Gangnani is a small town situated 46 kms from Uttarkashi on the route to Gangotri. Gangnani is an ideal destination for the spiritually inclined and those seeking peace of mind. Being a perfect spot for meditation, Gangnani acts as an ideal retreat for the nature lovers who are exploring the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state. Gangnani affords stunning mountain views surrounded near Gangotri.
Famous for its thermal water springs, Gangnani is a perfect place for rejuvenation. The thermal water spring at Gangnani is called Rishikund. Most of the devotees take holy dip in this natural hot water spring before heading towards Gangotri. Gangnani also leads the way stretched at a distance of 12 kms to another place worth visiting, called Bhatwari. A temple dedicated to sage Parasara, father of Veda Vyas lies in Gangnani.
Dodi Tal is an emerald lake nestled amidst high mountains at an altitude of 3,310mts above sea level. With its serene setting and tranquil environs, Dodi Tal is arguably one of the most beautiful high altitude lakes of North India. Dodi Tal is named after the rare Himalayan Trout’s known as Dodi in local language. This lake is one of the very few water bodies where Himalayan Trout’s are found.On one corner of the lake a beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. According to mythology this is the place where Lord Ganesha was born. The circumference of the lake is 1.5kms with dense deodar trees all around it. Dodi Tal can be reached in two days by trekking 22kms from Sangam Chatti. The trekking to Dodi Tal is easy but the trail gets moderate if you trek towards Darwa Pass. A wide range imposing Himalayan range can be seen from Darwa Top.
Dodital is considered as one of the most beautiful lakes of India and it is extremely popular with nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts. The origin of this Tal is from the natural springs and the source of river 'Asi Ganga'.
Located in Uttarkashi district, Dayara Bugyal is one of the easiest destinations to reach through trekking. After trekking for just 9kms from Barsu Village you will reach this lush green high altitude meadow. Dayara Bugyal is spread across 28 square kilometers with average altitude of 3340mts above sea level.
Ideal trek for long weekends, Dayara Bugyal can be a perfect start for beginners. This region receives heavy snowfall during winters. Barsu Village can be reached by 45kms drive from Uttarkashi. Barsu is a small village that acts as the base camp of the trek to Dayara Bugyal. Please note that the road to Barsu branches off near Bhatwari.
The trek goes through open land and dense forest at different places ending up at the vast expanse of lush green meadow. Most of the trekkers start their trek from Barsu village and they trek down via Raithal to see the scenic beauty of both the routes.
Kedartal is an immaculate lake holding crystal clear water. The picturesque Kedartal is situated at the base of the Thalay Sagar (6,904 mts) and Brigupanth Peak (6,772 mts). The view of the reflections of Thalay Sagar peak on Kedartal is truly enchanting.
One of the most popular and rewarding treks in the Garhwal Himalayas, Gaumukh – Tapovan – Nandanvan Circuit not only gives you the opportunity to camp at the foot of lofty Himalayan peak but it also involves crossing the massive Gaumukh Glacier, the origin of Ganga River.
Visit to the Gangotri Temple is a key attraction of this trek. It is one of the sacred Char Dham of Uttarakhand. Gangotri is the place from where Bhagirathi River descends. Situated at an altitude of 3,048mts above sea level, Gangotri acts as the base camp of the trek to Gaumukh Glacier.
Gaumukh is the second largest glacier of India with 30kms in length and 4kms in width, first one being Siachen. The Himalayan peaks visible during this trek are Shivling, Sudarshan, Meru, Bhagirathi sisters, Kharchkund and more.
The trail to Gaumukh is open for trekkers and pilgrims from May to October. Gangotri National Park remains closed during winters as it is prone to heavy snowfall.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights and Gangotri is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. ypu can also hire chopper services to Gangotri from Dehradun.
The nearest railway station to Gangnani is Rishikesh on NH58 and is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi and many other destinations to Gangotri.
Gangnani is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Situated at the end of NH108, buses to Rishikesh are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi. Buses and Taxis to Gangotri are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Dehradoon, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi etc.