Gangotri is tiny pilgrimage town located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The holy Gangotri temple is located at this sacred town. It is believed that at this place River Ganges descended on the earth after severe penance of King Bhagirathi. The Gangotri Temple was built by the Gurkha general Amar Singh Thapa in early 18th century. The Ganges originates from Gaumakh which is accessible after 19 Kms trek from Gangotri. During winters temple remain inaccessible due to heavy snowfall so statue of Goddess Ganges is brought down to Mukhba, a small village in Harsil which lies on the way to the Gangotri Shrine. During winters, all religious ceremonies are performed at this place only. The Gangotri temple opens every year on the auspicious day of the Akshaya Tritya, which generally happens during the last week of April, or the first week of May.
Nearest railway station to Gangotri is Rishikesh located at distance of 235 Kms approx.
Jolly Grant airport is closest airport which is 250 Kms approx.
|Delhi||Gangotri||495 Kms (approx)|
|Bareilly||Gangotri||550 Kms (approx)|
|Lucknow||Ranikhet||800 Kms (approx)|
|Chandigarh||Gangotri||400 Kms (approx)|
|Shimla||Gangotri||390 Kms (approx)|
Apr - Nov
Gangotri has pleasant weather during summer. Heavy rainfall during monsoons with problem of frequent landslides & road blockages hence not recommended to travel from Jun – Aug. September & October months are also good to travel.