Gangotri is at an altitude of 3048 meters above sea level in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand and it’s on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. Gangotri is famous for its ancient temples and religious significance. The present Ganga Temple…
Gangotri is at an altitude of 3048 meters above sea level in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand and it’s on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. Gangotri is famous for its ancient temples and religious significance. The present Ganga Temple at Gangotri was built by a Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th century. It is one of the most important temples of River Ganga. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda. Near the temple is located a sacred stone where King Bhagiratha is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva. Jalamagna Shivalinga, Bhavishya Badri Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, and Gaumukh are the other religious attractions in Gangotri.
There are several routes of reaching Gangotri but the most popular one is to go via Delhi that’s the nearest metro station. Gangotri is best visited in the summer months as in the winter it’s completely snowed under. You should visit Gangotri during April, May, and June as in the winters the Gangotri temple closes down.
Places to visit in Gangotri Dham
The trek to Tapovan begins from Gangotri and the trek is considered as moderate to difficult. It is a 4-day trek from Gangotri to Tapovan and back. Tapovan can be reached by two routes; the first one is the classic route which goes via Gaumukh Glacier. One has to trek 15 km to reach Bhojbasa from Gangotri. Gaumukh is 4 km from Bhojbasa and Tapovan is 5 km beyond Gaumukh. After reaching Gaumukh Glacier one needs to traverse the glacier and climb a rugged track to reach Tapovan. The Tapovan trek is done as a four day trip from Gangotri.
Gomukh trek is the most famous one in Uttarakhand. Hence, it is a spiritual tour and dose of thrilling adventure too! Gomukh is India’s second-largest glacier and it needs to be traversed to reach. Here will come across many saints living here on a permanent basis in caves, they come here for meditation. From here you will get magnificent views of mountains like Mt. Shivling, you get the best sight of it from here. Mt. Meru, Bhagirathi group of peaks are also visible, you get the chance to witness these peaks from very close.
Gauri and Surya Kund
Surya Kund is known for the Surya Kund waterfalls and is the most spectacular part of Gangotri. The Bhagirathi River falls spectacularly through deep gorges into downstream here. One has to cross an iron bridge to have a clear view of the magnificent falls. The waterfall with vibrant sounds at Surya Kund is a spectacular sight. Visitors could reach the waterfalls by taking the walkway past the Dandi Kshetra and Tapovan Kuti ashrams.