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Uttarkashi


Claiming similarity to the holy pilgrimage city of Kashi (also called Varanasi) in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarkashi (which means ‘Kashi of the North’) is a sacred town in Uttarakhand. Apart from being a common inclusion in chardham yatra packages from Delhi, the town is also visited by numerous adventure tourists and nature admirers. Home to delightful vistas of nature, Uttarkashi offers a revitalizing ambiance with its closeness to mountain peaks, rivers, lakes, meadows, waterfalls and natural springs. Like every other destination on char dham yatra tour, Uttarkashi has spirituality and holiness
spread all over.

Why Visit Uttarkashi?
Uttarkashi is one of the best places to take rest while heading towards Gangotri and Yamunotri, two of the four char dham pilgrimage destinations in Uttarakhand. The town itself is a popular pilgrimage site, offering a number of temples and because of its location on the banks of holy River Bhagirathi (the source stream of River Ganga).

Family tourists and adventurers join pilgrims to form the ever-increasing population of tourists visiting the town. Uttarkashi is the base of many trekking excursions to some extremely exquisite lakes, valleys and meadows. White water rafting and mountaineering are other two popular adventures the tourists love to pursue at this place.

How to Reach?
There are three alternatives available for the tourists to reach Uttarkashi:

  • Take a flight to Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun and cover the journey from Dehradun to Uttarkashi by road.
  • Board a train from Delhi to Rishikesh and cover the remaining distance to Uttarkashi by road.
  • Use public transport buses or private transport facilities like coaches, taxis and tempos from Delhi to Uttarkashi.

Uttarkashi has many budget, mid-budget and luxury hotels that you can book in advance. Travel guides can be hired with the help of tour operators, especially if you are planning a trekking excursion from the town.

Attractions and Activities in and around Uttarkashi

  • Temples: Lord Vishwanath Temple (similar to the one located in Varanasi) dedicated to Lord Shiva is the most popular religious site in the town. There are many other beautiful temples including Kandar Devta Temple, Kuteti Devi Temple and Kaleshwar Temple.
  • Rivers: Uttarkashi is flanked by numerous rivers apart from River Bhagirathi. River Tons and Yamuna flow in the close vicinity of the town, lending an enchanting environ to the region. White water rafting on River Tons draws a number of daredevil spirits.
  • Ganga Kinare: An amazing activity is to stroll on the banks of River Ganga (known as Bhagirathi in the region). Many ghats, especially the Manikarnika Ghat (similar to the one in Varanasi) on the river remain crowded.
  • Mountain Viewing: Some distinctive views of the mountain peaks belonging to Gangotri and Bandarpoonch Ranges can be enjoyed from Uttarkashi. Most of them remain covered with snow and boast of unearthly beauty. It is possible to organize mountaineering expeditions to some of these peaks.>
  • Nehru Institute of Mountaineering: A well-known mountaineering institute in Asia, it offers training courses for mountaineers and climbers. Adventure lovers can also organize mountaineering tours with the help of the institute.
  • Gangotri and Yamunotri: Uttarkashi is a popular mid-way destination on do dham yatra from Haridwar to access Gangotri and Yamunotri. While Gangotri Temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga, Yamunotri Temple has Goddess Yamuna as the presiding deity. Each of these temples is highly revered by the Hindu pilgrims and well-known for their picturesque natural beauty.
  • Glacier Treks: Adventure travellers visiting Uttarkashi can organize trekking tours to many famous glaciers in the region. Gaumukh Glacier (the source of River Ganga) near Gangotri is the second largest glacier in India and offers an exhilarating trekking experience. Other similar expeditions can be conducted to Meru Glacier.
  • Dodi Tal Trek: Dodi Tal, also known as the Lake of Lord Ganesha, is a beautiful freshwater lake. Considered as the abode of Ganesha, the lake is accessible through a memorable trek starting near Uttarkashi. Treks can also be enjoyed to many other pristine lakes like Kedar Tal and Vasuki Tal.
  • Natural Springs and Waterfalls: Bhagirathi Valley in the region gives birth to a number of waterfalls that entice the tourists with their glory. Equally worthwhile are the ensembles of natural springs hushing out of the mountains. Hot water springs exist at Janaki Chatti, Hanuman Chatti and Yamunotri. Rishikund at Gangnani on the way to Gangotri is considered as a sacred thermal spring.
  • Villages and Hamlets: Uttarkashi has many hidden gems in the form of charming and quaint villages and hamlets, the two popular ones being Harsil and Barkot. Each of these places is known for unbound beauty and splendour elaborated by the attractions like fruit orchards and stunning landscapes.

Uttarkashi is one of the ideal holiday destinations for tourists with different holiday moods. Rejuvenate your mind and body in the company of ethereal natural charisma and unruffled environs dominating the place.



 

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