Surrounded by the nature, in the backdrop Gangotri group of peaks the shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3048 mts. On the bank of the river Bhagirothi, the temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th century. A number of Ashrams are located here. From here trecking route starts for Gomukh, Tapovan - Nandanvan through etc Chirbasa and Bhujbasa.
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 minimise the immense impact of her fall. She came to be called Bhagirathi at her legendary source.
The physical source of the holy river is at Gaumukh, 19 kms further uphill, along the Gangotri Glacier. The road through Chirasa & Bhujbasa is approachable on foot or on ponies.The verdant valleys, dense forests and towering peaks offer excellent trekking and mountaineering opportunities for adventure enthusiasts.
Gangotri temple opens every year on Akshaya Tritiya. It falls in the last week of April or first week of May. The temple also closes on Diwali.
Gaumukh ( 18 km), Kedar Tal ( 18 km) and Nandavan - Tapovan ( 24 km ).
All the Hindu festivals are celebrated here.
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun 265 km from Gangotri.RAIL
Nearest railhead is at Rishikesh, 248 km away.ROAD
Bus services of Samyukt Rotation Yatayat Vyawastha Samiti connect Gangotri with many centres in the region like Haridwar 299km, Rishikesh 275 km, Tehri, Uttarkashi 120kms etc.
Treck to Bhujbasa 15kms & Gomukh 19kms.