top five places which should never be given a miss when you are in Jyotirmath:
Situated at a height of 10000 ft., Auli has carved a niche for being a renowned ski destination. This place offers the best views of Nandadevi range throughout the day. And the other specialty of this region is that it can be visited through a cable car which offers pristine view of nature. As it remains surrounded by dense coniferous and oak forests, it offers a panoramic view of beautiful mountain peaks of the greatest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas. The place is the best for skiing as it gives rush to adrenalines to both the professional skier as well to the novice trekker.
2. Badrinath Dham
One of the prominent dams among the chaardhams of Hindu pilgrimage, Badrinath is a famous temple surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. Temple remains open from the months of May to October, however the opening dates vary due to changing weather. As it is situated at a height of 11000 feet, the access to this temple is difficult in high season and the authorities need to monitor traffic regulations.
3. Gopinath Temple
This temple is an ancient temple dating back to 12th century. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva in Gopeshwar. The architecture of the temple is exquisite and amazing and stands out in its character. It is situated on Kedarnath – Badrinath route.
4. Valley of Flowers
It could be termed as a fairy land owing to its exceptional beauty. Spread over 87 sq. km, this place is bounded by magnanimous and magnificent mountain ranges and glaciers which unfold charismatic beauty of nature at its best. the exotic flora has a flowery face and in summers it looks a like a colorful carpet. This place was explored by mountaineer Frank S Smith in the year 1931. It is crowned with the tag of being a world heritage site, and is placed at a conversion point of Himalayan ranges, Zanskar and Western and Eastern Himalayas. he flowery meadows, cascading waterfalls and pretty streams add more to its beauty.
5. Shri Hemkunt Sahib
This is a renowned Sikh pilgrimace site which stands at a height of over 15,000 feet above the sea level. It is thronged by thousands of devotees from the world in each summer. Gobind Singh, it is believed, meditated at this place in his previous birth. A beautiful gurudwara is situated here. It forms the epitome of all principles which strengthen the Sikh faith. Situated in Chamoli district, it is surrounded by seven mountain peaks and there are waterfalls, streams etc. around this place.
Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib opens on May 25th and closes on October 10th.
Joshimath, hence, constitutes a significant position in Hinduism due to the presence of ancient temples and mathas. The presence of Jyotirmath which is one of the four cardinal institutions set up by Adi Shankara, has given it utmost significance in Hindu religion. The other three mathas set up by him are at Shringeri, Puri and Dwaraka.
If you too have a penchant to explore a destination which is blessed with natural beauty at its best and it is also a renowned pilgrimage spot, you should visit Joshimath which will woo you with all its beauty to revisit the site.