Culture and history info
Gangotri, the seat of goddess Ganga, is situated in Uttarakhand. It is 300 km from Dehradun. Apart from its religious significance, Gangotri is also a miracle of nature. River Ganga originates from the Gangotri glacier and is known as Bhagirathi till it merges with Alaknanda at Devaprayag. From Devprayag, it is known as Ganga.
Gangotri is an important pilgrimages for Hindus. Like the other Chota Char Dham sites, Gangotri temple also closes during winter. The idol is shifted to Mukhyamath temple in Mukhba village, 20 km downstream from the temple.