The 9 Best Things to Do in Uttarkashi, India

August 1, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Uttarkashi, meaning Kashi of the north, is a town in Uttarakhand, India. It is the district headquarters of Uttarkashi district. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1158 m above sea level. Uttarkashi is generally known as a holy town close to Rishikesh. It is located in the state of Uttarakhand in India. Uttarkashi is home to a number of ashrams and temples and also to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. The name of the town reflects its similarity to and location (as north of) the city of Kashi (Varanasi). Similar to Varanasi, town of Uttarkashi is situated on the Ganges, lies next to a hill named Varunavat, on confluence of two rivers Varuna and Asi, has a ghat called Manikarnika Ghat and has a temple dedicated to Shiva (Kashi Vishwanath Temple) in the center of the town.
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1. Gangotri Glacier

Gomukh, Uttarkashi, India +91 88949 15059
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Gangotri Glacier

Reviewed By CsSharma - New Delhi, India

Gangotri glacier is an important glacier of Himalyan range. River Ganga originated due to melting of ice from Gangotri glaciers and comes out of glaciers at Gaumukh. Gangotri to Gaumaukh, there is no road. One has to trek amidst the Mountains, mostly parallel to River Ganga stream. Forest Department at Gangotri issues the trek permit early in the morning, which cost Rs 150 per person. The whole trek is about 18 km. after trekking through stones , Mountains for about 14 km one can reach to Bhojbasa, where one can find Garhwal Mandal camp and their are few more camps of sadhus., where one can stay for the night. Gaumukh is about 4 km from Bhojbasa. The entire trek is quite tiring, on elevated height and one can gasp for breath as their remain shortage of oxygen at height. But the experience one get after trekking is almost a lifetime experience.

2. Vishwanath Temple

Main Rd, Uttarkashi 249193, India
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Vishwanath Temple

Reviewed By Harshawardhan - Nagpur, India

The Kashi Vishwanath temple in Uttarkashi is one of the most serenely situated temples on the banks of the Ganges. This ancient Shivlinga and the beautiful temple is not far from the Rishikesh - Gangotri road and is also very close to the GMVN Tourist Rest House (TRH).
The Shivlinga is situated in the inner sanctum of the main temple with the statues of Parvati, Ganesha and Kartikeya. There is a huge Trishul situated in the front of the mandir, this ancient Shakti Trishul almost six meters in height is made of an unknown alloy. The ancient trishul is said to be more than 1500 years old, seems of an indo-Tibetan origin and is almost 90~92 cms at the bottom.
Regularly everyday the Vedic Shiv pujas are performed from early morning till late evening. To listen to the hymns being chanted while the royal abhishek is performed with the 'Panch Amrut' ingredients - Milk, Curd, Honey, Sugar and Ghee is absolutely nirvana !! The Darshan of the Lord of the Universe and Shaktimata is not to be missed before stepping on the Himalayas.

3. Gangotri National Park

Uttarkashi, India +91 88949 15059
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Gangotri National Park

Reviewed By Rajani B

Gangotri National Park is special as it's a high terrain National Park. It's dominated by River Bhagirathi, coniferous Forests, hot Springs and rugged terrain. Visiting the national park involves trekking through it. Several species of animals and birds live here. Blue sheep, Musk deer, Himalayan Vultures, Doves etc are the ones famous here.

4. Dodi Tal Lake

16 km from Agoda, Uttarkashi, India
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Dodi Tal Lake

Reviewed By Kshitija A - Pune, Maharashtra, India

Suitable for beginners.
Goes through thick forest cover. So very comforting climate and beautiful views.
If you crave a little adventure, take the steep hike to Darawa Top from Dodital.
Dodital is a sacred place for locals. So it can get quite noisy during festival days with bhajans being played on loudspeakers. So first inquire about the festival days and try to avoid them.
All in all, the best option if you want to start trekking in the Himalayas. Moderately cold nights, great sunny days!!

5. Dayara Bugyal

On Uttarkashi - Gangotri road, Uttarkashi, India
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Dayara Bugyal

Reviewed By Vibhor N - Auckland Central, New Zealand

Perfect balance of distance and height,, 6 hours,, Stay at barsu pre night,, Book ur guide n ponyman yourself,, End up saving lots,, Perfect for first time trekkers.. Cafe meru at malla below,, Rana ji,, perfect guide with immense knowledge..

6. Nachiketa Tal

3 Km From Chaurangi Khal, Uttarkashi, India +91 99718 11491
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Nachiketa Tal

Reviewed By psd2408 - Uttarkashi, India

Surrounded by beautiful forest, the Nachiketa Lake has a mythological significance. The trek is short and easy and any one can do it in about an hour's time. It is a must visit place. The trek starts from Chaurangi Khal and is only a short 3 kms of easy gradient. Do not forget to fill yourself up with aloo ka paratha at Chaurangi Khal before you start your trek. You can stay there over night, courtsey the resident renunciate Babaji. Do not forget to take some fresh veggies from the town if you intend to stay with him.

7. Shakti Temple

Vishwanath Chowk | Opposite Vishwanath Temple, Uttarkashi, India
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Shakti Temple

Reviewed By atmananda - Uttar Kashi

This is the first stop before Vishwanath darshan. It's Busy but possible to step back and close your eyes in a back corner. Huge trident in ground is worshipped as Shiva's shakti. Very powerful shrine in the whole area.

8. Kuteti Devi Temple

Gangotri, Hari Parwat | 2 Km from Uttarkashi, Uttarkashi, India
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Kuteti Devi Temple

Reviewed By atmananda - Uttar Kashi

This is a nice excursion out of town, with a nice view of town. It will be very busy when the by-pass is finished and will go very near the temple. Here the family goddess of a Rajasthani Princess manifest in three aromatic stones. The princess had been married to a local brahmin, but she was lonely without her goddess, so Kuteti came to bless her, and remains here to this day.

9. Dodi Taal

Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarkashi, India +91 99718 11491
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Dodi Taal

Reviewed By atmananda - Uttar Kashi

This is a fairly demanding 2-3 day hike through charming villages along the Assi Ganga. You can stay with villagers, or camp. Much of the road to the trailhead was badly damaged when I was there in 2013, but the trail to the lake is in tact. Villagers used to prevent travelers from going here, because they considered it too holy for mortals to approach. Now they are happy to help.

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