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Gangotri Fast Facts
- State: Uttarakhand
- District: Uttarkashi
- Famous for/as: Temple, Hill Stations
- Religions: Hindu
- Altitude: 3084 mts
- Language: Hindi, Garhwali and English
- Best Season: May to June and September to October
- Weather: Summer 10 to 15C, Winter 0 to 10C
- Clothing: Cold in Winter, Pleasant in Summer
- Local Transport: Bus, Taxi, Khchhar
- Pincode: 249137
- STDCode: 01381
Uttarakhand Tourism Dev.Board
Pt.Deendayal Upadhaya Paryatan Bhawan
Near ONGC Helipad,Garhi Cantt.
Contact No.- 91-135-2559898, 2559987
Gangotri, India Overview
The picturesque pilgrimage in the hinterlands of the Himalayas is the most sacred spot where Ganga , the stream of life, touched earth for the first time.
According to mythology, Goddess Ganga - the daughter of heaven, manifested herself in the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord Shiva received her into his matted locks to minimise the immense impact of her fall. She came to be called Bhagirathi at her legendary source.
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Gangotri, India History
According to mythology, Goddess Ganga - the daughter of heaven, manifested herself in the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagirath's predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord Shiva received into his matted locks to minimize the immense impact of her fall. She came to be called Bhagirathi at her legendary source.
Along the right back of Bhagirathi stands the shrine of Gangotri dedicated to the Goddess. Perched at a height of 3042 mts., it was constructed in the early 18th century by a Gorkha Commander, Amar Singh Thapa. Every year, lakhs of pilgrims throng the sacred temple between May and October. By November, Gangotri is covered by snow. It is believed that the Goddess retreats to Mukhba, her winter abode (12 kms downstream).
The physical source of the holy river is at Gaumukh, 18 kms. furthur uphill, along the Gangotri Glacier. Several pilgrims trek upto the source to offer prayers either on foot or on ponies.