GANGOTRI – the birthplace of the sacred River Ganga


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Gangotri is the source of holy river Ganga. It is situated in Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand. This is one of tha Char Dham(four dhams). Here is a temple situated on the left bank of Bhagirathi. It is said that Raja Bhagirath worshiped here Lord Shiva at the pious stone. There is also a Shivlinga submerged in water of Ganga. The Ganga descended here into the matted lock of Lord Shiva, It is believed.

A Gorkha general OF Nepal Amar Singh Thapa built this temple in 18th century. Later, the ruler of Jaipur renovated it in 20th century.

HOW TO REACH?

1. The nearest airport is at Jolly Grant, which is 266 kms away from Gangotri.

2. The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh, 249 kms away from Gangotri.

3. Gangotri is well connected by roads with Rishikes, Haridwar and Delhi.

WHERE TO STAY?



Here are some Hotels their addresses and rates-

Char Dham camp hotel, Kalp Kedar Mandir, Village Dharali Gangotri 21 km short of Gangotri. Offer 2 km trek through Sat Tal

KMVN Tourist Rest house, Patal Bhuwaneshwar, Rate – Rs. 400 onwards

GMVN Rest House, Contact no. – 013772-22221

WHAT TO SEE?



Gangotri temple

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This is the main temple situated at the foothill of mountain. Devotees come here from all over India and abroad to worship the deities.

Gaumukh

It is the place, from where the Ganga (Bhagirathi) rises. It is a great important place for pilgrims. People trek from Gangotri to Gaumukh.



Bharon Ghati


Here is the temple of Bharavnath. This temple is among thick forests. This is 10 kms away from Gangotri.

Kedartal

This is a lake. This is beautifully surrounded by spectacular peaks. The scene is charming.

Note: – The Kapat of Yamunotri and Gangotri has been opened on 16 May 2010 .





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