Gangotri Tourism

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Rohith Sivashankarratingratingratingratingratingrating4.3/5

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An excellent pilgrim centre

Gangotri is a small town which is the origin of the river holi Ganga as per the hindu mythology even though the actual origin of the river is at gaumukh glacier which is around 19 km from gangotri. As per puranas king Bhagiratha did a penance due to which the goddess ganga came down to earth and hence the river is known as bhagirathi until it merges with the river alaknanda at devprayag to form Ganga. One has to take a bus Haridwar or Rishikesh towards Uttarkashi from where there are buses towards Gangotri. There are some good hotels as well as dharamsala which provide decent accommodation. The temple is walkable distance from the bus stand and will be open during the months between May and October. Along with Badrinath, Kedarnath, and Yamunotri Gangotri temple is one of the himalayan char dham pilgrimage.

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32 reviews

Very good pilgrimage site!

Easy, no trekking. Excellent roads, nice people and good facilities. Can be reached easily by afternoon & evening after starting early from Haridwar. The road condition is excellent and is maintained by BRO. Many food joints, dhabas on way. Advisable to carry plenty of water as mountain water may lead to stomach upsets. Do not miss alu and gobi paranthas at Gangotri early morning. Check temple timings before planning your trip.

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Gangotri Overview

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.