The doors (kapat) of the Gangotri Temple (Mandir) open to devotees every year in the month of April-May and close around the last week of November. This is the best time to visit Gangotri Dham. And during the Char Dham Yatra season, you can also visit Kedarnath Temple, Badrinath Temple, and Yamunotri Temple.
The weather and climate during the yatra season are very pleasant and the temperature remains below 20 degrees Celcius.
Best Time To Visit Gangotri Yatra 2023
Gangotri Opening Day –The Temple opens on the religious day of ‘Akshaya-Tritiya, which falls, generally, during the last week of April or the first week of May.
Gangotri Closing Day – The closing day is always on the next day of Diwali after a brief ceremony.
Best Time for Other Char Dham Visit
Summer (Best Time To Visit Gangotri Temple)
The weather in Gangotri remains mostly cold. The summer season begins in Gangotri in the month of April. It is that time of the year when snow melts and the roads are cleared for pilgrimage by the end of April with the help of the Army.
The average temperature of Gangotri during summer is from about 16 ℃ to 31℃.
Only April-May and mid-June are the perfect time for a pleasantly quiet and sightseeing in the summer months. This time is the best time to visit Gangotri Temple.
Monsoon (Not Ideal Time to Visit Gangotri Temple)
The monsoon season begins in Gangotri in the middle of June and ends in the middle of September. The monsoon brings heavy rains in Gangotri, as well as landslides.
So traveling during the monsoon becomes less than ideal. And the temperature also remains around 11°C to 26°C.
After 2013, this area is considered to be a flood-prone area. Hence the temple records a low number of pilgrims during the monsoon. This is not an ideal time to visit Gangotri Dham Yatra.
Char Dham Distance from Delhi
- Delhi to Kedarnath (466 km)
- Delhi to Badrinath (555 km)
- Delhi to Gangotri (530 km)
- Delhi to Yamunotri (485 km)
Winters (Gangotri Temple Closing Date)
The Kapat of the Gangotri Temple remains closed in the winter season, after the next day of Diwali.
Gangotri receives snowfall during the winter months from November to March.
Due to this, the whole Gangotri area is covered with snow. Heavy snowfall caused all the road routes to be blocked.
Continuous snowfall keeps the temperature of this place very low in winter.
Therefore in the winter season, the kapats (doors) are closed for six months and the deity of Goddess Gangotri is brought to the Mukhwa Village, Pandukeshwar 18 kilometers before Gangotri. And here they continue to be worshiped for six months.
Conclusion: Best Time to Visit Gangotri is…
May to June and September to October are the best time for travelers to visit Gangotri Temple. The climate of the Gangotri Valley remains soothing and cold during this period.
Never visit Gangotri during monsoons and winter. The temperature in Gangotri falls too low in the winter season. And there is heavy rainfall during the monsoon season.