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Gangotri is famous as Adventure, Pilgrimage, Hot Destination, Temples, Char Dham Yatra, Base Camps (Trek), Must Do, with over 9 Places to See in Gangotri. Nearest Airport from Gangotri is Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, 250 kms and Nearest Railway Station is Dehradun, 240 kms. There are over 5 Hotels in Gangotri.

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There are lot of questions while planning a journey. To ensure that your preparations run smoothly, we have the answers to the questions most frequently asked about travelling to and in Gangotri. Gangotri useful information for travellers with reliable local advice. Latest Gangotri Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for your upcoming visit to Gangotri. Get all the solutions to your query with eUttaranchal Travel Help Desk.

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Namita Jain
17 Jul 2024
Q. Is there trekking involved to reach Gangotri temple?
A. No, Gangotri temple is approachable by road. You only need to walk approx 200 metres from the roadhead to reach the temple.
Charu Tripathi , 17 Jul 2024
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Akhil Rana
10 Jul 2024
Q. Is there direct bus service to Gangotri from Haridwar?
A. I m not sure but I suggest you take a bus/shared taxi to Uttarkashi from Haridwar or Rishikesh. There is regular bus/taxi from Uttarakashi to Gangotri. You can also get a direct bus service to Gangotri from Rishikesh which generally leave early morning.
Nirupan Dey, 10 Jul 2024
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General FAQs

Why is Gangotri famous?

Gangotri is famous for the Gangotri temple which is a part of Chota Char Dham. It is also popular for the base of many popular treks and expeditions and Pilgrimage.

What are the main things to keep in mind while travelling to Gangotri?

  • Gangotri is a holy town that holds deep religious significance to devotees. Please respect the place by refraining from alcohol and non-vegetarian food.
  • Maintain the sanctity of the place by refraining from alcohol and non-vegetarian food.
  • The weather at Gangotri remains chilly throughout the year. Carry ample woolens when visiting the region.

What is the best time to visit Gangotri?

The best time to visit Gangotri is from May-April and September-October. Due to heavy snowfall, the Gangotri temple closed in winter for 6 months so you are not allowed to travel to Gangotri during winter. And traveling to Gangotri in monsoons is a little risky as the region witnesses road blockages due to frequent landslides.

Is any registration needed to visit Gangotri?

Yes, Registration is compulsory to visit Gangotri or any of the Chardham in Uttarakhand. It becomes compulsory for every pilgrim to get registered either online or offline.  Check Char Dham Yatra Guidelines

When does Gangotri Temple open & closed?

The Gangotri Temple open for pilgrims darshan every year in the month of April-May on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritya. The holy shrine of Gangotri closed The Gangotri shrine gets closed for pilgrims for six months during winters after the Diwali festival on the day of the Bhai Dooj festival.

What is the Importance of Gangotri Dham for the Hindus?

Gangotri is the birthplace of the river Ganga, a sacred river in Hinduism. Due to the mythological and religious significance of the river Ganga, Gangotri Dham is the most revered shrine in the country. In the religious books of Hindu, the river Ganga has given the place of mother and called Maa Ganga, Goddess Ganga. The river Ganga is flowing through center of the country giving life to mankind. As per legends it flows through the hairs of Lord Shiva and carries many medicinal properties in its sacred water.

What are the darshan timings at Gangotri temple?

The Gangotri temple darshan timings are:-

Morning : 06:15 AM – 02:00 PM

Evening : 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM

Is it safe to visit Gangotri?

Yes, it is completely safe to visit Gangotri Dham via Uttarkashi. It is well connected via road and witness large number of pilgrims in the yatra season every year. But in monsoon, pilgrim counting drop down due to rain.

What about food availability at Gangotri?

Gangotri remains open for only 6 months, so there are some temporary hotels and restaurants serving food. These restaurant serves only vegetarian food such as Parantha, Dal, Roti, Sabji, Chawal, Maggi etc.

Can I travel to Gangotri by Bike or own car?

Yes, you can visit Gangotri easily by Bike or your own car. Gangotri is well connected by road. But care should be taken during the monsoon as there may be landslides blocking the road to Gangotri.

Can you customize a trip?

Yes, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people. The cost for a private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, and duration. You can check out some Gangotri Tour Packages 

What are the best places to visit Gangotri?

What are the nearest airport and railway stations from Gangotri?

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport and Dehradun Railway Station is the nearest railway Station for Gangotri in Uttarakhand.

What is the altitude of Gangotri Temple?

Gangotri Temple is situated at an height of 3415 mts above the sea level.

Where is Gangotri?

Gangotri is a small town centered around the temple of Gangotri temple in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state.

Can you customize a trip?

Ans:- Yes, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people. Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, and duration.

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