XRA Cottage is actually located in Auli, which is ahead of Joshimath. Joshimath is at the base of the mountain and Auli is at the Top. My experience of XRA Cottages, by far, has been the best amongst my entire travel lifetime. Auli has hardly 4 homestays/hotels/cottages and XRA is one of them. It is located at the top of the mountain, surrounded by the mighty himalayas on all sides - 360 degrees. Reaching the place is difficult as it is a long drive from Rishikesh or Haridwar or Dehradun. However, it is worth every efforts. The place is practically an untouched virgin beauty. There are hardly any visitors. XRA is run by a family who also lives there, therefore the food is very homely, basic yet tasty. They conduct many adventure activities like Skiing (Auli is India's top most Skiing destination and Vivek Panwar the owner of XRA is a national level Skiing champion), trekking (Valley of Flowers, Har Ki Doon, Neelkanth valley, Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, Trishul, Nar aur Narayan Peak etc.), Hiking, mountain biking etc. Every room has one wall made of glass giving you a full view of snowy mountains right in front of you.