Mukhba - Winter Shrine of Gangotri

Mukhba (Mukhwa) is a small village in the town of Harsil, on the banks of river Bhagirathi, on the way to the pilgrimage of Gangotri. It is situated at an altitude of 2620 mts above the sea level.

Importance of Mukhba

This place is popular due to the fact that the idol of Goddess Ganga is brought down to Mukhba from the shrine of Gangotri in the Upper Himalayas and kept here throughout the winters as Gangotri becomes inaccessible due to heavy Snowfall. Every year on the auspicious occasion of Diwali the idol of Ganga is brought down to a temple in Mukhba with a procession of devotees and the Army band of Garhwal Rifles.

The village holds two temples of Ganga, one is new made up of concrete and marbles, but you can also visit the old temple made up entirely of Deodar and brass.

Now devotees can also visit Mukhba as a part of Winter Char Dham as the Uttarakhand government has planned to open all the Char Dhams Shrine for winters also. Mukhba can also be covered during Char Dham Yatra as well.

Activities in Mukhba

Apart from the abundant natural  beauty that encompasses the Mukhba village, there are not many sightseeing and  places of interests in and around Mukhba. During the winters when there is snow  in the upper region, the idol of Goddess Ganga is brought down to Mukhba  village from Gangotri shrine due to heavy snow.

Pilgrimage:  Mukhba is the winter abode of Goddess Ganga when the idol of the deity is  brought down to Mukhba as Gangotri shrine lay covered in sheath of snow. Tourism  through winter Char Dham is encouraged by the government for pilgrims who  wished to seek blessings of the deities during winters.

Trekking – The  enchanting Mukhba valley offers some of the most beautiful Himalayan landscape  with snow capped valleys, dense pine forests and breathtaking views of the snow  clad peaks of Shrikanth, Hindyani, Jaonli (6632m) and Sumeru to name a few.

Mukhba Travel Tips

  • There is an old temple dedicated to Goddess  Ganga in Mukhba made of deodar and brass. If you ask politely, the priest will open  the old temple for you.   
  • It is wise to check with local authorities,  tour guides or tour operators about the weather and road conditions during  monsoons before you actually start your journey or pilgrimage. 

Finding an accommodation at Mukhba is not possible however one can find affordable budget guesthouses and hotels at Harsil or Dharali  which is just 1km away from Mukhba. Staying at Harsil or Dharali one can then  trek to Mukhba and its surrounding area.

There are no restaurants at Mukhba apart from a couple of  tea stalls. Harsil and Dharali has quite a few roadside restaurants and dhabas  which serve north Indian dishes along with popular Chinese dishes like momos,  noodles etc. with limited choice. One can also try the local Pahadi cuisine  which consists of Sisunak Saag, Gehat  Dal, Chainsoo, Kappa, and Pahadi  Raita.

Accommodations in Mukhba

You will not be able to find accommodation at Mukhba but many hotels are available at nearby Harsil and Dharali. The hotels are clean and well maintained, and even the rates are budget friendly. For booking hotels check here: Hotels in Harsil.

What is Mukhba famous for?

Mukhba is famous among tourist as Gangotri Winter Seat.

Mukhba is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Pilgrimage, Temples, Winter Char Dham.

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