Gangotri Yatra

About Gangotri Yatra 2019: the path to achieve sanctity in life

Gangotri, one of the prominent pilgrimage temples located at a height of 3100 meters on the Himalayan ranges. Gangotri dham or the origin of Ganges is one of the four sacred pilgrimage temples in Dev Bhoomi or Char Dham yatra in Uttarakhand. The beauty of the environment enchants the minds of the worshippers and encourages spending some pious moments at the heart of the snow covered mountains. Blistering cold and snowfall, however forces the management to close the holy kapat in winter, it remain open for rest of the year to encourage worshippers experience the unique yatra indulged to offer homage to the Gods seated in the Dev Bhoomi. Taxi online service is available throughout the season for tourists from different parts of the world and it helps in completing your char dham yatra in a memorable way. We provide trained chauffeurs to assist international tourists as well. Communication and interaction is managed well by these trained cab drivers provided by TravelOdesk.

Gangotri is the holy abode of Ganga maa, the holy river Ganges that has special significance in Hindu mythology. Gaumukh or the glacier point from where Ganges originated is about 18kms from Gangotri, is also visited by the pilgrims. Weather Conditions In Gangotri, Uttarakhand is harsh, and hence pilgrims are suggested to take adequate measures before planning. You should carry sufficient woollens, and also carry medicines in case the health suffers after reaching such a high altitude.

Gangotri Dham: the mystic path to attain salvation

Gomukh –Gangotri also known as the source of river Ganges, is an important pilgrimage place for char dham worshippers. Situated in Uttarkashi, the origin of the holy river Ganga from Gangotri glacier is especially important in Hindu mythology. It is believed that at Gangotri the river Ganga descended from heaven after Lord Shiva released her from his mighty locks. It is the Hindu pilgrimage town situated on the banks of Bhagirathi River.

Best time to visit Gangotri Dham

Opening and closing data of the holy temple is decided as per the lunar calendar. Generally it is opened in the month of May and closed on the occasion of Diwali festival. Gangotri temple is then closed for winter months due to heavy snowfall.

The holy kapat of the char dham temples open on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya in the month of April-May. The Gangotri dham yatra 2019 is expected to commence on the 7th of May 2019. It will remain open for next six months and will be closed on the Diwali. The shrine will be then shifted to Mukhba villagae near Harshil and will be prayed here by the sadhus. The opening and closing occasion are celebrated in a grand way.

You should avoid the monsoon times, and plan between May to June-July and also from September to October- November. During monsoon chances of rain and flash flood affects the steep roads and often causes accidents. Roads are also affected by the flood and remain closed due to landslide. So, plan safely with TravelOdesk and explore Uttarkashi in a safest possible manner.

Top sights and temples around Gangotri Dham

Gangotri, in Uttarkashi is a perfect destination for nature lovers and pilgrims in search of sanctity. The serene beauty of the Himalayan town takes your breath away and the picturesque landscape will turn you into a professional lensman or a poet. The blissful aura of the nature at Gangotri dham will calm your mind and help you complete your spiritual journey in a peaceful way. Some of the prominent sights around the temple includes the following;

  1. Bhojbasa
  2. Harsil
  3. Gangotri Temple
  4. Surya Kund
  5. Jalmagna Shivlinga
  6. Gangnani

After exploring the temples and sacred places around the dham, the activities that attract adventurous tourists to Gangotri are mentioned below:

Trekking: trekking track along the Himalayas of Uttarkashi is an enchanting experience for the adventure lovers. Walking along the Rocky Mountains at a height of 3,000 meters mesmerizes the tourists with its view and aura. Camping beside Ganges also offers a new experience of sleeping beside the sound of the gushing river. Passionate trekkers should plan properly and carry right gears to complete the journey in a comfortable way.

Shopping: tourists also indulge into shopping in the hilly area. Woollens are cheap and available in abundant. Religious idols and items are also sold in various shops. Local handicraft is also popular. Tibetan artefacts and handicrafts are a popular attraction.

How to reach Gangotri dham

Destination route

Distance in kms

Approx Taxi Fare

Distance from Haridwar to Gangotri

287 kms

8500 INR

Distance from Dehradun Airport to Gangotri


268 kms

8500 INR

Distance from Delhi to Gangotri



15,500 INR


By Air:

In order to reach Uttarakhand and commence Char Dham yatra, it is advised that your each the nearest JollyGrant airport on the Dehradun and Rishikesh road and hire an online cab or local taxi to reach Gangotri dham safely. Cab stand is also there outside the airport to help you find the most suitable one from the local taxi stand.

By Train:

Train is available till Haridwar or Dehradun and from there the worshippers are expected to hire a cab or a bus to reach the destination. Train is available throughout the year and at every interval, hence all you need is to get in touch with a travel planner and book a cab to reach your destination comfortably.

By Road:

Road trip offers you the scope of experiencing some special moments along the Himalayan trail. The captivating visuals and mind boggling beauty of the serenity transcends you to a heavenly abode as you sit beside the window and gaze outside the cab. Since Gangotri is well connected through road, it is easier for tourists to hire a rental cab and explore the places. You can book in advance and select cab as per your budget and size of the family. Travel organisers will guide you to find the most suitable taxi at a pocket friendly rate.

Top hotels to reside at Gangotri

Since Gangotri is a popular pilgrimage destination, hotels are plentiful here. People could easily select as per their budget and stay here to explore the four dhams in Uttarakhand. The Budget Hotels Near to Yamunotri & Gangotri Temples offer special rate to tourists who have booked in advance. Hence, you can get in touch with TravelOdesk and avail upto 20% discount on confirmed booking. Since rush is very high during the season, it is advised that you select the hotels online and get confirmed booking prior to your visit to the Himalayas. Some of the most popular hotels are:

  1. Shivlinga tourist complex
  2. Monal tourist home
  3. Shikhar nature resort
  4. Ekant resort

You may also select and stay in hotels in Badrinath, Kedarnath, Joshi math or Yamunotri and hire a cab to complete char dham yatra. If you prefer to stay near the temple and offer prayer early in the morning after taking a dip in the holy water, you should discuss your plans today with the trip advisers and book your rooms in advance to avoid disappointment during the peak season.

Char Dham in Dev Bhoomi is popular for several mythological connotations. Each year thousands of pilgrims visit the temples to attain liberation of soul from worldly sins. There are several beliefs about char dham in Hindu mythology and Gangotri holds a special position as it is the birth place of the sacred river Ganges. A trip to Uttarakhand is incomplete without offering.

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