One of the popular high-elevation Wildlife Sanctuaries in India, the GANGOTRI National Park is idyllically located in the natural environment of UTTARKASHI. The national park falls under the bio-geographical zone and placed at an altitude of 1,800 metres to 7,083 metres above sea level. It is richly spread across a vast expanse of 2,390 square km.
The major attraction is the GAUMUKH glacier, the origin of river Ganges which is situated within the park. The park is named after the GANGOTRI glacier which drains into the sanctified river Ganga nourishing the entire human race. River Bhagirathi also flows via the park sustaining the animal and bird species of the region.
GANGOTRI is located in UTTARKASHI, is closely connected to Goddess Ganga, the river that we acknowledge as ‘Ganges’. The pilgrim stands at an altitude of 3042 m and emits a highly virtuous aura. The GANGOTRI Temple was built by a GORKHA Commander in the 18th century. One of the historic religious places amidst the four CHAR DHAM pilgrimage areas, Religious rites are in full swing in the GANGOTRI temple with the ARTI ceremony performed by the priests of the SEMWAL family. The river Ganga originates from the GANGOTRI glacier and is known as Bhagirathi. The name Ganga came later on after the river passes DEVAPRAYAG and merges into the river ALAKNANDA.
A perfect destination to view in a serein and entrancing atmosphere, GANGOTRI has the charm to attract people from all over. The striking exhibition of the snowy mountains in the backyard and the pure crystal clear water of the Ganges flowing around add to the sanctity of the place. One feels attached to God in the high altitude of GANGOTRI. Vegan food dominates the culture and is available in the local food joints or DHABAS.
1.GANGOTRI TEMPLE -
GANGOTRI is the highest temple of Goddess Ganga and one of the four DHAMS of UTTARAKHAND state. GANGOTRI is situated at an altitude of 3,048mts above sea level. GANGOTRI offers scenic splendours of rugged terrains, gushing water of Bhagirathi River and snow clad peaks. The place holds great importance amongst Hindus. GANGOTRI remains opened from May and get closed on the day of Diwali festival.
You can proceed to TAPOVAN and NANDANVAN after reaching GAUMUKH Glacier. Astounding views of SHIVLING and other major peaks of the GARHWAL Himalayas are distinctly visible from TAPOVAN.
3.BHAIRON GHATI -
Near the confluence of JAT Ganga and Bhagirathi River lies a scenic BHAIRON GHATI. It is located 10kms from GANGOTRI. The temple of BHAIRAV NATH is surrounded by dense forest. BHAIRON Temple can be reached after traveling by road from Lanka to BHAIRONGHATI and by crossing the JAHANVI River on foot.
4.SUBMERGED SHIVLING -
A natural rock SHIVLING submerged under water is an attractive tourist spot of GANGOTRI. It can be easily seen when winters are on their way because the water level decreases during this period. According to myths and legends this was the place where Lord Shiva was sitting when he received Ganga in his matted locks.
Perched at an elevation of 3,000 meters, GANGOTRI shrine is nestled amidst the imposing lush green hills as the river Ganges flows beside the shrine. There are many places in the vicinity where one could trek and enjoy the mesmerizing Himalayan views.
GANGOTRI shrine is one of the four revered CHAR DHAM in UTTARAKHAND and is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. Every year, thousands of devotees visit GANGOTRI temple to seek blessings from the Goddess Ganga for a happy and fulfilling life.
Since GANGOTRI is a revered place, there are many shops which sell religious idols of deities and other devotional items. One can buy local handicrafts such as shawls, woollens, religious paintings and Tibetan artefacts at GANGOTRI.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. GANGOTRI is well connected by motor-able roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to GANGOTRI. Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to GANGOTRI situated at a distance of 250 kms.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to GANGOTRI is RISHIKESH. RISHIKESH railway station is situated 234kms before GANGOTRI on NH-58. RISHIKESH is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Taxis and buses are available from RISHIKESH, TEHRI GARHWAL, UTTARKASHI and many other destinations to GANGOTRI. Trains to RISHIKESH are frequent. GANGOTRI is well connected by motor-able roads with RISHIKESH.
By Road: GANGOTRI is situated at the end of NH-108. Buses to RISHIKESH are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. GANGOTRI is well connected by motor-able roads with major destinations of UTTARAKHAND state. Buses and Taxis to GANGOTRI are easily available from major destinations of UTTARAKHAND state like RISHIKESH, DEHRADOON, TEHRI GARHWAL, UTTARKASHI etc.