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Gangotri – Origin of Goddess Ganga

Area, Population and Languages Spoken

The holy town of Gangotri is the central point of Char Dham Yatra tour and regarded as the abode of God. Amidst the snowcapped peaks of Himalayas, the town of Gangotri is positioned.

  • Area: 1 sq. Km
  • Altitude: 3200 meters
  • Languages Spoken: Hindi, Garhwali and English
  • Population: 1180 (1991)
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Overview

Experience the mystic nature of India with the holy pilgrimage of Chardham. Spiritualism and belief on the Almighty are the real soul of India. Since ancient time, to attain salvation, people go for the Chardham Yatra. The holy tour mainly comprises of four religious places as well as the nearby sacred regions. Gangotri is one of the most popular and sacred shrines for the devotees. This is located at an altitude of 3200 mt above the sea level in the North Indian mountainous State of Uttarakhand.

In the last week of April or first week of May, this sacred shrine is opened for the devotees. According to the lunar Hindu calendar, on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritya the date falls. With the opening of the main door, puja and aarti are performed for the holy river Ganga.

The holy puja is performed at two places, one at the banks of holy river and another within the temple premise. Until the festival of lights, Diwali, the temple remains open and closure is done by a closing ceremony. Amidst the dazzling lights of oil lamps, ceremony is performed. The holy river Ganges originates from the ascent of 19 km from Gangotri. The place is referred as Gaumukh. To witness the mesmerizing beauty, pilgrims perform this tough climb.

Best Time to Visit

In order to have a good time in the sacred shrine of Gangotri, it would be advisable to visit from the months of May to June or September and November. The region is prone to heavy rainfall. Thus it would be safe to visit during these months.

Markets

You can feel the essence of puja and sacred environment in the local shops, as it comprise of God statues along with all other things needed for worshipping. These local bazaars are full of sweet shops and souvenirs for the travelers.

Distance From Majer Cities

  • Delhi – 452km
  • Chandigarh – 427 km
  • Mori – 206 km
  • Yammunotri – 181 km
  • Chamba – 166 km
  • Pauri Garhwal – 178 km

Nearest Airport, Railway Station and Bus Stand

Abode of God, Sri Kedarnathji is the place where people comes to get rid of their sins and seek blessings from God for a happy and prosperous life. To reach Kedarnath Ji, visitors can approach:

  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant positioned at 251 kms from Kedarnath.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh positioned at a distance of 234 kms.
  • Nearest Bus Stand: From the state of Uttarakhand, fleet of buses is plying regularly along with cabs and taxis.

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