Overview of Gangotri

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.

Places to visit near the Gangotri Temple:

  • 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 Pandava’s did the meditation. Pandava Gufa is located 1.5 km from Gangotri. The place can be reached through trekking.

How to reach to Gangotri:

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.

Gangotri Distance by Surface from various cities

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)
Best time to visit Gangotri:

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.

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