The Holy Town of Uttarkashi is perched at a height of 1158 Metres on the Banks Of River Bhagirathi. It is a transit point of about 145 Kms from Rishikesh, enroute to Gangotri and Yamunotri, part of Chaar Dhaam Pilgrimage. The place is regarded to have similar religious significance and auspiciousness as Kashi. One of the reasons of this town being popular among pilgrims is the Famous Vishwanath Temple devoted to Lord Shiva. There sets a Unique Mahadev-Ka-Vishal Trishul, Made Of 8 Major Metals in front of the temple. It is believed that Lord Shiva killed Vakasur with this great Trishul.
Uttarkashi has become a standard Stopover for Pilgrims visiting Gangotri. It has also become apparent as an overriding centre Adventure Sports.
Headquartered at Uttarkashi, the district is sprawled in an area of 7951 Sq Km, amassing a total Population of 295,013. The Literacy Rate here consists of 66.58%.
Places to Visit in Uttarkashi
Har Ki Doon
Roosted at an altitude of 3506 m, it is one of the popular destinations among trekkers; an ideal route to reach to this place is from Mussoorie via Yamuna Bridge, Naugaon, Purola, Sankri, Saur, Taluka and Osla. The trekking traipse passes through dense forests and hilly valleys. The Ruinsara Lake, situated 8kms far off from Osla is a major attraction. Har Ki Doon houses various guest apartments, villas for trekkers.
At a distance of about 73 Kms from Uttarkashi at an elevation Of 2620 Mts above the ocean level, Harsil is located on The Bank of Bhagirathi River. More This place is situated on the way to Gangotri. An amazing fact about Harsil is that Apples are cultivated in the town that has become loved countrywide due to its authentic delectable taste.
Exactly 28 Kms from Uttarkashi, perched at a height 3048m above the ocean level is this Offbeat Attraction that have the best scenic view of Himalayas. What attracts tourists the most to Bugyal is the trekking trail, small beautiful lake called Barnala Tal. The Best Snow Falls can be experienced in the region during winters. Gangotri and Harsli Temple is the two travelers spot close to Dayara Bugyal.
About 39 Kms from Uttarkashi, is this place that lies on the way to Gangotri. The place has a beautiful temple dedicated to Mahatma Parashar. It has a major attraction due its small hot water Water spring namedâ€”Rishikund, situated close to this temple, where visitors take bath in the stream to get free from long held illness.
Considered as the water source Of Holy River Ganga is this sacred Place â€œGangotriâ€ one of the 'Char Dhams' Of Uttaranchal. Gangotri Temple is approx 99 Kms from Uttarkashi, exactly 3048 Meter above.
At a distance of only 13 Kms away from Uttarkashi, the place lies across the River Bhagirathi On Gangotri Route. Blessed with Mother Nature, it is one favourite Sightseeing Spot of Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.
Situated 18 Km Far From Uttarkashi, Gaumukh is surrounded with thick Snow Falls (Glacier) which is also the major water source of River Bhagirathi. It is one of the indispensable tourist Spot of Pilgrims.
The name is derived because of the 7 lakes present in the region. This stunning spot is situated 2 Km away From Harsil, just above Dharali.
18 Kms from Uttarkashi, The Spotlighted Tourist Spot of this area is the Skyscraper Peaks of foggy Himalayas.
Perched at an elevation of 3307 m, the major of this lake is its crystal clear water surrounded by thick grasslands. Accommodation facilities are available by the lakeside. Tourists can conveniently trek down to Yamunotri and Hanuman Chatti from here.
Located at a distance of 32 km from Uttarkashi, this beautiful lake is surrounded by verdant forests. There are small temples on the banks. The journey goes through terraced fields to Chaurangi Khal, but there is no proper lodging around Nachiketa, so travelers either stay at Chaurangi Khal or get back to Uttarkashi. From there a trek of 3 kilometers is needed to reach Nachiketa Tal.
The Shakti Temple
Positioned just in front of the Vishwanath Temple, Shakti temple is famous for its colossal â€˜trishulâ€™ which is 6 meters in height and 90 cm wide towards the bottom. As per Hindu mythology, this â€™trishulâ€™ was thrown by Goddess Durga on devils. Its upper part is made of iron, while the lower part of copper.
Nandanvan and Tapovan
Situated just opposite to Gangotri glacier, 6kms up from Gaumukh, around 6 km, mesmerizing views of the Shivling peak are best seen from here. The area is also a perfect place for establishing base camps for peaks like Shivling, Satopant, Bhagirathi, Kharchakund, Khal, Kalindi Kedardom and Meru among others.
Activities to do in Uttarkashi
- This Riverside district on Chaar Dham route makes for an incredible rafting in Uttarkashi. With tons of river flowing, the adventure sport is actively conducted here in May-June period.
- There are various trekking trails around Uttarkashi and thus a favourite transit point for trekkers.
- Lying high in the Himalayan ranges and the town comprises of both the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, which has become an important place of worship, attracting great deal of Hindu pilgrims during (May-Oct).
- Fishing in Dodital with permits from the Divisional Forest Officer of Uttarkashi can be performed. Himalayan troutâ€™s are found here in heaps.
- This Himalayan Destinations has emerged as an active Holidaying spot in India with fascinating riverside stay options, offering visitors with option for â€˜overnight camping, short treks, and walking."
- Ski facilities on slopes during winter are available in Dayara Bugyal, covering a total area of 28 sq km. Himalayas can be seen from here.
- Camping by the Dodital lakeside.
Best Time to Visit Uttarkashi
Uttarkashi can be visited anytime round the year as every season here has its own charm. The hill station offers pleasant summers and no sweat and heat and sweat. Dense greenery and blue skies keeps the climate calm.
Winters here are stellar with white snowflakes covering the entire area.
Monsoons in the town are equally charming with rain showers adding to the beauty. Festivals are celebrated with great merriment in the wet weather. Holidays are amusing and adventures are multitude throughout.
How to Reach Uttarkashi
Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant,Dehradun which is about 165 kms from Uttarkashi. Other nearby airports include Shimla (297 kms), Chandigarh (302 kms).
Nearest Railway Station to Uttarkashi Is Rishikesh which is at a distance of approximately 150 kms. Other nearby rail heads include Haridwar (171 kms), Dehradun (187 kms).
The hill station has an excellent road network with main road pass through Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Uttam Sigh Nagar, and other roads of the State.