shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3048 m amidst
captivating surroundings. Gangotri is located at a distance of 99 km
from Uttarkashi. The temple, constructed by the Gorkha General Amar
Singh Thapa, in the 18th century,
situated on the left bank of Bhagirathi. It is visited by lakhs of
pilgrims every year. A number of ashrams are located on the other side,
some of which provide accommodation facilities to the visitors.
has it that the Ganga came down to earth after prolonged penance by King
Bhagirath to Lord Shiva. However, since the earth would be devastated if
the Ganga came down in her full force and pride, Lord Shiva caught her
in his locks. It was proclaimed that Shiva's consort Parvati would bathe
in the Ganga daily.
Ganga has remained in the Indian psyche as
the ultimate source of attaining nirvana and every important place along
the Ganga has become major pilgrimage centres for millions of Hindus.
Gangotri is the place where the Ganga is believed to have descended on
How to reach
- Temple of Gangotri
As the legend goes, Raja Bhagirath
used to worship Lord Shiva at the sacred stone near which the temple
is located. It is believed that Goddess Ganga first descended to
earth from heaven, at this stone. Amar Singh Thapa, the Gorkha
Commander of Garhwal, in the 18th century AD constructed this
temple. It is also believed that the Pandavas came here to perform
the great Deva Yagna to atone the death of their
kinsmen in the battle of Mahabharat.
- Submerged Shivling
Submerged in the river, this
natural rock shivling is the place where, according to mythology,
Lord Shiva sat when he received the Ganga in his matted locks. It is
visible in winter months when water level decreases.
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 17 km
from Rishikesh and 265 km from Gangotri.
Nearest railhead is at Rishikesh, 248 km away.
Gangotri is connected by road with Rishikesh, at
265 km away. Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam organises different package
tours through 2X2 dlx / coach and other cab tours, other bus
services are available - Samyukt Rotation Yatayat Vyawastha Samiti
connect Gangotri with many centres in the region like Haridwar,
Rishikesh, Tehri, Uttarkashi etc..