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  • By Air : The closest Airport from Uttarkashi is Jolly Grant airport, near Dehradun, 162 kilometres from here.
  • By Rail : The nearest railway station is Rishikesh, 145 kms from here. Rishikesh is well connected by rail to other major cities.
  • By Road : There are motorable roads connecting Uttarkashi to other major cities like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar and other important towns.



Uttarkashi, situated at 1158 M elevation, in north of Uttaranchal, is famous for being home to Gangotri and Yamunotri. The holy town is highly revered, as it holds the origin point of Ganga and Yamuna, also called as lifeline of India . The name Uttarkashi is derived from two words, Uttar (North) and Kashi (ancient name for Varanasi). The name signifies the religious importance. The place is equally revered as Varanasi, in north India. A common feature of Varanasi and Uttarkashi is that they both are situated on the banks of River Ganga.

Also Uttarkashi is known for its temples dedicated to Rishi Parasurama, Datatryea, Goddess Annapurna Devi, Goddess Kali, and Bhairon. There are approximately 365 temples in this town. Apart from being a pilgrimage, the town is also famous for hosts of adventure sports activities. Uttarkashi trek and Gangotri trek offer some really tough challenges to the trekkers. Climbing & rappelling is conducted on artificial wall at Nehru Institute of mountaineering with complete safety gear. River crossing on a medium size river-stream is also organised. All safety gears can be easily availed for undertaking this adventure. The holy town of Uttarkashi is set on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1158 metres, about 145 kms from Rishikesh on the main route to Gangotri. It is considered to have similar religious importance as Kashi. The famous Vishwanath temple here is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In front of the temple is unique Mahadev-ka-Vishal Trishul or Shiva's Great Trident, made of eight major metals. It is believed Lord Shiva killed Vakasur with this trident. Other important temples are dedicated to Lord Parashuram, Lord Ekadash Rudra and Goddess Kali. It is an important stopover for pilgrims visiting Gangotri. Uttarkashi has also emerged as an important centre for adventure sports.


  • Bhairon Chowk : Bhairon Chowk is considered one of the oldest sites in Uttarkashi. It was referred to by ancient texts as ‘Chamala ki Chowri’ in connection with Barahat –Uttarkashi’s ancient name. Chamala ki Chowri was named after a Champa tree that used to grow here and the chowk was used to hold village councils, and for pilgrims to gather and pray here before undertaking the difficult journey on foot to Gangotri.
  • Gangotri : The shrine of Gangotri situated at an elevation of 3200 metres above sea level, amidst captivating surroundings is 100 kms. from Uttarkashi. The temple, constructed by the Gorkha general, Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th century, is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi. It is visited by lakhs of pilgrims every year. A number of ashrams are located on the other side, some of which provide accommodation facilities to the visitors.
  • Gaumukh : 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 a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water. It is 18 kms. from Gangotri.
  • Yamunotri : 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. Situated at an elevation of 3235 metres above sea level, the shrine of Yamunotri is one of the ‘four dhams’ of Uttarakhand.
  • Govind National Park : This sanctuary was established in 1955, and notified as a national park in 1990. The altitude varies from 1,300 metres to as high as 6,300 metres in a few areas. The sanctuary is home to more than 15 species of mammals and over 150 birds. Lucky tourists can catch a glimpse of endangered animals such as the snow leopard and the common leopard. The black bear, musk dear and the brown bear are other mammals that can be found in the region.
  • Himalayan Museum : Located within the NIM Campus is the Himalaya Museum, the only museum of its kind in Garhwal. A wide display of mountaineering equipment, the history of various expeditions, photographs of climbers, peaks, etc, are displayed there.
  • Maneri : The Maneri-Bhali project, which supplies 93 MW of power to Uttarakhand, is located on the left bank of Bhagirathi, close to Uttarkashi. Roughly 13 km upstream of Uttarkashi is the village of Maneri. Here, a lake – of an unbelievably beautiful and clear colour reflecting the surrounding conifers-- has been formed by damming the Bhagirathi, which is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction. There is camping site here on the banks of the river.
  • Nachiketa Tal : Chaurangi-Khal is the road-head for this small but beautiful lake. A further trek of 3 kilometres through oak and rhododendron forests leads you to Nachiketa Tal. It is believed that this lake is named after its creator, Nachiketa, the devout son of sage Uddalak. Nachiketa Tal, roughly about 600 sq metres in area, with a temple dedicated to Nag Devta on one shore. Every year, on the occasion of Nag Panchami, hundreds of villagers converge here to take a dip in the lake and to pray at the temple. The water is shallow, but extremely clear – you can see shoals of trout swimming inside. Accommodation is available at Chaurangi-Khal in a PWD inspection bungalow, and you can also camp by the lakeside.
  • Ujali : The Ujali colony, located 1 kilometre outside Uttarkashi, houses over 500 sadhus and sanyasins. Some scholars and theists of great repute live here. Uttarakhand’s best-known ashrams such as the Kailash Ashram, the Shivananda Ashram, the Baba Kali Kamli Ashram and the Punjab Sindh Dandi Kshetra all have a presence in Ujali.
  • Har-ki-dun : Har-ki-dun is famous for its natural beauty and is a popular destination for the height of 3566m, Har-Ki-Doon is a land of unparalleled beauty in the whole district of Uttar Kashi.


  • Kuteti Devi : 1.5 kilometres from Uttarkashi. Situated on Hari Parvat on the opposite bank of the Bhagirathi from the centre of town, Kuteti Devi is the main deity of Kot Gram Khai in Uttarkashi. Legend says that Kuteti Devi is an avtar (reincarnation) of Durga. This temple was built by the daughter of the Maharaja of Kota and her husband (Raja Banswala) on the spot where they discovered three stones with a heavenly aroma, as guided by the Devi in their dreams.
  • Prachin Annapurna Mata Mandir : Goddess Annapurna, the giver of ann or grain and another form of Parvati, Lord Shiv’s consort, is worshipped here. The idol has existed here for centuries and the temple was built around it sometime in the 8th century AD.
  • Prachin Bhairon Mandir : The idol of Bhaironji at this temple is swayambhu (it emerged from the ground on its own). It says in the Kedar Khand that Bhairon is always worshipped before Lord Shiv, he is the protector of Lord Shiv. So this idol is the protector of the Vishwanath Temple just as there is Bhairon Temple near the Vishwanath Temple in Kashi (Varanasi) as well.
  • Prachin Parsuram Mandir : Lord Vishnu and Parsuram, the 24th reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, are worshipped here. The idol of Parsuram in this temple is said to date back to the 8th century AD. It is said that Parsuram beheaded his mother, Renuka, on the orders of his father Sage Jamdagni. The latter, pleased with his son’s obedience, granted him a boon. Parsuram asked for his mother’s life to be restored, which was done. Nevertheless, he was guilty of matri hatya (mother’s murder) and was told by his father to go to Uttarkashi to repent. Uttarkashi is then his tapsthali (place of meditation). There are very few temples dedicated to Parsuram in India and this is possibly one of two in the entire country.
  • Shakti Temple : Located right opposite the Vishwanath temple, within the same compound, the Shakti temple is dedicated to the goddess of power in her reincarnation as Goddess Parvati. At the pride of place at this temple stands a magnificent 8 m high trishul or trident, 1 m in circumference (referred to by Atkinson as the trident at the Sukh-ka-mandir), also known as the shakti stambh. Each prong is about 2 m in length. It is generally agreed that this is the most antique relic to be found in the whole of Uttarakhand.
  • Vishwanath Temple : The Vishwanath Mandir, located at Vishwanath Chowk in the centre of town, is Uttarkashi’s most venerated temple and draws a huge number of devotees from across India through the year. The Shivling here is swayambhu, that is, it emerged from the earth on its own. The fact that the huge black stone shivling (60 cm high and 90 cm in circumference) leans to the left is considered proof that it was not established by man and that it has existed since time immemorial. It is bathed and decorated every day with fresh dhatura and other seasonal flowers. The base of the shivling is made of peetal (brass), a more recent addition as are the tiles on the walls of the sanctum sanctorum.



Uttarkashi is in the high altitude of garhwal range. Therfore, winter is really cool and summer is pleasant. Best time to visit is during the month of May- June.



The climate of Utterkashi is mild and entirely comfortable in Summers, temperature wavering below 30°C. Winters are very cold, and temperature dips to freezing point.


  • Magh Mela : Magh Mela takes place on the occcasion of Makar sankrani (January) in Utarkashi every year.It is an important events of the district form reliious cltural and commercial poinet of view a lafe number of local people and touriest participate in the meal with many pouring in form different parts of Kumaon Gahrwal and other parts of Uttar pradesh.

In the entire district including the Uttarkashi town people take general food like Dal (pulse), rice, vegetables, wheat, milk, curd etc. apart from the local foodgrains of Jhangora, Koda, Kauni, China , Marsu etc. The local recipes are Badi, Jholi, Chhchendu, Palau, Kaphli, Jhangore ki Kheer , Patud, Dhabari Roti, Koldi, Chaisu, Gathauni, Meetha Bhat, Arsa, Rot , Lagdi, Gulgula etc.

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