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GANGOTRI TEMPLE TRAVEL GUIDE 2021

The Gangotri Temple opens in late April or the first week of May and closes during the Diwali festival. In summer it is only open for six months. The Gangotri Temple is closed in winter due to the possibility of heavy snowfall.

Gangotri Dham Kapat 2021 Opening Date

The opening date of Gangotri Temple has not been announced yet. The Gangotri Temple was opened on April 26 on the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya, which signals the beginning of Char Dham Yatra 2020.

Gangotri Dham Closing Date 2020:

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Gangotri Temple was closed on November 15, 2020. During winters, the goddess Gangotri is enshrined in the village of Mukhba near Harsil. On the occasion of Dussehra, the closing Dates for Gangotri were announced.

Gangotri is a place of serenity and purity as it has a beautiful landscape. As the snow-capped Himalayas is situated in the area and the eternal Bhagirathi River flowing in this heavenly place, one can be in the presence of Goddess Gangotri and her beautiful aura that can give you peace and tranquillity for the mind. One can provide their reverence at the Gangotri Temple at an elevation of 3,415 m above sea level. Gangotri offers a scenic view of rugged terrain, pure flowing water through the streams, and snow-capped peaks of the Bhagirathi River.

Gangotri is the starting point for some trekking routes such as Tapovan, Bhojwasa, Gangotri Glaciers Gaumukh, Shivling Peak Gangotri National Park, Tapovan, the Gaumukh Glaciers, Bhairon Ghati, and the Submerged Shivalinga.

Why visit Gangotri?

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The answer to this question is evident if you are a little religious. Gangotri is an important temple, and a visit to the city offers many opportunities not only in the city but also when en-route. The entire region from Haridwar to Gangotri is marked by places of religious significance in Hinduism.

For adventure, trekking from Gangotri to Gaumukh is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the best views and discover the origin of the river Ganga while trekking. Along the way, you can stop at Rishikesh to enjoy white water rafting . Campsites are also a common sight along the way.

Even if you do not fall into these two categories, a visit to Gangotri will give you some time of peace and tranquillity. You will find tourists in Gangotri, but not as crowded as in Shimla and Manali.

Visiting here in summer means pleasant weather, few people and scenic views all around. Gangotri is well known but is also considered an offbeat destination. So Gangotri is the right place for you if you are a person who wants to avoid crowded places.

Know more about Gangotri

Along with Yangunotri,Badrinath, and Kedarnath , Gangotri makes Chhota Char Dham an important pilgrimage place for Hindus. Like other Chhota Char Dhams, the Gangotri Temple is closed in winter. During this time, the idol was moved to our Ganga temple in Mukhba village, 20 km below. The town of Gangotri is open from May and closes during the Diwali festival.

Is it safe to visit Gangotri?

The one-line answer to this question is, yes, it is very safe to visit Gangotri. But most of it is in your hands, and it will be guided by the decisions you make. The road from Rishikesh to Gangotri is a 280 km long journey on long roads in the Himalayas.

It gets steep and narrow in some places. Monsoons destroy the area, and landslides in July and August wash away entire sections of the road. At the same time, the people here are very humble, and the crime rate is almost nil. There are many hotels here, and this is a very religious place. You won’t find any coverage issues with your mobile network as well.

In short, as long as you drive wisely, keep an eye on the weather, don’t take unnecessary risks, don’t wander alone in the areas, don’t get caught in any conflicts, Gangotri is a very safe place to visit.

Activities in Gangotri

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Trekking: Gangotri Temple is located at an altitude of 3,000 m amidst lush green hills. The river Ganga flows near the shrine. There are many places nearby where you can enjoy Himalayan views.

Pilgrimage: Gangotri Temple is one of the four most revered char dhams in Uttarakhand . Dedicated to Goddess Ganga, every year, thousands of devotees visit the Gangotri Temple and seek the blessings of Goddess Ganga for a happy and fulfilled life.

Shopping: As Gangotri is a place of worship, many shops are selling religious idols and other devotional items. Local handicrafts such as shawls, wool, religious paintings, and Tibetan artworks can be purchased from Gangotri.

Gangotri Travel Tips

  • Maintain the sanctity of the place by avoiding alcohol and meat.
  • Gangotri weather remains chilly and cold throughout the year. It is advised to carry plenty of Woolen clothes when visiting this area.
  • Traveling to Uttarakhand during monsoons is a bit dangerous as the road is obstructed by occasional landslides. The best time to visit Gangotri is between May-April and September-October.
 

Accommodation in Gangotri

Gangotri offers a wide range of accommodation, from luxury hotels to budget guesthouses to Dharamshala. There is also camping accommodation for tourists and travelers. The government has also set up GMVN guest houses. Gangotri witnesses massive numbers of pilgrims during the busy season and makes it difficult to find a place to stay.

Gangotri Food Guide

Gangotri has several roadside restaurants and food stalls serving North Indian vegetarian and some famous Chinese cuisine. Consumption of alcohol and meat is prohibited in and around Gangotri as it has religious values for Gangotri devotees. Additionally, you can find dining options in hotels with a home-based restaurant.

History of Gangotri

The holy city of Gangotri is built around the sacred Gangotri Temple. The Gangotri Temple was built in the early 18th century by Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa, which was later rebuilt by the Maharaja of Jaipur.

Mythology about Gangotri

There are two myths associated with Gangotri, the first of which is that Bhagirat king’s great grandfather King Sagar wanted to expand his empire, for which he performed the “Ashwamedha Yagya” While busy in combat, he allowed his horse to roam freely throughout the empire. When the soldiers could not find the horse, King Sagar asked 60,000 of his sons to find it. While searching for the horse, the sons of King Sagar came to the place where Kapila Muni was meditating and noticed the horse tied to his side. They accused Kapila Muni of and stealing a horse and interrupted his meditation.

Kapila Muni, who was infuriated, turned the king’s 60,000 sons to ashes and cursed them to reach heaven only when the ashes comes in contact with the holy river Ganga ( which used to flow only in heaven). Therefore, King Bhagirat performed intense penance to appease mother Ganga in order to achieve ‘Moksha’ for his ancestors. The penance lasted for over a thousand years, and King Bhagirat was able to please the holy river Ganga and descend from the heavens above to the earth.

Other legends say that in response to King Bhagirat’s prayers, the reiver Ganga agreed to descend the earth and warned that the planet would be destroyed due to her rapid downpours. To save humanity, Lord Shiva took the river Ganga in his luscious locks to save humanity. The place where the Jalmagna Shivalinga is located is believed to be where Lord Shiva received Goddess Ganga in his locks. When the river Ganga began to flow over the land, the Gangotri temple was established to give her shelter.

Travel Itinerary for Gangotri

Day 1: Delhi – Haridwar / Rishikesh
Distance: 230 km.
Travel time: 5-6 hours

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Highlights: Evening Aartis at Har ki Pauri, temple visits, local delicacies of Haridwar

The journey from Delhi to Haridwar is effortless, and it takes 5-6 hours to reach Haridwar. You can take a train or take a bus to Haridwar. It is advisable to leave early, so you do not miss the evening Aarti on the banks of the Ganges (Har Ki Pauri) in Haridwar. You stay overnight in Haridwar and start your journey in the morning.

Note: If you use public transport to travel to Rishikesh, there are plenty of buses and jeep options to Uttarkashi or Gangotri. Additionally, train tickets to Dehradun can be booked to get more options for public transport.

Day 2: Haridwar- Uttarkashi
Distance: 200 km
Travel time: 6-7 hours

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Highlights: Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Vishwanath Temple, Maneri Dam, Bhagirathi River

After breakfast, start your journey to Uttarkashi. The road to Uttarkashi is through Chamba. As you continue your trip, you will start seeing the Himalayan peaks. Your meal will be served en-route to Uttarkashi. The route is stunning, and you will have a pleasant journey. Explore Uttarkashi and visit the Nehru Mountaineering Institute.

Day 3: Uttarkashi-Harsil-Gangotri
Distance: 100 km.
Travel time: 2.5 hours

Highlights: Wilson Cottage, Gangani, Sat Tal, Gangotri Temple

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Enjoy your breakfast in Uttarkashi and leave for Gangotri. You will have your lunch at Harsil and spend some time exploring the beautiful village. Visit Wilson Cottage, Sat Tal, and Gangnani (Hot Spring). After lunch, you will go to Gangotri, and it will take 1 hour. You walk through the dense deodar forests surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

The Gangotri Temple on the banks of the river Bhagirathi fills your soul with calm and serenity. The place has beautiful scenery and the majestic Himalayas. You can pray here and explore the temple grounds, come back to Uttarkashi the same day, have dinner, and stay there for the night.

Day 4: Uttarkashi-Haridwar-Delhi
Distance: 430 km.
Travel time: 12-14 hours

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You will have breakfast in Uttarkashi in the morning and leave for Haridwar. This journey through beautiful landscapes will give you the rest you need.

Try to find a seat by the window so that the cool air keeps you refreshed throughout the trip. You’ll be having your lunch at Haridwar and leave for Delhi the same day. You reach Delhi at night, which marks the end of your journey.

Latest news and updates from Gangotri

  • November 18, 2020: Gangotri Temple closes for winter after the Annakut festival.
  • October 05, 2020: Uttarakhand eases restrictions for daily pilgrims at Gangotri Temple, e-passes to stay in Unlock 5.0.
  • October 04, 2020: The government increases the number of devotees to Gangotri to 900.
  • September 29, 2020: Covid test reports are not required to visit Gangotri.
 

What is Gangotri famous for?

The Gangotri Temple and the famous treks are popular among tourists. Gangotri is recommended for families, children, foreigners, groups, and solos.

For activities like Adventure, Base Camps (Trekking), Char Dham, Pilgrimage, and Temples – Gangotri is a major destination for tourists.