Uttarkashi

Best time to visit:- March to June

Description

"Uttarkashi" is one of the important pilgrims of Uttarakhand, which known as the Kashi of the north. This beautiful town is located at an average elevation of 1,165 meter. Most of the terrain is hilly; there are many small and big rivers in Uttarkashi district. The Yamuna and the Ganges (Bhagirathi) are biggest and holiest among them; their origin is Yamunotri and Gangotri (Gomukh) respectively. Asi ganga and jad ganga are some of the tributaries of the Ganges. Uttarkashi town is also called as Shivnagri. The town has number of temples and ashrams, and is known for its religious people, weather, education and fashion.


Weather Details :

Summer:   29 Degree Celsius
Winter:   04 Degree Celsius
Monsoon:   14 Degree Celsius


Main Attractions: -

Gaumukh in Uttarkashi: The main source of the Ganga or the Bhagirathi River is the Gaumukh glacier. This is the main reason a large numbers of devotees visit this place to take a dip in the ice cold water, located at64 km from Uttarkashi.

Dodital in Uttarkashi: Is situated at a height of 3307 m. The attraction of this lake is its crystal clear water surrounded by dense forests. Fishing can be done here with permits from the Divisional Forest Officer of Uttarkashi. Himalayan trouts are found here in abundance. Tourist can be reached from Uttarkashi by road and by trekking. A trek of 16 km from Angoda leads to Dodital. Lodging facilities are available by the lake. Tourists can easily trek down to Yamunotri and Hanuman Chatti from this spot.

Nachiketa Tal in Uttarkashi: Is a lake surrounded by greenery and has a small temple on the banks. It is situated at a distance of 32 km from Uttarkashi.It is believed that Nachiketa, the religious son of Uddalak, a saint, had given this lake its shape and is so named after him. Since there are no proper accommodation facilities around Nachiketa Tal, tourists can either stay at Chaurangi Khal or get back to Uttarkashi.

The Shakti Temple in Uttarkashi: Is situated right in front of the Vishwanath Temple. The temple has a huge ‘trishul’ which is six meters high and has a circumference of 90 cm towards the bottom. It is believed that the upper portion of the ‘trishul’ is made of iron, while the lower part is made of copper.

Vishwanath Temple in Uttarkashi: It is situated around 300 m away from Uttarkashi’s local bus stand. This temple received a new look after its renovation in 1857 by Sudarshan Shah’s wife, Maharani Khaneti. The temple has a Shivling, 90 cm wide and 60 cm high. It is a very famous spot for visitors to Uttarkashi.

Maneri in Uttarkashi: Is on the way to Gangotri from Uttarkashi, 13 km from the base camp at Uttarkashi. It has very recently developed as a popular tourist attraction because of the dam on the Bhagirathi River. Water is received via an 8 km long tunnel to the turbines at Tiloth. As a result, a lake has been formed at Maneri which attracts people.

Yamunotri River in Uttarkashi: Located at a height of 3235 meters above sea level, Yamunotri is one of the four important pilgrimages or ‘Four Dhams’ in Uttarakhand. The main source of River Yamuna, the shrine of Yamunotri is located opposite to Gangotri and the road divides and leads to Yamunotri from Dharasu, which is located between Rishikesh and Uttarkashi.

Kuteti Devi Temple in Uttarkashi: Situated on the Hari Parvat hilltop on the banks of Bhagirathi River is located at a distance of 2 km from Uttarkashi. This temple is believed to be established by the daughter and son-in-law of Maharaja Kota after they were blessed by Goddess Kuteti Devi in finding three divine stones which were the embodiment of the Goddess herself. They built the temple as per the instructions of the Goddess Kuteti Devi, a form of Goddess Durga, in the exact site where the precious stones were discovered.

GETTING THERE: -

How to Reach Utterkashi

By Air:- The nearest airport is Dehradun which is about 160 kilometers away from Utterkashi. The Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is well connected with all major cities of India.

By Road:- Utterkashi is well connected via road with major destinations of Uttarakhand. You can get the frequent bus services from all the major cities of India.Buses and Taxis to Uttarkashi are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Dehradun, Tehri, Barkot, Chamba etc.

By Train:- The nearest station is Rishikesh, it is located 143kms before Uttarkashi on NH58. It is well connected by railway networks with most of the destinations of India.


SHOPPING: -

Shopping in Uttarkashi, It is a small picturesque hill station acquires importance because of very significant Hindu pilgrimage centers are Gangotri and Yamunotri. There are many shops available for all type require, even govt. Uttarakhand also operate the register shop in Uttarkashi, they offers items such as subsidiary on Medicines, Wooden Crafts, Handicrafts, Spiritual items, worship items, Woolen trousers, jackets and aromatic sticks.