Gangotri Temple
Gangotri Temple
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  • deshuashok
    Pune, India72 contributions
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    Fast flowing Bhagirathi River near you.
    The temple is at the end of a short walk from the parking area. Clean and well maintained. Walk up to the ghat and fill up the Bhagirathi water which is muddy but surprisingly clears up by next morning. Also pay your obeience at the Shiva temple in the complex. Use the selfie spot to record your visit or request a fellow traveller. A must visit if you are on the Harsil circuit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • plpalani
    Mumbai, India1,603 contributions
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    Birth place of the holiest river of India
    Even though Ganga starts about 18 km up in Himalayas, Gangotri is considered as the starting point of Ganga. But Maa Ganga is called Bhagirathi in memory of the great king who was instrumental in bringing this holy river to the earth through his penance. Maa Ganga remains in this abode till some time near Diwali and then goes down for six months . We did sharadanjali and darpanam for our fore fathers on the banks of the river. Also collected holy water from the river Bhagirathi/Ganga
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • guptaeti
    New Delhi, India509 contributions
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    Divinity by the Ganges
    Visited the Gangotri temple by helicopter and had divine hassle free Darshan. Don't forget to Perform the rituals on the bank of the Holy Ganga with the help of a pandit ji and you may pay Rs. 500 to Rs. 2100 as dakshina as per your faith&capacity. Trust me it's worth the while. And then go to the temple for darshan. Also visit the Kalp Kedarnath mandir, Laxminarayan Temple, and the Hari Shila in the Ganges.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 12, 2023
  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey15,808 contributions
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    The holy river Bhagirathi, which is one of the two head-streams of Ganga, flows alongside Gangotri Temple.
    The highest temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga is one of the four Chota Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand. (after Yamnotri) The holy river Bhagirathi, which is one of the two head-streams of Ganga, flows alongside Gangotri Temple. in the Gribh grih, The inner sanctorum has the idol of Goddess Ganga. It also contains the idols of Goddess Yamuna, Annapurna, Saraswati, and Lakshmi. The idols of Bhagirath and the sage Adi Sankara complete the set of idols present inside the inner sanctum. There are four little temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ganesha, Hanuman, and Bhagirathi. Other than its divine atmosphere, Gangotri offers stunning vistas all around. According to Hindu legends, the most sacred of all rivers, the Ganga, descended from heaven to earth at Gangotri, when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from his locks. Shiva divided Ganga into 7 streams and saved Earth The river Ganga originates at Gaumukh. Gaumukh is situated at the foot of Gangotri Glacier 19 km away from Gangotri and is accessible by trekking. After it originates from Gaumukh, the river is known as Bhagirathi and it acquires the name 'Ganga' after the river Alaknanda merges into it near the town of Devaprayag. Gangotri Temple is built close to “Bhagirath Shila”. It is a pillar where King Bhagirath prayed to Lord Shiva to bear the descent of the River Ganga. Pilgrims collect the water from the pillar and take it to their homes
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 17, 2024
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plpalani
Mumbai, India1,603 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Even though Ganga starts about 18 km up in Himalayas, Gangotri is considered as the starting point of Ganga.
But Maa Ganga is called Bhagirathi in memory of the great king who was instrumental in bringing this holy river to the earth through his penance.
Maa Ganga remains in this abode till some time near Diwali and then goes down for six months .
We did sharadanjali and darpanam for our fore fathers on the banks of the river.
Also collected holy water from the river Bhagirathi/Ganga
Written October 22, 2023
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Aroop Kumar
Kolkata (Calcutta), India28 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Couples
Must visit at least once in life time to enjoy the mountain, river, trees, temple, evening arati over 10,000 feet. Good accommodation and food available. Road coming from Uttarkashi is wonderful with scenic beauty.
Written February 15, 2020
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PriyankaMJ
Bengaluru, India261 contributions
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Oct 2019
We reached around noon and the place wasn’t crowded at all, the darshan was beautiful and the temple was serene. Felt at peace on the banks of Maa Ganga. The drive back and forth from Gangotri to Uttarkashi is gorgeous and filled with greenery allround.
Written September 20, 2020
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sharada
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Oct 2022 • Friends
Beautifl place, journey is good, one of the easiest accessible chardham. We went in a temp traveller, which is best mode of transport for the region..on the way we had bath at hot spring called ganganani...

There was large queue, we purchased special ticket at the temple counter. Dont believe the touts who will guarantee you special darshan...always buy those tickets in the counter
Written October 27, 2022
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deshuashok
Pune, India72 contributions
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Jun 2023
The temple is at the end of a short walk from the parking area. Clean and well maintained.
Walk up to the ghat and fill up the Bhagirathi water which is muddy but surprisingly clears up by next morning.
Also pay your obeience at the Shiva temple in the complex.
Use the selfie spot to record your visit or request a fellow traveller.
A must visit if you are on the Harsil circuit.
Written July 6, 2023
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Indira K S
Bengaluru, India53 contributions
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Nov 2020
The temple is close to the parking, so there is not much of walking. The places is peaceful and beautiful. Has the snow view and the route from Harshil is just wow, offering the view of the enchanting landscape. River baghirathi flows near the temple. There are multiple food options like hot Samosa, which was tasty.
You can sit in fornt of the temple and relax, for a while but gets cloder in tghe evenin.
Written November 30, 2020
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Rinki G
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India45 contributions
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Sep 2017 • Family
At the time of Druga puja, We decided to go to Gangotri Dham by our own car from Gurgaon. But I was not very confident to travel this long distance with my one year old baby. Anyway we started our journey with lot of woolen cloths and baby food on the last day of Navaratri.

We follow below route for travelling to Gangotri.
Gurgaon--------meerut-------- roorkee-----haridwar------rishikesh-------narendra nagar-------new tehri-------uttar kashi-------harshi------Gangotri

and returning route was
Gangotri-------Harshil---------Utarkashi----------Chinyalisaur-----------Mussoorie-------Dheradun-------Roorkee---------Meerut--------Gurgaon.

DAY-1, We start our journey from Gurgaon at 4.30 in very early morning. By 9 am we reached in Rishikesh. We had some breakfast in a dhaba. Then at 9.30 in morning we departed from Rishikesh. After Rishikesh hilly, sharp bend road was started. Till Rishikesh it was a very sunny day but after passing some way, rain started slowly and our path was covered with cloud. Hilly, turning road became invisible. Car speed came down. But after half an hour rain and cloud left us.

We had our Lunch near new tehri and continue our journey. At 5 o’ clock in the evening we reach Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi is big town and there are lot of different budjet hotel in Uttarkashi. So we decided to stay in Uttarkashi for that night. In the main city parking is a big problem, so we decided to book hotel outside of Uttarkashi. We booked a hotel and had our dinner in hotel and took rest.

Day-2, Next day we started for Gangotri at 8 o’ clock in the morning. At Gangnani we had our breakfast. After Uttarkashi road is very narrow. It is difficult to cross two vehicle at a time. Though road condition is good. On the way we saw lot of apple garden. The farmer ware selling the fresh apple on the road side. So we bought 10 kg apples and moved on. Scenic beauty was just awesome after the gangnani. The Ganga was flowing along with us. At 12.30 p.m we reached Gangotri. Car can reach till Gangotri temple. So we parked our vechiles and moved for taking bath.
We took bath in chilled ice melted water and went to temple. Landscape view of snow caped Himalaya from Gangotri temple was just unbelievable. I had spent some time on the bank of ganga and then did puja in temple.

After puja we had our lunch. As we dint have any plan to go to Tapovan and Gamukh by trek so we decided not to stay at Gangotri. So we came back Uttarkashi at same hotel. We reached at 7 o’ clock in the evening.
We ware too tired so after dinner we slept.
Next day very early in the morning around 5 a.m we started our journey from Uttarkashi. At return time we took another route through Mussoorie. This route was less traffic route and road was very good. At 10.30 a.m we reached at Mussoorie But in Dheradoon and modinagar we stucked in heavy traffic. We reached Gurgaon at 9.30 at night after taking 1 lunch and 1 tea break.

Again I stored a new memory in my mind.
Written February 5, 2018
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KuntalGanguly
Kolkata (Calcutta), India558 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Friends
Gangotri is a famous religious place in Uttrakhand which is considered as a base of trackers moving to-wards “Gomukh” glacier, Tapovan, Nandavan & through Khara Pathar to Bardinath via Kalindi base. The small village has a main street, lined on both sides by neat double storey houses, interspersed among among these are a few yellow marked govt. building for GMVN. Gomukh glarier is source of river Ganga which is one of the main river in India. Span of route from Gangotri to Gomukh is 19 km. and can be divided in three sectors. Gangotri to Chirbasa 9km., Chirbasa to Bhujbasa 5km. and Bhujbasa to Gomukh is 5km. Horses are available only upto Bhujbasa. Route is not very well maintained and uphill in some places. Special permission from Gov. is required to move upto “Gomukh” which is available from Gangotri itself. Gangotri is also famous because of Ganga Temple. Enough hotels are available at Gangotri for stay but electricity services are poor. For moving further through Tapovan and Khara Pathar special permission is required from Indian Army and Forest Department. Medical fitness test reports are must to get the permission against Rs. 5,000/- per person. Necessary arrangements like medicines, tents, dry foods, stove etc. need to carry from Gangotri. Guides and Por-ters are available from Gangotri @2,000/- per day. The travel started at 6 A.M with two Porter and one route guide/cook and we were almost reached Chirbasa. Greeneries are available but comparatively less than Yamunotri. Just before Chirbasa, we found a small cannel with high force of water. We expected a bridge made of steel but there was nothing but three long sticks of wood which was covered with an aluminum plate. After crossing the bridge carefully there was no route at all but bolders (bunch of big stones). On the other side there is only a single small tea stall and the place is known as Chirbasa. We found horses coming though the same route but horses are not following the bridge. Horses are com-ing through the canel only as the bridge is not capable to carry weight of the horses. There are some places in the route where even a step is to be properly calculated. We took rest at Chirbasa and reached Bhujbasa around 12:30A.M. Bhujbasa is having two or three guest houses and a weather station with a military base. One of the fa-mous two are of GMVN (Garwal Mondal Vikash Nigam) and other is an “Ashram” of Lal baba ( monk ). Tent is also available for stay. We continued towards Gomukh. Most of the route is through the bolders and sometimes proper routes are not visible through bolders. There are some small flows of water are available in the route. Tem-perature in last Oct is low and there is no sign of stagnant water as because stagnant water is changed into ice in low temperature. View of Gomukh glacier is awesome and if the glacier is seen from a distance an approx view of the mouth of a cow is seen that’s why it is known as “Gomukh” (mouth of a cow). A small idol of Lord Shiva is available 0.8km before the glacier. We were expecting snowfall as the backside of the hill was heavily clouded. We continued upto Tapovan and move towards Nandavan and decided to put up tent between Tapovan and Nandavan which is around 10km away from Gomukh glacier for night stay. In the route we saw some footprint of snow leopard as per our guide. Snow fall started in evening from around 6:30 P.M. It was not an wonderful expe-rience with snowfall at night as we were suffering with breathing problem everybody because of oxygen deficiency and temperature was -24 deg C as per the Sensor having with our Guide. Snow fall continued for entire the night and even in morning. We started at 7AM after having tea and noodles continued our journey near upto Khara Pathar, another 13km from Nandavan and decided to return as the route was not identifiable at all and became dangerous. In between we took rest and have the lunch beside Vasuki Tal. A combination of snow and rock could be dangerous while walking over hills as it results slip sometimes. We came back to Bhojbasa and decided for night stay at Lalbaba Ashramafter having khichdi as dinner, took rest at an outside temperature of -14Deg C as per the wather station available at Bhojbasa. Snowfall was stopped but we found sign of snowfall upto Chirbasa and after-wards returned to Gangotri next day.
Written April 15, 2014
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psreekantaiah
Bengaluru, India5 contributions
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Jun 2013 • Couples
"All negative feelings go off at Gangothri"

It was a great journey from Yamunothri to Harsil via Uttarkashi. One is really privileged to travel along the bank of Bagheerathi river. We reached Harsil at 10 PM on 13th June 2013. We ate and slept at GMVN guest house . Next morning - woke up at 5 AM - opened the window : Maa Ganga just 15 feet away flowing in very great momentum,.I never imagined I will see this great river . Same river next day - at Uttarkashi was flowing ten times this momentum.

We reached Gangothri at 10 AM ; went to river bank, did pooja remembering our parents ,father in law, brother. Unlike what we heard, Pandithji was very good. After the pooja, he sung a song on ma Ganga - In south India we call maa Ganga as Ganga Devi .Song was very well sung. Temple premises , eateries, shops, environs are kept clean. A Police woman helped us meet Temple committee , seek permission to enter temple as special visitors avoiding queue; which was necessary since we had very less time. Prasadam given to us - saffron rice - it was very tasty.

It is amazing to see Bhageerathi river - all negative feelings go off. Momentum, wide and majestic flow, perennial presence - flowing between rocks giving a feeling as if breaking the rocks to flow - oing along the bank for miles together - you never get bored - you feel blessed.
If you want to see God - you must see maa Bhageerathi flowing .

As a public health expert I feel following actions are required :

(a) Create rope ways to reach Gangothri - employ local people and train them onwards.
(c) Ensure Sulabh shouchalaya - atleast 1000 - manage the same well - employ local people and train them - in the next one year.
(d) Avoid bus/car/jeep travel after rope ways are built.
(e) Register all people meticulously at Darasu Bend; think of barcode with all details. Think of barcode at the entry point of each of the char dhams.
(f) Code for vehicles - fitness to be certified for all vehicles at Hrishikesh.
(g)Ensure hygienic eateries with common cooking point and 50 distribution/sale points.
(h) Garbage bins , garbage management .
(i) "zero waste", "no plastic" zone in all char dhams - char dhams to be developed to create environment sensitivity to all.
(j) First Aid posts every 10 KM from Darasu Bend..
(k) Consider vehicles allowed from 9 AM to 12 Noon onward only; 12 noon to 3 PM return , every day. Avoid vehicles both ways.
(l) Train all people going to char dhams on first aid, disaster management .
(j) Make all areas disabied people friendly - with signs, access, toilets, rope ways.
It is the duty and right of every citizen to preserve and protect cleaniness, sanctity, safety , purity of environment.
thanks and best wishes
Dr S Pruthvish and Mrs.Jyothi Pruthvish
"Sree Sampada" 1153, II main, II Block, BEL Lay out, Vidyaranyapura, Bangalore 560 054
09901042731
Written July 15, 2013
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Jairam_07
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India1 contribution
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May 2015 • Couples
My wife and I drove up from Uttarkashi to Gangotri on 17 May 15. Gangotri is a charming small temple town at 3000m height where the road head ends. The trek from Gangotri to Gaumukh traces the Bhagirathi to its snout at the glacier. The glacier looks like cow's mouth, hence the name Gaumukh. One needs a permit to trek beyond Gangotri to Gaumukh which needs to be obtained from DFO Uttarkashi Tele - 01374222695 for cost of Rs 150/-. On holidays and even on other days, (17 May was a sunday) permits can be obtained form Dy Director Gangotri National park at Gangotri (Timing 5-7pm and morning 8-10 am). A total of 150 permits are issued to preserve the pristine beauty of this high altitude national park. We left our vehicle parked at the general parking at Gangotri. We left for Bhojbasa (Ht 3700m) at 0815 h on 18 May and reached there after a beautiful trek of 8 hours (14 Km). We crossed Chirbasa, where the tree line ends and the scenery changes from Pine trees, Deodars to rough rocky terrain. We crossed numerous glaciers and mountain streams flowing into the Bhagirathi enroute. We had a great guide Bhim (09557213252) who was very helpful. At Bhojbasa, there is no vegetation and oxygen partial pressures are low. My wife and I had mild symptoms of acute mountain sickness with nausea and vomiting. We recovered after avomine, however, I would advise a 2 day acclimatisation at Gangotri to prevent the low oxygen of Bhojbasa from affecting you. On 18 May, we trekked on 5 km to Gaumukh (Ht 4000m) with beautiful views of mount Shivling and Mt Bhagirathi. Legend has it that the sage Bhagirathi with his penances brought the Ganga from heaven to earth at this very point. The glacier is huge and the trek at places is treacherous over landslides, loose mud and slush, hence a guide is preferred, although not mandatory. We got back to Bhojbasa but thought of getting back to Gangotri to lose height and decrease symptoms of mountain sickness. However, we got so tired at Chirbasa, that we rested for the night at the Forest office outpost and trekked back to Gangotri the next day. I would strongly recommend this trek for the adventurous who value natural beauty. There is no serious trekking skills required, just decent fitness and proper acclimatisation. My wife and I really enjoyed the trek.
Written May 27, 2015
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