Situated at a distance of 155 Km from Rishikesh, the last railhead, at an elevation of 1150 Mts. above sea-leval 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.

Govind Wildlife Sanctuary

Govind Wildlife Sanctuary Was established in the year 1955 in Uttarkashi district of state Uttaranchal.Surrounded by the natures gifts such as thick forest , snow covered mountain peaks of the Himalaya and glaciers,the sanctuary attracts a great number of tourists every year from all around the world.


Accommodation facilities are available at the above in the form of Forest Rest Houses and Tourist Bangalows. At Harkidoon too there is a small rest house at an altitude of 3506 meters. A trek is satisfying experience, moving through dense forests and mountainous landscape. The Ruinsara lake which is about 8 kms. from Osla, is yet another attractive place for trekkers.


The shrine of Yamunotri, source of river Yamuna is situated in the direction opposite to Gangotri and the road bifurcates and goes to Yamunotri from Dharasu, a place between Rishikesh – Uttarkashi. Another 55 km away is Barkot, affording a fabulous view of the Banderpunch Range . Barkot is also approachable by road directly from Delhi (334 km ) via Saharanpur, Harbartpur, Nainbagh and Naugaon.8 km from Barkot is Gangani, a place of pilgrimage, on the left bank of Yamuna. The holy tank here is called Gangayan Kund. Water from the tank is taken for puja purposes to the opposite village of Than, housing the imposing temple of Rishi Jamdagni . 2 kms. from Gangani is Kharadi a place known for its roaring waterfall. The motorable road continues till Jankichatti via Syanachatti, Ranachatti and Hanumanchatti, 50 km from Barkot. From Jankichatti its is a 5 km trek to yamunotri for which ponies,dandies and kandies (baskets for carrying children) are also available. The temple of Yamunotri falls on the left bank and was originally constructed by Maharaj Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. Near the temple are three hot springs . The most important, Surya Kund, is a tank full of boiling water into which rice and potatoes are dipped to be cooked and taken as “prasad”. Near the Kund, a rock slab, the “Divya Shila” is worshipped before puja is offered to the black marble idol of Yamuna. The shrine of Yamunotri is one of the “four dhams” of Uttarakhand. The source of Yamuna lies above 1 km. ahead at an altitude of about 4421 meters. The approach is extremely difficult and pilgrims therefore offer puja at the temple itself.Pilgrims can find accommodation in the houses belonging to the “Pandas” or the sole Dharamshala.On the way one can stay at Janaki Chatti 8 kms. from Hanuman Chatti. There are tourist bangalow, PWD and Forest Rest Houses and Dharamshalas.


The district is mentioned in Kedar Khand of Skand Puran as “Kedar Kshetra” (sacred region) and contains the origins of the most sacred rivers of India, the Ganga and the Yamuna.The Ganga is believed to have first descended to earth at Gangotri (‘Ganga’ + ‘Uttari’ which means descended) 99 km from Uttrarkashi, situated at height of 3140 meters.A shrine dedicated to the Goddess was built some 250 years ago by Amar Bahadur Thapa, the Gorkha Commander.Near the temple is a great stone slab-the ‘Bhagirath Shila’ dedicated to Bhagirath, whose penance is believed to have brought the Ganga down from the heavens. Other spots to watch nearby are Surya Kund, Gauri Kund, Patangna, Bhairav Jhap etc.At Gangotri, the confluence of the Bhagirathi with Kedar Ganga takes place.Gomukh(4200 meters), the identified source of the holy river Ganga , is 18 kms. further uphill from Gangotri. The trek to Gomukh is gradual and several pilgrims undertake the journey to pay homage the river at its known source. Enroute accommodation is available at Bhojwasa in Tourist Rest House.Further up from Gaumukh are Tapovan,Nandanvan, Chaukhamba – where famous peaks like shivling,Bhagirathi I,II,III, Kalindi are located and are scaled by mountaineers. The Gangotri temple is visited by roughly 2.50 lakhs Hindus annually. It opens on the auspicious day of “Akshay- Tirth”, generally in the first week of May, and closes on Diwali. During the winter, Gangotri is snowbound and so the deity is taken 25 kms. downstreams, to Mukhva, home to the main Pandas of Gangotri. Furhter downstream,10 km from Gangotri, is the picturesque forested halting place of Bhaironghati. There exists a small temple of Bhairon , appointed by Shiva to safeguard this region which gives the place its name. The bridge over the Jhanvi river at Bhaironghati is said to be the highest in Asia . Another 16 km downstream lies the township of Dharali , where again it is told that Bhagirath had undergone penance. There one may see the submerged remains of a temple, termed Kedar Kund. Hot springs are encountered at Gangnani, 56 km from Gangotri on the road to Uttarkashi, near the tank called Rishi-Kund is a temple dedicated to the Parasher, believed to be the father of Ved Vyas, author of the Mahabharat.


The Gaumukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi ( Ganga ) and is held in high esteem by the devouts who do not miss the opportunity to have the holy dip in the bone chilling icy water. It is 18 kms. from Gangotri. The trek is easy and at times people come back to Gangotri the same day.There is a Tourist Bungalow at Bhojbasa, 14 kms. from Gangotri where lodging and other facilities are available.

Nandan-Van Tapovan

These two spots are situated opposite the Gangotri glacier further up from Gaumukh, at a distance of 6 kms. from where visitors can have a superb view of the majestic Shivling peak. There are ideal spots for camping and also provides base camps for Bhagirathi, Shivling, Meru, Kedardom, Kharchakund, Satopant, Kalindi Khal and many other snow peaks.