Gangotri is located at an altitude of 3100 meters above sea level, on the banks of Bhagirathi river. The temple is a 20ft high and made up of white granite. Gangotri temple is dedicated to the River Goddess Ganga, a symbol of purity. According to Hindu Mythology, It is said that the Ganga is a result of reward given by lord “Shiva” to the king “Bhagirath” for his penance.
The temple was constructed by a Gorkha Commander Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th Century. The Gangotri temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya and closes down on Yama Dwitiya or Bhai Duj. The amazing mountain range of Himalayas and the flowing Bhagirathi by the side makes for a perfect setting for tourists.
Gangotri is the home place of many ashrams, small shrines and temple where visitors can learn the history behind the creation of Ganga River. It is said that a dip in the waters of this holy waters washes away all your sins. There are many Shops which sell prasad's and lightweight cans to carry water from Gangotri after Darshan. Experiencing Gangotri Yatra is the amazing feeling for tourists, is a very popular pilgrim destination.