Gangotri is one of the four holy shrines of Chardham Yatra which consists of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Located in the Uttarkashi region of Uttarakhand, Gangotri has been a popular Hindu pilgrim site and a popular tourist attraction in India. Gangotri remains cold throughout the year. The harsh weather conditions of Gangotri allows only three to four months of a window to visit the holy shrine. The best time to visit Gangotri is in the months of April to June and September and October. Summers are the most pleasant of all weather conditions and bright sunlight allows for a mesmerising experience of Gangotri shrine visit. Monsoon is accompanied with heavy rainfalls and the following winters are equally harsh. The temperature during winters falls below sub-zero followed by heavy snowfall during the months of January and February. The exact dates of opening of temples are decided by the Mandir Samiti.
Gangotri is the origin point of river Ganga, which is a deity in Hindu religion. Every year pilgrims from all over the country visit the Gangotri temple to pay homage to gods. Apart from a spiritual destination in India, Gangotri is also a major trekking route for trekkers in India. With improving accessibility and modern advancements, the number of devotees visiting Gangotri has seen a steady increase.
Since Gangotri is located at a high altitude in the Himalayan region, the temperature differs from that of low lying areas. The winters here are harsh, summers are cooler than the rest of India and during monsoon, the area experiences heavy rainfall with the temperature being on the colder side.
Summer is the best season to visit Gangotri as the weather is pleasant for visiting the holy shrine. The summer season starts from April and lasts till June. The days are sunny and bright with pleasant temperature ranging around 18-20 degree Celsius. The nights, however, are very cold even during the summer season. The temperature during the summer season ranges from 0 degree Celsius to 18 degree Celsius.
The monsoon season in Gangotri starts around the start of July and goes on till the end of September. The monsoon season is accompanied by heavy rainfall with August experiencing the heaviest rainfall, average around 270 mm. The heavy rainfall sometimes leads to landslides hence, temple complex is closed during heavy rainfall season. The temple opens up in the month of September when rainfall is not dangerous.
The winter in Himalayan regions are harsh with sub-zero temperature and Gangotri is no different. The winter season starts around October and lasts till the end of March. The temperature goes as low as – 5 degree Celsius. Gangotri also experiences heavy snowfall during the months of January and February. Temple remains closed during the winters. The temperature in winters ranges from -5 degree Celsius to 15 degree Celsius.
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