Origin of Ganga, Gangotri is the very famous place for devotees and for travellers who explore the peace and calmness on this earth. Gangotri is a world renowned Pilgrimage in India. It is one of the four sites a Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit.
Gangotri basically a part of Uttarakhand state in India. Ganga River start from the Gangotri town and it is on the Greater Himalayas Range at the height of 3,100 metres. It is the part of north India. It is approximately 300 km from Dehradun, 250 km from Rishikesh and 105 km from Uttarkashi.
According to an old legend, after penance of king Bhagirath, Lord Shiva rewarded to him and Ganga came down to earth. However, due to her pride, and the fact that the earth would be devastated if Ganga came down in her full force, Lord Shiva caught her in his locks. She came to be Bhagirathi at her legendary source.
Gangotri is very famous for Gangotri Temple Which is attracting to tourist towards temple especially to those who believe in God or devotees for the worship of Goddess Ganga. It is the major Hindu pilgrimage centre of the state.The next attractive place is Harsil is known as the camper’s bay of Uttarakhand, it is an unspoiled village and a camp town. It is a favourite place to tourist who seeking peace and serenity in the lap of the Himalayas.Gaumukh is like a ‘mouth of cow’ is 18 km far from Gangotri in the foot hills of Bhagirathi. There are bolders scattered here and there with some piece of broken snow, along with the hard clayey snow of the glacier.
Best time to Visit
The months of April to June are the best season to visit Gangotri. In the summer season there has pleasant weather and are ideal for sightseeing and pilgrim visit. Gangotri temple is open during these months. During the days, the temperature rises around 25 degree C but the nights are pretty cold. Monsoon starts in mid-July and continues up till August. During the winter, Gangotri is freezing cold and there is heavy snowfall too.
How to Reach
By Air- Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Gangotri, which is situated at a distance of 280 km.
By Rail- the nearest railway station is Rishikesh, situated at a distance of 264 km from Gangotri on the National Highway 58. This railway station is well-connected to important destinations of India.
By Road- Gangotri town is very well-connected by road to all the important destinations of the Uttarakhand state. State-run and private buses are available on a daily basis from Mussoorie, Delhi, Tehri Garwal, Rishikesh, Yamunotri, Uttarkashi etc.