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Gangotri Travel Guide

Placed on the banks of holy Bhagiratji River, Gangotri is one of the destinations of Char Dham Yatra of Uttaraknad and is the seat of river Goddess Ganga.


  • Gangotri Temple
Gangotri At a Glance
  • Population:606
  • Area :
  • Geo Location:North
  • Average Climate:10°C - 15°C
  • Best Time to Visit:April - June , September - November
  • STD Code:01377

Introduction

Gangotri has a classic charm that entices many visitors. It is the ideal location for adventure lovers who are on the look out for thrill and excitement, as well for people who seek spiritual bliss. No matter how strange that might sound, but a Tour to Gangotri will reveal that the place has much in store for both these groups of people. Unravel the mystical secrets of Gangotri or take a plunge in the turbulent mountainous streams and other forces of nature on your Tour to Gangotri.

Gangotri is the source of the holy river Ganges. Located at a height of about 3048 meters above sea level in the splendid Garhwal hills, there is something very magical about this important pilgrim destination of the Hindus. Savor its spiritual and natural beauty when on a Tour to Gangotri. It is extremely cold in the winters, with temperatures touching sub-zero levels and so it is best to plan your Tour to Gangotri in the months between April to November.

According to ancient Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva was pleased with King Bhagirath's penance. In keeping with his wishes, Ganga would descend on earth. However if River Ganges came down with all her might, it would spell disaster for the people of this earth. To prevent this Lord Shiva caught her in his locks. It is believed that, only after Goddess Parvati has taken her daily bath in the river, does the river Ganges descend on earth.

The stone which marks the place where Ganga first stepped on the surface of the earth, can be witnessed on your Tour to Gangotri. It lies in the close vicinity of the temple. The temple at Gangotri is in fact one of the foremost tourist attractions of Gangotri. According to legend, this temple marks the spot where King Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva.

Another story goes that, it was here that the Pandavas performed the "Deva Yajna". They did this in order to protect their people from any impending danger due to the great battle of Kurukshetra. Whatever may be the reasons behind its construction, do not miss the temple on your Tour to Gangotri. This tall imposing structure in white granite is sure to impress all visitors.

The Shivling or natural rock, where Lord Shiva supposedly sat to receive Ganga, remains submerged for most of the months in the year and is visible only in early winter. The water level falls and it is possible for the visitors to view the rock. If anyone is interested in seeing it, plan your Tour to Gangotri at this time of the year. On your tour to gangotri, you can also go for excursions to several other interesting places. Some of them are Nandanvan Tapovan, Uttarkashi, Kedar Tal, Gomukh, Dayara Bugyal, Nachiketa Tal, Tehri and Narendranagar. All of these places are unique in themselves and will surely enamor you with their scenic beauty.

Gangotri is well connected to other important centers of the state like Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun. This is why it is no problem at all, to plan a Tour to Gangotri.