Nestled in the Garhwall hills of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, Gangotri is among the four major pilgrimage sites of Hindus and among the top attractions for the tourists during April to November. It is a holy and mystifying land on the Greater Himalayan Range. As per the religious significance, it is the source of the world wide famous river Ganga who is actually Goddess Ganga. Because of the spiritual and religious significance, things to do in Gangotri have always been like digging out the mystifying facts and so a myriad of tourists are attracted here.
One of the most exciting things to do in Gangotri is to trek. Doing so allows you to explore the major attractions in and around the area. Trekking the 19 km distance will take you to the Gangotri Glacier where you can spot the stunning mouth of the holy river at Gaumukh. Along the glacier, trek further to reach the Nandanvan Tapovan, a scenic spot from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Shivaling peak nearby. It is worth a visit because of the amazing meadows at the foot of the peak.
Visiting the shrine of the goddess Ganga is a must for all first-time visitors. This white granite temple of the 18th century is open from May to Diwali. Do not miss to see the aarti (offering of lamps and religious songs) ceremony at night when the light replace the darkness offering you a true ambience of serenity and peace even amidst the crowd.
Submerged Shivling is one of the top attractions, which is a stunning natural rock revealing the phallic form of Lord Shiva. The rock is submerged in the river stressing on His celestial primacy. Not to be surprised, it is only seen in the early winter as the level of the water is down. As per the legend, Lord Shiva controlled the force of the river by his twisted curls at this place.
Bhavishya Badri, meaning future Badrinath, is believed to be the place where in future Lord Badrinath will reside as the current path to the sacred Badrinath town will become inaccessible. Currently, this area is surrounded by dense forests and is reachable by trekking after Tapovan as well as ascending until the river named Dhauliganga. You can revere to idol of Narsimha, a Hindu deity possessing a human body with the head of a lion.
Cheedvasa and Bhojvasa are also famous. Cheedvasa at 28 km is known for its local art work; while Bhojvasa at 22 km is a top camping site.