Known for pilgrimage, Uttarakhand is rightly named as the abode of Gods. Hindu temples can be found at almost every fold as you take to the mountains of Uttarakhand. Himalaya offers you excellent scenic beauty. Visiting Gangotri Temple can be an enchanting experience amidst the mountain ranges and the splendid sceneries around.
One of the four sites of pilgrimage of India, Gangotri is the seat of river Ganga. It is the point from which it originates and plummets down the hills, valleys and plains stretching approximately 2500 kms across the Indian subcontinent. Among the Greater Himalayas, Gangotri at an altitude of 3048 mts holds immense mystic charm. The town Gangotri by the banks of River Bhagirathi is a quaint town with remains gripped with an aura of the pristine atmosphere.
The 18th century Gangotri Temple located near the sacred stone where King Bhagirath had worshipped Lord Shiva to atone his son's sin is believed to be the spot where Ganga descended. Gangotri Temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and stands on the banks of River Bhagirathi.
According to legends the Pandavas of Mahabharata had performed their 'Deva Yagna here to atone the deaths of their kinsmen. The Gangotri Temple is 20 ft. high built in white marble.
The Gangotri Temple remains open for devotees from October to May. During winter months the area is under snow and it is said that the goddess retreats to to Mukhba, 12 kilometres below Gangotri.
Near the Indo-Tibetan border Gangotri is approximately 105 km from Uttarkashi, 300 km from Dehradun and 250 km from Rishikesh. The summers are cool while the winters are chilling and tourists generally visit the Gangotri Temple between the months from May to November.