One of the four important parts of the Chota Char Dham Yatra, Gangotri is situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is the place where Goddess Ganga descended from the mighty locks of Lord Shiva. Gangotri Temple is the holy abode of the Goddess where she is revered by her devotees. The mighty river Ganga originates from Gaumukh, the holy place in the Gangotri glacier nearby. Gangotri temple is visited after seeking blessings at Yamunotri.
Opening and closing time
Akshaya Tritiya which falls in the month of April marks the opening of the Kapaat (Door) of the Gangotri Temple. However, the Kapaat (Door) closes with the onset of Diwali festival in the month of October/November.
Timings for the Worship, Darshan and other ceremonies are mentioned below
Morning– 6:15 am to 2:00 pm
Evening– 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Places to visit nearby the Gangotri Temple
Dodi Tal– A mysterious lake lined with Oak, Deodar and rhododendrons forest. Lord Ganesha was born along the banks of this lake.
Uttarkashi – A picturesque place which is worth a visit
Kedar Tal– The pristine lake with amazing reflection of the Himalayan peaks.
Harsil – Harsil is a scenic offbeat place of Uttarakhand. The place lures adventure aficionados and nature lovers.
Gangnani – Known for its natural thermal springs, the spot is where people take a dip before proceeding to the Gangotri Temple.
Jalmagna Shivlinga– a Shivlinga which remains submerged in Gangotri during summer.
Gangotri Glacier– Origin point of River Bhagirathi, another name of River Ganga before merging with Alaknanda at Devprayag.
What is Gangotri famous for?
Trekking and Gangotri Temple are the center of attraction of Gangotri.