One of the four Dham amoung the holiest places. Gangotri is an ideal location for all those who wish to take a dip into the oceans of divinity, as well as those have a thirst for adventure. According to mythological records , King Bhakirahta prayed to lord Vishnu and brought Ganga to the earth she is the river who flow in aksh (sky) hence she is also named as Akash Ganga. As the flow was so strong to hold by earth. The king prayed to lord shiva. lord shiva accepted her in his Siras (head) and from there she started flowing through mountains, the starting point of ganga called as “GOMUCK” means “Cow horn end”. Ganga was also called as Bhagirathi named after king Bhakirathan. The holy river Ganges originated from the Gangotri glacier.Here it is known as Bhagirathi, when the river passes Devaprayag and is merged into the river Alaknanda, only then it called the Ganga. Another holy place here is Jalamanga Shivlinga where a natural shivalinga is submerged in the river and is only visible in winter months.Hundreds of devotees throng the place every year in order to unleash the secrets of spirituality. In the 18th century, Gangotri Temple was built by a Gorkha Commander that stands at an altitude of almost 3042 meters.
HOW TO REACH
Reach By Road
Roadways are considered as best option to reach Gangotri. Via roadways, this place is well linked with other major parts of the country. It is located with NH108. There are number of buses available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. You can also get taxi to reach Gangotri from major destinations of Uttarakhand such as Rishikesh, Dehradoon, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi and many others.
Reach By Train
Rishikesh railway station is considered as the nearest railway station which is almost 243 kilometers away from Gangotri. The railway station is located on NH58 and it takes few hours to reach the place. Here one can get number of trains to Rishikesh that further connects it to major parts in Uttaranchal such as Rishikesh, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi.
Reach By Air
The nearest airport to Gangotri is Jolly Grant Airport which is located around at the distance of 250kms. This airport is well linked to Delhi and there are numbers of daily flights which connects to major parts of the country. This place is well linked by roadways with Jolly Grant Airport.
Gangotri witness its summer season from the month of April which ends in the month of May. Generally the summer season of this place is quite pleasing as it is observed that the temperature even in the summers never crosses 30°Celcius. But mostly the nights get very cold. It is one of the best seasons in the Gangotri for pilgrimage and sightseeing trips.
This place welcomes its monsoon from the late July – August month. This season is accompanied by very heavy rainfall. This season is also considered as bad time to visit the temple due to heavy rainfall.
Winter season in the region starts from the month of November to March. Usually in winters, the season is freezing cold and having a heavy snowfall which can even interrupt your journey. So most people avoid visiting Gangotri in winter season.
THINGS TO CARRY
Medicine, Woolen blankets, Sweater, monkey Cap, Muffler, Shawl, Rain Coat, Sport Shoes & Torch light