Gangotri Yatra is a town and a Nagar Panchayat (municipality) in Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi. It is on the Greater Himalayan Range, at a height of 3,042 m. Gangotri Yatra, the source of the river Ganga and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier, and is a 19 km trek from Gangotri.
Gangotri Kapat Opening Dates : The kapat of Gangotri Temple will be opened on 28th April 2017.
Gangotri Closing date: Gangotri Temple Closing date will updated soon.
The holy shrine of Gangotri (3,140 m) situated in the high Himalayas, is dedicated to goddess Ganga. According to legend, King Sagar, after slaying the demons on earth decided to stage in Ashwamegh Yagya as a proclamation of his supremacy. The horse which was to be taken on an uninterrupted journey around the earth was to be accompanied by the King's 60,000 sons born to Queen Sumati and one son Asmanjas born of the second queen Kesani. Indra, supreme ruler of the gods feared that he might be deprived of his celestial throne if the 'Yogya' (worship with fire) succeeded and then took away the horse and tied it to the ashram of Sage Kapil, who was then in deep meditation.
The sons of the King Sagar searched for the horse and finally found it tied near the meditating sage. Sixty thousand angry sons of King Sagar stormed the ashram of sage Kapil. When he opened his eyes, 60,000 sons had perished by the curse of sage Kapil. Bhagirath, grand son of King Sagar, is believed to have meditated to bring down the Ganga which brought back sixty thousand sons into life. The Bhagirathi, 'Shila' is located near the temple of Ganga where the holy Ganga first descended on earth trom heaven. Hence the place is known as Gangotri Yatra. The temple of Bhagirathi was erected by the Gorkha General, Amar Singh Thapa in 18th Century at the source of Ganga.
The other places of pilgrimage are Surya Kund, Vishnu Kund and Brahma Kund located in the vicinity of Gangotri Tour 2015. Bhaironghati (2743 m) is a halting place if one wants to reach upto the height of Gangotri Tour 2015. Gangotri glaciers (4238.6 m) starts trom Chaukhamba cluster of snowpeak and extends upto Gaumukh which is connected by a track From Gangotri Yatra. Whether one believes in these legends or not, the properties of Ganga water are well known all over the world. The water of Ganga contains no impurities and remains uncontaminated even after being kept over several years. Scientists attribute this to secretion of herbs, geologists to its mineral content and the Hindus to its holiness.
Gangotri Temple: Gangotri is the highest temple of Goddess Ganga and one of the four dhams of Uttarakhand state. Made up of white marbles the temple is situated at an altitude of 3,048mts above sea level. Gangotri offers scenic splendours of the rugged terrains, gushing water of Bhagirathi River and snow clad peaks. Gangotri remains opened from May and get closed on the day of Diwali festival as the idol of the goddess is carried to her winter residence at Mukhba.
Tapovan: You can proceed to Tapovan and Nandanvan after reaching Gaumukh Glacier. the trek to tapovan is little difficult and hiring a guide is recommended for the trek as even seasonal trekkers find sometimes difficult to get around the route.Astounding views of Shivling and other major peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas are distinctly visible from Tapovan.
Bhairon Ghati: 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 which can be reached after travelling by road from Lanka to Bhaironghati and by crossing the Jahanvi River on foot.
Submerged Shivling: 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 received Ganga in his matted locks.
Uttarkashi: Perched at an elevation of 1,352mts above sea level, Uttarkashi is at a distance of 93kms from Gangotri. Uttarkashi is a picturesque spot well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Situated on the banks of the holy Bhagirathi Rive, Uttarkashi houses one of the reputed mountaineering institutes of India i.e. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.
Dodi Tal: This mysterious lake is situated at an elevation of 3,307mts above sea level surrounded by dense forests of Deodar, oak and rhododendrons and according to mythology Lord Ganesha was born at the banks of this lake. The pristine water of this lake is the home of endangered Himalayan Golden Trouts and many other fishes. The depth of this lake is still unknown. The 18km trek to Dodi Tal commences from Agoda and is considered as one of the best treks of Uttarakhand.
Kedartal: Kedar Tal can be reached after a difficult trek of 14kms which starts from Gangotri. the lake holds crystal clear icy cold water with reflection of snow capped Himalayan peaks. The maximum elevation that you will encounter en-route Kedar Tal is astonishing 4,912mts above sea level. The lake is perched at an elevation of 4,225mts above sea level with the majestic Thalaysagar Peak providing captivating scenery.
Gangnani: Situated 47kms before Gangotri, Gangnani is popular for its natural thermal springs. People take a dip in this natural hot water spring before heading towards Gangotri.
Harsil: It is one of the hidden jewels of Uttarakhand offering ample scope for nature and adventure lovers. Harsil is situated on the banks of Bhagirathi River at an elevation of 2,620mts above sea level. The distance from Gangotri to Harsil is 21kms and You can plan a short and easy trek to Sattal from Harsil.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Gangotri situated at a distance of 250kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights and Gangotri is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. ypu can also hire chopper services to Gangotri from Dehradun.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Gangotri is Rishikesh 234kms before Gangotri on NH58 and is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi and many other destinations to Gangotri.
By Road: Gangotri is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Situated at the end of NH108, buses to Rishikesh are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi. Buses and Taxis to Gangotri are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Dehradoon, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi etc.
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