There are many pilgrimage and tourist places near Gangotri Dham, some of them are high altitude lakes, glaciers and trekking destinations as well. Following is the list of Gangotri excursions, which pilgrimages can visit during their Char Dham Yatra or Gangotri Tour.
Maneri: 92 km from Gangotri. It has lately emerged as a place of tourist interest as a result of the construction of a dam across the Bhagirathi river, from where the water is fed to the turbines through an 8 km long tunnel at Tiloth in Uttarkashi. The resultant lake at Maneri has added to the charm of the place.
Kedar Tal: A crystal clear and transparent lake giving a feel of the chill waters, Kedar Tal is a spectacular creation of God. The trek to Kedar Tal needs to be directed through a local guide, and is not for the weaklings. To trek across and cover the entire patch of 18 kms from Gangotri to Kedar Tal without any modern facilities on the way is a dare devil’s task!
Harsil: On the highway towards Uttarkashi, Harsil is another picturesque village of scenic importance. Elevated at 2623 mts. and stretched at a distance of 72 kms from Uttarkashi, this hamlet is a splendid attraction for nature lovers. The specialty of Harsil lies in the vast number of apple orchards spread across the village.
Dodital: It is a freshwater lake at an altitude of 3024 meters in Uttarkashi district. According to one of the popular legends Lord Ganesha chose this place as his abode.
Gangnani: Gangnani is a small town situated on the way to Gangotri. It is an ideal destination for the spiritually and meditation. It located just 37 kms from Maneri, enroute to Gangotri. Gangnani proves as the spot to view the famous mountain peaks surrounding Gangotri and famous for its thermal water springs.
A tough trek alongside the Gangotri glacier takes one to the beautiful Nandanvan. It is also the base camp for the Bhagirathi peaks, and offers an excellent view of the surrounding Shivalik Peak. It also leads to Tapovan which is known for the beautiful meadows that surrounds the base of the Shivalik Peaks.
Uttarkashi is a very important pilgrimage centre, and is located at an altitude of 1,150 metres above sea level. It is situated on the bank of river Bhagirathi. A few of the very important temples located here are, the Vishwanath temple, Ekadash Rudra temple, Gyaneshwar temple and Kuteti Devi temple. The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is also located close-by. Every year people visit Uttarkashi to take a holy dip in the Bhagirathi River.
Dayara Bugyal :
Located at a height of 3,048 metres above sea level, Dayara Bugyal is a beautiful meadow. A road connects Bhatwari with Raithal village. From this village, Dayara Bugyal is about a 6 km. long trek. The Sheshnag temple, located here is also a major attraction. It falls enroute to Dayara. From Dayara, one can trek down towards Dodi Tal as well. Ski slopes are provided at an area of 28 sq.kms. during the winters at Dayara Bugyal.
A beautiful trek through some of the lush green forests leads one to the Nachiketa Tal. The main attractions of the place are the beautiful surroundings and the small temple lake.
The former capital of Tehri Garhwal Principality is also a major attraction for the tourists. Tehri is also the site of a giant hydel project – the Tehri Project.