Gangotri Temple is situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state. This temple is about 3048 meters above sea level. Gangotri Temple was built by Amar Singh Thapa, Gorkha commander in the 18th century. Gangotri Temple is situated on the banks of the holy Bhagirathi (Ganga) river. This holy temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. King Bhagiratha is also worshipped with Goddess Ganga in this temple, as a result of their austerities, the Goddess came upon Ganga earth. For the salvation of ancestors by the curse given by Kapil Muni, King Bhagirath had done penance to bring Goddess Ganga to the earth. For this reason, the sacred river Ganga was given the name of the river Bhagirathi, which later meets the Alaknanda river in Devprayag, from here it is known as the holy Ganges river. Gangotri opens in Akshaya Tritiya and closes after the festival of Deepawali. This temple is very important among the Hindus. Millions of pilgrims visit this holy temple every year.
According to legend, Maharaj Sagar had 60,000 sons. They did an 'Ashwamedha Yagna', where the horse of Ashwamedha Yagna went, 60,000 of them took their places in their possession. From this, King Indra of the gods became worried. They grabbed the horse and tied it to Kapil Muni's ashram. The son of King Sagar saw the horse caught in the ashram of sage Kapil Muni, then the son of King Sagar took it the horse while disrespecting sage Kapil Muni. As a result of anger, Kapil Muni cursed and burned them, by which their soul was deprived of salvation. After requests of Maharaj Sagar, Kapil Muni told him that the curse cannot be withdrawn, but the remedy can be taken. They told Maharaj Sagar that if the divine river Ganga from the heaven is brought to the earth, then his sons can attain liberation. After this, his three generation continued to do penance on the Himalayas to bring Ganga to the Earth, but they could not bring Ganga to the earth. Then in the same generation, King Bhagirath had done penance of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Goddess Ganga to bring Ganga on the earth. As a result, the Goddess Ganga came to the earth. In order to save the earth from destruction due to the huge velocity of the Ganges, Lord Shiva first put the Ganga in its Jata, then left on the earth. His ancestors received liberation from the water of the holy Ganges..
The nearest airport to Gangotri is Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, which is about 268 km away from Gangotri.
The nearest railway station of Gangotri is Dehradun, which is about 242 km away from Gangotri.
Gangotri Temple is located at a distance of about 200 meters from Gangotri bus stand.
The best time to travel to the Gangotri Temple is between from the months of September to November and April to Jun. Travelling here in these months is the best and enjoyable. In the winter season, the journey of here is closed for 6 months. During the winter season, the weather of here is cold. Due to heavy snowfall in the winter season, the temperature of here goes down very much. Due to heavy rains in the rainy season, it is a bit difficult to travel of here because of heavy rains threatening landslides.