Dedicated to Goddess Ganga, Gangotri is one of the prominent Hindu shrines in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Nestled at an altitude of 3,048 m, Gangotri Temple was built by Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th century. Gangotri is one of the Char Dham Yatra destinations, which devotees visit in great numbers. You can book Gangotri tour packages and embark on a holy sojourn to this sacred shrine with us.
The shrine remains closed due to heavy snowfall during the winter months (from November to March). However, the idols are shifted to Mukhba and Kharsail in the Uttarkashi district from Gangotri Temple. But from April again, they are transferred back to their original place for the rest of the year. The initiative is taken by the Uttarakhand Government so that you can worship the deities all year long.
Through our Gangotri tour packages, you can also go for excursions to nearby places such as Tapovan, Uttarkashi, Kedar Tal, Gomukh, and Dayara. These tour packages are customizable and you can modify the itinerary according to your requirements. Contact us to get in touch with our travel experts and they will help you plan the tour accordingly!
Best Tourist Places to Visit during your Gangotri Dham
If you are planning to visit Gangotri yatra, then here are some of the best places to visit near nearby:
Dehradun: A beautiful city with lots of natural sceneries and markets. It is renowned for its best school education at Doon School. Gangotri to Dehradun is about 240 km with a drive time of 9 hours.
Haridwar: Haridwar is located on the bank of the River Ganges which is the famous holy land for Hindus. You can visit famous temples such as Har ki Pauri, and Mansa Devi Temple, or you can enjoy the charming Ganga Aarti in the morning or evening.
Uttarkashi: Uttarkashi is the land devoted to Lord Shiva and is aptly called the "Kashi of North". Just like Varanasi, this town is also situated along River Ganges and has a ghat named Manikarnika. Gangotri is about 100 km away from Uttarkashi and takes approx. 3.5 hours drive to reach. On hilly terrain, you can enjoy sports like rock climbing and trekking.
Best Places to Stay during your Gangotri Yatra
Due to the lack of good options for guests in Gangotri, IHPL recommends that one’s stay should be booked in Harsil. Recommended hotels in Harsil are as follows
- Hotel Harsil Cottage
- Prakriti The Retreat
- Bhagirathi Sadan
- Himalaya Sadan
- The Chardham Camp