Badkot Uttarkashi, Uttaranchal
Uttarkashi, the place holds distinct importance in Uttaranchal.
Bordered by a range of snow capped peaks on the northern side,
Uttarkashi district of Uttaranchal is located at an elevation of 1158
mts. As beautiful Garhwal district Uttarkashi is the land of holiest
of pilgrimages of Hindus, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Within the bounds of
its land, it has the origin of two holiest rivers of India, Ganga and
Yamuna. Owing to its deep rooted religious connection, the hill
district is also known as 'Devbhumi' (the land of gods and goddesses).
Uttarkashi easily captivates the visitor's charm with a snowline high above and a green landscape around, terraced hills, lakes, springs and waterfalls, Uttarkashi is a destination that holds something for everyone. It is a trekkers paradise, a pilgrim's dream come true, a nature lover's dream destination.
Not just that, Uttarkashi is surrounded by an interestingly varied places, Himachal on the north, Tibet on the North east, Chamoli on the east, Rudraprayag on the south east, Tehri on south and finally Dehradun on the east.
Vishwanath temple in Uttarkashi is one of the prime pilgrimage attractions in Uttarkashi around 300 mts from the local bus stand. An ancient temple, it is said that it was first built by Parasuram. Later, it was renovated by Maharani Khaneti, wife of Sudarshan Shah in 1857. The temple has a Shivling, 60 cms high and 90 cms in circumference. No one misses this holy shrine on their trip to Uttarkashi.
This temple is just opposite Vishwanath temple. A big Trishul in this temple is the centre of attraction. The trishul is 6 metres in height and 90 cms at the bottom. Different people hold different views about the trishul, it is widely believed that the trishul is made of iron in the upper part and copper in the lower part. The epics say that this trishul was thrown at devils by goddess Durga.
Govind National Park
A perfect getaway in case you wish to enjoy all the things at one place. Spread over an area of 953 sq. km, the park offers you everything from wildlife, rare birds to snow capped peaks and glaciers. The park is particularly attractive in May-June because of the flowers in full bloom and pleasant weather. There are approximately 150 varieties of birds in the park. Cuckoos, minivets, parakeets can be easily spotted. The animals consist mainly of Himalayan wildlife.
The place is notable for its thermal springs and the views of Himalayas it offers. It lies on route to Gangnani. It is an ideal place to meditate because of the quietness that prevails here. The spring here called Rishikund offers a refreshing bath to the pilgrims going to Gangotri. Closeby is a temple dedicated to sage Parasara, father of Veda Vyas.
Thirteen kilometres from Uttarkashi is this beautiful place called Maneri. The place has lately emerged as a tourist attraction because of a dam being built here on Bhagirathi river. The water from here is fed through a 8 km long tunnel to turbines at Uttarkashi. A lake is formed because of the dam at Maneri which has added to the beauty of the place.
Har Ki Dun
A famous trekking destination, Har Ki Doon is located at an altitude of 3506 metres. The place is known for its popular treks, it offers its trekkers a reasonable trek among dense forests and a mountainous landscape.
The word Bugyal according to a local language means high altitude meadow. On route to Gangotri, a road branches off near Bhatwari, which will take you to Dayara Bugyal. The distance from Uttarkashi to Dayara Bugyal is 32 kms. You can go by a vehicle till village Barsu, from there a three km trek will take you to Dayara . Once there you will be simply enchanted by the beauty of this large meadow. A small lake, beautiful views of Himalayas, all these make the place memorable. A 30 km trek through dense forest from here will take you to Dodi tal.
72 kilometres from Uttarkashi is the beautiful Bhagirathi valley
encompassing within itself all the colours of nature. Green grassy
terrains, a blue sky and the flowing waters, the natural beauty is
beyond expression. One can visit Wilson cottage that was built in
1964, Sat tal, the cluster of seven lake or be a bit adventurous and
take treks from here to discover the nearby lands.
Other places around Uttarkashi are Dodi tal, Sat tal, Kedar tal, Nandan van, Tapovan etc
The closest Airport from Uttarkashi is Jolly Grant airport, near Dehradun, 162 kilometres from here.
The nearest railway station is Rishikesh, 145 kms from here. Rishikesh is well connected by rail to other major cities.
There are motorable roads connecting Uttarkashi to other major cities like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar and other important towns.
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