Places to visit in and around Gangotri (Tourist Attractions)
There are various places of tourist interest for every kind of visitor in and near Gangotri Dham. While there is Vishwa Nath temple, Gaumukh Glacier, NandVan Tapovan, Kedar Ganga Sangam, Bhairon Ghati, Gnag Nani, Maneri, Harsil, Kedartal, at the same time there is Uttarkashi for the nature lovers.
Tapovan: Located at an altitude of above 4460 mts above sea level, Tapovan is a beautiful meadow that surrounds the peaks. Enriched with lovely flowers, a climb to this meadow sharpens the images of the surroundings peaks and ranges.
Submerged Shivling :
The Shivling which is submerged in river water is a magnificent sight which reinforces the power of the divine God. Mythology has it that Lord Shiva sat at this spot to receive Ganga in his locks.
The submerged shivling is visible in the early winters when the water level goes down. The submerged Shivling is perhaps the most sacred spot where Ganga, the stream of life touched mother earth for the very first time.
Vishwa Nath temple: One of the most famous temples in Uttarkashi, Lord Vishwanath temple bears a description in the Kedar Khanda or Skanda Puran. The temple is 300 mts away from the local bus stand at Uttarkashi. This holy shrine has a Shivling which is 60 cms tall and is 90 cms in circumference.
Bhairon Ghati: 10 km from Gangotri. Astride to the Uttar Kashi and near the confluence of Jat Ganga and Bhagirathi rivers is situated, Bhagirathi. The temple of Bhairav Nath surrounded by thick forests is worth visiting.
Gaumukh Glacier: The Gangotri Glacier, situated at a height of 4238 mts, moves along the Gangotri track starting from Chaukhamba and finally merging into the Gaumukh. It is a known fact that the water of the Ganges is 100% pure in nature and contains absolutely no impurities.
Trekking near Gangotri Area
Gangotri has always lured trekker’s as there are great adventurous excursions from Gangotri which delivers you not only with divine beauty of nature but also with snow capped peaks of Himalayan range.
Following is the list of some the trekking options in and near Gangotri.
- Gaumukh: The source of river Bhagirathi is also considered the true source of river Ganga. The area is peaceful and surreal, and offers stunning views of Mt. Shivling and the Bhagirathi group of mountains, and can be reached after an 18 km trek from Gangotri.
- Tapovan: Tapovan is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure. Tapovan is located on an altitude of 4463m / 14640ft above sea level. Tapovan is base camp for Shivlinga peak in Uttarakhand hills. One can also have a nice view of Bhagirathi peaks from Tapovan Meadow. Every year this place has been visited by thousands of tourist including foreigners for adventure activity like mountaineering & trekking.