Gangotri Dham

About Gangotri Dham

The Ganges is the sacred river of India believed to have descended to earth to absolve the sins of human beings and this is the reason why the Gangotri basin bears so much of importance, especially for Hindu devotees. Being the place of origin of this sacred river, Gangotri in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand is recognized as a holy place for the Hindu pilgrims and is given the name of Shri Gangotri Dham where the shrine of Goddess Ganga is worshipped by thousands. This 18th-century temple made of white granite is situated at a height of 3000 m and is the part of the Chota Chardham Yatra in the Land of Gods, Uttarakhand.

A natural submerged rock in the form of partial Shivlinga along the Gangotri Temple is believed to be the same spot where Lord Shiva entangled the great waves of river Ganges in his matted locks. The tiny town sits quietly by the gurgling River Bhagirathi that originates from Gaumukh, a few trekkable kilometers away. Gangotri apart from being a sacred pilgrimage destination is also a base for several important treks including Gaumukh-Tapovan in Uttarakhand.

Gangotri Dham Temple Opening & Closing Dates 2018

The Gangotri Temple opens between April/May each year for the devotees to perform pilgrimage. The sacred shrine closes after the festival of Diwali and the idol of the temple is moved to Mukhba Village that is situated some 20 km downstream from Gangotri.

For next six winter months, the deity is worshipped in Mukhba Village. The dates for opening date of Shri Gangotri Temple is announced by the priests on the auspicious day of Basant Panchmi. This year, 2018, Gangotri Temple will open on 18th April.

Best Time to Visit Gangotri Temple

Due to its altitude and location, Gangotri Dham remains open to the devotees for a brief period of six months. The end of April or beginning of the month of May is chosen for the opening of the portals of this sacred Hindu shrine in Uttarakhand as the snow melts and the temperature starts to become bearable. The temple closes right after Diwali and its deity is brought to Mukhba Village to be worshipped for next six months of winter. Therefore, the best time to visit Gangotri is between April and November with April to mid-June and October to mid-November being ideal most.

  • Summer

    The month of April marks the onset of the summer season in Gangotri when all the ice melts and the daytime is warm. The temperature in summer that lasts till mid-June ranges between 8℃ and 20℃, keeping it quite tolerable for devotees to perform the pilgrimage.

  • Monsoon

    The season of monsoon is packed with heavy rains that sometimes continue for days. The average temperature drops a bit with  19℃ being the highest. Though the Yatra is carried out in this season in full swing as well, it is advisable to check the weather forecast and carry necessary gears like raincoats, umbrella, walking sticks, etc.

  • Winter

    Gangotri  closes down for a period of six months with the onset of winter in mid to end November. The mercury dips to sub-zero figures and the entire region is covered under the thick blanket of snow. The idol, then is brought to lower region of Mukhba Village for the devotees to pay homage.

Gangotri Temple History

Activities around Gangotri

Gangotri is immensely famous as the base of several treks in the Garhwal Himalayas. Treks to Gaumukh Glacier, Tapovan, Mt Shivling are amongst the most popular things to do near Gangotri. Apart from this, the nature lovers can relish the bucolic beauty of the surroundings and sight places like Harsil

  • Trek to Gaumukh Glacier to Witness the Originating point of River Ganga
  • Trek to Tapovan for an incredible experience of Garhwal Himalayas
  • Trek to Mt Shivling, one of the most beautiful Himalayan Peaks in India
  • Sightseeing tour of the breathtaking Harsil
  • Witness the Natural Rock Submerged Shivling
  • Visiting the surreal Bhairo Ghati

Travel Tips: Top 5 Things to Know Before Going to Gangotri Yatra

    • The weather in Gangotri varies from moderate to chilly, thus it is advisable to carry woollen clothes at all time during the journey
    • Gangotri is at a short distance from the Gaumukh Glacier, the originating point of River Ganga, so, in case you want to witness this sacred place, it is necessary to carry good trekking shoes
    • Though the altitude of Gangotri is around 3000 m but there are chances you might feel mountain sick, thus pack some medicine for it like Diamox
    • The consumption of alcohol as well as non-veg strictly prohibited Gangotri
    • In order to keep everything hassle free, carry at least one identity proof that can be showed wherever required

Gangotri Tour Packages for 2018

Seek the blessing of the ever so generous Goddess Ganga with choosing from our varied Gangotri tour packages. Designed keeping your needs and choices in mind, our Gangotri Yatra packages can offer you a spiritual journey unlike any other.

Best Hotels to Stay in Gangotri Route

Decent budget hotels dot Gangotri and Harsil areas, offering pilgrims to Gangotri Dham all basic amenities. There are just enough hotels in Gangotri and Harsil to accommodate batches of pilgrims. Expect neat and tidy rooms with moderate comfort and breathtaking views from the windows.

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