Gangotri Temple Yatra 2021: Opening Date, Weather, Route Distance

gangotri temple in summer season

Gangotri is one of the famous and religious temples of the Hindus located in the Uttarakashi district of Uttarakhand. It is located at a height of 3,038 meters above sea level and located in Uttarakashi District.

Gangotri gets its name from the famous River Ganga dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is surrounded by mountains on all sides and lies in close proximity to the Indo-China border. It is known for offering peace and tranquillity to its visitors. 

Gaumukh is the origin of the River Ganga and Gangotri temple is the seat of the goddess Ganga, which is one of the four sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit.

The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (the Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alakananda.

The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier, and is a 19 km trek from Gangotri.

About Gangotri Yatra

gangotri temple in summer season

  • Deity: Gangotri, Goddess Ganga
  • District: Uttarkashi
  • State: Uttarakhand (India)
  • Elevation / Height: 3,038 Meters
  • Visitors / Year: 2-3 Lack/Year

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Gangotri Yatra 2022 Opening Date

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.

Closing Day – 

The closing day is always on the next day of Diwali after a brief ceremony.

Gangotri Temple History

who built gangotri temple

Ganga is the most sacred river not only in India but in the world. Not only do Indians accept this fact but foreign scholars also accept it.

In all religious texts, Ganga has been described as the most reputable and sacred. we Indians worship Ganga like a mother. 

It was only after the penance of King Bhagiratha of Suryavansh that the Ganges first descended on the earth by dividing it into many streams.

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It is believed that King Bhagirath meditated deeply to Goddess Ganga, asking her to descend down to earth from heaven in order to provide salvation to the ashes of his ancestors who were cursed by Sage Kapil.

How To Reach Gangotri Temple

best time to visit gangotri

Here we have compiled all the routes and distance information on how to reach Gangotri in the best possible way.

Suppose if you are planning your trip from any major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, or Banglore.

Then it’s very important to know the distance and best possible routes for your Gangotri Trip.

It does not matter whether you are traveling Gangotri by train, air, or by road, Haridwar and Rishikesh are the main points from where you have to start your journey to the hilly area.

Gangotri Yatra 2022 Route Maps & Distance Guide

If you want to reach Gangotri Temple from any part of India. Then Uttarakashi will be your mean destination to reach Gangotri.

Your City  Haridwar or Rishikesh  Dehradun Mussoorie Chilyanisaur ➜ Uttarkashi ➜ Gangotri

Uttarkashi is accessible from major destinations of Uttarakhand.

Here we are sharing a detailed Route Map & Distance Guide on how to reach Gangotri from major cities of India.

Gangotri Distance from Major Cities

Note: This distance is directly from the Gangotri Temple in Uttarakashi, Uttarakhand.

Click on Any Route below and you will redirect to a distance Guide on that Route.

Best Time To Visit Gangotri

The doors (Kapat) of the Gangotri Temple (Mandir) open to devotees in the month of April-May every year.

And close around the next day of Diwali.

This time period is called Char Dham Yatra Season.

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And during the Char Dham Yatra season, you can also visit Badrinath Temple, Kedarnath Temple, and Yamunotri Temple.

The weather and climate during the yatra season are very pleasant and the temperature remains below 20 degrees Celcius.

Weather in Gangotri

gangotri temple during winters

All the temples of the Char Dham Yatra are located at high elevations in Uttarakhand. And hence, it is normally cold weather in Gangotri in winters.

Moreover, Kapat (doors) of the temples close during the winter season. Thus, the Char Dham yatra is carried out mostly during the summer months. From April to June when the weather is favorable for steep climbing and sightseeing tours.

And also sometimes from late Sep to Nov, when the monsoon decreases and at the start of the winter season (autumn). This is the best time to visit Gangotri.

But as much as possible the rainy season for this Sacred Yatra (Tour) should be avoided. Because the roads and paths (trek) become slippery and there are circumstances of landslides are high.

Gangotri Weather (Monthly-wise)

Gangotri Temperature Report for the Year 2021 – Weather Forecast

Gangotri Temperature Today

The temperature in Gangotri right now and this week’s weather forecast.

GANGOTRI WEATHER

Due to the very heavy snowfall, the Gangotri Temple remains closed for 6 months in the winter season and then opens in the summer season.

Places To Visit Near Gangotri

  • Bhagirath Rock
  • Mukta Gufa (Pandavas Cave) Patangana
  • Gauri Kund
  • Kedarganga Sangam (Kedar-Tal)
  • Suryakund, (also known as Vishnukund or Brahmakund)
  • Maharishi Jahnu Muni Ashram
  • Jumping Point, Bhairon Jhap (प्राणोत्सर्ग स्थल, भैरोंझांप)
  • Vishwanath Temple
  • Gangotri Glacier
  • Tapovan
  • Gaumukh (Gomukh)

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Pandavas Cave (Mukt Gufa, Patangana)

pandavas cave gufa in gangotri

On the left bank of Bhagirathi at a distance of about one kilometer from Gauri Kund, there is a natural flat plain covered with rocks, which is known as Patangana.

According to the belief, the Pandavas reached this place on the orders of Vyas ji to atone for the sin of killing a Cow and With the help of sages, a great “Dev Yagya” was performed here and then they reached Kedarnath via the banks of Rudraganga.

And from there they proceeded towards the “Swargarohani mountain”.

Bhagirath Rock (Shila)

After descending the steps of the temple, there is a Bhagirath rock on the right bank of Bhagirathi.

It is believed that King Bhagirath meditated deeply to Goddess Ganga, asking her to descend down to earth from heaven in order to provide salvation to the ashes of his ancestors who were cursed by Sage Kapil.

Now religious acts like Pind Daan are performed at this place. 

Gauri Kund

At some distance from the Gangotri temple, in the western direction of Bhagirathi, there is a pool made of the waterfall, which is known as Gori Kund.

The protruding part of the rock in this pool is called the natural Shivling. It is believed that Goddess Maa Gori did penance at this place to attain Lord Shiva.

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Maharishi Jahnu Muni Ashram

Harsil on Gangotri Marg, after Tharali there is an ashram of Maharishi Jahnu Muni on the banks of the Jarganga at a place called Jangala.

According to Chapter 37 of Kedarkhand, when the Ganga reached the best among the sages, the ashram of Jahnu Muni, Goddes River Ganga started flowing the worship material of Jahnu Muni. 

Seeing that action of River Ganga, the best among the sages “Jahnu Muni” got angry and took Ganga in his hand and drank the whole Ganga. Seeing this great surprise, King Bhagirath became very sad and went to the ashram of Jahnu Muni and started requesting and praying to release Goddess Ganga.

Satisfied with the request, Jahnu released Ganga from his knee and said that Ganga will now be known as my Papanashini daughter Jhanvi.