Gangotri, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Badrinath are the four major shrines that comprise the Char Dham. Among all these shrines, Gangotri is the fourth major and charming pilgrimage shrine in the “Garhwal Himalayas”. The melting Gangotri glacier give rise to holy Ganga river. The Gangotri Temple is located at a elevation of 3140 m amidst delightful surrounds of pines and deodars, approximately 248 kms away from Rishikesh.
The Temple of Gangotri is devoted to the goddess Ganga and is erect where she is supposed to have been descend on earth for the first time. This temple is visit by lakhs of pilgrims between May and October each year. By November, Gangotri is enclosed by snow, it is believed that the goddess retreat to Mukhba, her winter abode.
Best places to visit in Gangotri
- Ganges Glacier
- Kedar Tal
- Dodi Tal
- Gangotri Temple
- Auden’s Col
- Dayara Bugyal
- Kedartal Patangini Pass Trek
- Gomukh Tapovan Trek
- Jogin Advanced Base Camp
- Vishwanath Temple
- Kalindi Khal Trek
At 4238 m over sea level, the Bhagirathi glacier begins at Chaukhamba to unite into the Gaumukh. Owing to its stone content, the land of checkup plants through which it flows, it is hypothetical that the Ganges water is healing and very unadulterated. So much so that it is thought that even when it is kept for years, the water doesn’t turn out to be contaminated. You can also trek up the glacier to reach Nandanvan, Tapovan and Gaumukh.
Kesdartal is an spotless lake investment crystal dirt free water. The charming Kedartal is located at the base of thee Brigupanth Peak (6,772 mts) and Thalay Sagar(6,904 mts). The view of the refflections of Thalay Sagar peak on Kedartal is really enhancting.
Kedartal is one of the uppermost lakes in Uttarrakhand located at an amazing height of 4912 mts above sea level in Uttarakhand region. This dark green lake is the foundation of Kedar Ganga, an necessary branch of Bhagirathi River.
Ganges- the holy river of India transcend into the earth to pardon the sins of human beings and this is the cause why the Gangotri sink bears so much of significance. Being the place of source of this holy river, Gangotri in Uttarkashi region is being strong-minded to be the holy place for the devotee, is recognized as “Shri Gangotri Dham” where the holy place of Goddess Ganga is started worship by thousand of pilgrims. This 18th century temple made of white stonework structure at the elevation of 20 ft attract wonderful devotee to catch the holy glimpses of the divine height of power- the holy goddess Ganges.
Best time to visit Gagotri
“April to June” and “September to November” make for the most excellent time to visit the place. Summers are enjoyable, the area receive heavy rainfall between July and August. Winters are very cold and not the best time to visit the place. You can only visit Gangotri when the temple is unlock and the dates are typically announce by the government.
How to reach Ganngottri
By Air : Jolly Grant at Dehradun which is approximately 226 km away, is the closest airport. private cars, Taxis, road buses are available from the airport to Gangotri through Rishikesh.
By Train : The closest railway station is Rishikesh which is well connected to Delhi and Dehradun.
By Road : There are daily bus services from Haridwar and Dehradun, Gangotri to Rishikesh. Jeeps and taxis are available from Rishikesh to Gangotri.