Gangotri Temple The original Gangotri Temple was built by the Nepalese general Amar Singh Thapa. Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, Gangotri Temple is one of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit.
The temple is closed from Diwali day every year and is reopened in May. During this time, the idol of the goddess is kept at Mukhba village, near Harsil. Ritual duties of the temple are supervised by the Semwal family of pujarisPlaces to visit near the Gangotri Temple
• Bhagirath Shila is believed to be the holy rock where King Bhagirath prayed to Lord Shiva.
• Pandava Gufa, located 1.5 km from Gangotri, is the place where the Pandavas are believed to have meditated and rested en route Kailash. Pilgrims will have to trek up to the Pandava Gufa.
In the pilgrimage journey of Char Dham, Gangotri is often visited after Yamunotri. Pilgrims generally make Uttarkashi as their base camp. The time taken from Uttarkashi to Gangotri temple is about 4 hours by road.