Char Dham Yatra
Char Dham Yatra According to the Hindu scriptures, the Char Dham Yatra meant for four sacred spots, “Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath” is the most sacred of all the pilgrimages. On the other hand, Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva while Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Moreover, people also visit Hemkund Sahib in the vicinity, which is one of the highest located religious sites in the country. Thus, pilgrims visit all these places in aspiration of washing away their sins and to attain salvation, by the blessings of the Lord.
 
Gangotri
Gangotri, (Ganga' + ’Uttari’ which means descended) the picturesque pilgrimage in the hinterlands of the Himalayas is the most sacred spot where Ganga , the stream of life, touched earth for the first time.

Situated at 99 km from Uttrarkashi, at height of 3140 meters.A shrine dedicated to the Goddess was built some 250 years ago by Amar Bahadur Thapa, the Gorkha Commander.

According to mythology, Goddess Ganga - the daughter of heaven, manifested herself in the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord Shiva received into his matted locks to minimise the immense impact of her fall. She came to be called Bhagirathi at her legendary source.

The physical source of the holy river is at Gaumukh, 18 kms. further uphill, along the Gangotri Glacier. Several pilgrims trek upto the source to offer prayers either on foot or on ponies.The verdant valleys, dense forests and towering peaks offer excellent trekking and mountaineering opportunities for adventure enthusiasts.

General information about Gangotri :

Altitude : 3140 meters

Temperature :
Max. Min.
Summer 20 deg.C. 6 deg.C.
Winter Sub - Zero, Snowbound

Clothing :
Summer : Light woolen.
Winter : Very heavy woollen.

Languages/Dialects : Hindi, English & Garhwali.

Best Season : May to June and September to October.

Gangotri Travel Information :

Nearest airport : Jolly Grant, 17 kms. from Rishikesh and. 24 kms. from Dehradun, 275 kms. from Gangotri.

Railhead : Nearest railheads are Rishikesh (248 kms.), Haridwar and Dehradun.

Distances From Important Cities :
Haridwar - 270 kms
Rishikesh - 248 kms
Yamunotri - 230 Kms.
Mussoorie - 247 Kms
Uttarkashi - 99 kms

Places to See

Bhagirath Shila : Near the temple is a great stone slab-the ‘Bhagirath Shila’ dedicated to Bhagirath, whose penance is believed to have brought the Ganga down from the heavens.

Gomukh : Gomukh(4200 meters), the identified source of the holy river Ganga, is 18 kms. further uphill from Gangotri. The trek to Gomukh is gradual and several pilgrims undertake the journey to pay homage the river at its known source.

Bhaironghati : Furhter downstream,10 km from Gangotri, is the picturesque forested halting place of Bhaironghati. There exists a small temple of Bhairon, appointed by Shiva to safeguard this region which gives the place its name. The bridge over the Jhanvi river at Bhaironghati is said to be the highest in Asia.




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