Gangotri Dham is one Dham out of the most famous Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand. It comprises of a religious tour to the famous Char Dhams Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The shrine holds a very special meaning to all devotees in Uttarakhand. Gangotri shrine is visited by a large number of devotees every year and the temple is the emblem of purity of Goddess Ganges which classifies its powers. There are many other attractions located at the dham which are visited by devotees who come to the Dham.
Gangotri Dham is famous for the Gomukh Glacier which is the place where the sacred river ganga originates. The route from Gangotri to Gomukh is a trekking route which attracts many trekkers and nature enthusiasts as well as photographers because of the trekking trial and beautiful landscapes. Gomukh has its own importance for devotees as it is the place from where the most sacred river of the Hindus, Ganga originates. The Gangotri Temple has its own importance as it is the shrine dedicated to Goddess Ganga.
Gangotri Dham is a place with religious significance as it is the place where Gaumukh or the origin of river Ganga is located. Gangotri Dham has many other attractions including the Glacier from where the river Ganga originates, a cave, submerged Shivling and many other places. Devotees visit the Dham in huge crowds as there are many buses which come to Gangotri as well as visit all the four pilgrimages of Uttarakhand. With a large number of customary and sacred spots all around the Gangotri Temple, the trip to Gangotri is a great way to attain spiritual regeneration.
Gangotri Dham is also a hotspot for trekkers, adventure seekers and mountaineers due to the various trekking tracks that are connected. The most important of all is the Gangotri-Gomukh trek which is popular among the devotees as well as trekkers. Gangotri is a perfect place to find the peace and calm as well as to gain the spirituality with the various religious place at the Dham.
Gangotri is popular as a pilgrimage spot and hence the most important activity carried out here is the puja. The place is also famous for its trekking trials which attracts a lrge number of trekkers to the place who visit the nearby peaks and hotspots.
As Gangotri is a religious place so there are a large number of restaurants all offering a variety of vegetarian options to the devotees. Most of the devotees visit the Temple empty stomach and eat only the Prasad given in the temple while their visit to the shrine. Some of the good place to eat are Saket Restaurant, Panchpuri Sadan, Cafe Himalaya, Hotel Gopi Krishna and many more.
As it is a tourist spot, there are a large number of Hotels in Gangotri Dham. There is no provision to stay at Gomukh. Some of the famous Hotels and Guest Houses in gangotri Dham are Shiv Parivar Resort, Harsil Retreat, Harsil Char Dham Camp, GMVM Tourist Rest House, Himalya Hotel and a lot of other place to stay.
Gangotri has a significant historical importance as the place is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga who is believed to be the daughter of Sun God. There are various mythological stories and beliefs related to the various place at the Gangotri Dham which is directly or indirectly related to the sacred river Ganga. According to the mythology, goddess Ganga came to the earth to absolve sins of humans and to release mankind from sufferings when she was pleased with the meditation of King Bhagirath. Hence Bhagirathi is the other name of river goddess Ganga. Lord Shiva entangled the heavy waves in his deadly locks and hence since then the river is worshipped by the Hindus.
The most important festival is the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya when the temple is opened. A special Puja of goddess Ganga is performed inside the temple as well as on the banks of Bhagirathi (Ganga). The day when the temple closes id another important festival, diwali when the Puja is performed again.