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Gangotri (The Eternal Gift Of Bhagirath’s Penance)  is the shrine situated amidst charming surroundings, along the right bank of Bhagirathi is 100 km from Uttarkashi in Uttarkashi District. The ritual duties are supervised by the Semwal family of pujaris (priest). The aarti ceremony at the Gangotri is especially impressive, as is the temple, a stately affair that sits on the banks of the rushing Ganga (Ganges River).

Gangotri is the source of the Ganga (Ganges) River and seat of the goddess Ganga. Gangotri can be reached in one day’s travel from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun, or in two days from Yamunotri. Gangotri is also accessible directly by car and bus, meaning that it sees many more pilgrims. A small village of guesthouses and restaurants serves the pilgrim community. Adventurous pilgrims can make an overnight 17 kilometers trek to Gaumukh, the actual current source of the Ganga.

Char Dham - Gangotri

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The temple was constructed in the early 18th century by a Gorkha Commander Amar Singh Thapa. The existing temple is said to be the one reconstructed by the Jaipur dynasty.

Geographic Details

District Uttarkashi
Area 1553 sq km
Elevation 1,100 to 6,672 meters
Latitude 30.9856° N
Longitude 78.9314° E

Other Details

Language Hindi, Garhwali and Kumaoni.
Place Famous For Pilgrimages and Tourist Places.
Best Time to Visit Summers and Autumn.
Clothing When visiting in the winter, wool and jackets are advised.

How To Reach

By Road:
Road links between Delhi and other significant cities are excellent for Dehradun and Haridwar. Buses from New Delhi and neighbouring cities, as well as private buses, travel to Haridwar. Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri are all located 109 kilometres, 146 km, 114 km, and 210 km, respectively, away from Dehradun.

By Train:
Dehradun and Haridwar are well connected to Delhi and other significant cities.

By Air:
The closest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is 55 kilometres from Haridwar. There are frequent flights from Delhi to Dehradun, and the latter has good connections to other significant Indian cities as well. With Char Dham Helicopter Service, which offers helicopter excursions to the dham beginning in Dehradun, the journey has now been made much easier.

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