It is one of the popular pilgrimages among the four famous Char Dham pilgrimage regions. It is in Uttarakashi which is closely related to majestic River Ganga. There are many associated legends on Gangotri. The famous one is that, Goddess Gange transformed her as a River to dissolve the sins of ancestors of King Bhagirath.Lord Shiva has gathered the River into his matted lock inorder to reduce impact of the fall of the River. The famous Gangotri temple was constructed in early 18th century by the Gorkha commander. It is at an altitude of 3042 meters and emits such a high pious aura. From the Gangotri glacier, the river Ganga is originates and it passes Devprayag and joins with river Alaknanda. It is serene and secluded place. It attracts visitors by its charms in the form of snow-clad mountains, crystal clear water of Ganga River and salubrious climate. Alcholic drinks are strictly prohibited here and one can get delicious vegetarian food in Gangotri.
Places to visit
It was constructed on the banks of River Bhagirathi in early 18th century by Gorkha commander. It is devoted to Goddess Ganga. It is one of the must visit place in Gangotri.
It is the originating place of river Gange at an elevation of 4238 meters. It is called Gange after it passes some particular distance and merges with River Alaknanda. The pure water with absolutely no impurities is the highlighting feature of Ganga water.
Maneri, Kedar Tal, Tapovan, Uttara Kashi, Vishwanath Temple and Dodi Tal are other well-known places in Gangotri.
How to reach Gangotri
Jolly Grant domestic airport in Dehradun is the nearest one.
Rishikesh is the nearest railhead, around 250 km from Gangotri.
It is well connected by buses to almost all major and minor cities and towns of Uttarakhand.
In summer 10 – 15 C and in winter 0 – 10 C and best visited from April to June and from September to November.