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gangotri

INTRODUCTION

Gangotri is a town in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is a Hindu pilgrim town situated on the banks of the river Bhagirathi which is the origin point of river Ganges. And is located on the Greater Himalayan Ranges, at a height of 3,100 metres.

ATTRACTIONS

Following are some places of interest to see in Gangotri:

  • Bhojbasa – A picturesque spot situated on the mountainous terrains near Gangotri, and sitting at an altitude of 3,775 m above sea level; can be reached by hiking, or trekking too. 
  • Gangotri Glacier – A lovely natural glacier originating in Gangotri.
  • Harsil – A scenic and popular spot on the lap of the Himalayas; with flowing water and natural beauty.

RELIGIOUS PLACES

  • Gangotri Temple – An important temple in the town; situated about 3100 m above sea level.
  • Surya Kund Gangotri – A revered pilgrimage spot and water body.
  • Jalmagna Shivling – A popular Shiva Linga (a sacred stone idol representing the Hindu Lord Shiva) in Gangotri; which is immersed in the river during one part of the year.

FESTIVALS

The popular festivals celebrated in Gangotri include the following:

  • Badri Kedar Festival – This is a Hindu temple festival, jointly celebrated here with the neighboring town of Kedarnath.
  • Maha Shivratri – People worship Lord Shiva and fast for long hours.
  • Makar Sankranti – an auspicious harvest festival celebrated in the month of January.
  • Holi – Festival of colours; celebrated in the month of March.
  • Dussehra – A 10-day festival, where people worship goddess Durga.
  • Krishna Janmashtami – The birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.
  • Diwali – festival of lights.

FOOD & RESTAURANTS

North Indian cuisines are predominant in Gangotri’s food scene – particularly whole wheat flatbreads (Roti, Parathas) and Lentils and vegetable curries. Some good places to eat in Gangotri are:

  • Cafe Himalaya
  • The Saket

HOTELS

Some good hotels in Gangotri for a comfortable stay are:

  • Prakriti – The Retreat
  • Hotel Leela Palace
  • Shanti Kunjh

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Gangotri city STD Code – 013772 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).

Common emergency numbers:

  • Police –100
  • Fire – 101
  • Ambulance – 102
  • Women Helpline – 1090
  • AIDS Helpline – 1097
  • Child Helpline – 1098

LANGUAGE

Hindi is the official language of Gangotri.

Hindi:

  • Welcome - Svagat
  • How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
  • What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
  • I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
  • I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
  • Thank you - Dhanyavad