Gangotri is a famous pilgrimage site located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state, which is one of the main four dham in Uttarakhand, it is very close to the Indo-Tibetan border. Gangotri Temple was built by Amar Singh Thapa, Gorkha commander in the 18th century. Ganges river by getting from the Gangotri Glacier and comes out from Gaumukh, and it is known as Bhagirathi, and in Devprayag it is meet with the Alaknanda river. From Devprayag, it is known as the holy river Ganges.
Gangotri history is centuries old, According to mythology, because of the curse given by Kapil Muni the King Bhagirath was ancestors have become consumed by fire, and the heaps of their burnt bones were spot on the same, those whose liberation was told by Kapil Muni, Holy Ganges can be with water. After that, King Bhagirath went to the Himalayas to do penance to bring Ganga on the earth, For many years, to glad Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Goddess Ganga, penance. After that, At the behest of Lord Vishnu, Goddess Ganga descended on the earth, whose sharp stream was locked by Lord Shiva in his hair. After that one torrent left towards the earth, By which the ancestors of King Bhagiratha got liberation. Therefore, this place is also worshiped King Bhagiratha along with Goddess Ganga, and the name of Ganga river given named Bhagirathi river.
The temple is at a height of 3041 meters and one is very beautiful. The holy river Ganga (river Bhagirathi) flows near the temple, in which thousands of pilgrims take dip and go for darshan in the temple. There are many other tourist spots around here, where tourists can visit, such as Bhairon Ghati, Ganganani, Gangotri National Park, Jalmagna Shivling, Pandav Gufa, Surya Kund and Gaumukh where you have to trek to reach. Gangotri Yatra is the second number from Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra. Gangotri is about 55 kilometers away from Uttarkashi.