Gangotri Temple Overview
Gangotri Temple: Gangotri is the sacred river of India, the Ganges (Ganges) River, and is one of the important Char Dham pilgrimages in Hinduism. Gaumukh is the main point of origin of river Ganga, 19 km away from Gangotri temple, which originates from a glacier.
Gangotri is located on the left bank of the Bhagirathi River. The temple was founded by Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th century. Gangotri Dham is situated amidst the beautiful surroundings of the cedar trees. Here King Bhagiratha did penance of Lord Shiva on the sacred rock Bhagirath Shila. Gangotri Temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga.
The priests worshiping in the temple are from Mukhwa village. The water of Gangotri is taken to offer to Lord Shiva. It is believed that this water contains nectar and it will soothe the throat of poison-drinking Shiva.
Best Time to Visit
Winter (November to April)
Winter (November to April) Weather is freezing cold with heavy snowfall. Gangotri temple is closed during this period. Only pro-trekkers and mountaineers visit the area for various trekking expeditions near Gangotri.
Summer (May to June)
Summer (May to June) is cool and winters are very cold. The gates of Gangotri temple open during the start of summers. The weather is pleasant with an observed maximum temperature around 25 degrees Cent. and can get very cold at night. This is the best season for pilgrimage and sightseeing trips.
Monsoon (July to mid-September)
Monsoon (July to August) It makes it difficult to reach the temple due to various landslides. Pilgrims are suggested to avoid travel during monsoon season.
The best time to visit the holy city of Gangotri is from April to June and September to November. The temple is open from the last week of April to the second week of November.