Uttarakashi

If You Are Panning For A Religious Family Trip To Uttarakhand, Uttarakashi Is The Perfect Place In Terms Of Piousness As Well As Sightseeing Options. Close To The Main Town Of Mystical Plains Of Kashi City, This Busy Town Houses A Number Of Shrines And Temples. The Vicinity Is Located At An Elevation Of 1165 M Above Sea Level And The Holy River Bhagirathi Flows By This Town. The Forest Of This Region Is Rich In Fir, Pine And Deodar Trees Along With Number Of Medicinal Herbs And Shrubs. Nehru Institute Of Mountaineering Is Located In This Region To Train You In Mountaineering. Trekking From Uttarkashi To Dodi Tal And Dayara Bugyal Are Very Popular Among The Adventure Lovers.

How to Reach

Air - The nearest airport to Uttarkashi is the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun, which is located at a distance of 183 km. The airport is well connected to the Indira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi by regular flights. Travellers can hire taxis from the Jolly Grant Airport to reach Uttarkashi.
Road -Uttarkashi is well connected to cities like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Mussoorie by regular buses. State and private owned buses are available to Uttarkashi from these places.
Rail -Rishikesh and Haridwar railway stations are the closest to the destination. Both these railway stations are well connected to major Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Howrah, and Lucknow by regular trains.

What to see Around

Gaumukh : The main source of the Ganga or the Bhagirathi River is the Gaumukh glacier. This is the main reason a large number of devotees visit this place to take a dip in the ice cold water. It is 18 km from Gangotri and the trek to Gaumukh from Gangotri is easy.

Har Ki Doon : Har Ki Doon is a very popular place among trekkers. The best way to reach this place is from Mussoorie through Yamuna Bridge, Naugaon, Purola, Saur, Sankri, Taluka and Osla.
Har Ki Doon has bungalows as well as rest houses for trekkers, located at an altitude of 3506 m. The trek passes through thick forests and mountainous surroundings. The Ruinsara Lake, located at a distance of eight kilometres from Osla is a major attraction.

Vishwanath Temple : Devoted to Lord Shiva, the Vishwanath Temple 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 Gangotri, Uttarkashi and Yamunotri.

Maneri Dam : Built on the Bhagirathi River, Maneri is a concrete gravity dam and one of the beautiful places of sightseeing in Uttarkashi. The dam is surrounded by lofty mountains and lush green alpine meadows, making it an absolutely charming place to relax and unwind. This place is famous for day trips and picnics. Maneri Dam diverts the water of Bhagirathi into a tunnel and supplies to Tiloth Power Plant and Maneri Bhali Hydroelectric Project.

Dodital Lake : In Uttarkashi, places to visit for reinvigoration and unwinding are plenty, and Dodital Lake is surely one of them. Perched at an elevation of 3024 meters, Dodital is a spectacular freshwater lake in Uttarkashi. Locally called ‘Dhundital’ meaning Ganesh ka Tal, this lake has a religious connotation too. Local people believe that Lord Ganesh chose this place as his abode and there is also a Ganesh temple, located by the lake.

Dayara Bugyal : Dayara Bugyal is a tranquil and absolutely charming place, ideal for trekking and camping. Located up the hill, at 3048 m, this beautiful alpine meadow offers the amazing and jaw-dropping beauty of the surrounding. People trek approximately 9 km from Barsu Village to reach this Dayara Bugyal and relax and rejuvenate amid nature.

Nachiketa Lake : Another name from the list of Uttarkashi tourist places, Nachiketa Lake is a scenic wonder of the region. Mythological tales reveal that the lake was formed by Uddalok, who named the place after his son; Nachiketa. The lake offers awe-inspiring beauty and the surrounding thick pine and oak forests provide a soothing treat to mind and soul. There is a famous Nag Devta temple, located on the bank of the Nachiketa Lake.

Shakti Temple : The Shakti Temple is amongst the most popular places of sightseeing in Uttarkashi, particularly among religious pilgrims and spiritual tourists. Located close to Viswanath temple, this place is known for a mighty Trishul, made of iron and copper. This long and sturdy Trishul is believed to be thrown by Goddess Shakti- another form of Goddess Durga, to kill the demons and evil power.

Kuteti Devi Temple : Dedicated to Goddess Kuteti Devi- a form of Goddess Durga, this is a Hindu temple, located on Hari Parvat hilltop, on the bank of Bhagirathi. It is believed that the temple was built by son-in-law and daughter of Maharaja Kota, after being blessed by the Goddess herself.