With spectacular hilly terrain, stunning natural beauty, ancient temples, swift rivers and lush greeneries, the district of Uttarkashi is one of the favorite spots for tourists to visit. This place is a real paradise for adventure enthusiasts and sports lovers. The Nehru Mountaineering Institute, which is located in Uttarkashi, is also popular among tourists.
The holy town of Uttarkashi is district headquarter, considered to have similar religious importance as Kashi. The famous Vishwanath temple here is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In front of the temple is unique Mahadev-ka-Vishal Trishul or Shiva’s Great Trident, made of eight major metals. It is believed Lord Shiva killed Vakasur with this trident. Other important temples are dedicated to Lord Parashuram, Lord Ekadash Rudra and Goddess Kali. It is an important stopover for pilgrims visiting Gangotri. Uttarkashi has also emerged as an important centre for adventure sports.
- District Headquarters: Uttarkashi
- Area: 7951 sq km
- Total Population: 3,29,686
- Literacy Rate: 66.58%
- Altitude: 1165 m
- Languages: Garhwali, Hindi
- Best Season: Mar – Jun and Sep – Nov
Places to Visit in Uttarkashi
- Dayara Bugyal (28 kms): Bugyal or a “high altitude meadow” at an altitude of 3048 metres affords awe-inspiring view of the Himalayas. There is also a small lake here. The road to Dayara Bugyal branches off near Bhatwari, 28 kms from Uttarkashi on Gangotri road.
- Gangnani (39 kms): It lies further up on the way to Gangotri. There is a temple dedicated to Sage Parashar. Visitors bathe at Rishikund near the shrine in a hot water spring.
- Harsil (73 kms): The enchanting spot on the way to Gangotri is noted for its natural beauty and delicious apples.
- Sat Tal: Sat Tal or ‘seven lakes’, a group of lakes amidst scenic surroundings is located just above Dharali, 2 kms beyond Harsil.
- Maneri (13 kms): It lies on the Gangotri route and has a dam across river Bhagirathi. The resultant lake adds to the beauty of Maneri.
- Nachiketa Tal: The beautiful lake can be reached via Chaurangi-Khal (29 kms) from where one has to trek for 3 kms A small temple is located on the banks of the lake.
- Gangotri : It is the spiritual source of Ganga, the holiest river in the country and is one of the ‘Char Dhams’ of Uttaranchal. The Gangotri temple is situated at an altitude of 3048 metres, about 99 kms from Uttarkashi.
- Gaumukh (18 kms): The Gaumukh glacier is the physical source of Bhagirathi (Ganga) and is of great importance to the pilgrims. One has to trek from Gangotri to Gaumukh.
- Kedartal (18 kms): The trek to this enchanting lake surrounded by majestic peaks is quite tough, but is worth taking the trouble.
How to Reach Uttarkashi
- By Air: Near airport to Uttarkashi is Jolly Grant, Dehradun (162 kms)
- By Rail: Nearest railway station is Rishikesh (145 kms)
- By Road: Uttarkashi is well connected by road to Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar and other major towns of the state and region.