Joshimath

About Joshimath

Nestled at an elevation of 6,150 feet, Joshimath, or Jyotirmath, unfolds its tale in the third person. Since February 7, 2021, the town has grappled with the aftermath of the 2021 Uttarakhand flood, its very foundations teetering due to geographic forces.

Delving into its historical narrative, Joshimath witnessed the reign of Katyuri kings from the 7th to the 11th centuries C.E., its cultural fabric interwoven with the religious eminence bestowed by Adi Shankara.

The calamitous 2021 glacial outburst flood, triggered by a detachment from the Nanda Devi glacier, left in its wake over 600 evacuated houses in Joshimath, scarred by cracks. A 2023 study unveiled a disquieting revelation — the area sinking at a rate of 6.5 cm annually.

Demographically, as of 2011, Joshimath shelters a population of 16,709, boasting a literacy rate of 91.3%, eclipsing the district average.

Religious allurements beckon in the form of the Jyotir Math monastery, Narsingh Temple, Bhavishya Kedar Temple, and more. Joshimath stands as a formidable military station, hosting the permanent station for “The Garhwal Scouts” at the Joshimath Cantonment.

Tourist enchantments unfurl with the Shankaracharya Math, Tapovan, Ropeway to Auli, and Gari Bhawani Temple. Climatic nuances, punctuated by a monsoon season, echo in the data, with Jolly Grant airport and Rishikesh railway station serving as proximate gateways.

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