Uttarkashi is sprawled over an area of 8,016 sq km in the rugged terrain of the Himalayas. It is a beautiful hill district that lies at an elevation of 1,158 m above sea level. The word 'Uttrakashi' means 'kashi of the north' and the place is revered almost as much as the 'kashi of the plains'--Varanasi. Just like Varanasi, Uttarkashi is also located on the banks of Ganga river (Bhagirathi). Besides enjoying a close proximity to major religious centres of Yamunotri and Gangotri, it is home to many beautiful temples. The most famous is the temple dedicated to Lord Vishwanath (an avatar of Lord Shiva), just 100 m from the local bus stand. The Shakti Temple, located right opposite the Vishwanath Temple, is also popular among devotees and is home to a 26-ft-high trishul (trident).


Uttarkashi has been a sacred ground of Hindus since ages and it is believed that sages and seers have used this as a spiritual place to practice penances and performed sacrifices. It was also the hub of the Vedic language and people came here from across the country to learn the language better.


Trekkers arrive at Uttarkashi to visit a prominent trekking site, Har Ki Doon (3,506 m). Moreover, one can get stunning views of the Dodital Lake, which can be accessed by trekking or by road. It is one of the most spectacular high-altitude lakes in the state and is set amidst picturesque surroundings. The district also boasts the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, which was set up in 1965.


Uttarkashi was created on February 24, 1960, and is bordered by Himachal Pradesh on the north, and Tibet and Chamoli in the east.

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