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Gangotri is one of the major religious places for Hindus amongst the (four) Char Dham pilgrimage areas. Gangotri is located in Uttarkashi district and is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga. The river is also famous as Ganges. According to the myths, there is a long history of Gangotri which dates back to centuries when Goddess Ganga transformed herself in the form of river. The major reason behind the transformation into river is to dissolve the sins of King BhagirathÃ¢â¬â¢s forefathers, following his sacrament. In the 18th century, Gangotri Temple was built by a Gorkha Commander that stands at an altitude of almost 3042 meters. Here in the temple, several religious rituals are performed by the pujaris which include the Arti ceremony. The holy river Ganges originated from the Gangotri glacier. Here it is known as Bhagirathi, when the river passes Devaprayag and is merged into the river Alaknanda, only then is it called the Ganga.
The place around Gangotri is simply fascinating and there are many a wonderful destinations tourists head for, the moment they arrive here.
Places To Visit In Gangotri:
The temple of Gangotri is located at a height of 3200 m above sea level. It is 100 km from Gangotri and was established in the 18th century by General Amar Singh Thapa, on the banks of the Bhagirathi. It is very popular among pilgrims. Quite a number of ashrams have come up on various sites which offer decent accommodation. Some of the nearby places that can be visited are Kedarkund, Gaurikund and Patangna.
Bhagirathi Shila is the rock, where King Bhagirath is said to have meditated. This stone near the temple of Ganga signifies the site where Goddess Ganga first stepped down to earth.
The Pandav Gufa can be reached after a trek of 1.5 km from Gangotri. This very site is believed to be the place, where the Pandavas of Mahabharata meditated on their way to Kailash.
Gauri Kund and Surya Kund
Gauri Kund and Surya Kund lie on either side of an iron bridge located half a kilometre ahead of the Gangotri Temple. Surya Kund is known for the Surya Kund waterfalls.
Jalmagna Shivling /Submerged Shivling
Devoted to Lord Shiva, the Vishwanath Temple is situated around 300 m away from GangotriÃ¢â¬â¢s local bus stand. This temple received a new look after its renovation in 1857 by Sudarshan ShahÃ¢â¬â¢s wife, Maharani Khaneti. The temple has a Shivling, 90 cm wide and 60 cm high. It is a very famous spot for visitors to Gangotri, Gangotri and Yamunotri
The main source of the Ganga or the Bhagirathi River is the Gaumukh glacier. This is the main reason a large number of devotees visit this place to take a dip in the ice cold water. It is 18 km from Gangotri and the trek to Gaumukh from Gangotri is easy.
Kedartal, the spectacular and enchanting lake is situated at a distance of about 18 kms. from Gangotri. It is negotiable through a rough and tough mountain trail. The lake is crystal clear with the mighty Thalaysagar (Sphatiklin) Peak, providing the splendid backdrop. The place is about 15,000 feet above sea level and is the base camp for trekking to the Thalaysagar, Jogin, Bhrigupanth and other peaks.
Bhojbasa is a beautiful spot on the tough landscapes, arranged at an elevation of 3,775 mts above ocean level. Bhojbasa can be come to by14 kms trek that begins from Gangotri. The trek experiences tough landscapes alongside the Bhagirathi River. Bhojwasa goes about as the keep going purpose of settlement while in transit to the hallowed Gaumukh Glacier.
Widely known for its beautiful apple orchards and located on the banks of the River Ganga, Dharali is an excellent hamlet which is located at a distance of 3 Kms from the town. There are several pine trees that bound the village of Dharali. The Shiva Temple is one of the prime places to visit in the village
Dodital is a freshwater lake in Uttarakhand, India, situated at a height of 3,024 metres (9,921 ft). To reach Dodital, one may reach Uttarkashi by road and then walk to Dodital here via Bebra and other minor villages alongside the Ganges river.. From Uttarkashi, a short jeep ride will take you to Sangamchatti from where the 21 km trek to Dodital begins.
The Gangotri glacier is retreating like other glaciers in the Himalayas and its volume and size are shrinking as well,â a report, titled âEstimation of retreat rate of Gangotri glacier using rapid static and kinematic GPS surveyâ, by scientists from the Almora-based G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development has stated.
Govind Wildlife Sanctuary
Govind wildlife sanctuary, situated amidst dense green forests is beautiful wildlife sanctuary in purola town of uttarkashi district of uttarakhand state, india. This place is also considered as the home to wide ranging medicinal plants which are have been used the making of life saving drugs.