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Haridwar

Haridwar stands as the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttranchal. Geographically and geological, Haridwar, lying at the feet of Shiva's hills, i.e., Shivaliks, in the Haridwar district of Uttranchal Pradesh, is a doorway. " According to Hindu mythology Haridwar was known as Kapilsthan. Legend has it that the ancestors of Raja Bhagirath, were consumed by fire at this spot following a curse of Rishi Kapil. For their salvation Raja Bhagirath requested the Ganga to descend on Earth. Haridwar is also famous by the names of Gangadwar Mokshadwar, Tapovan and Mayapuri. It is at Haridwar that the Ganga finally emerges into the northern plains. Haridwar has earned fame as being the place which has been blessed by the trinity of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. It is also one of the major Shaktipeeths. People prefer taking bath on the numerous ghats built on the river shores. It is said that taking bath here purifies the soul and opens the way for the ultimate freedom, Nirvana. Down the ages, Haridwar has purified the mind, the body and the soul. Not only in spiritual or religious terms Haridwar has come up as a major learning center for arts, science and culture.

Shopping in Haridwar

Haridwar is a pilgrimage center and visitors come here to visit the temples so as such there is no particular item which can be recommended to be bought here. But Haridwar offers you some good handicraft items which can be kept as decorative pieces or can be used as gift items. In the markets surrounding the temples, one can find jewellery imitations which are very popular among the devotees. The bangles, chains, ear and nose rings are some items which can be bough there. Look out for Kitchen set toys made from stone. You can also get some items of talk stone. The main shopping centers are Moti Bazaar, Upper Road, Jwalapur, Kankhal. The Uttar Pradesh Handloom Emporium is near the Bharat Mata temple and the Government Emporium, Gandhi Ashram is near the Haridwar post office.

Haridwar City at a glance
Location Uttarakhand Region (Uttar Pradesh)
Population 3,48142 (Urban) 1991
Area 12,302 sq km
Altitude 294.7 m
Temperature
Summer 40.9-15.6 Degree Celsius
Winter 16.6-06 Degree Celsius
Clothing
Summer Cotton &Tropical
Winter Woolen
Best Season September to June

How to reach

By Air

The nearest Airport is Jollygrant, Bhania Wala, Dehradun (41kms). Vayudoot services from Delhi. Inidra Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (220kms)

By Train

Connected with all important Cities of India viz., Bombay, Delhi, Agra, Howrah, Varanasi, Allahabad, Ujjain, Amritser, Dehradun, Lucknow, etc.

Major Trains are :
4309/4310 Ujjain-Hardwar-Dehradun
2019/2020 Bombay-Hardwar-Dehradun.
4041/4042 Delhi-Hardwar-Dehradun.
4265/4266 Varanasi-Hardwar-Dehradun.
3009/3010 Howrah-Hardwar-Dehradun.
2017/2018 Delhi-Hardwar-Dehradun.
By Road

Haridwar on National Highway no.45 is will connected to all major cities and other parts of the state. Private Bus Services, Tempo (Vikram), Auto Rickshaw, Tonga, Cycle-Rickshaw & Taxi are available for local transport.

Distance from Haridwar to :
Delhi 214 Km
Agra 386 Km
Ambala 168 Km
Badrinath 325 Km
Dehradun 52 Km
Kedarnath 250 Km
Saharanpur 81 Km
Nainital 286 Km

Places of Interest-In Haridwar

Har Ki Paudi

This is Haridwar's most important bathing spot. Every day thousands of people come over here for taking holy dip in the Ganges. This ghat is also known as Brahmakund. In the evening a Maha Aarti is performed on this ghat. It is an event which is a must, not be missed by any visitor.

Chandi Devi

This temple is on the top of a hill called the Neel Parvat which is on the other side of the river Ganga. The temple was constructed by the King of Kashmir, Suchat Singh, in 1929 AD. Chandi Devi is a 3 km trek from the Chandi Ghat.

Temple of Mansa Devi

This temple is on the Bilva Mountain. To go up, a trolley ropeway can be used or one can walk up the rock stairs. The view of Haridwar and the Ganges is very scenic from here.

Kavand Mela

The fair is held ten days before Shivteras, during the Hindu months of Shravan & Phalgun.

Around Haridwar

Daksha Mahadev Temple

4-kms from Haridwar is a town called Kankhal. Mythology says that the king of this place King Daksha Prajapati performed a Yagya. His daughter, Sati was married to Lord Shiva. But Daksha was not happy with this marriage and did not invite Shiva-Sati in the Yagya. But Sati came and was insulted by her father. She could not take the insult and burnt herself in the Yagya-Kund. On hearing this the followers of Shiva killed Daksha. But later Mahadeo (Shiva) brought Daksha to life. The Daksha temple is an attribute to this legend. This place is one of the five sacred places in Haridwar.

Sapt Rishi

At one place Ganga divides herself into seven small streams. This place is known as the Sapt Rishi and provides a very pleasing sight.

Maya Devi

Maya Devi is one of the Shaktipeeths in India. This ancient temple of Maya Devi is also the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. It is said that when Lord Shiva was carrying his wife Sati, who had burnt herself to keep the honour of her husband, then the heart and navel of Sati had fallen at this place.

Gurukul Kangri

This is on the Jwalapur By-pass Road. The Arya Samaj revolutionary, Swamy Shraddanand founded this University. Once upon a time this University was very famous, but now most of the buildings there need to be restored. This old institution follows the ancient tradition of Guru-Sishya pattern of education. The institution also has the Ved Mandir Museum which is has a very good collection of archaeological exhibits and displays artifacts which are of historical value.

Beauty Point

On the Mansa Devi temple road, about two kilometer from Haridwar is a point which provides an excellent view of Haridwar and the near by greenery. This place is called the beauty point as the sight from here of the surrounding is very exciting and enthralling.

Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar

This place is an enchanting bird watching point particularly during the winters. There are various species of birds which can be spotted here. Around Laljiwala on the banks of river Ganges one can expect the Siberian Cranes, which are one of the prized visitor to this Pakshi Vihar.

Piran Kalier

On the outskirts of Roorkee is the Dargah of Hazrat Makhdum Allauddin Ali Ahmed 'Sabir'. It is a must for any visitor to visit this place. The place is known as Piran Kalier and is located 23 kms south of Haridwar. This Dargah is famed for its mystical powers and is visited in large numbers both by Hindus and Muslims. In fact this place is a living example of Hindu-Muslim unity. During the Rabeeull month of Islamic calender, an Urs is celebrated from the first day of sighting the moon to the sixteenth day.

Chila

At Chila is located the Rajaji National Park a popular destination for nature and adventure lovers. The pristine scenic beauty and rich biodiversity of the park has been attracting wildlife lovers from India and abroad The park has 23 species of mammals and about 315 avifauna species.

Deoprayag

This is again one of the sacred places for the Hindus. At this place the aggressive Alaknanda merges with the gentle flowing Bhagirathi. The place is 95 kms from Haridwar.

Rishikesh

Rishikesh is 24 kms from Haridwar. Rishikesh is a famous religious centre with a plethora of ashrams and yogic centres imparting training in meditation and physical health. . A person visiting Haridwar invariably visits Rishikesh. Rishikesh, also known as the 'City Of Saints' is at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga. It is believed that God by the name of 'Hrishikesh' appeared as an answer to the hard penances by Rabhiya Rishi and henceforth the place derived its name. It is the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrims and also for the people who are interested in meditation, yoga and other aspects of Hinduism. For the adventure seekers, Rishikesh is the suggested place for starting their trekking expeditions to the Himalayan peaks and for rafting. Also, International Yoga Week which attracts participation form across the world, is held here, every year, in February on the banks of the Ganga. Rishikesh is one of the most popular pilgrim centres and gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The Yoga Centres of Rishikesh have enhanced the significance of this place. From this point on, the great Ganges leaves behind her mountain home and enters the vast plains of Northern India.

Rishikesh at a glance
Area 11.20 sq. km (City area)
Altitude 356 m (1190 ft)
Climate
Summer Max 41.0°C, Min 36.6°C
Winter Max 32.2°C, Min 18.3°C
Rainfall 152.4 cm yearly average
Best Season Throughout the Year
Clothing
Summer Cottons
Winter Woollens

How To reach

By Air

Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehra Dun 18 km.

By Train

Rishikesh is connected by rail via Haridwar which is on the main route. Haridwar is connected directly with Mumbai, Lucknow, Howrah, Kalka, Sri Ganganagar, Allahabad and Delhi.

By Road

Rishikesh is well connected by road with all major cities in the state.

Places of Interest in Rishikesh

Lakshman Jhula

This suspended iron bridge was build in 1939 and has been a major attraction among the tourists. Ram Jhula - the other suspended Iron bridge was recently constructed between Shivanand Ashram and Sawarg Ashram.

Triveni Ghat

This is a bathing ghat. Daily in the morning and evening there are thousands who take bath here and enjoy the Maha Aarti being performed. It is very soothing to sit on the banks of the river and enjoy the cool breeze from the river.

Swarga Ashram

One can find numerous temples here. This place has the eating joints and shops where one can do shopping. The beautiful statues in the area mermerise the visitors.

Gita Bhavan

This newly constructed building is famous for its attractive paintings and statues from the Hindu mythology. Situated just across the Lakshman Jhula.

Bharat Mandir

Built by Adiguru Shankra Charya arround 12th centuray, Bharat mandir is situated in the heart of the old town on the Banks of the Ganges. Detailed account of this oldest temple of Rishikesh are available in ancient record of Kearkhand. The Inner sanctum of the temple has the idol of Lord Vishnu, carved out of a single 'Saligram'. In the inner canopy above the idol is Shree Yantra installed by Adi Shankraya Charya. The original temple was destroyed by Tamur lane in 1398 A.D. Lot of old statues, coins, pots and other things of historical importance were found in recent excavations in the premises of the temple.

Rishikund

Close to Triveni ghat is the most ancient place, the Rishikund. Ancient records relate this to Kubz Saint, who was blessed by the Goddess Yamuna by saturating this pond by its water. The pond reflects the temple of Ragunath, dedicated to Lord Rama and Goddess Sita.

White Water Rafting At Rishikesh

The challenge of violent rivers is no less than that of the rugged mountains. The icy heights of the Himalayas are the source of some of India's mighty rivers

Ashrams

There are many important ashrams in Rishkesh. Most ashrams are centres for spiritual studies which also calls for Physical disciplines. Some ashrams, however, are monasteries. Among the better known ashrams are :- Paremarth Niketan, Sivanand Ashram, Yoga Niketan, Omkaranand Ashram, Vanprastha Ashram, Ved Niketan, Dayanand Vedanta Ashram, Vanmali Gita Yogashram, Shankaracharya Nagar, Transcendental Meditatation Centre, Vithal Ashram and Yoga Study Centre.

Nilkanth Mahadev

Just 32 kms from Rishikesh via Barrage and 22 kms via Ram Jhoola, this place abounds in religious fervour, mythological significance and picturesque surroundings. According to a legend, this place derived its name from Lord Shiva. It is believed that it was here that Lord Shiva consumed the venom, which emanated during the 'Samudra Manthan'. Due to this, his throat became blue in colour, thus giving Shiva the name of Neelkanth. Centuries old temples here reserve in their fold the celestial aura and legendary ambience. At 926 meters, amidst three valleys (Vishnukoot, Brahmakoot and Manikoot) and on the confluence of Madhumati and Pankaja rivers awaits Neelkanth Mahadev. Neelkanth Mahadev is 22 kms from Swargashram. A 12 kms trekkable road is surrounded by dense forests, a sight every trekker would love to behold. Accommodation is available at the Irrigation & Forest Rest Houses.

Devprayag

The rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirath leave the mountains and merge at this place. From here they get the name Ganga. A peaceful holy place. It has got the ancient Raghunathji Temple.

Chilla

It is just 20 kms from Rishikesh. The whole place is covered with forests and provides very pleasant environment. Government has declared Chilla a sanctuary. A canal from Ganga feeds the reservoir where one can see many animals.

Narendra nagar

15 kms on the Rishikesh Chamba road is located the historical town of Narendra nagar. This town is of archaeological importance. The town was built by the King of Tehri Narendra Singh. Narendra nagar has recorded many events which have left their impact on the town. The Royal palace is worth seeing and the huge magnificent Nandi bull cannot escape your attention.

Shrinagar

105 km from Rishikesh. An important cultural and educational centre, this old capital of Garhwal was once completely destroyed in the Gohna Lake dam-burst. Places to visit here are the Kamleshwar and Kalpaveshwar Temples and the Shankar Math.

Rudra Prayag

137 km from Rishikesh. The confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini. The temples that dot this region are those of Rudranath and Chamunda Devi. A road branches from here to Kedarnath.

Karna Prayag

169 km from Rishikesh. The confluence of the Alaknanda and Pindar rivers, where there are temples dedicated to Uma and Karan.

Badrinath

Badrinath at a glance

Rishikesh at a glance

Area 2.5 sq. km
Altitude 3133 m above sea level
Best time to visit May-mid-November
Clothing Woolens to Heavy woolens
Festivals Mata Murti ka Mela (Sept.); Krishna Janmashtami; (Jul/Aug), Badri- Kedar Utsav

Badrinath dhaam is considered as one of the most sacred centres of pilgrimage situated in the lofty Himalayan heights in the Tehri-Garhwal hill tracks (Uttarakhand) at the height of 10,248 feet above sea level. The route to Badrinath is one of the most arduous one due to the lofty hilly terrain, curves and cliffs amidst the most scenically beautiful place on the earth. Throughout the route to Badrinath there are numerous pilgrimage sites at Deva Prayag, Rudraprayag, Karana Prayag, Nanda Prayag, Vishnuprayag as well as Pandukeswar where the Pandavas are believed to have been born, and the site where Bhima and Hanuman (sons of Vayu) met. Lord MahaVishnu is believed to have done his penance in this place. Seeing the Lord doing his penance in the open, Goddess Mahalaxmi is believed to have assumed the form of Badri tree to provide him shelter to face the onslaught of the weather conditions, therefore the name Badri Narayan. It is believed that Lord Vishnu revealed to Narad Rishi that Nar & Naryan forms were his own. It is also believed that Narad Rishi, who also did his penance here, is even now is worshipping the supreme God in the form of Nar and Narayan with Ashtakshara mantras. The image of Badrinarayan here is fashioned out of Saligramam. Badrrinarayan is seen under the badri tree, flanked by Kuber and Garuda, Narad, Narayan and Nar. Mahalakshmi has a sanctum in the prakaram. There is also a shrine to Adi Sankara The image of Lord Badrinarayan here is fashioned out of Saligrama. Shri Badrinarayan is seen under the badari tree, flanked by Kuber and Garuda, Narad, Narayan and Nar. Mahalakshmi has a sanctum in the prakaram. There is also a shrine of Adi Sankara at Badrinath. . Behind the temple of Lord Badrinarayan is the Lakshmi Narasimha mandir, with shrines to Desikacharya and Ramanujachary. At Badrinath one can witness one of the greatest wonders of Nature in the Hot water springs of Taptakund on the banks of river Alaknanda. The temperature of the water in this Kund is 55 degree centigrade whereas the normal temperature in this region for most part of the year at 9-10 degree centigrade to sub-zero levels. Before visiting the temple the pilgrims take a holy bath in the Taptakund.

Places of Interest

Hot water Springs, Tapt Kund and Surya Kund

The pilgrimage centre boasts of two natural hot water springs - Tapt Kund and Surya Kund. The sulphurous waters have a temperature of 55 C. A bath in these springs is believed to purify the body and soul and is done before visiting the temple.

Panch Badris :


Vishal Badri

Refers to the main Shri Badri Narayan Temple and is considered to be the most sacred.

Yogathyan Badri

Located at a distance of 24 kms from Badri Nath and at 20 kms from Joshimath. This is also the place where Maharaj Pandu (father of the Pandava princes) prayed to Pandukeshwar.

Bhavishya Badri

This is located at 17 kms from Joshimath and is a small village.

Preetha Badri

Located at 17 kms from Joshimath at a place called Animath. Adi Shankar is believed to have worshipped Lord Badrinath here for some time.

Adi Badri

This is located at a distance of 16 kms from Karnaprayag. Several temples constructed during Gupt Dynasty are here of which Mana Narayanan temple is considered to be the most popular one.

Village Manam - Vyas Guha

This village, located at a distance of 3 kms from Badri is the last Indian Village situated in the Indo-China Border and has gained historical importance on account of Vyas Caves. This village, located on the banks of River Saraswati (only place where this river can be seen) is very beautiful. Vyas Maharishi (Sage), author of Mahabharat is believed to have lived in the caves. These are named after him. It was in these caves, Vyas Maharishi composed the Mahabharata. This was done at the orders of his mentor Kalpatru Maharishi who appeared in his dream. Mahabharata depicts the history of Pandavs, Kauravs including Kurukshetra War and most importantly Bhagawad Gita authored by Krishna (reincarnation of Vishnu). Ganesh, the son of Shiv & Parvati, is said to have helped Vyas Maharishi in putting this epic in the written form, the beginning of education in written form. In addition to Mahabharat, Vyas Maharishi composed 18 puranas (legendary stories), Brahma Sutras and classified the Hindu Vedas into 4 parts - Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva. It is only in this cave that Adi Shankara is believed to have met Vyas Maharishi and discussed his Bhashyam (explanatory notes) for Brahma Sutras. Rock formation inside the Vyas Guha appears to resemble the orderly stacking of palm leave manuscripts - oldest writing material and is worshipped as Vyas Pusthak. Vyas Maharishi is also considered, by some, as reincarnation of Vishnu.
Another Cave called as Ganesh Guha (cave) is also located in this village.

Valley of Flowers

One of the most idyllic valleys in the world, was discoverd by Frank S. Smythe, in 1931. The valley is profuse with a plethora of vibrant flowers, hence the name. Nearby, flows the river Pushpavati, while the massive Rataban peak forms a splendid backdrop.

Gobindghat

Situated between Joshimath and Badrinath, Gobindghat is the starting point for the trek to the valley.

Lok-Pal Hemkund

One of the most famous Gurudwaras in India, Hemkund Sahib is located here, at an altitude of 4320 m above sea level. Nearby, is the Lok-Pal Hemkund lake, with its crystal clear waters, and four peaks surrounding it.

Mata Murti Mandir

About 3 km from Badrinath, on the right bank of the Alaknanda stands this temple, dedicated to the mother of Shri Badrinath.

Vasuki Tal

This is a high altitude lake which can be reached by an 8 km trek that ascends to 14,200 feet. Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Bhimpul and Vasudhara Falls are 3-6 km. All these destinations are famous for their links with Hindu mythology and form part of the pilgrimage to Badrinath.

Joshimath

Joshimath, the first mutt established by Shri Adi Sankara, is located at a distance of 14 kms from Helang enroute to Badri. Adi Sankara is believed to have got enlightenment here and authored Sri Sankara Bhashyam. This located at a height of 6150 ft above sea level. Here, there are separate temples for Lord Narasimha and Lord Vasudev (different forms of Lord Vishnu). This is one of the 108 Divya Desams (sung by Sacred Vaishnavaite Saints). In the temple for Lord Narasimha, separate statues of Badri narayan, Uthavar, Kuber, Chandikadevi, Ram, Lakshman, Sita and Garud can be seen together in the sanctum sanctorum. Outside the temple separate statues of Brahma, Krishana, Lakshmi & Anjaneya can be seen. Vyas Maharishi is believed to have worshipped Goddess Lakshmi here. The presiding deity Lord Narasimha is believed to have been established by Adi Sankara. It is widely believed that one hand of the presiding deity is getting weakened and the day it disjoints, the way to Badri will get eternally blocked and Lord Badri Narayan will thereafter give darshan only from either Bhavishya Badri or Adi Badri (part of Panch Badris). The temple of Lord Vasudev houses Lord Vasudev in the sanctum sanctorum as well as Sridevi, Bhoodevi, Leela devi, Oorvasi devi & Balram in the outer praharam. Further separate structures are available for Vinayaka,Brahma, Indira, Chandran(Moon), Navadurgas & Gauri Shankar.

Pandukeshwar

This place is believed to have been established by King Pandu, father of Pandavas. It is situated at 4 kms from Govind Ghat, 219 kms from Kedarnath and 24 kms from Badrinath. There are two temples - one for Lord Yogabadri Narayan and the other for Lord Vasudev. During winter, Lord Vasudev temple will function as the abode for Lord Badri Narayan and all the daily rituals connected with worship are performed here. Both the temples are quite old. The temple remains closed from October to April due to severe winter conditions. During this period the idols of Utsavo murti are taken to Pandukeshwar.

Kedarnath


Kedarnath at a glance


Rishikesh at a glance

Area 3 sq.km
Altitude 3,581 m above sea level
Best time to visit May- October (The temple & township remains closed between November & May)
Clothing Woolens to Heavy woolens
Festivals Hindi, Garhwali Local

Lord Shiva manifested in the form of Jyotirlingam or the cosmic light. Kedarnath is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. This ancient and magnificient temple is located in the Rudra Himalaya range. This temple, over a thousand years old is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. Ascending through the large gray steps leading to the holy sanctums we find inscriptions in Pali on the steps. The present temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya. The inner walls of the temple sanctum are adorned with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form. The temple, believed to be very ancient, has been continually renovated over the centuries. It is situated at an altitude of 3,581 m. it is a 14 km trek from gaurikund. At the approach of winters in the month of November, the holy statue of Lord Shiva, is carried down from Garhwal (Kedarkhand) to Ukhimath, and is reinstated at Kedarnath, in the first week of May. It is at this time, that the doors of the temple are thrown open to pilgrims, who flock from all parts of India, for a holy pilgrimage. The shrine closes on the first day of Kartik (Oct-Nov) and reopens in Vaishakh (Apr-May) every year. During its closure the shrine is submerged in snow and worship is performed at Ukhimath. The shrine of Kedarnath is very scenically placed, and is surrounded by lofty, snow - covered mountains, and grassy meadows covering the valleys. Immediately behind the temple, is the high Keadardome peak, which can be sighted from great distances. The sight of the temple and the peak with its perpetual snows is simply an enthralling.

Gandhi Sarovar

A small lake from where Yudhishthir, the eldest of the Pandavas, is said to have departed to heaven. A km trek from Kedarnath, floating ice on the crystal clear waters.

Gaurikund

Base for a trek to Kedarnath & serves as a roadhead, the village has hot springs & a temple dedicated to Gauri.

Vasuki Tal

6 km. At 4135 m above sea level, this lake is extraordinary, surrounded by high mountains and offering an excellent view of the Chaukhamba peaks.

Gauri Kund

15 km. The trekking base to Kedarnath and the road head, this village has a temple dedicated to Gauri and also thermal springs of medicinal value.

Sonprayag

20 km. The confluence of the Son Ganga and Mandakini rivers, where there is a diversion for Triyuginarayan.

Triyuginarayan

25 km. the mythological venue where the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati was solemnized. It is a short trek of 5 km from Son Prayag. An eternal flame, which is said to have been the witness to the marriage, burns in front of the temple even today.

Gupt Kashi

49 km. Famous for the temples of Ardhnarishwar and Vishwanathji.

Ukhimath

60 km. Winter home of Lord Kedarnath temple, and the seat of the Rawal of Kedarnath during winter months.

Chopta

Situated on the Gopeshwar Ukhimath road about 40 km from Gopeshwar at an altitude of about 2500 m above sea level, Chopta is one of the most picturesque spots in the entire Garhwal region. It provides a breathtaking view of Himalayan ranges surrounding it

Deoria Tal

At an altitude of 2,440 m, this beautiful lake is situated on the Chopta - Ukhimath motor road. In the early morning, the snow-capped peaks are clearly reflected on the lake waters. This lake also provides an excellent venue for angling, as well as birdwatching.

Panch Kedar

The five most important temples of Lord Shiva in garhwal Himalayas.

The Kedar Massif

This is an outstanding massif formed by the three major mountains - Kedar Dome. Bharatekuntha at 6578 Meters, is connected to Kedarnath to the East, by a long and dangerous avalanche ridden ridge. At 6000 meters it looks stunning and has several glacial flows, one of which is the Mandakini glacier running down its ridges. Kedarnath and Kedardome, are connected by a deep ridge. Kedar Domeat 6831 Meters presents a fair challenge to climbers. Kedarnath is however, a difficult peak to climb. At 6940 Meters it is just beneath the level where the oxygen layer is thin. Anyone interested in a good day trek, could take the well travelled path from behind the temple toward Bharatekuntha. About three kilometers away in the valley formed by the Kedarnath massif, is Chorabhari Tal. This lake has been renamed Gandhi Sarovar after the Mahatma's ashes were immersed in Iake.

Gangotri

Gangotri is one of the four Dhaams of Garhwal (holy pilgrimages of Hindus - the other three being Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath). There is an 18th century temple made up of granite rock at Gangotri. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga, who is believed to have descended from heaven after centuries of penance by King Bhagirath. The king wanted the ashes of his dead relatives to be washed away by the holy waters of Goddess Ganga.

Gangotri at a glance

Location Uttranchal
Major Attraction Gangotri Temple, Gomukh, Kedar Taal
Best Season May-June and September-October
Languages Hindi, Garhwali, English

How to reach

By Air

Nearest airport is Jolly Grant (26 kms from Rishikesh).

By Train

Nearest railhead is at Rishikesh.

By Road

Gangotri is connected by road to Uttar Kashi, Tehri Garhwal, Rishikesh and other parts of the country.Local Transport: Buses, Taxis, Cars.

Gangotri Temple

The 18th century shrine of Gangotri is believed to have been built by Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. Situated at an elevation of 3048 m above sea level, the 20 ft high temple is made of white granite. It is said that king Bhagirath used to worship Lord Shiva at the sacred stone nearby. Modho Singh, the ruler of Jaipur renovated the temple in the early 20th century.

Submerged Shivling

Inundated in water is the natural rock 'Shivling', which according to legend, is where Lord Shiva sat to receive the Ganga in his matted locks. The shivling is visible in winters when the water level goes down. Other places of interest are: Bhagirathi Temple, Gauri Kund, Bhojvasa, Harsil, Lanka, Sat Tal.

Nandanvan-Tapovan

Situated opposite the gangotri glacier, Nandan Tapovan known for the exotic meadows, offer a panoramic view of the Gangotri Glacier.

Gaumukh (19 km)

This is the snout of the Gangotri Glacier and the present source of Bhagirathi river. Gaumukh, revered by the Hindus who consider it particularly auspicious to take a dip in the holy waters, can be reached on foot or on ponies.

Gangotri Kedarnath Trek

This trek is along the old pilgrim route from Gangotri to Kedarnath. From Gangotri to Mala is done by motor vehicle. The actual trek starts from Mala after crossing the river Bhagirathi.

Bhairon Ghati (9 km)

Astride the road to Uttarkashi and near the confluence of Jat Ganga and Bhagirathi rivers is located the Bhairon Ghati. Temple of Bhairav Nath in thick forests is woth visiting.

Gangnani (53 km)

Providing the perfect atmosphere for meditation, gangnanl is noted for its thermal springs and close-up views of mountain peaks.

Uttarkashi (97 km)

An important pilgrimage center equated with Varanasi, or Kashi, it is located in a wide stretch of the valley. The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is also located on a hill above the town.

Tehri (167 km)

Old capital of Tehri Garhwal principality. The town lies at the confluence of Bhagirati and Bhilangana rivers. It is also the site of a giant hydel project.

Narendernagar (233 km)

The new capital of Tehri state, the town commands a panoramic view of the Ganga valley of Rishikesh and of the plains of Haridwar

Kedar Tal

Kedartal, the tranquil and enchanting lake is situated at a distance of about 18 kms. from Gangotri.

Nachiketa Tal

There is greenery all around Nachiketa Taal and a small temple at the bank of the lake gives a serene look to the already beautiful surroundings. Nachiketa, the devout son of saint Uddalak, is said to have created this lake and hence, the name.

Dodi Tal

The calm lake owing its origin to several natural springs is filled with fish, including the rare himalayan trout and is a haven for anglers.

Yamunotri

One of the four sacred dhams of Uttarakhand, and revered in Hindu mythology, Yamunotri is the source of the river Yamuna. About 220 Km from Rishikesh and 149 Km from Tehri, the picturesque shrine of Yamunotri is located at an altitude of 3,235 m. Being one of the four dhams it is a place of paramount religious importance for the devout Hindus. The 19th century temple of Goddess Yamuna, a number of thermal springs and Divya Shila ( Rock pillar) are prime attractions. Moreover, the place is full with scenic spot and panoramic views of Himalayas.

Area 1 sq. km.
Altitude 3235 m above sea level
Languages spoken Hindi, Garwali, English
Clothes Summer Light Woollens
Winter Very heavy Woollens
Season May-June, September-October

Yamunotri Temple

The present temple was built by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in the 19th century. In 1923, the temple was destroyed by an earthquake, but subsequently rebuilt. Here a holy dip in the tank filled by hot springs, and cooking rice in its water are part of the rituals.

Surya Kund

There are a number of thermal springs in the vicinity of Yamunotri. The most important of these, Surya Kund, has a temperature of almost 1900 F. Pilgrims tie rice and potatoes in a cotton cloth, and immerse it in the water to be cooked.

Divya Shila

A rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri temple.

Hanuman Chatti

The confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna rivers. Trekking route to Dodi Tal starts here. 13 km from Yamunotri.

Jankichatti

7 km from Yamunotri, famous for thermal springs.

Barkot

An ancient temple site, at a distance of 49 km.