Altitude: 3,200 mt
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva
sacred shrine, situated at an altitude of 3,200 mt is the
source of the river Bhagirathi. It is surrounded by the
mountain peaks of Shivling, Satopanth and Bhagirathi sisters.
Accessible by a motorable road, it is one of the most pious
As the legend
goes, Raja Bhagirath used to worship Lord Shiva at the sacred
stone near which the temple is located. It is believed that
goddess Ganga first descended to earth from heaven, at this
stone. Amar Singh Thapa, the Gorkha Commander of Garhwal, in
the 18th century A.D. constructed this temple. It is also
believed that the Pandavas, came here to perform the great 'Deva
Yagna' to atone the death of their kinsmen in the battle of
the river, this natural rock Shivling is the place where,
according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the
Ganga in his matted locks. It is visible in winter months when
water level decreases.
lake situated at a distance of about 18 km trek from Gangotri,
negotiable through a rough mountain trail. The trek is very
tiring and testing even for a hardy trekker. There is no
facility of any kind on the way and one haste make all
arrangements in advance. A local guide is essential. The lake
is crystal clear with the mighty Thalaysagar (sphatikling)
peak forming a splendid backdrop. The place is about 15,000
feet above sea-level and is the base camp for scaling to
Thalaysagar, Jogin, Bhrigupanth and other peaks.
yards from the Ganga temple, flows the river Kedar Ganga.
Starting from the Kedar valley, this river meets the
Bhagirathi river on its left bank.
This is the
snout of the Gangotri glacier and the present source of the
Bhagirathi river. It is held in high esteem by the devotees
who do not miss the opportunity to have a holy dip in the bone
chilling icy water. The 18 km distance from Gangotri haste be
covered on foot or by ponies. The trek is easy and many people
come back to Gangotri the same day. Porters and ponies are
available for excursions to Gaumukh and other trekking routes
at Gangotri. There is a Tourist Bungalow at Bhojbasa, 14 km
from Gangotri where lodging and other facilities are
10 km from
Gangotri. Astride the road to Uttarkashi and near the
confluence of Jat Ganga and Bhagirathi rivers is situated,
Bhaironghati . The temple of Bhairav Nath surrounded by thick
forests is worth visiting.
by road from Lanka to Bhaironghati one has to cross the
Jahanvi river on foot. After crossing the Jahanvi river and
moving uphill, the Bhairon temple can be seen.
26 km from
Gangotri. Located in the topographically mountainous district
of Uttarkashi, this hamlet is famous for its natural beauty
and delicious apples. Harsil is situated at a distance of 72
km from Uttarkashi on the main highway to Gangotri and is at a
height of 2,620 mt above sea- level.
the adventurous tourist can trek to Sat Tal, situated just
above Dharali, 2 km beyond Harsil, to be greeted by the
rewarding sight of seven lakes situated amidst beautiful
natural surroundings. The Harsil-Jangala Chatti route is
amidst dense Deodar forest.
55 km from
Gangotri. Noted for its thermal springs and close-up views of
famous mountain peaks, its peaceful and tranquilizing
environment provides an ideal setting for meditation.
70 km from
Gangotri. It is a small upcoming town located at about 25 km
92 km from
Gangotri. It has lately emerged as a place of tourist interest
as a result of the construction of a dam across the Bhagirathi
river, from where the water is fed to the turbines through an
8 km long tunnel at Tiloth in Uttarkashi. The resultant lake
at Maneri has added to the charm of the place.