Gangotri Temple

Gangotri is a Hindu pilgrim town around the Gangotri temple existing at a distance of 100 km  from Uttarkashi  and on the banks of the river Bhagirathi origin of River Ganga, on the Greater Himalayan Range, at a height of 3,100 metres from sea level. Gangotri is one among the Char Dhams and is the highest and important temple of River Ganga worshipped as Goddess in India.

Gangotri Temple Top View

King Sagara, great grand father of Bhagirath performed Aswamedhayaga and the horse passing through and was tied privately in the Ashram of Sage Kapil. The Sons of Sagara came to the Ashram of Sage Kapil and released their horse. At that time the meditation of the Kapil disrupted and the sage turned all the 60,000 sons of Sagara into ashes with his angry looks. He also cursed that the souls will get moksha only when they were washed with the sacred water of Ganga from heaven. Bhagiratha performed rigorous penance to get Ganga from heaven. Ganga pleased with his devotion and comedown from heaven from the luscious looks of Lord Shiva at Gangotri. The origin of the river named Gaumukh can be accessed by a short trek of 19km from Gangotri. 

Gangotri temple will be opened at the end of April or beginning of may and closed at Diwali festival. It will stay open for six months in summer and remain closed in winter due to heavy snowfall.

After return from Gangotri to Uttarkashi stay at Uttarkashi for onward journey to Yamunotri on the next day.