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7 Best Places To Visit In Uttarkashi

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Uttarkashi is located in the state Uttarakhand, India. It is popularly known as ‘Kashi of the North’.  This town is a very famous tourist destination in this region. This whole town is dedicated to Lord Shiva because the major of the temples here are of Shiva. Majorly there are 7 best places to visit in Uttarkashi.

places to visit in Uttarkashi.

There are a number of temples and shrines which are dedicated to many Hindu gods and goddesses. That is why this town is also popular by the name ‘Devbhumi’ which means ‘Land of the gods’. Uttarkashi is located at an altitude of 1165m above sea level. Uttarkashi offers you all kinds of scenic views like snow-free valleys, high peaks with continuous snowfall and glaciers. This is the main reason for the attraction of tourists to this place. Due to its religious heritage pilgrims from all around the country flock to this place. Foreigners love Uttarkashi due to its pleasant atmosphere and stunning natural beauty. Below read about the 7 best places to visit in Uttarkashi.

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Best time to visit

Tourists visit Uttarkashi throughout the year. But according to us March to November is the best time to visit Uttarkashi. The summer season in Uttarkashi starts from March to the end of June. Between this time you can enjoy the pleasant weather in Uttarkashi and enjoy outdoor activities like trekking, camping, etc.

Best places to visit in Uttarkashi

July to September is the Monsoon season and during this time there is heavy risk of landslide, So skip these months. The pleasant view during these months will force your soul to stay here for the rest of your life. September to November is the time when winter season takes place. During this period you can enjoy the snowfall. Many festivals come in between this period i.e. from March to November.

Let us take you all for a virtual journey to the main attractions in Uttarkashi.

Places to visit in Uttarkashi

1. Vishwanath Temple

Vishwanath Temple is one of the Best places to visit in Uttarkashi

Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple is one of the oldest and most sacred temples of Uttarkashi. It is located at the bank of the holy river Bhagirathi along with the surrounding mountains. People undergoing Char Dham Yatra also visit Vishwanath temple due to its popularity. This temple was initially built by the Sage Parshuram and dedicate it to Lord Shiva. Later the Queen of Tehri Maharani Khaneti renovated it in the year 1857. Belief about this place is that when Kashi or Varanasi will be submerged under water then Lord Kashi Vishwanath shifted to this temple in Uttarkashi. Inside this temple there is a Shivlinga of height 56cm. The statue of Nandi (a bull having religious importance)  is in outer chamber of the temple. The images of Sage Markandeya and Sakshi Gopal are represented here as in meditation.

Shakti temple is also located just opposite to the Vishwanath temple. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The main attraction os this temple is a huge Trishul (trident) of 6m height. It is believed to be thrown at the devils by Goddess Durga. You will be perplexed to know about the feature of this Trishul. It cannot be moved with your entire body force but is shows vibration when you apply pressure with one of your fingers. There are many shops selling Puja items near the temple entrance gate. These shops provide devotees fresh flowers and Puja items at genuine prices. 

Opening hours : 6 Am to 9 Pm

Best time to visit

January to May and September to December

2. Dodital lake and trek

This lake is one of the best places to visit in Uttarkashi. Dodital lake is a freshwater lake and is considered as one of the most beautiful lakes of India. The name Dodital is derived from the Golden Himalayan courts known as Dodi in the local language. This place is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. For that reason, Dodital is often dubbed as Ganesh-ka-Tal and is considered as one of the sacred lakes of this region. On the one corner of the lake,  there is a beautiful temple of Lord Ganesha. This lake is surrounded with dense Oak, Pine and Deodar trees. All these fascinating make this place impressive and resting location. This lake is ideal for camping overnight. So it is very popular among nature lovers and trekkers. 

dedital lake is one of the best places to visit in Uttarkashi

Dodital also offers trekking opportunities including adventure activities like boating, bird watching, and angling, etc. This picturesque trek originates from the Bhagirathi valley. The trek is located at an altitude of 1350m above the sea level. This trek passes through mysterious forest and goes on ascending to the height 4150m to Darwa Top. There are also some subsidiary treks transporting one from Asi Ganga to Bhagirathi Ganga valley.  The natural beauty, refreshing climate, and freshwater lake make camping here blissful. 

Best time to visit

During Summer- April to June

During Winter- October to June

3. Har Ki Doon valley

Har Ki Doon is a cradle shaped valley in the Garhwal region and lies very close to the Himachal Pradesh border. The valley is about 3566m above the sea level. Snow-covered mountains and alpine vegetation surround this beautiful place. The valley offers beautiful flora and fauna to the visitors.

Beautiful view of Har Ki doon valley

Har ki Doon provides you numerous trekking excursions popular in the whole Uttarakhand region. Kuari Pass trek from Har Ki Doon takes the travelers from Uttarkashi to Himachal Pradesh. Borasu Pass trek ends up at Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh. These treks pass through some of the most isolated villages of India. The people of these villages are very kind and friendly. Trekmunk here provides you with magnificent hospitality like food, tents, guides and everything required for trekking. When you come up and down the hills you come across something new and different after every mile. There are many rest houses which provide accommodation facilities to the visitors. These all things make the visit here a memorable experience.

Best time to visit

January to May and September to December

4. Harsil

Harsil a beautiful hill station near uttarkashi

Harsil is a very beautiful hill station on the bank of the Bhagirathi river, Uttarkashi. It is located at a height of 2620m above sea level. This place is a hidden jewel for peace lovers. This hill station includes many small temples. The fresh mountain air and adventurous activities make this place interesting among tourists. You can also visit nearby regions of Gangotri. There is Mukhwas village 1 km from Harsil, which is believed to the home of Goddess Gangotri. Devotees often visit this during winters. Just 3km away from Harsil, there situated sattal, which has seven hills.

Best time to visit

April to October

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5. Gangotri Dham

Pilgrims at Gangotri dham uttarkashi

Gangotri along with Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath form the Chota Char Dham. It is located at an altitude of 3415m above sea level. The holy River Ganges originates from Gangotri glacier at Gaumukh. The history related to this place is that Goddess Ganga transformed herself into a river to dissolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s forefathers. There is a Gangotri temple which is a very famous pilgrimage site as it is one of the four sites of the Chota Char Dham. Like other Chota Char Dhams, the Gangotri temple also closes during the winter season. This remains open from May to the occasion of Diwali in October or November.

Gangotri is also the starting point of many trek routes such as Tapovan, Bhojwasa, Gaumukh, Gangotri glacier, Gangotri National Park, Shivalik Peak, etc. So there many opportunities by which one can trek and enjoy mesmerizing views. There are many markets that sell religious idols of deities and other devotional items. You can buy local handicrafts such as shawls, woolens, religious paintings, and Tibetan crafts here. This place is one of the best places to visit in Uttarkashi

Best time to visit

April to June and September to October

6. Nachiketa Tal

Nachiketa Tal is the best places to visit in Uttarkashi

Nachiketa Tal is a beautiful lake and one of the best places to visit in Uttarkashi. It is surrounded by oak, pine, and rhododendron which further enhances the beauty of this place. It is believed that Nachiketa, the son of Saint Uddatal, had made the lake and given it its special shape. Hence the lake is named after him. There is a small temple in the vicinity dedicated to Nag Devta. Villagers mostly visit this place during Nagpanchmi. They take a holy dip in the Nachiketa lake and enrapture in spiritual bliss. The hut on the corner of the lake with white fencing makes the view picture-perfect. Tourists have to trek 3km distance from Chaurangi Khal to reach Nachiketa Tal. As there is no accommodation facility near Nachiketa Tal so travellers have to stay at Chaurangi.

Entry fees: 10 Rs ticket taken by forest department.

Best time to visit

January to June and September to December

7. Dayara Bugyal

Camps at Dayara Bugyal

Dayara Bugyal is a grassland. It varies from 2600m to 3500m in altitude. Dayara Bugyal trek is the perfect choice for beginners as the trek route is easy to traverse as compared to the others. Verdant valleys, sparkling streams, and flora-fauna makes this trek fun and loving. This place receives heavy snowfall during winters that turn meadows into snow land with the potential of skiing and snow activities. There is a village Barsu, which is the base camp of Dayara Bugyal. One can walk around this village and learn about their customs, rituals, and festivals. There are no hotels and guesthouses available at Dayara Bugyal. Instead, one can carry tents and sleeping bags with themselves.

Best time to visit

May to October and December to February

How to reach:

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Uttarkashi. This airport is well connected with daily flights from Delhi. Taxis are easily available from the airport.

By Rail

Rishikesh railway station is nearest to Uttarkashi. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. From Rishikesh Uttarkashi is 151km away. But Uttarkashi is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. So no need to worry as regular taxis and buses are available here.

By Road

Frequent buses are available to main cities like Dehradun (187km), Haridwar (171km), Rishikesh (151km) and Mussoorie (165km). From there one can easily reach Uttarkashi.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Does Uttarkashi have snow?

A: Yes in winters from November to March starting you can see snow in Uttarkashi.

Q: How can i reach Uttarkashi from Dehradun?

A: Distance between Uttarkashi to Dehradun is approximately 187 kilometers. You can drive in your own car and there is also 1 direct bus from Dehradun to Uttarkashi.

Q: How far is Uttarkashi from Mussorie?

A: 165 kilometers.

Q: What is the best time to visit Uttarkashi?

A: From March to June and September to November.

Q: What are the best places to visit in Uttarkashi?

A: The best places to visit in Uttarkashi are Dodital Trek, Vishwanath Temple, Har Ki Doon Valley, Nachiketa Tal, Gangotri Dham, and Dayara Bugyal.

We cannot express the real beauty of Uttarkashi in words. The best experience can only felt by visiting it. But we tried a lot to give you ideas about those serene places and the best places to visit in Uttarkashi. So guys do comment and share to support us. We promise to provide this type of information in the future.

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  1. Tq sir i wanna visit uttarkashi after the lockdown end the knowledge given above helped me a lot

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