Gangotri Tourism
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Gangotri Tourism

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  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
Gangotri is a popular destination of pilgrims and adventure tourists, located in Uttarakashi district in the state of of Uttarakhand. Set amidst sylvan surrounds on the Greater Himalayan range, Gangotri lies at an altitude of 3750 meters above sea level.

Gangotri is one of the revered sites of Char Dham Pilgrimage and Do Dham Pilgrimage, situated in Garhwal Himalayas. As per legends, Goddess Ganges took the form of a river in order to absolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s predecessors, after his severe penance. Lord Shiva received River Ganges in his thick hair locks, to lessen the impact of her flow.

Gangotri is the place of origin of River Ganges, known also as River Bhagirathi at its point of origin. River Ganges originates at Gaumukh in Gangotri Glacier, which is located about 19 km away from Gangotri town.

The upper catchment area of River Bhagirathi consists of dense forests that spread over an area of 2,390 km². The topography of this region is characterised by long stretches of snow-clad mountains, rough glaciers, high ridges, deep gorges, steep cliffs and narrow valleys.

As this area lies at a varying altitude of 1800 to 7083 meters, it exhibits diverse biomes that range from subalpine conifer forests to alpine shrubs and meadows. This forest reserve, which was declared as Gangotri National Park, extends till the India – China Border and is interconnected with Govind National Park and Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary.

The town of Gangotri was developed around the Gangotri Temple, where Goddess Ganges is worshipped. Gangotri Temple, the prime attraction of Gangotri town, was built in the 18th century by a Gurkha monarch, Amar Singh Thapa. Hindi, Garhwali and English are the languages used by the people of Gangotri.

Gangotri tourism offers excursions to destinations such as Dehradun, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Joshimath, Hemkund Sahib, Valley of Flowers, etc.  Gangotri Temple, Jalamagna Shivalinga, Bhavishya Badri Temple, Bhairavnath Temple and Gaumukh are the religious attractions in Gangotri.

Activities such as river rafting, camping, trekking and skiing on Garhwal Himalayas are very popular among adventure enthusiasts. Auli, Dayara Bugyal, Mundali, Kush Kalyan, Kedar Kantha, Tehri Garhwal, Bedni Bugyal, Chiplakot Valley, etc. are the popular skiing destinations around Gangotri.

Gangotri town is the starting point of the Gangotri-Gaumukh-Tapovan trekking, Gangotri – Tapovan – Vasuki Tal trekking, Gangotri – Tapovan – Nandavan trekking and Gangotri-Kedartal trekking.   

Gangotri can be easily accessed by road in one day from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun.  It can also be reached from Yamunotri in two days.  May to October is the best time to visit Gangotri.

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Kaarthik Sr
  • Kaarthik Sr
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 14 Reviews

"Amazing mountain experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I went to Gangotri, and then to Gaumukh in May 2014.

How to get there: Take a bus from Delhi to Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, there are jeeps which take you to Gangotri directly. Gangotri is about 270km, but the roads are windy, and hence it will take you about 12 hours to cover this distance. There are no overnight buses on this route. The roads are closed for traffic by 8pm. There is also a bus which runs from Rishikesh to Gangotri, which starts at 6am.

An alternative way to get there is to halt at Uttarkashi, which is about 170km from Rishikesh. There are high chances of getting stuck in traffic on this route, as this is part of Char Dham, a religious trip for many Hindus. The other locations which are part of Char Dham are Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath.

In Gangotri, there is a temple you can visit, if you are religious. Do take a dip in the river, the water is cold,but very clean and is considered to have medicinal properties.

We did a trek from Gangotri to Gaumukh, which is about 42km to and fro. One needs to get a permit from the Forest dept in Uttarkashi to be able to do the trek. It's advisable to keep a buffer of a day if you want to do this trek.

We ended up doing the trek in one day due to lack of time. There is just one place which serves food on the way, and hence one needs to pack a lot of food and water for the trek. The trek is very pretty and the sight of Gaumukh gives you goosebumps.

If you are ok carrying your own stuff, there is no need to get a guide. The route is marked out quite well.

There are also a couple of places which can be visited from Gaumukh, called Nandanvan and Tapovan, which are meadows. These are 3 and 5km from Gaumukh respectively.

Gangotri is also a base for treks to Kedartal.
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Dharmendra Sharma
  • Dharmendra Sharma
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  • Lives in Indore
  • 2 Reviews

"Ultimate Pilgimage tour"

  • Posted Dec 3, 2012
A lovely place to visit. Feels like in heaven. One can easily feel the hugeness of nature.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Try local fresh food. Every 5 kms you will be able to find place for night stay. Just try to have fresh vegetables from field.

Activities & things to do: Go for trekking go to Gomukh. Stay atleast a day at Gangotri to fully explore the place.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Try not to travel in night. Do not go for junk food or milk based food like paneer etc..
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Debabrata Ghosh
  • Debabrata Ghosh
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Gangotri- Purest form of divine beauty"

  • Posted Oct 15, 2011
The moment we reach Harshil, we get the warmth of Garhwal people, Cultural heritage of India, depth of Vedic civilization and celestial beauty of the Himalayas. To me Harshil-Gangotri-Chirbasa is the most beautiful in the Himalayas. The saints, the porters, the pilgrims, the local people, the forest of chir-pine and apple gardens, confluence of Bhagirati and Jathganga are simply superb.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: All are good.

Activities & things to do: To be carried away with celestial beauty, to medidate, to listen the songs of the Ganges.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: It is better to walk from Harshil to Gangotri althosugh it is a good motorable road.
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