After covering a distance of just 30 km from Haridwar, Rishikesh is a first place to be passed by. Rishikesh is popularly known as a Yoga hub of India and a last foot hills to this side of Himalayas. Rishikesh is famous for housing renowned temples and Ashrams. People come here from all over the world to learn yoga and get indulged in several spiritual activities round the year.
Rishikesh is also known for adventure activities like white river Rafting that is held at place called Shivpuri near to Rishikesh. This place comes next on way up at around 30 km away.
The next town and most important place in Hindu context is
Devprayag. Devprayag is one of the Panch Prayag of Uttarakhand, which is basically one of the five confluences of Alaknanda River where Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers meet and form holy Ganges River from here. As crossing the town, there is a point where you can have an overlooking view of confluences of rivers from the road. It is worth stopping your car and take photographs of it.
Next big town after Devprayag is
Srinagar. Donít get confused with Srinagar located in Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar Garhwal in Uttarakhand is one of the famous towns of state. Srinagar is located on the banks of river Alaknanda. Town situated on the left bank comes under Pauri district while town situated on the right bank of river come under Tihri District. Srinagar is regarded as one of the education cities of Uttarakhand. Srinagar lies on nation highway no.58. It is considered hottest place in Garhwal hills due to being shaped as a valley, which is surrounded by huge mountains. Real mountain drive starts from here onwards.
At a distance of 30 km from Srinagar, you will be encountered by a beautiful hill town called Rudraprayag. Rudraprayag is again one of the Panchprayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda river of Garhwal hills. This is a point where rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini meet. There is a famous point in Rudraprayag where infamous man-eating leopard was hunted by legendry Jim Corbett. Moving ahead in journey, you will come across some beautiful small towns and villages.
Moving further from Rudraprayag, todayís destination will arrive. On reaching to Joshimath, as you go higher up from Rudraprayag, you will get to see the beautiful mountain trails all the way from the Himalayas along with panoramic view of scenic mountains. The final few kilometers of the journey are an incredible hairpin mountain road to Joshimath.
Joshimath, a hill town originally pronounced as Jyotirmath is one of the four cardinal Pithas or institutions established by Adi Shankara. This is a northern monastery of four. Rest three is being at Shringeri, Puri and Dwaraka. Joshimath is not only a base point for Valley of flowers and Hemkund but also for pilgrims to Badrinath. Once reach up, check in at your pr-booked hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.