One of the major destinations among the four Char Dham pilgrimage areas in Uttarakhand, Gangotri is the holy abode of Hindu river goddess ‘Ganga’. The history of Gangotri is associated with the Hindu mythology. After the severe penance of Bhagirath, river Ganga transformed herself into a river to dissolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s forefathers. The Gangotri Temple was built by a Gorkha Commander in the early years of the 18th century. The temple is situated at a height of 3042 meters and radiates a religious aura. The stream of river Ganga that originates from the Gangotri glacier is known as Bhagirathi. It picks up the name river Ganga after the river passes Devprayag and merges into the river Alaknanda.
How to Reach Gangotri from Delhi
Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to Gangotri. It is around 250 kilometers away. The railway station is well-connected to Delhi and other metropolitan cities in India.
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the closest airport to Gangotri. It is around 260 kilometers away from Gangotri. It operates daily flights to Delhi.
Gangotri is well-connected to Uttarkashi (97 kilometers), Yamunotri (232 kilometers), Mussoorie (250 kilometers) and Tehri (167 kilometers).
Attractions in Gangotri
Located at a height of 3307 meters, Dodi Tal is a scenic lake nestled amidst thick dense forests. The lakeside has an accommodation in the form of an amazing rest house, a camp site and a log cabin. Dodi Tal is a popular trekking site and each step that takes you above exposes you to the beauty of Mother Nature.
A translucent lake with chilled waters, Kedar Tal is a spectacular picnic spot that is located at a height of 4425 meters above sea level. It is one of the best places for a long trek. The trek to Kedar Tal must be directed via a local guide. In order to cover the entire distance of 18 kilometers from Gangotri to Kedar Tal, you need to have a daring heart.
One of the most popular temples in Uttarkashi, Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This holy shrine features a Shivling which is around 60 centimeters tall and is 90 centimeters in boundary. This temple is believed to have been constructed by Parashuram. In 1857, the temple was renovated by the wife of Sudarshan Shah, Maharani Khaneti.
Dedicated to the Hindu river goddess, Gangotri Temple reveals the story of goddess Ganga’s descend from Heaven to Earth. The temple was constructed by Gorkha commander ‘Amar Singh Thapa’ in the 18thcentury and is located on the banks of Gangotri River.