Uttarkashi to Gangotri: walk through my experience

Uttarkashi to Gangotri – Uttarkashi is a big town, and we knew that we would have no trouble finding a hotel to stay in for the night. However, we also knew that parking in the city center could be a challenge, so we decided to book a hotel room outside Uttarkashi. We had dinner at the hotel and then got some rest.

The next day, we started for Gangotri from Uttarkashi at 8 a.m. We stopped for breakfast at Gangnani and then continued on our way. The road got narrower after Uttarkashi, making it difficult for two vehicles to pass each other. Even though the road conditions were good overall, we saw a lot of apple gardens along the way. The farmers were selling fresh apples by the roadside, so we bought 10 kg and then continued on our journey.

The scenic beauty was just awesome after Gangnani. The Ganga was flowing alongside us, and at 12:30 p.m., we reached Gangotri. All kind of coaches can only go up to the Gangotri temple, so we parked our vehicles and walked to the temple to take a dip in the holy waters.

We took a dip in the frigid, melted ice water and went to the temple. The landscape view of the snow-capped Himalayas from the Gangotri temple was just unbelievable. I spent some time on the banks of the Ganges and then did puja in the temple.

We had lunch after performing the Pooja and then decided not to stay at Gangotri since we didn’t have any plans to go to Tapovan or Gamukh by trek. So we went back to Uttarkashi and reached the hotel at 7 pm.

Gangotri Temple

Gangotri Temple is the highest temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga and is one of the four Chota Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand. Located at an altitude of 3,100mts, the peaceful white temple is surrounded by Deodar and pines and the Greater Himalayan Range. The holy river Bhagirathi, which is one of the two head-streams of Ganga, flows alongside Gangotri Temple. Goddess Ganga is the personification of the revered Ganga River.

Uttarkashi to Gangotri Distance

Uttarkashi is a small city located in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. This is on the banks of the river Bhagirathi which is a tributary of the Ganges, the largest river in India.  Uttarkashi to Gangotri distance is about 91 km.


Thanks for reading our blog about Uttarkashi to Gangotri! Gangotri is a very popular place for Hindu pilgrims, so if you are traveling in this area during the pilgrimage season, be sure to make a reservation in advance. Otherwise, we hope that this blog has been informative and helpful to you as a traveler in Uttarkashi!


Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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