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, Uttaranchal

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State: Uttaranchal
District: Uttarkashi
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Hindi, Garhwali
Best Season: April to Jun, Sep to Nov
Weather: Summer 10 to 15°C, Winter 0 to 10°C
Altitude: 3415 m
Pincode: 249137
STD code: 01381
One of the main religious places among the four Char Dham pilgrimage areas, Gangotri, situated in Uttarkashi, is closely related to Goddess Ganga, the river that we know as Ganges. The history of Gangotri dates back to centuries when Goddess Ganga transformed herself into a river to dissolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s forefathers, following his penance. In order to reduce the impact of her fall, Lord Shiva gathered Ganga into his matted locks and has ever since been associated with Goddess Ganga. Gangotri is a popular pilgrim place in India and tourists should not miss booking Nainital packages when holidaying here.

The Gangotri Temple was built by a Gorkha Commander in the early years of the 18th century. This temple stands at an altitude of 3042m and emits a highly pious aura. Religious rituals are in full swing in the Gangotri temple with the Arti ceremony performed by the pujaris of the Semwal family.

The river Ganga originates from the Gangotri glacier and is known as Bhagirathi. The name Ganga picks up later on after the river passes Devaprayag and merges into the river Alaknanda.

Just the perfect destination to breath in a serene and pious atmosphere, Gangotri has the charm to attract people from all over. The striking presence of the snow-clad mountains in the vicinity and the pure crystal clear water of the Ganges flowing around add to the sanctity of the place. One feels close to God in the high altitude of Gangotri. Vegan food dominates the culture and is available in the local food joints or dhabas. Non-vegetarian food and alcoholic drinks are a strict no-no.
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The Holy Site of Gangotri

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Oct 07, 2011
The River Ganga plays a very important role in Indian mythology, and based on its prominence and its distinction of being a silent witness to the country’s growth from early to modern civilizations; it’s a major part of the Hindu religion.

Pilgrimage in Uttaranchal - The Holiest Of All

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 22, 2011
Read to know about the famous pilgrim destinations and Yatra that one can be a part of during the pilgrim tours of Uttaranchal.

Adventure in Uttaranchal - Where the Thrill Soar High

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 22, 2011
While on adventure tours to Uttaranchal, ensure to be part of some of the most challenging and heart rendering sports that one cannot indulge in anywhere else in the country.

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Gangotri is a pilgrim town that is located in the State of Uttarkand. It is located in the banks of the River Ganga.

Since it is a pilgrimage center the local transport services have not developed fully. This is because pilgrims generally prefer to walk to the various religious sites. Some of the local transport services that are available are local buses and tourist taxis. Some private operators also have buses that run in certain areas.

Government Bus



Local buses are the cheapest option and they are available frequently. They connect most of the important places and tickets cost between Rs 5 and Rs 20. They can be boarded from the bus stops that are present around town. Buses may be crowded during the peak hours as they are a popular mode of transport.

Tourist Taxi



Tourist taxis are available and these are a good option for day trips. They usually charge between Rs 1000 and Rs 1500 per day depending on the type of vehicle hired. Toyota Qualis and Tata Indica are some of the cars that are available for hire.

Private Bus



These ply along certain fixed routes and they are a quick option- because they don’t stop too many times along the way. Tickets cost between Rs 10 and Rs 30.
Comments (3) Reviews (4)
Place out of the mundane world. Personally i feel lost and something which can not be described in words wants to come out from the centre of heart. I feel i belong to this place. Feels a motherly touch sitting on the banks of Ma Ganga.
Posted by nandini 4 year, 8 months ago
photo is very nice
Posted by mahavir negi 5 year, 2 months ago
The base camp for gomukh is uttarkashi, having stayed there for the night you need to get up early and start the trek - 24 kms - to gomukh, 4 kms away from the melting face of the glacier which forms gomukh there is a settlement called bhojwasa where you can get accomodation and food. May to October is the best time to travel , in the other months the ...more
Posted by Sameer 5 year, 7 months ago
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