Gangotri from Haridwar | Gangotri from Delhi – At Gangotri dham, the main shrine is devoted to Goddess Ganga and the sacred stone where Raja Bhagirath is believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva.
The origin of the river is at Gaumukh, which is further 18 km trek along the Gangotri glacier. The holy river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where it meets Alaknanda.
Gangotri from Haridwar | Gangotri from Delhi
Gangotri can be reached in just one day’s travel from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun, or in two days from Yamunotri, the first site in the Char Dham circuit. Gangotri is easily accessible by car and bus, as a result that it sees more number of pilgrims than Yamunotri.
This small town of Gangotri is centred around the temple of the goddess Ganga. Every year, lakhs of devotees visit Gangotri Dham between May and October. Ritual duties in the shrine are supervised by the Semwal family of priests.
If you are adventure enthusiasts then,you can do 17 kms. trek to Gaumukh, the actual source of the river Ganga. The verdant valleys, dense jungle and towering peaks offer you excellent trekking and mountaineering opportunities.
For a large number of travellers, pilgrims and Trekkers, Gangotri town serves as the starting point of the Gangotri-Gaumukh-Tapovan and Gangotri-Kedartal trekking routes. You can easily get guidance and assistance from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi.
What to See in Gangotri
There are so many things to do in Gangotri, however Gangotri Dham is major one. For more details , you can read below:
Gangotri is the most sacred spot where Maa Ganga, the stream of life, touched earth for the first time. Perched at a height of 3,042 mts. at the right bank of Bhagirathi, the temple complex of Gangotri dedicated to the Goddess Ganga which was constructed in the early 18th century by a Gorkha Commander,Amar Singh Thapa. The Gangotri temple is visited by roughly 3 lakh devotees annually.
The sacred stone popular as Bhagirath Shila, located near the temple of Ganga where the holy Ganga first descended on earth from heaven.
The other places of interest for pilgrims are Surya Kund Vishnu Kund and Brahma Kund located in the vicinity of Gangotri.
Gangotri Temple Opening Date 2020
It opens on the auspicious day of “Akshay Trtiya”, generally in the month of April or May. By November, Gangotri is covered by snow. So, Gangorti Dham will be open on 26 April 2020.
The temple is closed on the Diwali day every year and is temple reopened in April or May. During this time, the idol of the goddess Ganga is kept at Mukhba village, near Harsil her winter abode which is 12 kms. Downstream to Gangotri.
Gangotri Dham on Map
You can check the location of Gangotri Dham from Map given below: