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Gangotri

Gangotri TempleQuick Facts
Location : Uttarakhand
Language : Hindi and English
Best Season : April – October
Area : 1 sq,km

Introduction
Gangotri,near to the origin of Ganga (Ganges river) and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four places in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. At an altitude of 3,042 m, a Gorkha Commander, Amar Singh Thapa, created the temple in the early 18th century AD. The Gangotri temple can be reached in a full day's travel from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun, or in two days from Yamunotri, formally the first site in the Char Dham circuit. Gangotri is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure
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It is also the name of a series of 3 mountain peaks around 6,600 m AMSL in the region between the Gangotri Glacier and the Khatling Glacier. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where it coincides the river Alaknanda
The Bhagirathi 'Shila' is located near the temple of Ganga where the holy Ganga first came down on earth from heaven.

GangotriPlaces of Attractions
Nandanvan Tapovan
A straining trek along the Gangotri Glacier directs to scenic Nandanvan - the base camp for the Bhagirathi peaks, that gives a broad view of the encircling Shivaling peak. A trek across the nozzle of the Gangotri Glacier leads to Tapovan known for its charming meadows that surrounds the base of the Shivling Peak.

Uttarkashi
An important pilgrimage centre, situated at an elevation of 1,150 mts. above sea level on the bank of river Bhagirathi. It houses many temples like- Vishwanath temple, Ekadash Rudra temple, Gyaneshwar temple and Kuteti Devi Temple.
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Kedar Tal
Kedar TalA raised lake, 4425 mts above sea level, is set against the glorious background of powerful Thalaiyasagar peak. Approachable through a bumpy mountain trail, it is actually the base camp for trekking to the encircling peaks.

Gaumukh
This is the nie of the Gangotri glacier and the present source of the Bhagirathi River, an important tributary of the Ganga. The Gangotri glacier is roughly 30 km long and 2 to 4 km wide. Pilgrims trek upto the sacred spot on foot or on ponies to take a holy dip in the ice-cold water.

Accommodation
There are enough decent accommodation options in Uttaranchal and the whole scenario is getting better day by day. There are a number of star category hotels catering to the needs of tourists coming to explore Uttaranchal.

» Ganga Niketan Hotel, Near Gangotri Temple
» Forest Rest House
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How to Reach
By Road : The road is well connected to all major cities like Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and Delhi.

By Train : The nearest railhead is Rishikesh which is 249 kms away from Gangotri.

By Air : The Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun (249 km) is the nearest airport to Gangotri.


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