Gangotri Tourism

Gangotri Tourism

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Gangotri Info

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • District: Tehri Garhwal
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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  • Connoisseur
  • Shubham
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  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 75 photos
  • 32 Reviews
  •  92 helpful votes
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"Very good pilgrimage site!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 2, 2016
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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Xavier Dk

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  • Xavier Dk
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"Amazing place ever"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 20, 2016
Every year thousands of travellers come Gangotri for mental refreshment and religious prospects. Travellers used to visit Gaumukh also. The place from where river Bhagirathi originated. The most beautiful thing is that when you are travelling to Gangotri just don't miss to see the magical views of nature those mountains and river.
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Sunil Kaushik

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  • Sunil Kaushik
  • Lives in Kaithal
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"Place for both adventure and holy visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 6, 2016
Very good place with affordable hotels. Mountains view is very heart touching with cold chilled holy river ganga flowing among then. Can take hotel in Harsil which is 25 kms down fron Gangotri. Can do bonfire on river side in Harsil. Overall good place to visit for who looking quite silence place.
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Priya Sharma

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  • Priya Sharma
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"Amazing place!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 4, 2016
I have visited this place twice & I loved it again. This is religious come adventurous place too. You find peace, natural beauty, greenery & more. I visited here with my family & believe its an awesome place to visit with your family. From there we also went for a place named Pandav's gufa. The route was awesome with lovely sceneries.
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  • Ajeet k Nigam
  • Lives in Kanpur
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"Overall had a awesome trek at Gomukh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2015
If you are going to do 4 Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand. Gomukh trek one must do. It is 3 days trek started from Gangotri. After reaching Gangotri first of all register yourself for trek next day. You can do it before from other centre as at Uttarkashi earlier. Do ganga aarti in evening. You may have porter for your convenience. Next early in the morning start. On your way you will pass through Bhojpasa. Till this point it is moderate further little bit tough. Dense forests, crystal clear waters river and snow peeks mountain refreshing oxygen. Evening you will reach Lal baba ashram. Next day covering remaining 6 km. You will reach Gomukh. Day after return to Gangotri.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
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"Gangotri-The holy river"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 12, 2015
Gangotri is the famous holly river. It is one of other name is Bhagirathi. It is very historical story. Ganga river is very big river in the world. It is came from Gaumukh. And there flow is very strong. Ganga river is goodness river. Gangotri temple is open at auspicious day of akshay tithi which falls in month of May and closed down on Bhai Duj. Which fall of November. Gangotri temple take rest of six month. When the deity is worshipped. It is very amazing darshanam there temple beside the river Ganga flow very fast and there are one statue of Bhagirathi. Who came Ganga river from Heaven.
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Subodh Bisht

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  • Subodh Bisht
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"The home of Holy Ganges"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 17, 2015
Aaaannnnn..!!!! With my another experience of Gangotri. I had been there 4-5 times but I will share my experience of first visit. It was around 10 Years back in 2005. My first trip to this holy place. It was a four dham tour but I will write about Gangotri only at this time. After Completing yamunotri dham we started to visit Next dham. On a way there are so many beautiful mountain range, Holy places one can see. Places like Uttarkashi where you will see the unbelievable trident of old age of India during Mahabharata period. No one know the depth of that trident and when you touch it, it'll be shaking but when you try by force its will not shake.

Next destination on a way is Harshil, it's a virgin destination which you have never explored. Very few people know about it but when somebody reach here then they love the destination. Beautiful!!!!

Now time to write about Gangotri Dham. The last point of road is Gangotri in this way. In India i think everyone know the importance of this Temple. The best thin in this trip of Gangotri, The Actress Hema Malini also visited that day when we reached there. She just crossed me 2 feet far from me. And I was thinking I can also try for Movies because I felt her height was approx 5' 2' or 5'3'. I took a bath with water of Holy Ganges and also drank it. The attraction were Surajkund, Kedar Ganga small River there. It's enough from my side about Gangotri as most of the people know about this destination.
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Balwant Mardia

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  • Balwant Mardia
  • Lives in Jodhpur
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"The heaven on earth"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 18, 2015
Gangotri in Uttrakhand is the place where the Ganges come from Gaumukh and traverses through various states. The scene of Ganges falling from height is awesome. The waterfalls on the hills right from Uttarkashi till Gangotri and lush green hills are just heavenly. The water in the river is ice cold. To bathe in this snow water looks difficult but once you get into the water you really feel great. The travel from Uttarkashi till Gangotri is a bit tedious by road. The road is damaged at few places but the BRO takes utmost care of roads and passengers. It takes almost 4 hours to reach there.
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Kaarthik Sr

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  • Kaarthik Sr
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Amazing mountain experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 12, 2015
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
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  • Lives in Indore
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"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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