Rishikesh to Joshimath: Distance, Route Road, Condition Travel Time!

Rishikesh to Joshimath– The road journey from Rishikesh to Joshimath offers a stunning route through the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India. Along the way, you’ll encounter numerous attractions that showcase the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Himalayan region.

Joshimath is well connected with most of the important towns in Uttarakhand, like Rishikesh. The guide below provides detailed information about how to get around and what to see in Joshimath

Where is Joshimath?

It is located on NH58, which is the main road connecting Rishikesh and the Indo-Tibetan border. This road also happens to be the main route that buses and other vehicles take when carrying pilgrims from Rishikesh to Badrinath. Consequently, if you’re looking to travel from Rishikesh to Badrinath, you will likely have to pass through Joshimath.

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Joshimath Auli in Uttarakhand
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Rishikesh to Joshimath Distance

The distance by road: It is approximately 248 km from Rishikesh via Rudraprayag, Karnprayag. The approximate travel time by road is about 9-10 hrs. The road condition from Rishikesh to Joshimath is excellent but during monsoon leads to landslide, so becomes risky to travel on Badrinath Highway from Rishikesh to Joshimath.

Joshimath to Rishikesh Bus Timings: 

If you are planning to travel from Rishikesh to Joshimath by bus, here are the details based on the season and type of bus service:

Government Buses:

Summer Schedule:

    • Departure Times: From 4:30 AM and last bus leaves 7 AM
    • Frequency: Every 30 minutes

Winter Schedule:

    • Departure Times: From 4 AM to 9 AM
    • Frequency: Every hour

Private Buses:

  • Departure Times: More flexible and frequent, especially in the morning hours. You have a good chance of finding a bus at any time during the morning.


  • Buses depart from the Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) in Rishikesh.


  • Summer: Arrive early to ensure a seat, as buses are more frequent.
  • Winter: Plan ahead and arrive on time, as buses run less frequently.
  • Private Buses: Check with multiple operators for the best timing that suits your schedule.

By keeping these details in mind, you can better plan your travel from Rishikesh to Joshimath, regardless of the season.

Joshimath from Rishikesh
Joshimath from Rishikesh

How to reach Joshimath from Rishikesh

By Road-

Joshimath is a town in Uttarakhand, India. It is well connected to major destinations in the state by road. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, and buses and taxis are available from other major destinations in Uttarakhand.

By Fly- 

Jolly Grant airport is the closest airport to Joshimath, situated at a distance of 272 km. It has daily flights to Delhi and is easily accessible by road. Taxis are readily available from the airport to Joshimath.

On the way attractions  & Around

  • Devprayag:

Located at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers, Devprayag is the starting point of the holy River Ganges. The town is famous for its ancient Raghunath Temple and offers panoramic views of the river confluence.

  • Rudraprayag:

Another sacred confluence town, Rudraprayag is where the Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers meet. It is home to the Rudranath Temple and the Chamunda Devi Temple, both of which hold religious significance.

  • Karnaprayag:

This town marks the confluence of the Alaknanda and Pindar rivers. Karnaprayag is famous for its temples, including the Karna Temple and Uma Devi Temple.

  • Nandaprayag:

The meeting point of the Alaknanda and Nandakini rivers, Nandaprayag is famous for the Gopalji Temple and the ancient Nanda Devi Temple.

  • Auli:

Auli is a famous skiing destination in the winter months, offering breathtaking views of the Nanda Devi and Kamet peaks. You can take a cable car ride to reach Auli from Joshimath.

  • Joshimath:

This is a significant pilgrimage town and serves as the winter seat of Lord Badri (Badrinath). It houses the famous Narasimha Temple and the Shankaracharya Math.

  • Kalpavriksha:

In Joshimath, Kalpavriksha is an ancient tree believed to be more than 1,200 years old.

  • Bhavishya Badri:

Around 17 kilometers from Joshimath. Bhavishya Badri is one of the five Badri temples and it is the future replacement of the main Badrinath Temple.

  • Tapovan:

It is near Joshimath, Tapovan a scenic meadow surrounded by majestic peaks. It is a popular destination for trekking and meditation.

  • Narsingh Temple: 

It is in Joshimath, the Narsingh Temple of the god Narasimha. It is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple holds historical and religious significance.

  • Vishnuprayag:

This is another confluence town where the Alaknanda River meets the Dhauliganga River. Vishnuprayag is famous for its Vishnu Temple and picturesque surroundings.

Rishikesh to Joshimath Bus

You can travel to Joshimath by bus or by hiring a taxi. The scenic drive runs along the Ganga and its tributaries. Buses, mostly private-run and in poor to average condition, depart from Haridwar, Dehradun, and Rishikesh in the morning, starting at 4:30 AM, with the last bus leaving around 7 AM. The journey takes about 9-11 hours, depending on the number of stops.


I hope you have found it very informative when you plan to travel in the Uttarakhand Himalayas while traveling to Badrinath Temple. If you want to know more about the tour packages, please contact us at info@rishikeshdaytour.com.




Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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