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Gangotri Temple

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6th Oct 17

Beautiful temple of Gangotri

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Gangotri Temple

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6th Oct 17

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It’s the place of origin of River Ganges, also known as River Bhagirathi at the origin point. The place has immense pilgrimage significance and is frequented by visitors the year round.

Balwant : 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 to Gangotri and lush green hills are just heavenly.


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Rohith Sivashankar

Rohith Sivashankar4.3/5

34 reviews

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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Ravi Agarwal

Ravi Agarwal5.0/5

22 reviews

Gangotri the place to get peace and to know more about Ganga maa

Gangotri. The Holy Ganga originates from Gangotri Glacier. The river comes out at Goumukh, a cave shaped like the face of a cow. The Temple of goddess Ganga is 14Km downstream at Gangotri. The river does not have the name Ganga here. It is called Bhageerathi after the King Bhageeratha took a long & tough penance to bring Ganga to earth from Heaven . Vehicles can drive up to the parking yard of the temple. After that there is a short walk through the row of shops on either sides. The temple is in pure white theme. River Bhageerathi (Ganga as known here) flows through the side. The beauty and serenity is amazing. Devotees can offer prayers at the temple as well as at the river bank full of round smooth boulders. Beware of the priests who gather around you. They may cheat. So get some home work done on the expenses before you accept their services. We did not do any such poojas since we do not believe in these fake priests. We could see that one of them repeatedly forcing a poor devotee to spare a 1000 Rupee note as offering. People collect the holy water from the river Ganga. Here it is in its purest form . One can travel by road from Guptkashi (300km & 8 OR by Helicopter up to Harsil and then take a car (20Km). On the way there is a small place called Lanka from where the china border is very close.

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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.

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Gangotri, Uttarakhand

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Gangotri, Uttarakhand
Gangotri, Uttarakhand

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Gangotri, Uttarakhand
Gangotri, Uttarakhand

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