I boarded the bus at 6:30 in the morning on August 18 from Rishikesh, reached Joshimath by 6 in the evening. Yes, it shouldn't take 12 hours for this journey. However, due to landslides and so many breaks in between, it became a 12-hour journey. On the way, you will experience the immense beauty of Uttarakhand mountains. I wish I could stay there for the rest of my life. It felt free as a bird on the top. The best thing when you are in the mountains is, letting nature take its cause. You'll witness yourself going through the cloud, and it's always worth taking the scenic route.
The point now is to spend as less as I can and find a place to stay and to have some food. I'd strongly recommend you to stay in the Dormitory of Joshimath Gurudwara. May to August is the period when a lot of pilgrims does Hemkund Sahib Yatra. I was also one of them. I couldn't get the taxi to reach Govind Ghat from Joshimath because of Landslide. It was quite late, and I was feeling a bit tired because of the continuous ride of 18 hours from Delhi to Joshimath.
Went to Joshimath gurudwara to stay there for the night. They do not charge for the stay in Dormitory. Found three young fellows from Jammu came all the way to seek blessings at Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. After a while, another group of 3 friends entered the room, and they happened to be from Delhi itself. In another few minutes, no one felt like we were meeting for the first time. We shared each other's experience to reach here and surprisingly, those three guys came down from Govind-Dham to Joshimath on the same day and were planning to head back to Delhi next morning.
To head towards the start of Pulna, a 10 km trek to reach Govind-Dham, taxi's are available on sharing basis from Joshimath. It's a 24 Km motorable road and post which it's a trek. On the way, one can find tea stalls and snacks available at a certain distance. Tips - Must have two water bottle and don't overeat before starting a trek. Use a good pair of trekking shoes and keep yourself fueled.