Best Places to visit in Gangotri

Places to visit in Gangotri

The Dham dedicated to river “Ganga”, Gangotri is a small town located in the state of Uttarakhand. Gangotri temple is an eminent part of Char dham yatra in Uttarakhand. On your visit to Gangotri Dham, there are many places you can visit. 

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Here are the best places to visit in Gangotri:-

1. Jalmagna Shivling

Jalmagn Shivling in Gangotri | Best Places to visit Gangotri
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The Jalmagna Shivling is a famous tourist destination near Gangotri, Uttarakhand. The Shivling is submerged under the river and can be seen during the winter months when the water level in the river drops. 

According to Hindu mythologies, Lord Shiva sat at this place when he received Goddess Ganga in his locks when she descended to the Earth.

2. Harsil

Harsil in Uttarkashi | Places to visit in Gangotri
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Uttarakhand’s pristine and undiscovered gem, Harsil which is situated on the bank of river Bhagirathi offers a plethora of possibilities for those looking for peace and tranquilly under the shade of the Himalayas. In recent years, Harsil has gained a lot of traction among tourists and adventure seekers because of its link to various challenging trekking trails. 

Situated at a height of 2620 metres above sea level, a trip to Harsil is going to be a restorative and lifetime experience. It is located at a distance of about 25 km from the Gangotri Dham.

3. Gaumukh

Gaumukh Glacier | The Source of the Yamuna River
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The Gangotri Glacier ends at Gomukh, also called “Gaumukh”, which is also the source of the Bhagirathi River, one of the main headstreams of the Ganges River. The glacier’s terminus is shaped like the mouth of a cow, hence famously known by the name Gaumukh, where “Gau” means cow, and “Mukh,” means mouth. This place lies at a height of about 13,200 feet and is famed for being a haven for pilgrims since it is where the Ganga origins. 

It is the second-largest glacier in India and is situated 18 kilometres from Gangotri temple. Gaumukh is open for tourists from May to October and is closed the rest of the year.

4. Kedartal

Kedar Tal Lake | Kedartal Trek Guide
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Kedartal often referred to as Shiva’s Lake is a glacier lake in the Garhwal area of the Himalayas, perched at a height of 4,750 metres. The lake is thought to have been given to the Ganges by Lord Shiva as a benediction for reaching the earth. Kedar Tal offers up close and magnificent views of mountains including Thalay Sagar, Bhrigunath, Meru, Mount Gangotri, and Manda Parvat.

The Kedaratal hike is a lovely and natural tal that is located 17 kilometres from Gangotri. Between the months of September and November and April and June is the ideal time to visit Kedartal.

5. Mukhba

Mukhba village, Harsil in Uttarkashi
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On the way to the pilgrimage of Gangotri, Mukhba (Mukhwa), a little village near the town of Harsil, is located on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. It is the winter abode of goddess Ganga, at the time when the Gates of Gangotri temple are shut during winters, the idol is placed in a temple at Mukhba for worship. As one of India’s holiest locations in the north, this place is well-known among devoted Hindus.

One must trek 1 km from Dharali, which may also be reached on a way to Gangotri which is 20 kilometres away from Harsil.