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Journey to Joshimath

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Journey date to Joshimath: 27th December 2015 (Sunday)

Distance from Haridwar to Joshimath: Around 279 Kms. as per Google map.

Time taken to reach Joshimath: Around 11 to 12 hours (Actually 8 hours more than enough. Since we had multiple breaks including breakfast, lunch and tea breaks it took us more time).

National Highway#: NH-58

How to reach the place: From Haridwar, Take following route to Joshimath: Haridwar -–> Rishikesh –> Byasi -–> Devaprayag -–> Kirtinagar -–> Srinagar –> Rudraprayag -–> Karnaprayag -–> Nandaprayag -–> Chmoli –> Pipalkoti –> Joshimath

Mode of Transport to choose:

  • If you hire a Cab/Tempo Traveller/Mini Bus, it is easy to reach Joshimath from Haridwar.
  • Public transports like private & govt. buses also available to Joshimath or Badrinath. One can use public transport to reach Joshimath or Badrinath. It is nearly 8 hours of journey from Haridwar.

Main attraction during journey to Joshimath is Panch Prayag

Panch Prayag(five confluences) is main attraction during the journey to Joshimath. It is an expression in Hindu religious ethos, specifically used to connote the five sacred river confluences in the Garhwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, India. The five prayags – prayag meaning “confluence” in Sanskrit – also termed as “Prayag pentad”, namely the five river confluences, are Vishnu Prayag, Nand Prayag, Karn prayag, Rudra Prayag and Dev Prayag, in the descending flow sequence of their occurrence.

For more information, visit the link: Panch Prayag

Note: Not able to capture pics of Rudraprayag, Nandaprayag  and Vishnuprayag.

  • Devprayag: Devprayag (Devaprayāg) (Devanagari: देव प्रयाग) is a town and a nagar panchayat (municipality) in Tehri Garhwal district in the state of Uttarakhand, India, and is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River where Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers meet and take the name Ganga or Ganges River. For more information, visit the link: Devaprayag

               Rivers: Alaknanda and Bhagirathi

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Holy Devprayag where Alaknanda & Bhagirathi rivers meet and take the name Ganga or Ganges River
  • Rudraprayag: Rudraprayag is a town and a municipality in Rudraprayag district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, the point of confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Kedarnath, a Hindu holy town is located 86 km from Rudraprayag. The famous man eating Leopard of Rudraprayag hunted and written about by Jim Corbett dwelled here. For more information, visit the link: Rudraprayag

               Rivers: Alaknanda and Mandakini

  • Karnaprayag: Karnaprayag is a city and municipal board in Chamoli District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Karnaprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, situated at the confluence of the Alaknanda, and Pindar River. For more information, visit the link: Karnaprayag

               Rivers: Alaknanda and Pindar

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Karnaprayag – Another confluence en-route Joshimath
  • Nandaprayag: Nandaprayag is a town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Nandaprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, and lies at the confluence of Alaknanda River and Nandakini River. For more information, visit the link: Nandaprayag

               Rivers: Alaknanda and Nandakini

  • Vishnuprayag: Vishnuprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, and lies at the confluence of Alaknanda River and Dhauliganga River, in Chamoli district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Vishnuprayag derives its name from Vishnu, According to Hindu scriptures[which?], it is the place where Sage Narada meditated, after which Vishnu appeared before him. It is near to Kagbhusandi Lake. For more information, visit the link: Vishnuprayag

               Rivers: Alaknanda and Dhauliganga

More attractions during the Journey to Joshimath:

  1. Har Ki Paudi and famous Shiva Statue of Haridwar.
  2. Ram Jhula & Lakhan Jhula of Rishikesh.
  3. Breathtaking stretch of Rishikesh to Devaprayag via Byasi.
  4. Enchanting landscapes throughout the journey.
  5. Beautiful view of high altitude mountains.
  6. Remote villages of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
  7. Rivers such as River Ganges, Alaknanda, Bhagirathi, Mandakini, Nandakini, Pindar, Dhauliganga en-route Joshimath.
  8. Deadly dangerous narrow roads and lovely himalayan bridges.
  9. Heavenly & dangerous stretch of Patalganga while approaching Joshimath on NH-58.
  10. Snowcapped mountains near Joshimath.

Day in brief:

It was my first & maiden visit to Joshimath. Never thought route of Joshimath from Haridwar is so beautiful and surreal. It was epic journey indeed with beautiful Panch Prayags, Mighty moutains & Deadly dangerous roads all the way till Joshimath.  My friend Achintya Kundu (Organizer) already booked 2 cabs to Joshimath few days prior to the event so everything goes according to the plan. We decided to start early towards Joshimath since more distance need to cover in the day. Our journey to Joshimath was scheduled early in the morning around 5:00 AM from Hotel Ashoka in-front of Haridwar Railway station. It was chilling & winter weather of Uttarakhand at Haridwar gave us what is in offering for next few days.

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Group pic before leaving to Joshimath at Hotel Ashoka, Haridwar
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Winter morning of Haridwar in my camera
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All set for cab journey in-front of Hotel Ashoka, Haridwar

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Cab drivers – Journey to Joshimath

After little delay, with 2 cabs & 16 of us started from Haridwar at 5:45 AM with lot of expectations in the journey of Joshimath. It was dark and after few Kms. of Journey, we all reached Rishikesh. I know there will be lot of interesting places en-route because Uttarakhand is Devbhoomi and it carries interesting stories with every place so started to ask questions and informations to our cab driver Dinesh Toyla. I got good reply with his name, Kms. to cover till Joshimath and places to see. Shocked with his answer and really mesmerized about places to see en-route. Still it was dark & thought of sun coming out. In Uttarakhand, Day was small and Night was big during winter session. Sun came out slowly around 7:00 AM and Beautiful valleys of Uttarakhand opened up throughout the journey. No words enough to describe the beauty of Uttarakhand, heavenly views en-route post Rishikesh!!!

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Early morning view of River Ganges – Truly Breathtaking!!!
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Common scene at Uttarakhand

Stopped en-route Byasi to capture the beauty of the place in our cameras. Clicked some enchanting landscapes and group pic near Byasi.

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Group pic with cab driver Dinesh while approaching towards Byasi

After 15 minutes of break, continued our journey and decided to stop at Devaprayag for Breakfast. It was 8:15 AM, when we reached Devaprayag. Witnessed mesmerizing view of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi river confluence from the road and moved towards hotel for breakfast.

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Selfie time! – Myself & S Sidd
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Group selfie at Devaprayag
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Streets of Devaprayag
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Team having breakfast at Devaprayag

Around 9:00 AM, we continued our journey towards Joshimath after breakfast at Devaprayag. Had Aloo Parata and Tea for breakfast. Journey was so beautiful couldn’t be explained in words!!! Thought of stopping our cab every half an hour but due to time constraint, had fixed stops. We had 2 stops before small tea break around 11:30 AM. One stop at Dhari Devi Temple and another on the banks of Alaknanda River. Clicked magnificent landscapes and some memorable pics in our cameras.

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Beautiful journey of Joshimath

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Lovely landscape en-route Joshimath – Beautiful Alaknanda River
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Group pic en-route Joshimath

Dhari Devi Temple: Dhari Devi is a temple on the banks of the Alaknanda River in the Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand state, India. It houses the upper half of an idol of the goddess Dhari that,according to local lore, changes in appearance during the day from a girl, to a woman, and then to an old lady.The idol’s lower half is located in Kalimath, where mata is prayed in Kali roop.
This shrine is one of 108 shakti sthals in India, as numbered by Srimad Devi Bhagwat.

For more information, visit the link: Dhari Devi Temple

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Magnificent Dhari Devi Temple
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A pit stop on the banks of Alaknanda River
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A capture on the banks of Alaknanda River
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One more selfie with S Sidd
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Crystal clear water of Alaknanda River
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Reflection at its Best!!!
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Rockstar Mani :P
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Breathtaking Landscapes near Karnaprayag – Pic#1
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A click on the bridge
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Breathtaking Landscapes near Karnaprayag – Pic#2

Next stop, we did at Karnaprayag around 1:00 PM for afternoon lunch. Had our lunch at Karnaprayag and continued our journey towards Joshimath around 2:00 PM after little exploration of the place.

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Boarding at the entrance of Karnaprayag – A click from the cab
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Karnaprayag – Yet another beautiful town!
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Mani everywhere! – Team having lunch at Karnaprayag
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My favourite click from every journey – Hanging Bell

As the journey continued towards Joshimath, journey started to become more and more beautiful.  Around 2:30 PM, we got first glimpse of snow from the distance. Those who are first timer to himalayas in our cab are very excited and over the moon!!! Stopped near Chamoli for small break and clicked some pics too…

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Breathtaking views everywhere – Pic#1
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Breathtaking views everywhere – Pic#2
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Army vehicle in my camera near Joshimath
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Breathtaking views everywhere – Pic#3
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Final stop of the journey to joshimath – Near Chamoli

It was 4:30 PM, when we reached Joshimath and our guides for the Winter trek to Pangarchulla peak via Kuari pass Dev Singh with his brother Mahipal Singh is waiting for us at Hotel Nanda Devi on the streets of Joshimath. Unloaded our luggages from cab and moved towards Hotel Nanda Devi. Shifted to rooms at Hotel Nanda Devi and freshen-up. Guide Dev Singh informed us to assemble around 6:15 PM to brief on trek plans, Instructions to follow during the trek, etc…  All of us assembled around 6:15 PM and had good interactive session at Hotel Nanda Devi. Since day was small, it was already dark around 6:00 PM.

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Selfie time with Venkatesh at Hotel Nanda Devi

Had dinner at hotel New star Restaurant (Upper bazaar area of Joshimath) and rested for the day with lot of expectations from the trek.

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