It is the place from where originates the Ganges, one of the most sacred rivers of the Hindus. Tucked away in the Garhwal hills, Gangotri shrine draws in lakhs of tourists from all parts of the world every year. One of the Chardham destinations, Gangotri lies at an elevation of 3,048 m above sea level. Apart from devotees, the tourist spot is also visited by a good number of adventurers from around the world.
Gangotri is located at a distance of 300 km from Dehradun in the state of Uttarakhand. The ideal time to pay a visit here is between the months of April and November while the temple remains open for devotees between May and November. Summers are cool and winters are freezing cold. If you are traveling here in winter, do remember to be equipped with necessary clothing. It is advisable not to travel to Gangotri during monsoon months to avoid landslides.
History of Gangotri
The great task of bringing the Ganga on earth started. Anshuman failed and so did his son Dilip, but the grandson Bhagirath was very determined who meditated at Gangotri. After several years of intense meditation, the Ganga descended from Heaven and remained in suspense in the coils of Shiva's hair. Now king Bhagirath meditated to propitiate Shiva. Shiva being pleased released the Ganga as three streams-one of which came off the earth in the form of the Bhagirathi, The Ganga's waters touched the ashes of the 60,000 sons and they rose to their eternal rest. The slab of stone on which King Bhagirath is believed to have meditated is called the Bhagirath Shila and is located near the temple of Ganga.
(18 km.) - the source of the Bhagirathi for a dip in its icy waters is a dip in almost a must for pilgrims; and to the temple of Bhairavanath at Bhaironghati, (10 km.). GMVN Tourist Bungalow is located at Bhojbasa, about 14 km., from Gangotri, on the road to Uttarkashi, at the confluence of the Jat Ganga and Bhagirathi rivers.
Geographic Details of Gangotri
In summers: Cool during the day and cold at night.
In winters: Very cold, about to touching sub-zero
April to July - Light woolen.
September to November - Heavy woolens
Rishikesh to Haridwar - 24 km
Rishikesh to Chamba - 60 km
Chamba to Tehri - 21 km
Tehri to Dharasu- 36 km
Dharasu to Uttarkashi - 28 km
Uttarkashi to Harsil - 69 km
Harsil to Gangotri- 22 km