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Gangotri Temple Frequently Asked Questions

Gangotri Temple Faqs:

  • What is the best time to visit Gangotri?
    Answer: It is best to go in the opening months of May to June and in the closing months of September to November. Avoid going during the monsoon months of July to September.  There are chances of landslides and floods in the monsoon.
  • Is Gangotri open now?
    Answer: The kapat of Gangotri temple opens on 7th May for the year 2019. One can visit after that any time.
  • Can I visit Gangotri in December?
    Answer: At Gangotri, winter starts from October and lasts till April. The average temperature falls down to 5°C during the daytime. In December, Gangotri experiences heavy snowfall. It is advisable not to go during December.
  • How can I go to Gangotri Temple?
    Answer: If you are coming from abroad, Delhi is most connected. By rail, Haridwar is best. From there you have to travel by road to reach Uttarkashi and then Gangotri.
  • Can I go to Gangotri by car?
    Answer: You can hire a taxi from the railway station to reach Gangotri. There are buses available too from the nearest bus stations. However, it is not recommended to go by car. Find out why?
  • How far is Gangotri from Rishikesh and Haridwar?
    Answer: The distance between Gangotri and Rishikesh is 270 km. The distance between Gangotri and Haridwar is 293 km.
  • Does Gangotri have snow?
    Answer: From November to April, it is winter in Gangotri. Snowfall happens very often during winters. The average temperature is 5°C.
  • How old is Gangotri?
    Answer: Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa originally built the temple in the 18th century. Also, Bhagiratha meditated for years. He called Ganga to clean the sins of his ancestors.
  • Which God is in Gangotri?
    Answer: Gangotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. As per Hindu mythology, Ganga is the daughter of Lord Brahma.
  • Is registration compulsory for going to Gangotri?
    Answer: Yes, the Uttarakhand government have made registration compulsory after the 2013 floods. One cannot skip the registration. Steps for online registration