How to Reach Joshimath

Geethanjali Jujjavarapu

Last updated: 12-12-2022

Joshimath is a quaint hill station in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Located in the Garhwal region, Joshimath is a gateway to some of the best trekking routes that take you deeper into Garhwal Himalayas. Snow clad mountains along with Alakananda flowing in all its might add to the beauty of this picturesque town. Joshimath is also home to the shrine of Lord Badri when the pilgrimage to Badrinath becomes impossible in the winters. 

Early mornings in the town are a treat, with mist lifting off and the snow mountains appearing golden in colour from the morning sun. Short trails take you into the woods around Joshimath with viewpoints that give panoramic visuals of major Himalayan peaks. Whether you are seeking adventure, or a relaxed mountain escape or even looking to add a religious element to your journey, Joshimath has something for everyone. 


In this article, we provide details on how one can reach Joshimath through different modes of transport depending on their convenience.

The nearest major city to Joshimath is Dehradun, which is 289 kms away.

Dehradun can be reached by:

1) Flight

One can reach Dehradun by flying into Jolly Grant Airport which is located at a distance of 27 kms from the city. There are regular direct flights available from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, and connecting flights from all other major cities. 


2) Bus from Delhi

Dehradun is located at a distance of 257 kms from Delhi. Both government and private buses ply regularly between Delhi and Rishikesh. The distance is usually covered in 6-7 hours and the cost of the bus ticket ranges anywhere between Rs. 300-700.


3) Train from Delhi

There are daily trains that run between Delhi and Dehradun. Janshatabdi Express, Mussoorie Express and DDN Shatabdi Express run on an everyday basis. These trains take approximately 7 hours to cover the distance and the cost of the ticket ranges between Rs.200-1500 depending on your train and coach preference.


How to Reach Joshimath


Reaching Joshimath from Dehradun:

1) Both government and private buses are available from Dehradun to Joshimath. The distance is covered in 12-13 hours and the cost of the ticket ranges between Rs.500-700.

2) One can also hire a private taxi from Dehradun to reach Joshimath. The fare is usually upwards of Rs.3500 depending on the number of persons and the type of vehicle being hired.


How to Reach Joshimath


Travelling with Bikat

We provide shared taxi services as an add on for our trek participants to help them reach the basecamp with ease. The shared taxi starts from Dehradun early in the morning and reaches Joshimath by late evening.

We hope that this answers all your questions on how to reach the basecamp at Joshimath. Should you have any further queries or require any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team or just drop a comment below and we will be with you in a moment.


Geethanjali Jujjavarapu

Lawyer by education, Geethanjali loves travelling and documenting her travels through photographs an Read more

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