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Gangotri, situated on the banks of River Bhagirathi in Uttarakhand, is renowned for being a Hindu pilgrimage. However, this pilgrimage is gradually changing into a tourist hotspot offering many tourist attractions and fun activities. Many adventure seekers and bikers claim that hills in Gangotri are magical, and the landscape within those hills have the power to hold you captive for forever. From river flowing by its routes to tallest mountains soaring up in the sky, Gangotri allures tens and thousands of people every year.
Situated at an altitude of 3,100 m, Gangotri is a serene town located in Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand. Due to its elevation, weather, roads, landscapes, and shrines, this town has become one of the most popular tourist spots in India. Gangotri will give you the time and space to introspect and reimagine everything in this world.
Here is a complete travel guide for Gangotri tour.
How To Reach Gangotri
By air: Located at a distance of 114 km away, Dehradun Airport is the nearest airport to Gangotri. You can catch a flight to Dehradun from any part of India.
By rail: Since Gangotri is located in the mountain ranges, there is no railhead in Gangotri. The nearest railway station is Harrawala, and it is about 113 km away from Gangotri. You can avail buses or cabs to reach Gangotri from Harrawala.
By road: Roads are well connected to all the other major cities in India. And there frequent buses from Delhi, Rishikesh, Patna and Kolkata, to name a few.
Best Time To Visit Gangotri
Summer season is the best time to visit Gangotri, i.e., from April to June. Temperatures vary between 15°C to 20°C. Since the weather is cold and pleasant during summer, tourists and travellers will have favourable conditions for sightseeing.
Places To Visit & Things To Do In Gangotri
1. Camp at Dayara Bugyal
It is one of the most beautiful high altitude meadows in India. This spectacular summer retreat is nestled between the Himalayan mountains and offers a tranquil getaway amidst nature. The aerial view from this high altitude meadows is a sight to behold. Dayara Bugyal is one of the biggest attractions in and around Gangotri. Camping at this serene location is popular among the bikers and adventure seekers.
2. Taste the purest form of freshwater at Gangotri Glacier
Located at a distance of 19 km from Gangotri and situated at an altitude of 4238 m, Gangotri glacier is famed to be the feeder of the River Ganges. It originates in Chaukamba range and merges at Gaumukh. Be it exploring the old mountain glacier or sitting by the river; this site provides a laid-back vibe and offers much-required peace and tranquillity to visitors.
The water that feeds the major part of the Ganges is said to be extremely pure and therapeutic. And it is said to be in its purest form since its inception, and it is believed to remain pure for thousands of years to come. Visit this glacier to admire nature's artwork.
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3. Go trekking up the rolling hills to see Kedar Lake
An 18 km ancient trail to the hilltop will lead you to the calm waters of Kedar Lake, which is also famed as Shiva's lake. And if you happen to be seeking the best of nature, Kedar Lake is tailor-made for you. From scenic trekking trails to exotic bird watching, this place is quite a paradise. Nevertheless, it is located at an altitude of 4425 m. Therefore, the trek is not easy, and so it is recommended you take a local guide, and prepare well for the trekking experience.
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4. Witness the epitome of nature's magic in Harshil
Surrounded by apple orchards, ever-flowing Bhagirathi river, snow-clad peaks and tall pine trees; Harshil exhibits an ideal setting to be a popular honeymoon destination. It offers countless hiking and trekking options, making it a must-visit place in Gangotri. Located a mere 25 km from Gangotri, Harshil offers mesmerizing landscapes and enchanting lakes. It is beautiful beyond words; you must witness it to believe it.
5. Relax and unwind at Dodital
Dodital is a sparkling lake that offers the best of camping and resting sites. It is an epic glacial lagoon located at an altitude of 3204 m. A morning trek to Dodital provides one of the most unique and magical experiences to be had anywhere. Not only does this surreal lake offer tall pine trees, but also perfect postcard views of snow-clad landscapes and azure blue sky.
6. Quench your thirst for adventure by trekking Auden's Co
Named after the famous mountaineer John Bicknell Auden, the trail to Auden's Col passes through the dense forest of Alpine trees, green meadows, diverse flora and fauna, gushing streams, rustics views of secluded villages and archaic temples. Consequently, reflecting the overall significance of the Gangotri region. Delve into the tranquillity of the place with a hike to Auden's Col.