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Gangotri: Top 5+ best places to visit in Gangotri  


Gangotri is a small temple which is located in the Uttarkashi District that is in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is 99 km far away from Uttarkashi, the main district headquarters of India. It is about 30 kilometers in length and 4 Kilometers in Width, and also surrounded by several highest peaks like Chaukhamba, Shivling, and Meru. It is a municipality that is around the Gangotri temple which is one of the holy places and also a celebrated place for the Hindu pilgrimage. It represents Ganga, Bhagirathi, & other figures of mythology. 

✓  It is one of the most popular destinations for pilgrims and trekkers, it is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, and astride the Bhagirathi River, one of the two chief headstreams of the Gangas & also known as Ganga River is one of the important rivers of India as well as South Asia. It is a religious river for Hindus and is also a major source of water for irrigation and drinking purpose in their daily life. It is about 2,525 km long and flows through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal.

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  History of Gangotri  

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The history of Gangotri is a complex one to explain, that dating to the Hindu traditions.

According to one legend, The god Shiva bought the Ganges river down to the earth which river was washed away the sins of King Bhagiratha’s forebear, and Hindus revered it. Later that temple was built by Jaipur’s Maharaja.

✓ In the 15th century, the first temple at Gangotri was built and it was rebuilt in the 18th century by the Amar Singh Thapa. This first builder temple is dedicated to the Goddes Ganga which is one of the most important sites in India.

In the 19th century it becomes a more popular destination for pilgrims from all over the world and also one of the best places to escape the bustle and hustle in their everyday life.

Gangotri was affected by the Indian independence movement and the Indo-China War which was so long and such a scary bloody struggle that lasted for about a century. Mahatma Gandhi and other leaders of India led this moment and fight to end British rule in India. In Gangotri, that moment has a significant impact.

Indo-China War was between India and China over the border between that two countries, this creates a huge impact in Gangotri where many pilgrims and tourists are killed or injured in the war.

They faced a lot of challenges, but they never stopped to become a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists in the 20th century.

The beauty and significance of the religion attract more pilgrims and tourists to the Gangatri from all over the world in the 21st century and also provide various facilities including hotels, restaurants, and shops.

This town faced a lot of challenges in that years but always managed to overcome through this all problems. It has become a more beautiful image and sacred place for people all over the world and is a symbol of hope and resilience.






According to the 2011 census of India, there are a total of 47 families settled in Gangotri. The total population of Gangotri is about 110, out of them 97 are males and 13 are females. The overall population of this town people is identified as Hindu

The children aged 0-6 are 0.00% of the total population of Gangotri. The literacy rate of this city is 99.09% in the male literacy rate and the female literacy rate is 100% & 92.31% respectively. 

According to the 2023 census of India, there are approximately 152 population settled in Gangotri. Due to the covid, the census of 2021 was postponed. 

Agriculture, tourism, and government service are the main occupation of the people of this town. Wheat, barley, and rice are the most grown crops in Gangotri.


  Advantages of going to Gangotri  

Some advantages of going to Gangotri are:

  • Stainless natural beauty:  Gangatori is situated in the marvelously beautiful part of the Himalayas. This beautiful stunning place shows snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and glaciers.
  • Peace and amicable: This place is one of the most peaceful and amicable places to visit. The tumult and turmoil of the city are so far away from Gangotri so you can enjoy your peace. 
  • Adventure: So many opportunities for adventure-seeking. also the other many opportunities like trekking, hiking, camping, and rafting.




 Top 5+ best places to visit in Gangotri  


  1. Gangotri Temple  


✓ Gangotri temple is a Hindu temple which is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga and is located in the Garhwal Himalayas. 

It is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites in India, for Hindu pilgrims it is also a tourist destination for them the highest and most important sacred place dedicated to the deity.

In the 18th century this temple was built by the Amar Singh Thapa which is made up of white marble.

✓ Goddess Ganga is dedicated to this temple and is the incarnation of the Ganges River also known as Gangas.


  2. Gangotri Glacier


It is a valley located in the Chaukhamba mountain range which is one of the popular tourist destinations and several trekking.

The trek to the glacier is so challenging, but it offers you stunning views of the Himalayas.

It is one of the most popular and largest glaciers in India and also the source of the Ganges River.


  3. Surya Kund  


✓ Surya Kund is a spectacular waterfall located near the Gangotri temple in the Garhwal Himalayas in India which is 500m far away from Gangotri temple.

A rainbow is created whenever the water falls into the kund while the sun is shining which is believed that Sun God bathed before ascending to heaven in that place.

This pool said that it heals the power that people from all over the world have to bathe in that water. 


  4. Kedar Tal  


✓ Kedar Tal is one of the popular trekking destinations and is located at an altitude of 4,750 meters in the Gharwal Himalayas.

It is one of the highest lakes and is also known as Shiva’s Lake

Kedar Tal Lake is formed by the melting of Kedar Glacier. 


  5. Pandav Gufa  

Pandav Gufa

✓ Pandava Gufa is an ancient natural Gufa which is also known as Pandav Caves and is located on Uttarkashi.

✓ From Gangotri Pamdav Cave is located at a distance of 1.5 km.

This site is said to be where the five Pandavas brothers during the period of Mahabharata meditated while Kailash is the place they went.

✓ This place includes lush greenery, hilly terrains, and endless natural bounties.


  6. Gaumukh Tapvoan  

Gaumukh Tapvoan 

✓ Gaumukh is a naturally diverse area that is one of the grand adventures and also the source of Gangas.

From Gangotri, Tapvoan is located at a distance of 1.5 km.

This place is visited by thousands of tourists and the best time to visit Tapovan is between September to November.


  7. Dharali  


✓ Dharali is situated in the Harsil tehsil of Uttarkashi district and about 225 kilometers from Dehradun.

✓ Dharali Mahadev Temple is also located in the Harsali.

It offers mesmerizing views and a scenic view of the Himalayas.

If you are planning for your romantic Holiday this place is one the best place.


  8. Nandanvan  


✓ Nandanvan is situated at the base of the Bhagirathi Glacier which is in the Garhwal Himalayas.

It is one of the popular tourist destinations for trekkers and pilgrims and it offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including Shivling, Kedarnath.

From Gangotri which is 27 km far away and 8km far away from Gaumukh.


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