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.