GANGOTRI is a small town situated around the GANGOTRI temple and is one of the holy places among the four CHAR DHAMS. It is nestled in the core of UTTARKASHI district of UTTARAKHAND and is located close to the Indo-Tibetan border. It is the highest and the most prominent temple of river Ganga which is admired as a Goddess in India.
The origin of the holy river is at GAUMUKH, set in the GANGOTRI glacier that can be approached by a short 19 km trek from GANGOTRI. But according to Hindu mythology, GANGOTRI is the place where river Ganga descended from paradise when Lord Shiva deployed the mighty river from his luscious locks.
The sacred GANGOTRI town is built around the holy GANGOTRI shrine, having it as the epicentre. The aboriginal GANGOTRI temple was built in the early 18th century by the mighty GORKHA General, Amar Singh THAPA and was later re-built by the Maharaja of Jaipur.
MYTHOLOGY OF GANGOTRI -
There are two mythological tales associated with GANGOTRI, the first one state that King SAGAR, the great grandfather of King BHAGIRATH wanted to extend his empire, for which he performed the 'ASHWAMEDHA YAGYA'. When he was busy in performing the YAGYA, his horse was let loose to roam freely across the empire. When the soldiers were unable to locate the horse, the 60,000 sons of King SAGAR were asked to find it. While searching for the horse, the sons of King SAGAR came across a place where sage KAPILA was meditating and noticed that the horse was tied next to him. They interrupted sage KAPILA'S meditation and accused him of stealing the horse.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to GANGOTRI situated at a distance of 250kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights and GANGOTRI is well connected by motor-able roads with Jolly Grant Airport. You can also hire chopper services to GANGOTRI from Dehradun.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to GANGOTRI is RISHIKESH 234kms before GANGOTRI on NH58 and is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India. Trains to RISHIKESH are frequent. Taxis and buses are available from RISHIKESH, TEHRI GARHWAL, UTTARKASHI and many other destinations to GANGOTRI
By Road: GANGOTRI is well connected by motor-able roads with major destinations of UTTARAKHAND state. Situated at the end of NH108, buses to RISHIKESH are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi. Buses and Taxis to GANGOTRI are easily available from major destinations of UTTARAKHAND state like RISHIKESH, DEHRADHUN and TEHRI GARHWAL.