Gangotri National Park

Gangotri National Park, Uttarkashi: Address, Gangotri National Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Gangotri National Park

30 reviews
Very good

amit j
New Delhi, India120 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
This place can’t be described in words you must visit yourself and trek to Gomukh is must...try to trek and not use mule if you are capabele..
Written October 21, 2019
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Ishan R
Bhiwadi, India14 contributions
Gangotri National Park
Jun 2019 • Solo
Entry checkpost at Gangotri National park just after 2kms from start of trek to Gaumukh Glacier...Checkpoint for your trek permit
Written June 25, 2019
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The Food Wanderer
New Delhi, India318 contributions
Trail of Nature
Nov 2018 • Friends
If you are visiting the temple then it is recommended to go the national park. It is 2-3 km trek from the temple area. You'll be able to visit snow-clad mountains during the trek. It is closed after 6 pm
Written November 8, 2018
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Vikas B
138 contributions
The trek to Ggaumukh-Bhojwasa
May 2018 • Family
OK trekkers this is an easy trek you can do with family and kids. No kidding. Its a long walk basically with some moderate climbs thrown in. Can easily rest catch breath and walk easy.The last main Goumukh unfortunately is not accessible anymore after 2013 floods and landslides locked a 1.5 km away till the point you are now allowed. As now crossing Ganga in a dangerous sand plain is barred. Lal Baba ashram allows small underground family rooms on per head basis Bhojwasa.. Govt Hotel offers choice in tents/shared dormitories. Walk to Goumukh is more easy that trail to Bhojwasa. Went with wife and kid had a blast on our first family trek. can hire potters for basic luggage back leave rest at hotel. Mind you need take forest office permission near bus stand by previous morning 8 AM or previous evening 5 PM without that you cant trek. Potters/Guides approach you at office and hang out there. Till Gaumukh guide isn't needed. Potter can show same way lifting your bag. One knapsack with one pair of warm clothes per person, snacks, medicines at basic advised.Avoid carrying plastic bags on trek they check a lot at check post have some cloth ones for packing basic items and snacks. Young people on own can do trek 6-8 hours. Family with kids may take 10 hours though it isn't taxing at all if you carry a potter for your bag. Fit senior citizens can also do it easy if no blood pressure, heart issues its an easy trail for most part. Oxygen Cylinders available in market for emergency carry along and can get 70% refund if returned unused. Carry camphor to breathe and dry fruits to munch for energy and electron powder pack for water. Many streams on way to refill pure water so a bottle per person is enough. can also carry Vitmamin tablets/painkillers prescribed by doctor. Some parts of trail in landslide zone are narrow paths full of loose dirt/gravel/stones so a decent trekking shoes advised. Good grooved rubber soles. For such a trek Bata Action trek shoes work but for harder treks beyond Gaumukh like Tapovan, nandanvan, Basuki Taal, Kedar Taal etc proper snow trek boots must. Please don't litter keep all used packs of food items in bag and throw in in garbage cans.
Written June 12, 2018
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Uttarkashi, India6 contributions
Amazing place
Oct 2017 • Friends
Wow, what an amazing place to visit. Wonderful energy this place having. Lovely Himalayan mountains. We could saw some animals as well Like dear. Really quiet place for Sadhna. Everyone should visit here. I love this place and mother Ganges. I go every year to get mother Ganga blessings.
Written May 20, 2018
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New Delhi, India489 contributions
On the way to gaumukh
Apr 2018 • Friends
Gangotri national park is on the way to gaumukh where all your permissions and bag is checked. Though you might see many animals on the display board at the entrance, but seldom will you find in the park except few. Its all about the trek and gaumukh that makes this park a must visit place. Gaumukh trek is nothing less than an experience in itself. A must must visit place if you are capable of walking long distances (19km). Although you must have the permission to enter the Gangotri national park and see gaumukh. Permission can be taken online for both gaumukh and tapovan (remember to take it a week before) through SWSUTTARKASHI. After approval message from SWS Uttarkashi, take your original ID that you uploaded and show it to SWS uttarkashi office Room No.20 (inside collectorate office- 500 mtrs from bus stand uttarkashi). Contact- 8171234365 (Office remains closed on sundays and national holidays). In that case, go to gangotri directly and take your documents along for permission in gangotri office (near bus stand- opens all day after 5pm only). Take permission at most a day before. Once you have the permission, you are good to go. If fees paid online, then ok. If not, pay it at the entrance of the Gangotri National Park on the day of travel (Not an issue). Also Rs.200 extra will be kept as deposit money in case you have poly bags (Will return when you come back with the same poly bags).

Itinerary (No guide required for Gaumukh (Easy trek-if no snow)/ Guide compulsory for Tapovan (Difficult trek)

Day 1: Delhi to Uttarkashi (9pm ordinary bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate).
Day 2: Reach Uttarkashi at 9am. Take approval from collectorate (have breakfast cum lunch at kisan outlet canteen inside collectorate/near bus stand- very cheap and best food).
Option 1: Stay in uttarkashi (Look for hotel on uttarkashi gangotri road- after you cross uttarkashi- cheap options available there only, else in the market its costly except birla ashram which is nominal just opp. bus stand). Visit Kashi Vishwanath temple in the evening and evening Ganga aarti. Follow option 2 the next day.
Option 2: Take shared jeep to gangotri from jeep stand near collectorate office (Rs.200/pp- takes 3 and half hr). They accommodate 12 people. Try to grab front seats. Else wait for bus at 12:30pm/no fixed time as the locals say, to gangotri which might be crowded in peak season (fare-Rs.170/pp takes 4 hrs). Take rest. See ganga aarti (7pm) and visit gangotri temple (7:45pm) in the evening.
Note: TRH gangotri is best option in peak season (May-June) as the rates are fixed (starts from Rs 800/-). But in off season (as soon as the temple opens in April), never book TRH. Go for local hotels (Starts at Rs.100/per day/good rooms). Try food in local dhabas with fixed limited 4-5 items menu. They serve good and fresh food at nominal cost (one such dhaba is just opp police station gangotri).
Day 3: Travel light (Carry ample winter clothes. Windcheater for trekking and heavy woolen jacket for stay). Pack nuts, biscuits, chocolate, chappati and sabji (from local hotel) etc and water (available inside the park also), extra new bottle (for gaumukh water) before moving. Reach gate 1 which is 1.5km from gangotri temple (gangotri national park gate). Get your documents checked and deposit the fee here (Its Rs.150/pp for Indians and Rs.600/pp for foreigners. You can even extend your stay for Rs.50/pp Indian per day and Rs.600/pp foreigners for each extra day (nominal charges in case you plan to extend). Visit the temple (Ashram) at the entrance and start walking. Remember, the whole route is open and sunny (hardly any trees), so keep ample sunscreen, shades and cap for the whole route. Reach chidwasa (7km from gangotri), have lunch and start again. Just before you reach bhojwasa (5km from chidwasa) look for a group of bharals (blue sheep). There is a herd of 10-15 bharals that live there. Try to locate them. Book your stay in TRH bhojwasa (best option for stay at Rs.350/pp/day/dorm without food) through GMVNL only (old site)/ Contact-9410352665. Food in the restaurant is also good and not too costly keeping in mind the location of bhojwasa. New site doesn’t show availability of TRH bhojwasa. There are few other ashrams also (at Rs.350/pp/day/dorm with food) for stay there but are shabbily maintained. Only dorms are available for stay in bhojwasa (no rooms). If you have your own tent, you can put it there. Try not to pitch the tent too close to the river.
Day 2: Start 7am for gaumukh (4km from bhojwasa: 3km normal, 1km rocky path), if u wish to come back to gangotri the same day. Else, start 9am, see gaumukh and come back for 2nd night stay in bhojwasa (In this case you need to pay extra Rs.50/pp/day at the exit gate the next day for extra stay).
NOTE: Gaumukh/Tapovan is not approachable these days due to landslide/ high water level and muddy water (Updated 4th May 2018). Fresh 2-3 inches snowfall (Updated 9th May 2018). Don’t try to cross the river on your own.
Day 3: Visit Pandav gufa (1.5km from gangotri) in the morning (the way is quiet and flat and very beautiful). MUST SEE. Also pay a visit to Tapovan kuti/Sundaranand/Photographer baba (living there since 1948). Its just adjacent to TRH gangotri and a must visit place in gangotri. He has captured many Himalayan views which is worth seeing.
Note: While booking for Tapovan online, it is mandatory to fill travel guides. My suggestion would be to choose any of them randomly and take permission (as you don’t need to pay anthing to guide online) and then go there (gangotri) and book local guides (charge less). Otherwise you will end up paying a lot more.
Written May 11, 2018
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rajani k
183 contributions
High terrain ecosystem
Oct 2017 • Friends
You get to witness one of the high terrain ecosystems in the lap of Himalayas. It altogether quite different and unique. The glaciers, mountains, Himalayan peaks, conifers trees, uneven terrain, unique species of flora and fauna were altogether a different experience. We got to see some Himalayan girls and Blue sheep.
Written November 29, 2017
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Siddhartha Biswas
Kolkata (Calcutta), India312 contributions
In Nature's Glory
Oct 2017 • Couples
Gangotri National Park is a heaven for pilgrims and for trekkers. It affords magnificent and close-quarters views of mighty Himalayan peaks. You can see peaks such as Bhagirathi (all of them), Shivling, Kedar Dome and such from almost a touching distance. The Park itself is not well maintained. They make a fuss about plastic, counting how many you have, and throughout the way you find plastic stuff thrown all around. The fragile eco-system is not quite maintaned by the fragile integrity of the Forest Department. The path that you take towards Gaumukh is narrow, often becoming tricky. It is a very good idea to have a porter or a guide. Chirbasha has a staying and eating place (9 km from Gangotri) and Bhujbasha is the last staying option with quite a few dormitories these days. Food and water is available here. Make sure you have good shoes and light luggage. The trek is not tough but long and the final portion is quite harrowing.
Written October 16, 2017
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Bhavnagar, India448 contributions
Adventure with devotion
Oct 2017 • Solo
Beautiful sights but Very challenging and tough way to gomukh. I was alone in my trip of gangotri park, I felt and listened the Divine voice of Ganges. It was amazing
Written October 14, 2017
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New Delhi, India59 contributions
Breathtaking is the only word
Jun 2017 • Family
With view of Mighty Himalayan peaks and temple of Maa Ganga and mighty ganga river all at one place, you can't ask for more. The best part is that you don't need to trek for temple, park your vehicle within 500mtrs and walk or for old age people wheelchair is also available who takes 400 for round trip
Written June 25, 2017
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