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Haridwar – 260 km
Jollygrant – 250 km
Best Time to Visit
April to June
Sep to Nov
Summer - 10°C to 20°C
Winter - -10°C to 10°C
From Dehradun – 280 km
From Delhi/NCR – 460 km
From Agra - 680km
Holiday In Gangotri - Aao Chale
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Gangotri is one of the main holy places among the four Himalayan Char Dham pilgrimage areas. Gangotri is closely related to Goddess Ganga and the holy river that we know as Ganges. The river Ganga originates from the Gaumukhi glacier and is known as Bhagirathi here.
The name Bhagirathi is associated with King Bhagirath. According to hindu mythology King Sagara after killing all the demons on earth decided to stage an Ashwamedha Yagya to proclaim his supremacy. The horse of the yagya was accompanied by the kings 60000 sons born to his first Queen. Indra the supreme ruler of the gods feared that he might be deprived of his celestial throne if the yagya succeeded, so he took away the horse and tied it to the ashram of a very powerful Sage named Kapil. The sons of the King Sagara searched for the horse and finally found it tied at the ashram so they stormed the ashram of Sage Kapil. Kapil Sage in turn cursed the 60000 sons of King Sagra and all of them perished into ashes.
In order to relieve their forefathers of the curse King Bhagirath the grandson of King Sagara performed intense tapasya to please Goddess Ganga to come to earth and cleanse the ashes of his ancestors and liberate their souls granting them Moksha. He succeeded to please Goddess Ganga to come to earth but the earth came in danger because the force of Ganga would have destroyed earth, so Lord Shiva gathered Ganga into his locks to reduce the impact and Ganga descended to earth at Gangotri in the form of a River which is called Bhagarathi here as associated with Bhagirath. From Himalaya Ganga followed Bhagirathi on his way back to the planes of Northern India washing the ashes of his ancestors in the path and granting them Moksha. The hindu tradition of putting ashes of the dead ones for moksha in Ganges started from here.
The Gangotri Temple was built by a Gorkha Commander in the early years of the 18th century and have a natural Shivlinga submerged under water according to mythology this is the place where lord shiva was sitting when he received Ganga in his locks.Daily aarti ceremony is performed by the Pujaris here.The temple remains open from the month of May and get closed on the day of Diwali festival. It remains closed during other time as the place comes under severe winter conditions during winter. From Gangotri Bhagirathi reaches Devpriyag and merges into the river Alaknanda and from here the river is called the Ganga.
So aao chale Gangotri !!
Gangotri is directly connected to all other places by road with nearest railway station being Rishikesh/Haridwar and Airport Jollygrant. For People coming from outside Uttrakhand the best way is to first reach Haridwar/Rishikesh. From Haridwar/Rishikesh one can hire Taxi or can reach Gangotri on their own vehicle. Direct buses to Gangotri are available from all major places in uttrakhand.
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.
Places Of Interest in Gangotri
Gangotri Temple Gangotri
The Gangotri Temple was built by a Gorkha Commander in the early years of the 18th century and has a natural Shivlinga submerged under water according to mythology this is the place where Lord Shiva was sitting when he received Ganga in his locks. Daily aarti is performed by the Pujaris here. The temple remains open from the month of May and gets closed on the day of Diwali festival. It remains closed during other time as the place comes under severe cold conditions during winter. From Gangotri Bhagirathi reaches Devpriyag and merges into the river Alaknanda and from here the river is called the Ganga.
Submerged Shivling Gangotri
A natural rock Shivling submerged under water is an attractive tourist spot of Gangotri. It can be easily seen when winters are on their way because the water level decreases during this period. According to myths and legends this was the place where Lord Shiva was sitting when he received Ganga in his matted locks.
Bhairav ghati Gangotri
Near the confluence of Jat Ganga and Bhagirathi River lies a scenic Bhairon Ghati. It is located 10kms from Gangotri. The temple of Bhairav Nath is surrounded by dense forest. Bhairon Temple can be reached after traveling by road from Lanka to Bhaironghati and by crossing the Jahanvi River on foot.
Tapovan trek Gangotri
Tapovan is situated about 6 km further up from Gaumukh Glacier after crossing it and it is a small high altitude meadow. The trek is not a very tough one and can be covered any fit person. It offers the astounding view of famous peaks namely - Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshana, Thalay Sagar, and Kedar dome. The base camps for these peaks are in the area.
Gaumukh Glacier Trek Gangotri
Gaumukh glacier is about 18km from Gangotri and is the origin of Bhagirathi River situated at an elevation of 3,892mt. Gaumukh glacier is the second largest glacier of India, Its length is 30km and width is 3to4km approx.
For adventure seekers the trek to Gaumukh glacier is a good challenge amidst beautiful and serene surroundings with majestic view of Himalayan peaks. The 18 km trek to Gaumukh glacier goes through Bhojbasa which you need to trek or can hire a pony Bhojbasa is 14km from Gangotri with boarding and lodging facility.
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