Gangotri, perched at 3042 meters above the sea level, is one of the major hill stations that is visited by large number of travelers. If you love nature and adventure, then Gangotri is just the right place for you. Pilgrims also frequent this place because of the religious sentiment attached to this place. Gangotri is the place, where the sacred river Ganges finds its origin. This place creates an awe and mystery among the travelers.
You can site this amazingly beautiful destination amidst the Garhwal hills. Being the northern most point of Uttar Pradesh, Gangotri is very close to the Indo-Tibetan border. You can find this place, close to other major hill stations like Dehradun, Uttarkashi and Rishikesh. Devotees and tourists frequent this place from all parts of the world. The winters remain very cold and temperatures go beyond freezing point. It is advisable not to come to Gangotri during winters. The summers are relative cool. The temple of Gangotri remains open for the devotees and tourists from May to November.
The picturesque background and surrounding makes Gangotri in Uttarakhand makes it one of the most popular hill stations in India. This Hindu pilgrim town is located on the banks of Bhagirathi. It is located on the Greater Himalayan Range and legend says that it is after King Bhagirath being rewarded by Lord Shiva that Ganges came down to earth. The stone that lies in front of the temple is believed to be the place, where Goddess Parvati first descended to Earth.
There are numerous places of attraction, which are worth visiting during your trip to this religious town. Gangotri Temple is the major highlights of this town. This temple dates back to 18th century and is devoted to Goddess Ganga. The Submerged Shivling is an amazing piece of creation that can not be missed. You can go for excursions to various interesting nearby places like Nandavan Tapovan, Uttarkashi, Kedar Tal, Gaumukh, Bhairon Ghati, Gangnani, Harsil, Maneri, Dayara Bugyal, Dodi Tal, Tehri, Nachiketa Tal and Narendranagar to mention some of them.
You can find various inns and small fast food joints in Gangotri. You will find only vegetarian foods here. Alcoholic drinks are strictly prohibited in Gangotri. Some of the eateries include Agrakhal, Ginoti, Chinyalisaur and Naitala.
Jolly Grant in Dehradun is the nearest airport, which can be accessed during your trip to Gangotri. Rishikesh is the nearest railhead to this beautiful town. For accommodation, you can put up at the various comfortable ashrams, forest rest houses and tourist rest houses.