The history of Gangotri dates back to centuries when Goddess Ganga transformed herself into a river to dissolve the sins of King Bhagirath's forefathers, following his penance. In order to reduce the impact of her fall, Lord Shiva gathered Ganga into his matted locks and has ever since been associated with Goddess Ganga. The river Ganga originates from the Gangotri glacier and is known as Bhagirathi. The name Ganga picks up later on after the river passes Devaprayag and merges into the river Alaknanda.The Gangotri Temple was built by a Gorkha Commander in the early years of the 18th century. This temple stands at an altitude of 3042m and emits a highly pious aura. Religious rituals are in full swing in the Gangotri temple with the Arti ceremony performed by the Pujaris of the Semwal family.Vegan food dominates the culture and is available in the local food joints or dhabas. Non-vegetarian food and alcoholic drinks are a strict no-no.
Just the perfect destination to breath in a serene and pious atmosphere, Gangotri has the charm to attract people from all over. The striking presence of the snow-clad mountains in the vicinity and the pure crystal clear water of the Ganges flowing around add to the sanctity of the place. One feels close to God in the high altitude of Gangotri.
Gangotri is the highest temple of Goddess Ganga and one of the four dhams of Uttarakhand state.
The nearest airport to Gangotri is Jolly Grant Airportwhich is located around at the distance of 250kms. This airport is well linked to Delhiand there are numbers of daily flights to Delhiwhich connects to major parts of the country.
Gangotri does not have a train station, and the nearest station is Rishikesh, at a distance of 86 kms from Gangotri.
Gangotri is well connected to all the nearby major cities. One can reach Gangotri by getting down at the nearest bus stand i.e Gangotri Bus Stand.
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