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Uttarkashi Garhwal, Uttarakhand
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A town spread out along the Ganges (or Ganga, also Bhagirathi), Uttarkashi (1158 mts) is an important "base camp" for the Hindu pilgrimage circuit (especially the Char Dham sites of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath) and for trekking and climbing destinations of the Garhwal Himalayas.

 

Uttarkashi sprawls in the extreme north-west corner of the Uttarakhand state of India, over an area of 8016 sq. km in the rugged terrain of the magestic Himalayas. On its north lie Himachal Pradesh State and the territory of Tibet and the district of Chamoli in the east. An ancient place with rich cultural heritage and as the name suggests is the Kashi of north (Uttara) held almost as high in a veneration as Kashi of the plain (Varanasi). Both the Kashi of the plain (Varanasi) as well as the Kashi of north are situated on the banks of the river Ganga (Bhagirathi). The area which is held sacred and known as Uttarkashi, lies between the rivers Syalam Gad also known as the Varuna and Kaligad also known as the Asi. The Varuna and the Asi are also the names of the rivers between which the Kashi of the plain lies. One of the holiest Ghats in Uttarkashi is Manikarnika so is the one by same name in Varanasi . Both have temples dedicated to Vishwanath.

 

This land was inhabited by hill tribes since ancient times bringing out the best in man his adaptive talents. The land of Uttarkashi district has been held sacred by Indians since ages where the seers and sages had found solace and spiritual aspirations and performed penances and where devas performed their sacrifices and Vedic language was better known and spoken than elsewhere. People came here for learning Vedic language and speach. The district of Uttarkashi was part of Gharwal Kingdom ruled by Garhwal dynasty.

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Situated at a distance of 155 Km from Rishikesh, the last railhead, at an elevation of 1150 Mts. above sea-level on the bank of river Bhagirathi, this picturesque town is also the district headquarters. From the religious point of view as well, it is considered important because the temple of Lord Vishwanath , is located here where a massive iron trident is erected.

                      
The Ancient Vishwanath Temple devoted to Lord Shiva is situated at the heart of the town approx. It is belived that this temple was established by Parasuram and was renovated by Maharani Khaneti, wife of Sudarshan Shah in 1857. The temple has a Shivling (60 cm. high and 90 Cm. Circumference). People from all over India visit Vishvanath temple during their visit to Uttarkashi, Gangotri and Yamunotri.


Right in front of the Vishwanath temple is located the Shakti temple. It has a big ‘Trishul’ of about 6 meters in height and a circumference of 90 cms. at bottom.


On way to Gangotri at a distance of about 13 km from Uttarkashi, Maneri has lately emerged as a place of tourist interest as a result of the construction of a dam across the Bhagirathi River, from where the water is fed to the turbines through an 8 km long tunnel at Tiloth in Uttarkashi. The resultant lake at Maneri has added to the charm of the place. Further up on way to Gangotri about 37 kms. from Maneri, is the hot water spring at Gangnani where one can have a refreshing bath.


Dodital is 16 km further up situated at an elevation of 3307 meters. The lake is sparkling and crystal clear, surrounded by forests. The famous Himalayan trout fish species are found in abundance in the lake. Permit for fishing can be had from the Divisional Forest Officer, Uttarkashi.

 Getting there

Location

Northwest region of the uttarakhand state.

Distances

145 km from Rishikesh.

 Fast Facts
Name Uttarkashi Best Time To Visit March to June
Location Garhwal   Uttarakhand   North   India  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Hill Town & Pilgrimage
Temperature Summar   8-14°C      Winter   0-4°C      Rainy   5-8°C
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