Gangotri Tourism Overview
Overview of Gangotri
Gangotri is a tiny pilgrimage town located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The holy Gangotri temple is located in this sacred town. It is believed that at this place River Ganges descended on the earth after severe penance of King Bhagirathi. The Gangotri Temple was built by the Gurkha general Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th century. The Ganges originates from Gaumakh which is accessible after 19 Kms trek from Gangotri.
During winters temple remain inaccessible due to heavy snowfall so the statue of Goddess Ganges is brought down to Mukhba, a small village in Harsil which lies on the way to the Gangotri Shrine. During winters, all religious ceremonies are performed at this place only. The Gangotri temple opens every year on the auspicious day of the Akshaya Tritiya, which generally happens during the last week of April, or the first week of May.
Apr - Nov
Gangotri Temple Opening Date 2020: 26 April 2020
Gangotri has pleasant weather during the summer. Heavy rainfall during monsoons with the problem of frequent landslides & road blockages hence not recommended to travel from Jun – Aug. September & October months is also good to travel.
6:15 am to 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm
The nearest railway station to Gangotri is Rishikesh located at a distance of 235 km approx.
Jolly Grant airport is the closest airport which is 250 km approx.