Gangotri Tourism

Overview of Gangotri

Gangotri is a tiny pilgrimage town located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The holy Gangotri temple is located in 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 the 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 the 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 Tritiya, which generally happens during the last week of April, or the first week of May.

Gangotri Tourism
Gangotri Tourism
Gangotri Tourism
Gangotri Tourism
Gangotri Tourism

Best time to visit Gangotri:

Apr - Nov

Gangotri Temple Opening & Closing Dates 2024: 10-May-2024 and 2-Nov-2024

Gangotri has pleasant weather during the summer. Heavy rainfall during monsoons with the problem of frequent landslides & road blockages hence not recommended to travel from Jun – Aug. September & October months is also good to travel.

Darshan Timing:

6:15 am to 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Places to See in Gangotri:

  • Bhagirath Shila: As per Mythology, it is believed at this sacred rock King Bhagirathi prayed to Goddess Ganga to abandon the sins of his ancestors.
  • Pandava Gufa: It is the place where the Pandavas did the meditation. Pandava Gufa has located 1.5 km from Gangotri. The place can be reached through trekking.

How to reach Gangotri:

The nearest railway station to Gangotri is Rishikesh located at distance of 235 kms approx.

Jolly Grant airport is the closest airport which is 250 kms approx.

Gangotri distance by Surface:

Delhi Gangotri 495 Kms (approx)
Bareilly Gangotri 550 Kms (approx)
Lucknow Gangotri 800 Kms (approx)
Chandigarh Gangotri 400 Kms (approx)
Shimla Gangotri 390 Kms (approx)

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Gangotri Dham – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Where is Gangotri Dham located?

Gangotri Dham is located on the banks of Bhagirathi river, in the Uttarkashi district of state Uttarakhand.

2. How can I reach Gangotri?

By Air - To reach Gangotri, the nearby airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is well connected with regular flights from Delhi. From Dehradun, you can hire any direct taxi to Gangotri or you can take any public vehicle to reach Gangotri.
By Train - Rishikesh Railway station is in Haridwar which is approximately 25 kilometres away and it is well connected with major cities like Lucknow, Mumbai, Kolkata, Varanasi, Delhi, etc.
By Bus - Rishikesh ISBT is the nearby station which is well connected with major cities. Here you’ll easily get the transport for the Gangotri Dham.

3. What is the best time to visit Gangotri?

September to October, is the best time to visit Gangotri Dham. At this time the weather remains pleasant which would be good for Yatra, and it is advised to avoid yatra during monsoon season.

4. Is Gangotri safe to visit?

Yes, it is totally safe to travel Gangotri Dham. From May-June & Sept-Oct is the perfect & safe time to visit Gangotri. Avoid Yatra on a rainy & monsoon time because it increases the chances of landslides and road blockage.

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