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.
Apr - Nov
Gangotri Temple Opening & Closing Dates 2023: 22-April-2023 and 14-Nov-2023
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.
6:15 am to 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm
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.
|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)|
Gangotri Dham is located on the banks of Bhagirathi river, in the Uttarkashi district of state Uttarakhand.
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.
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.
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.
Currently the All-Weather Road project is in progress, due to which roads are not in good condition. The project is expected to end by 2022.
Yes, you can visit Gangotri by both car & bike, but make sure you have a skilled driver who has experience of driving on hills. And it is advised to read the Uttarakhand hills driving guidelines before departure.
You have to first visit Rishikesh or Haridwar, once you can reach Haridwar/Rishikesh you can take a direct bus to Gangotri. By chance if you miss the direct bus you can take a shared cab or bus to Uttarkashi. From Uttarkashi you can easily get the shared jeep to Gangotri. It would take approx. 9-10 hours.
Gangotri is 258 km from Yamunotri. From Yamunotri, you have first trek to Jankichatti then visit Barkot, Uttarkashi, and then Gangotri.
Jankichatti - 45 km - Barkot - 82Km - Uttarkashi - 100Km - Gangotri
Bhagiratha brought Goddess Ganga from Heaven to the Earth.
Tapovan, Gaumukh, Kedartal Trek, Harsil, Nelong Valley, Uttarkashi are some of the best places near Gangotri where you can visit.
Gomukh is 18 km from the Gangotri Dham. To reach Gomukh you have to first take Gaumukh Trek Permit, once you take the permit, you can start your trek to Gomukh. For Gaumukh you can also take Pony but I would suggest you avoid Pony if you can because at some places the trails are very narrow & risky. Once you start your trek from Gangotri, after 9 km you will reach Chirbasa and after 5km from Chirbasa, you will reach Bhojbasa. You can stay at Bhojbasa and the next day continues your trek to Gaumukh. Gaumukh is just 4 km from Bhojbasa.
You can apply for permits online as well as offline. Since the entrance is limited to 150 people per day, you must first get a permit. This can be collected from the permit office above the bus stand at Gangotri, or the District Magistrate Office in Uttarkashi.
Opening Dates - 26- April - 2020
Closing Dates - 15 - Nov - 2020(Tentative)
Morning - 6:15 am to 2:00 pm &
Evening - 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Yes, it is mandatory for every pilgrim to get registered before starting the Yatra. You can register yourself either online or at the counter at different locations. You can do registration on the Biometric centers which are located in different places Haridwar, Rishikesh, Jankichati, Gangotri, Guptkashi, Phata, etc. For this, you only need your Aadhar Card and mobile number. And for online registration, you can visit http://onlinechardhamyatra.in/.
In Gangotri, there are very limited options for accommodation. If you didn’t get any accommodation then you can also take a halt in Harsil & Uttarkashi town. For more hotels options read this - (Chardham on route Hotels)
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