Kalpavriksha is an ancient tree and a popular tourist spot in Joshimath. This is one of the oldest trees in India which is almost 1200 years old. According to a legend, Adi Guru Shri Shankaracharya, a well known Indian sage, meditated under this tree. The circumference of this mulberry tree is approximately 21.5 m.
This ancient tree now bears only flowers and not fruits. Another tourist spot worth visiting is the cave located near this tree where Adi Guru Shri Shankaracharya used to live. The tree is worshipped by the locals, and a common belief is that a true worshipper would get all his wishes fulfilled.
Narsingh Temple is devoted to Lord Narsingh, the 4th incarnation of the Hindu God Vishnu. It is believed that Saint Shri Badrinath used to live in this temple during winters. The statue of Lord Narsingh enshrined in this temple is getting smaller gradually.
This deity’s left wrist is very thin and is getting thinner with every passing day. According to beliefs, the day the wrist separates from the forearm, the road to Badrinath will be blocked permanently due to a landslide.
Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar is a beautiful valley located at a distance of 12 km from Joshimath. It is famous for a beautiful cave called Kalpeshwar. The Kalpeshwar Cave attracts tourists from across the globe. Vanshinarayan, located at a distance of 10 km from this place, is also a place worth visiting for its scenic beauty.
Nanda Devi National Park is a tourist hotspot located at a distance of around 24 km from Joshimath. Spread over an area of around 630 sq km, this national park is surrounded by the Nanda Devi Mountains, the second highest mountain range in the county.
In 1988, this park was declared as a World Heritage Site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Besides, this park falls under the Western Himalayas Endemic Bird Area (EBA).
Nanda Devi National Park offers an opportunity to observe a number of animals like the snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, serow, brown bear, ruby throat, bharal, langur, grosbeaks, Himalayan musk deer and Himalayan tahr.
This national park is a natural habitat of around 100 species of birds. The commonly seen birds are orange flanked bush robin, blue fronted redstart, yellow bellied fantail flycatcher, Indian tree pipit and vinaceous breasted pipit. This park also offers an opportunity to observe around 312 species of flowers and various species of butterflies.