The holy town of Uttarkashi is set on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1158 metres, on the main route to Gangotri. It is considered to have similar religious importance as Kashi. The famous Vishwanath temple here is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In front of the temple is unique Mahadev-ka-Vishal Trishul or Shiva’s Great Trident, made of eight major metals. It is believed Lord Shiva killed Vakasur with this trident. Other important temples are dedicated to Lord Parashuram, Lord Ekadash Rudra and Goddess kali. It is an important stopover for pilgrims visiting Gangotri. Uttarkashi has also emerged as an important centre for adventure sports.
Uttarkashi Tourism Information
Dayara Bugyal (28km)
Bugyal or a “high altitude meadow” at an altitude of 3048 metres affords awe-inspiring view of the Himalayas. There is also a small lake here.
Dodi Tal (32km)
The beautiful lake in the lap of high mountains is surrounded by tall majestic oak, deodar and rhododendron trees. The lake full of rare fishes like the Himalayan Golden Trouts, locally called as “Dodis” is an angler’s delight. The trek for Dodi Tal starts from Kalyani, which is connected by road.
It lies further up on the way to Gangotri. There is a temple dedicated to Sage Parashar. Visitors bathe at Rishkund near the shrine in a hot water spring.