Situated at an elevation of 1,150 mt on the right banks of river Bhagirathi, Uttarkashi town is the headquarters of the district by the same name. It is a popular tourist destination and pilgrimage center. With trekking and mountaineering gaining popularity, Uttarkashi has emerged as major base for exploring Gangotri Valley.

The holy town of Uttarkashi is set on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1158 metres, about 145 kms from Rishikesh on the main route to Gangotri. It is considered to have similar religious importance as Kashi. The famous Vishwanath temple here is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In front of the temple is unique Mahadev-ka-Vishal Trishul or Shiva's Great Trident, made of eight major metals. It is believed Lord Shiva killed Vakasur with this trident. Other important temples are dedicated to Lord Parashuram, Lord Ekadash Rudra and Goddess Kali.

It is an important stopover for pilgrims visiting Gangotri. Uttarkashi has also emerged as an important centre for adventure sports.

Tourist Attractions

Uttarkashi, like Varanasi, is known as a site for Hindu pilgrimage. Vishwanath temple is a major tourist attraction. The temple has a magnificent trishul or trident, one meter in circumference and made of copper. It supports a trident four meters long. Each prong is about two meters in length.

Also Uttarkashi is known for its temples dedicated to Rishi Parasurama, Datatryea, Goddess Annapurna Devi, Goddess Kali, and Bhairon. There are close to 365 temples in this town.

Among the popular treks are those to Nachiketa Tal, Dodi Tal, Dayara Bugyal (bugyal, a high-altitude meadow), Sat Tal, Kedar Tal, Gangotri-Gaumukh-Nandanvan Tapovan and to Yamunotri (the source of the river Yamuna).

The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is located in Uttarkashi. It is situated at a spur at Ladari, dominating the beautiful town and overlooking the entire valley. This institute imparts mountaineering training to young people to inculcate the spirit of adventure among the youth of the country.

Dayara Bugyal (28 kms) : Bugyal or a "high altitude meadow" at an altitude of 3048 metres affords awe-inspiring view of the Himalayas. There is also a small lake here. The road to Dayara Bugyal branches off near Bhatwari, 28 kms from Uttarkashi on Gangotri road. Vehicles can go up to Barsu village, from where one has to trek for 8 kms.

Dodi Tal (32 kms) :The beautiful lake in the lap of high mountains, surrounded by tall majestic oak, deodar and rhododendron trees is a virtual paradise for nature lovers. The lake full of rare fishes like the Himalayan Golden Trouts, locally called as "Dodis" is an angler's delight. The trek for Dodi Tal starts from Kalyani, which is connected by road.

Gangnani (39 kms) : It lies further up on the way to Gangotri. There is a temple dedicated to Sage Parashar. Visitors bathe at Rishikund near the shrine in a hot water spring.

Harsil (73 kms) : The enchanting spot on the way to Gangotri is noted for its natural beauty and delicious apples. More about Harsil

Sat Tal: Sat Tal or 'seven lakes', a group of lakes amidst scenic surroundings is located just above Dharali, 2 kms beyond Harsil.

Maneri (13 kms) : It lies on the Gangotri route and has a dam across river Bhagirathi. The resultant lake adds to the beauty of Maneri.

Nachiketa Tal: The beautiful lake can be reached via Chaurangi-Khal (29 kms) from where one has to trek for 3 kms A small temple is located on the banks of the lake.

Gangotri : It is the spiritual source of Ganga, the holiest river in the country and is one of the 'Char Dhams' of Uttaranchal. The Gangotri temple is situated at an altitude of 3048 metres, about 99 kms from Uttarkashi. The 20 ft. high temple on the left bank of Bhagirathi is made of white granite. It was built in early 18th century by Amar Singh Thapa, a Gorkha General and was renovated in 20th century by the ruler of Jaipur. It is believed that Raja Bhagirathi worshipped Lord Shiva at the sacred stone nearby. There is also a 'submerged' shivlinga, which is believed to be the site where Ganga descended into the matted locks of Lord Shiva. ,

How to Reach Uttarkashi

By Air: Near airport to Uttarkashi is Jolly Grant, Dehradun (162 kms)

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Rishikesh (145 kms)

By Road: Uttarkashi is well connected by road to Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar and other major towns of the state and region.



Dayara Bugyal




Nachiketa Tal

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