[ Location: Right Bank of River Bhagirathi; Dedicated To: Goddess Ganga;
Altitude: 3042 Meter; Built In: 18th Century ]
Opening Date : May 2019
Closing Date : Nov 2019
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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) are cool and winters are very cold. The gates of Gangotri temple open during the start of summers. The weather is pleasant with observed maximum temprature around 25�C and can get very cold at night. This is the best season for pilgrimage and sightseeing trips.
Monsoon (July to August) It makes 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 last week of April to second week of November.
History of the Temple
The Gangotri temple was built by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa, in the 18th century, is situated on the left bank of Bhagirathi. The temple is nested amidst the beautiful surroundings of deodars and pines. It lies close to the the holy rock or the �Bhagirath Shila� where King Bhagirath had worshiped Lord Shiva. The Gangotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and located on the banks of River Bhagirathi.
The Pujaris and brahmins belongs to the village of Mukhwa. The water from Gangotri is carried to offer to Lord Shiva. It is believed that this water has nectar in it and will soothe the throat of Shiva who gulp the poison.