Places of Interests
The shrine is about 300 years old and first built by the
Gurkha monarch Amar Singh Thapa, and was later restored in the late 19th
century by the royal house of Jaipur.
The shrine of Gangotri is around 300 years old. Renovated in the 20th
century, the shrine is a 20-feet high structure of white granite. During
the winters the statue is taken to Mukhimath village where it is
Jalamagna Shivalinga -
There is a natural rock
Shivalinga, called the Jalamagna Shivalinga. This is the place where
Lord Shiva received Ganga in his locks. Visible only during winters.
Beside the Ganga and Ganga Temple, the other two major attractions to
see in Gangotri are the submerged Shivalinga, where Lord Shiva is
believed to have received the Ganges (called Bhagirathi here) in his
matted locks. The Shivalinga is visible only in the winter months when
the water level of the Ganges recedes. There is also a stone on which
Raja Bhagirath is believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva.
Dodi Taal Lake -
Situated at an elevation of
3024m above sea level, Dodi Tal is a breathtaking expanse of water,
enveloped by a dense forest of oak, pine, deodar and rhododendron. The
forest sports a pristine look.
Just 19km from Gangotri is Gaumukh, the source of the Ganges.
Gaumukh is situated at a height of 12,960 ft. The Gangotri Glacier,
which lies at a height of 13,662 ft beyond Chaukhamba, extends as far as
The famous site nearby is the
Gaumukh glacier, which is at an altitude of 4200 m above sea level. It
is the geographical origin of the Ganges and is at a distance of 18 km
from Gangotri uphill. Here Ganges is known as the Bhagirathi.
Nandanvan is a 6 kms trekking route along
the glacier and gives a spectacular glimpse of the Shivalinga. Across
the Gangotri glacier is the Sylvan Tapovan, which is known for its
greenness encircling the base of the Shivalinga peak. From here, one can
go to Vasuki Tal, Kalindikhal, at a height of 5590 m to reach Badrinath.
Specialities of Gangotri
The Gangotri region has some very
excellent trek routes for the avid trekkers.
Trek is an ancient trek route
and is along the old pilgrim route from Gangotri to Kedarnath.
Gangotri- Nandavan - Tapovan -
Trek is wonderful
trek route for the adventure buffs, who can embark on mountain climbing,
rock climbing, boulder-hopping and glacier traversing on this trek.
Gangotri Glacier is surrounded by many high peaks, which offer
challenging opportunities for mountaineering. Nehru Institute of
Mountaineering, Uttarkashi is the places where you learn mountaineering.
Both Cheedvasa & Bhojvasa at a distance
of 28 km and 22 km respectively are ideal for those who are looking for
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant (26 kms from
Rishikesh) in Dehradun.
Rishikesh has its own railhead, catering to
the rail travelling need of the travellers.
Gangotri is connected by road to Uttar Kashi,
Tehri Garhwal, Rishikesh and other parts of the country. It is
approximately 300 km from Dehradun, 250 km from Rishikesh and 105 km