Gangotri is one of the four significant pilgrimage centres collectively called Char Dham in the Garhwal Himalayas and is one the most popular pilgrimage shrines in India. It is now easily accessible to pilgrims, as there is a motorway right up to the shrine at Gangotri. The more intrepid pilgrims travel to Gaumukh, the source of the Ganges.Gaumukh named so because it resembles the mouth of a cow, a holy deity for Hindus, is just 21km above Gangotri and is believed to be the origin of the River Ganga. On the right bank is the holy temple of Ganga, on the left there are few ashrams , there is market adjoining the temple pujas are preceded by holy bath in the river.
Belief: that king bhagirath brought Ganga on earth for the salvation of his sons
|Belief||Maa Ganga come to the earth|
|Built||Gorkha General Amar singh Thapa 18th Cetury|
|Access:||Road access is available till Gangotri, 99km from uttarkashi best route :Rishikesh – Uttarkashi – Harshil – Bhairoghat – Gangotri.|
|Season||April – August|
|Location||Near Uttarkashi, Uttarkashi District, Garhwal Himalayas|