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1. Gangotri Temple

Gangotri Temple
Must visit 4.2 /5

0 km
from city center
1 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Gangotri Temple, a religiously important temple in Hinduism, is located in the quaint town of Gangotri, Uttarkashi District in the Indian State of Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and is the highest and the most important shrine dedicated to the deity. The sacred temple and the surroundings offer a scenic view of the breathtaking Himalayas and the ever so gorgeous River Ganga. The sight is breathtaking in the mornings during sunrise as the sun shines from behind the Himalayas spreading light and life to the region. 

2. Gangotri Glacier

Gangotri Glacier
3.5 /5

29 km
from city center
2 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Gangotri Glacier originates at the northern pole of the Chaukhamba mountain range. It is one of the largest glaciers in India and the source of the holy Ganga River. The terminus of the glacier is Gaumukh which is a popular trekking point from Gangotri.

3. Surya Kund

Surya Kund

3 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Surya Kund is a spectacular waterfall in Gangotri, located 500 metres from the Gangotri Temple. A rainbow is created every time water falls down into the kund while the sun in shining.

4. Kedar Tal

Kedar Tal
3.1 /5

10 km
from city center
4 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Kedartal is a 20km remote trek from Gangotri to Kedartal Lake. It is a difficult trek that takes 7-8 days to complete. The trek route has stunning views of snow-clad mountains.

5. Gaumukh

Gaumukh

14 km
from city center
5 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Gaumukh, or Gomukh, is the source of the holy Bhagirathi River (Ganga). It is located 18km from Gangotri. The 18km trek is usually covered in 2 days. Gaumukh opens only between May to October and remains close for the rest of the year.

6. Dharali

Dharali
3.1 /5

15 km
from city center
6 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Located 2 off from Harsil, Dharali is famous for its apple orchards and red bean cultivation. Lord Shiva's deity is there in an ancient temple in this village.

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7. Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek
3.5 /5

15 km
from city center
7 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is a 46km trek that takes 6 to 8 days to complete. It starts from Gangotri in Uttarakhand and passes through the Gangotri National Park, Gaumukh, Tapovan and back. The moderate difficult trek can be attempted by beginners as well.

8. Gangotri National Park

Gangotri National Park

8 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Gangotri National Park is nestled in Uttarkashi district. It is home to the famous snow leopard, along with 15 mammals and 150 bird species. Challenging treks, crushed snow, beaten trails, whistling woods, and ruffled leaves add to the thrill of visiting this National Park.

9. Vishwanath Temple

Vishwanath Temple
3.1 /5

747 km
from city center
9 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Believed to be built by Parashuram, the Lord Vishwanath temple in Uttarkashi houses the Kedar Khanda or Skanda Puran. Later, in 1857 Maharani Khaneti renovated the temple. The Shivlinga which is 60 cm tall and is 90 cm in circumference draws many Shiva devotees from across the country.

10. Pandav Gufa

Pandav Gufa

99 km
from city center
10 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Pandav Gufa is an ancient natural cave, located 1.5 km from Gangotri Dham. It is reached via a short trek. Pandav Gufa is believed to be the place where Pandavs from Mahabharat meditated on their way to Mount Kailash.

11. Dodi Tal

Dodi Tal
3.1 /5

41 km
from city center
11 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Dodital is a freshwater lake located in the Uttarkashi district and a popular trek. The 54km trek starts from Uttarkashi and has an easy to moderate difficulty level. It usually takes 2-3 days to complete the trek. Some tourists combine the trip to Gangotri with Dodital trek.

12. Harsil

Harsil
3.1 /5

13 km
from city center
12 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Harsil is a small village located on the way to Gangotri in the Uttarkashi district. It is a perfect getaway for those in quest of peace and solitude. Adorned with apple orchards, Harsil is also known for its numerous trekking trails.

13. Auden's Col

Auden's Col
3.5 /5

15 km
from city center
13 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

The Auden's Col trek is a dream trek for every experienced trekker and mountaineer, being first discovered by John Bicknell Auden in 1935. The trail passes through the thick forest of alpine trees, meadows dotted with varied species of flowers, gushing streams and cuts through numerous villages secluded within the Garhwal Himalayas, and several temples that reflect the religious significance of the Garhwal region.

14. Dayara Bugyal

Dayara Bugyal
3.6 /5

37 km
from city center
14 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Dayara Bugyal is a Himalayan Alpine meadow located in the Uttarkashi district. It is the most beautiful meadow in India and is popular for trekking and camping. The trek follows a 7 km trail from the base camp in Barsu, passing through the village of Raithal, and ending up atop the Dayara Bugyal.

15. Tapovan

Tapovan
3.1 /5

17 km
from city center
15 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Situated at the foothills of Shivling peak, this camping base located at 4460 m above sea level, is popular for its lush greenery and view of peaks and ranges. You can trek up the route, organized by various adventure camps in Gangotri.

16. Uttarkashi

Uttarkashi
3.1 /5

56 km
from city center
16 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

155 km from Rishikesh, this is one of the important pilgrimage destinations on the banks of river Bhagirathi. Situated at an altitude of 1150 m, it shelters various famous temples- Lord Vishwanath temple, Ekadash Rudra temple, Bhairav temple, Kuteti Devi temple and Gyaneshwar temple.

17. Kedartal Patangini Pass Trek

Kedartal Patangini Pass Trek
3.5 /5

37 km
from city center
17 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Kedartal Patangini Pass Trek is a high altitude lake trek nestled in the lap of Himalayas and is regarded as one of the finest. Blessed with the scenic beauty of nature and picturesque landscape all around, this trek is bound to be extremely fascinating.

18. Jogin Advanced Base Camp

Jogin Advanced Base Camp
3.5 /5

0 km
from city center
18 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Jogin ABC is a spectacular campsite located at an altitude of over 16,000 ft with spectacular view of the Jogin peaks that lie at the end of the valley forming an amphitheatre with Mt. Thalay Sagar. It's a challenging trek from Gangotri to Kedartal via Bhoj Kadak.

19. Maneri

Maneri
3.1 /5

48 km
from city center
19 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Channeling waters across an 8 km stretch, the dam situated at Tiloth offers a beautiful drive 92 km drive from Gangotri. You can also fish in the catchment area for Himalayan trouts, and grill them over live fire while you picnic there.

20. Kalindi Khal Trek

Kalindi Khal Trek
3.5 /5

37 km
from city center
20 out of 20
places to visit in Gangotri

Cradled amid the spectacular scenic beauty, Kalindi Khal is regarded as one of the most adventurous and challenging trek in the lap of Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Perched at an altitude of 6000 m, the strenuous walk up to this sky touching peak is rewarded by enchanting views.

FAQs on Gangotri

Can you suggest an itinerary for Gangotri?

Day 1- Reach Uttarkashi. Check into the hotel and relax for the remaining day to acclimatise and refreshen yourself for the next day's journey.
Day 2- Start for Gangotri after having breakfast. It takes almost 8 to 10 hours by road to reach the destination. Stop at Gangnani hot springs on the way for a quick halt. Arrive at Gangotri. After freshening up at the hotel head towards the Gangotri temple for the famous Arti.
Day 3- Keep the third day for the trek along the Bhagirathi river to Gaumukh, the physical source of river Ganga. Start early and take a major halt at Bhojbasa which is situated at a trekking distance of 14 km from Gangotri.
Day 4- Have breakfast and head back to Uttarkashi.

How can I commute within Gangotri?

Being a pilgrimage centre, people often travel more on foot. Hence, public transport is not well-developed. However, you can take the government buses, private buses and tourist taxis to travel around the city.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Gangotri?

The top sightseeing places in Gangotri are Ganges Glacier, Gangotri Temple, Kedar Tal, Harsil, Dodi Tal, Auden's Col.
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