Gangotri, (Ganga' + ’Uttari’ which means
descended) the picturesque pilgrimage in the hinterlands
of the Himalayas is
the most sacred spot where Ganga ,
the stream of life, touched earth for the first time.
Situated at 99 km from Uttrarkashi, at height of 3140
meters.A shrine dedicated to the Goddess was built some
250 years ago by Amar Bahadur Thapa, the Gorkha
According to mythology, Goddess Ganga - the daughter of
heaven, manifested herself in the form of a river to
absolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s predecessors,
following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord
Shiva received into his matted locks to minimise the
immense impact of her fall. She came to be called
Bhagirathi at her legendary source.
The physical source of the holy river is at Gaumukh, 18
kms. further uphill, along the Gangotri Glacier. Several
pilgrims trek upto the source to offer prayers either on
foot or on ponies.The verdant valleys, dense forests and
towering peaks offer excellent trekking and
mountaineering opportunities for adventure enthusiasts.
Near by Places ( Gangotri) :
Near the temple is a great stone slab-the ‘Bhagirath
Shila’ dedicated to Bhagirath, whose penance is believed
to have brought the Ganga down from the heavens.
Gomukh(4200 meters), the identified source of the holy
river Ganga, is 18 kms. further uphill from Gangotri.
The trek to Gomukh is gradual and several pilgrims
undertake the journey to pay homage the river at its
Furhter downstream,10 km from Gangotri, is the
picturesque forested halting place of Bhaironghati.
There exists a small temple of Bhairon, appointed by
Shiva to safeguard this region which gives the place its
name. The bridge over the Jhanvi river at Bhaironghati
is said to be the highest in Asia
General information about
Altitude : 3140 meters
Temperature >> Summer : Max.20 deg.C.
Winter : Sub-Zero, Snowbound
Clothing >> Summer: Light woolen.
Winter : Very heavy woollen.
Languages/Dialects >> Hindi, English & Garhwali.
Best Season: May to June and September to
Gangotri Travel Information :
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 17 kms. from
24 kms. from Dehradun, 275 kms. from Gangotri.
Nearest railheads are Rishikesh (248 kms.), Haridwar and
Distance from the Major Cities