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Gangotri, situated in Uttarakhand is an important tourist destination in India. Find out more about Gangotri tourism here.


Must Visit Bhavishya Badri Temple, Gaumukh, Nandanvan, Uttarkashi, Kedar Tal, Dayara Bugyal
Climate Summers are cool during the day and cold at night, while winters are snow bound, touching sub zero temperatures.
Ideal Time April - November
Languages Garhwali, Hindi, English

Gangotri town is situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is a pilgrim town which is located on the banks of river Bhagirathi. It is located on the Greater Himalayan Range, and is at a height of 3,042 metres. Gangotri, which is the origin of the sacred river Ganga, attracts tourists from all over the country, every year. It is one of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage centres.

It was Amar Singh Thapa who created the temple in the early 18th century AD. The Gangotri temple is a day's worth of travel from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun or a couple of day's travel, if one is traveling from Yamunotri. It is also believed to be the place where Goddess Ganga herself presides. Gangotri is also the source of the river Ganga. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and then it takes on the name Ganga, from Devprayag and ultimately it meets Alaknanda. Gaumukh is the origin of the river, and is a 19 kms. trek from Gangotri.

According to a legend, Lord Shiva rewarded King Bhagirath after his remorse and that is when Ganga came down on earth. But because of her pride as well as of the fact that the earth would be destroyed if Ganga came down in her full force, Shiva got hold of her in his hair. Subsequently, it is said that Goddess Uma or Parvati would bathe in the Ganga daily and after that only she descended on the earth. Because of this reason, Ganga is also known as Bhagirathi

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