Experience the unspoiled and magnificent stretches of the wilderness of the country having stunning and exquisite scenery filled with lush green coniferous forests, magnificent meadows, and the imposing glaciers, Gangotri National Park is a treat to the eyes and a glimpse of heaven on earth. Having one of the adventurous and most famous trekking tracks, the Gaumukh-Tapovan Trek which leads to the origins of the mighty Ganga River, the trek will leave you in awe with its treasured landscape comprising of breathtaking visuals of nature enhanced by the snow-capped mountains.
Declared as a National Park in 1989, Gangotri National Park is located in the Uttarkashi district of the state of Uttarakhand and covers an expansive area of 2390 square kilometers with an altitude of 7083m from sea level. The varied topography of the region supports a wide variety of flora and fauna including some of the endangered species of animals such as Himalayan Thar, Himalayan Snowcock, Musk Deer, etc. The park gets its name from the Gangotri Glacier from where the holy river Ganga originates and its adventurous treks, crushed snow, beaten trails, whistling woods, and ruffled leaves enhance the thrilling visit of this park. Peacefully located in the natural settings of the Garhwal region, this national park is a popular high-altitude Wildlife Sanctuary of India.
While exploring the area, one can easily see some of the oldest settlements, the holiest pilgrimage of Hindus, and can hear legends from the epic Mahabharat or the places associated with the story. The park is not only a picturesque place with diverse flora and fauna but also makes the visitors spellbound with its mystical aura. The park offers activities such as jeep safari, hang gliding, paragliding, river rafting, trekking, and skiing, and all these reasons combined make Gangotri National Park an enchanting and one of the best places to trek and to experience wildlife in its natural glory.
The park comprises mainly of Western Himalayan Alpine Shrub at high altitudes and Western Himalayan Sub-Alpine Conifer forests at the lower advancements. Other prominent species of flora includes Rhododendron, Oak, Spruce, Fir, Deodar, Chirpine, Betula, etc.
Mammals: Himalayan Snowcock, Koklass, Himalayan Monal, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep or Bharal, Brown Bear, Himalayan Tahr, Ibex, Black Bear, Snow Leopard, etc.
Birds: Pheasants, Bulbul, Parakeet, Partridges, Doves, Himalayan Barbet, Serow, etc.
The weather in the park is normally cold and dry with slight winds. The winters between December and March are extremely cold due to high altitude and cold winds and the monsoons are not very favorable for trekking due to the danger of landslides.
The best time to visit the Gangotri National Park is in the summer months from April to June as the weather is calm and pleasing during this time and the clear skies offer good amount of sunshine for trekking, sightseeing, and other activities.
Nearest Train Station: The nearest railway station is in Dehradun at a distance of 210km from the national park. You can either hire a private vehicle directly to the park or take a local vehicle to the bus terminal where you can find public transport to Uttarkashi.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant which is in Dehradun at a distance of 220km from the national park. You can either hire a private cab or take a public bus or vehicle to Uttarkashi from the bus terminal in mid-town Dehradun.
Road Accessibility : Uttarkashi is well-connected to a road network by all the major cities and places of Uttarakhand. You can take buses from Dehradun to reach Uttarkashi and then to the national park.