Situated at a height of 3,200 m, Gangotri is a popular shrine in India. This important pilgrimage for Hindus is a part of the Char Dham pilgrimages. It is situated in Uttarakashi and is related to Goddess Ganga, a popular holy river in India. The history of Ganga takes you to the era of legends when Goddess Ganga changed herself into a river to wash away the sins of King Bhagirath’s forefathers. To control the impact of her fall, Lord Shiva gathered Ganga into his locks.
Constructed in the early 18th century, the Gangotri temple brings in a large number of devotees all year long.
The temple houses a shrine of Gangotri which opens on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. The mother Ganga is worshipped in the form of Goddess here. Before initiating the holy rituals, devotees take a holy dip in the water of Ganga.
Places to Visit
Situated near the main temple, this natural Shivling is the place where Lord Shiva collected Ganga in his locks. The shivling can be seen in the winters only when the water is clear.
Situated two km away from Dharali, Harsil is another beautiful village known for its breathtaking beauty. The specialty of Harsil lies in a large number of apple orchards, sprawling all over the village.
It is said that King Bhagirath meditated on this rock. Pilgrims worship this rock as it holds great religious significance.
How to Reach
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport.
By Rail: Train is available from Rishikesh railway station from where the place can be accessed easily.
By Road: Travellers can also hire private bus or taxi to reach the holy site.