Gangotri is a small village, located at an altitude of 3100 m (10170 ft) in the Greater Himalayan Range on the Bhagirati River banks. Gangotri Temple is an important pilgrimage site and one of the char dham (four ancient temples that mark the spiritual sources of four sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges, the Mandakini and the Alaknanda). Gangotri Glacier is the primary source of the Ganges and it is one of the largest in the Himalayas. Hindus consider bathing in the icy waters to be a holy ritual. Gangotri Glacier is located 19 km from the town.
Tourist sites in and around Gangotri: Gangtori Temple, Pandav Gufa (Cave), Gangotri Glacier, etc.
When to visit: best time to visit April to June and September to November.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: Gangotri is not directly connected by railway. Haridwar station is about 230 km away. It is well connected by trains to all major cities of India - Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Varanasi, Amritsar, Lucknow, etc.
Nearest airport: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (IATA: DED) is about 226 km away.
Buses: Uttarakhand Roadways buses as well as private operators connect Dehradun to the major cities in North India.
By road: The distance from New Delhi to Gangotri is about 499 km via NH334 and NH34. It takes around 13 hours.
The distance from Rishikesh to Gangotri is about 268 km via NH34. It takes around 7 hours.
The distance from Haridwar to Gangotri is about 287 km via NH34. It takes around 7-8 hours.
The distance from Dehradun to Gangotri is about 242 km via NH34. It takes around 7 hours.
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