On The Way to Gangotri

a) Uttarkashi
Uttarkashi mean the Kashi (Varanasi) of the Uttar (north) or the “Varanasi of the north.” Uttarkashi is located 100km from Gangotri.


The main temples here are the Viswanath Siva Temple and the Annapurna Temples, like in Varanasi. The Kashi Visvanatha temple is an ancient shrine of Lord Shiva with an ancient Shiva-linga. It is mentioned in the Vedic texts, such as the Kedarkhand of the Skanda Purana. Outside the Kashi Visvanatha temple is a large and old pole, its depth into the ground is unknown. You can attempt to make it sway and it will not budge, but try it with faith and it will move. The day of Makar Sakranti in January is a festival attended by thousands of devotees who come to pray, worship and offer Ganga water to the Lingam. Different villages also bring their deities here on palanquins. The temple is only 200 meters from the Uttarkashi bus stand.

There is also a Parasuram temple here. There is a helpful Tourist Office on the main road.

You can get a taxi from here to Gangotri. If you want to trek in the area you can hire guides and a porter.

b) Dodital


Dodital is one place worth noting, though it is out of the way as we go toward Gangotri. It is considered that Lord Ganesha had appeared or was born here. It is a beautiful lake set in a lush forest with a temple nearby. It is said that it was here where Parvati bathed and created a boy. She then requested him not to let anyone approach while she was bathing. When Lord Shiva arrived, the boy blocked his way. Shiva, not knowing the boy was his son, cut off the boy’s head. When Parvati heard what had happened, she became angry and explained the situation to Shiva.

Shiva then told his associates to bring the head of the first living being they saw. So they went searching and brought back the head of an elephant. Shiva fixed it onto the boy’s body, who thus became Ganesh.


c) Kedar Tal
Kedar Tal is the source of the Kedar Ganga River. It is a 17km trek from Gangotri, but the fact that one has to climb 600m (2,000 ft) makes it a hard trek, which one should be acclimatized to.


You start at Dev Ghat in Gangotri and then follow the Kedar Ganga up for about 8km until you come to Bhoj Kharak. You then go another 4km to a Kedar Kharak and then proceed another 5km to Kedar Tal. When you reach Kedar Tal, there are several huge mountains including the Bhrigupanth (6770m) and Thalesagar (6900m.).

d) Triyugi Narayana 
Triyugi Narayana is located on the mountain road between Gangotri and Kedarnath. Triyugi Narayana is about 5km off the main road and can be reached from Sitapur or Sonprayag. It is said that the marriage of Lord Siva and Parvati took place here at Brahma Shila during Satya-yuga. Brahma was the priest who conducted the marriage, and

Lord Narayana offered his sister, Parvati, to Lord Siva. It is said that the marriage havan (fire) kund has been kept burning for 3 yugas. Pilgrims offer pieces of wood in the havan kund and take the ashes as prasada.


It is said that the present Akhand Dhuni Temple was built by Adi Sankaracharya about 1,200 years ago. In this temple there is a two-third metre (2-ft) silver deity of Lord Narayana (Vishnu) with Lakshmi and Saraswati on either side. There is a stone outside the temple that marks the spot where the marriage was performed. There are also four holy kunds here called Vishnu Kund, Rudra Kund, Brahma Kund, and Saraswati Kund.