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Uttarkashi - Doorway to Popular Treks

Uttarkashi that literally suggests ‘Kashi of the North’ is also nicknamed as ‘Somya Kashi’ and ‘Shivnagri’. Like Kasi, the town of Uttarkashi also houses the sacred Vishwanath temple. This holy shrine features a copper trident, having a circumference of 1 metre. 

The charming town of Uttarkashi is quite popular amongst the adventure enthusiasts as it offers several opportunities for trekking, mountaineering, and adventure sports. It is also known for the wide variety of coniferous vegetation such as fir, pine, deodar, medicinal shrubs and herbs. Uttarkashi is one of the most picturesque town of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state.

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 About Uttarkashi 

Uttarkashi is a town and the headquarters of the Uttarkashi district. It is more of a pilgrimage circuit than the regular tourist circuit. As there are many Dharamshalas in Uttarkashi, the tourists can choose to stay at the Gangotri Mandir Dharamshala, Shivanand Dharamshala, Birla Dharamshala, Kali Kamli Dharamshala or the Kailash Dharamshala.

Why you must travel to Uttarkashi?

The quaint town of Uttarkashi is highly revered for its temples that are dedicated to Rishi Parashurama, Datatryea, Goddess Annapurna Devi, Goddess Kali and Bhairon. It is also popular for its numerous ashrams that are the heavenly abode of the ascetics, sages, and hermits. The centre of attraction of this town is the Vishwanath temple, the largest and most frequented temple of the region. 

Uttarkashi is also a hub for the adventure lovers as it is the doorway to the popular treks such as Nachiketa Tal trek, DodiTal trek, Dayara Bugyal trek, SatTal Trek, KedarTal trek, Tapovan Trek, Gaumukh Trek, Kedarkantha Trek, Har ki Dun Trek etc. 

One can easily access the prestigious Nehru Institute of Mountaineering which is idyllically situated at Ladari dominating the magical town, overlooking the pristine valley. 

The travellers can see the thermal springs of Yamunotri or savour the awe-inspiring beauty of the emerald lakes of Maneri, located in the proximity of Uttarkashi. 

The popular tourist attractions located in and around Uttarkashi are the Tiloth Power Plant, Maneri Dam, Bhali Dam, Kuteti Devi temple, Kandar Devta Temple and many more. 

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.

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.

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.

Uttarkashi Photo Gallery

Another picture of Uttarkashi City and Bridge over River
Front View of Kashi Vishwanath Mandir in Uttarkashi
Distance Chart in Uttarkashi
Uttarkashi Town
Sunset view- on the way from Uttarkashi to Barkot
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