Breathe the serene and pious air of Gangotri, which is situated in a breathtaking location, on the banks of River Bhagirathi. One feels closer to God and nature with ample of temples and snow clad mountains situated here. The crystal clear waters of the River Ganga is one thing that the travelers like to witness. The Ganges Glaciers are something that a traveler would never want to miss as it is one thing that you might not get to see in other places. Apart from this, the renowned temples of Gangotri include the Gangotri Temple and the Vishwanath Temple which the pilgrims often visit without fail.
Places To SeeGangotri Temple
Perched on the banks of the Bhagirathi River, the Gangotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. One of the highest temples in the country, Gangotri temple was built in the 18th century. The temple and the surrounding areas remain closed in winters due to the heavy snowfall. In summers, hordes of devotees come here to pay their obeisance. There are several ashrams and accommodation types for the visitors to reside. Gangnani
If you are spiritually inclined, Gangnani is the place to visit. The scenic tranquility of the area allows you to relieve your stress and commune with nature. While here, you can also enjoy a dip in Rishikund, a thermal water spring and then proceed to the Gangotri Temple. You can also visit Bhatwari, a small village that has a temple dedicated to Parasara, the holy sage and the father of Rishi Veda Vyas.Pandav Cave
It is said that the Pandavas or the five brothers of Mahabharata epic stayed here during their exile. An hour’s walk from the Gangotri temple will bring you to the caves. You will be able to see several ash-smeared sadhus who stay in these caves to meditate.
Things To DoDayara Bugyal
Located at an altitude of 3048 m above sea level, Dayara Bugyal refers to awe inspiring meadows near a place called Bhatwari. Daraya Bugyal is a very popular trekking route and is considered amongst the most scenic in north India. From Daraya Bugyal, you can trek further 30 kms to reach Dodital, a fresh water lake set against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas.Nandanvan and Tapovan
The two places are located at an easy distance from the Gangotri Glacier from where the sacred River Ganga originates. From Nandanvan, you can take in the stunning views of the Shivaling, Bhagirathi, and Kedar Dome peaks. The place is also the base camp for treks to Satopant, Kalindi Khal, Kharchakund, Meru and Kedardom peaks.Gomukh trek
A high difficulty level trek along the Bhagirathi River will lead you to Gomukh. The trek involves boulder hopping, rock climbing, and mountain climbing. One also passes through diverse landscapes such as forests and shrubs, besides the Gangotri glacier and Chatturangini glacier and finally to the lush meadows of Tapovan.Dodital
Nestled at an altitude of 3024 m above sea level, Doditak is a freshwater lake surrounded by lush greenery. You can trek to the lake via Angoda. The lake is famous for the Himalayan trout and fishing is allowed in its waters with prior permission from the Divisional Forest Officer of Uttarkashi. From the lake, you can trek further up to Yamunotri and Hanuman Chatti.Gangotri National Park
Spread across about 1,553 square km, the national park houses dense coniferous forests glaciers and lush green meadows. The park is natural habitat for rare flora and fauna. As of now, 15 species of mammals and 150 bird species have recorded their presence here including snow leopard, ibex, bulbul, Himalayan barbet, tahr, serow, pheasants, doves, partridges, parakeet, etc. The Gaumukh glacier, from which the river Ganges originates, is located inside the park.Tip
: The best time to visit is from April to October, when tourism in the area is at its peak.