Uttarkashi

About Uttarkashi

The ancient town of Uttarkashi is much like Kashi of the plains and the district headquarters of Uttarkashi district. The town is located on the banks of the Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1,165mts above sea level. Bhagirathi River is also known as Ganga before the confluence of Devprayag. Uttarkashi is also home of a variety of flora and fauna.

One can find rich varieties of Fur, Pine, Deodar and also various kinds of medicinal herbs and shrubs in Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi is one of the most picturesque town of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state.

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The district of Uttarkashi was formed in 1960 with the parganas of Rawain and Uttarkashi of Rawain tehsil of the former Tehri Garhwal district. It is a rugged terrain surrounded by Himachal Pradesh and Tibet on the north and the district of Chamoli to the east.

Uttarkashi has various ashrams and dharamshalas which are most of the time occupied by the thousands of tourists visiting this place. Some of the important dharamsalas are Gangotri Mandir Dharamshala, Birla Dharamshala, Kali Kamli Daramshala, Kailash Dharamshala, Shivanand Dharamshala. People who visit Uttarkashi make it a point to visit Gangotri which is 99kms from Uttarkashi.

Activities in Uttarkashi

Trekking – Uttarkashi is the last commercial hub one comes across when trekking to higher altitudes. Trek to Dodital commences at Sangamchatti near Uttarkashi which rewards trekkers with abundant natural beauty in the form of pristine freshwater slake, verdant hills covered with pine and oak trees, gushing rivulets and streams. Other treks near Uttarkashi are Dayara Bugyal, Kedartal, Gaumukh, Tapovan Trek, etc

Adventure SportsUttarkashi is slowly becoming an adventure sports hub with establishment of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) helping the cause. White water rafting, mountaineering and trekking are popular sports that are grabbing eyeballs.

Uttarkashi Travel Tips

  • Since Uttarkashi is the last commercial hub, trekkers travelling to high-altitude treks are advised to refill your supplies at Uttarkashi. Facilities like ATM, money transfer are available at Uttarkashi.
  • During the monsoons months (July-August), learn about weather and road conditions with the local authorities and tour operators before travelling to the destination. 

Situated on the banks of Bhagirathi River, Uttarkashi is a bustling town and important commercial hub in the district. There are plenty of accommodation facilities available at Uttarkashi, ranging from deluxe hotels to budget guesthouses which provide comfortable stay at affordable prices. Apart from that, there is also a government-owned tourist rest house (GMVN) at Uttarkashi.

Due to growing influx of tourist and pilgrims during the Char Dham season, there are restaurants and roadside food stalls at Uttarkashi where north Indian vegetarian food is served along with few popular Chinese and Garhwali dishes. Apart from that, one can find eating options at the hotels which have in-house restaurants.

Many Hindus believe that Uttarkashi was revered as a sacred place earlier and was also the meditational grounds of several sages and hermits who found solace here. It has been cited in the epic Mahabharata, that a great sage by the name of Jada Bharatha performed a prolonged penance here and in the ancient time's Vedic language was highly used here in spoken and written forms.

Why Visit Uttarkashi?

In Uttarkashi town, there are various places of interest like the Nehru Institute of mountaineering which offers training in mountaineering. Maneri has developed as an important tourist attraction. Situated at a distance of 13kms from Uttarkashi, Maneri attracts tousrists mainly because of the development of a dam across the Bhagirathi River. About 37kms from Maneri is a hot water spring called Gangani. Dodi Tal , Har Ki Dun Valley and Dayara Bugyal are some popular trekking destinations in Uttarkashi.

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Sunset view- on the way from Uttarkashi to Barkot
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