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Spiritual Holidays - Uttarkashi
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A major town on way to Gangotri, Uttarkashi is a pilgrimage site and headquarters of district Uttarkashi. A trekking hub, Uttarkashi is a good place to go for a quiet holiday. One can enjoy lovely views, take long walks, visit various temples, head for a trek or simply relax and recharge.

Uttarkashi town is situated at an altitude of 1,550 meters on the right banks of river Bhagirathi. Uttarkashi as the name suggests is often called the Kashi of the extreme north. Perhaps that’s why a Vishwanath Temple similar to one at Kashi is built here.  Uttarkashi is about 145 km north of Rishikesh. The holy shrine and source of the Ganga, Gangotri is 100 km from Uttarkashi.

Places to see in Uttarkashi
Vishwanath Temple, Uttarkashi

Uttarkashi is a place to enjoy lovely views and take leisurely walks. If you want to explore what lies around, just take a walk to the Vishwanath Temple, located next to the main market. The temple is similar to the one in Varanasi.  Just close to it is the Shakti Temple, which has a large iron and copper trident. At some point of time, there were close to 365 temples here. Annapurna Devi, Kali Bhairon and Parshuram Temple are other significant temples in Uttarkashi.

Apart from the temples in Uttarkashi, there are dozens of small ashrams and shrines that you can check out. Kuteti Devi Temple is of particular interest if you want to Bada Haat, Uttarkashienjoy some spectacular views  of the valley and the mountains. Kandhar Devta, the local deity little further is another place to check out.

One can also take a walk to the market – Bada Haat – as it is called. You can shop for lovely mementos, cowbells in particular make for good gifts.

Places Nearby

Uttarkashi is an exciting place for trekkers. It is in fact base to treks to Har-ki-Dun, Dodital, Yamunotri and Gaumukh. Dodital is 32 km from Uttarkashi. Nachiketa Tal is 33 km away and can be reached by taking a road to Chaurangi Khal village. Nachiketa Tal is 3 km uphill walk from here. Gangotri, 100 km away is a popular pilgrimage site. It is the source of the Ganga.

Nehru Mountaineering Institute is another well known landmark in the area. It overlooks Uttarkashi. It has two artificial climbing walls, a gift shop with trekking equipment, books and NIM memorabilia, and a café. The institute offers many long and short term courses.

Ashrams and Yoga Centers in Uttarkashi
Shivananda Ashram ((Tel: 01374-222624, 224159) is one of the well known ashrams along the banks of the Bhagirathi. It is a lovely location just next to the Siror Bridge, a few kilometers north of Uttarkashi. The ashram offers yoga teachers’ training courses and other courses on yoga. Kailash Ashram is another place to check out, it is close to the town, along the banks of the river in Ujeli.

Places to Stay

Uttarkashi is a major town on way to Gangotri. It has good but limited accommodation. There are few budget hotels in Uttarkashi, which provide basic facilities. Check hotels in Uttarkashi

How to reach

By Air: Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 172 km away is the nearest airport.

By Rail: Rishikesh, 145 km is nearest rail head.

By Road: Frequent buses to Uttarkashi leave from Delhi’s ISBT at Kashemere Gate. Buses to Uttarkashi are also available from Rishikesh and Dehradun.

Check Driving Directions from New Delhi to Uttarkashi

Best time to visit: March to April is the ideal time to visit. May – June is the busy season when pilgrims crowd the hotels and dormitories all the way to Gangotri.

About Uttarkashi: Uttarkashi Information & Fact File
Altitude 1150 meters
Summer 40 (Max) & 25 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 15 (Max) & 8 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go March – April
Monsoon July – Sept
Summer May – June
Winter November – February
Clothes Cottons in summer & heavy woolens in winter
Nearest Airport Jolly Grant (Dehradun), 172 km
Nearest Railway Station Rishikesh, 145 km
Bus Station Uttarkashi
Hospital & Doctor

Uttarkashi has a district hospital that takes care of emergencies.

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