Gangotri Temple

[ 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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How to Reach
By Flight:  The nearest airport from Gangotri is Jolly Grant, which is located just 26 km from Rishikesh. From the airport, the travelers need to take either a taxi or the luxury buses to reach Gangotri.
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By Train:  The nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh, about 249 kms away, from where one has to hire a cab or take a luxury bus to reach Gangotri. Rishikesh is not connected by fast trains and Kotdwar has very less number of trains. Thus Haridwar serves as the best railway station if you are visiting Gangotri by train. Haridwar is connected by many trains from all part of India.
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By Road:  Gangotri is easily accessible by road with most of the major cities of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and NCR region. It is located at a distance of 452 Km from Delhi and 229 Km from Rishikesh.
Weather/Climate Info
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.