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The Delightful Uttarkashi, India

Fadiyah Sameh
Fadiyah Sameh
Posted: 2016-09-27

Uttarkashi is a small town and district headquarters of the district of Uttarkashi in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in North of India. The town was a small pit stop on the road to Gangotri and Gomukh pilgrimage. Now, it has grown larger and is no more a mere pit stop, but a destination in itself. It is also the starting point for mountain climbing expeditions to several of the highest peaks of Himalayas. The famous Nehru Mountaineering Institute is based here.

Things to do

Uttarkashi is nestled in a valley that is cut through by the Bhagirathi River. It is surrounded on all sides by mountains. The valley and its surrounding area offers excellent opportunities outdoors and nature lovers with activities like hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, Bird watching, angling, fishing, mountain biking, mountaineering, rappling, rock climbing, camping, etc. If you are a seeker there are excellent opportunities for introspection and studying Vedanta Philosophy under masters.

Places to visit

High mountain pastures called bugyal, offer great camping sites with spectacular views of snow covered peaks of the Greater Himalayas. Some of the more famous bugyals are Dayaraa, Gidaara, Harunta, Siladooni, etc. Bugyals are occupied by shepherds during summer, and are mostly abandoned in winter when they are covered by several feet of snow.

There are some beautiful places and villages to visit around the area these include: Harsil, Mukhba, Gangnani which is famous for its hot water springs, Gangotri, Gomukh, Tapovan, etc.


There are several excellent hotels in the town and around it along the Gangotri highway. Most hotels have restaurants. The best Hotels in Uttarkashi include Monal Tourist Home and Shivlinga Resort.

Reaching Uttarkashi

Rail head is at Rishikesh/Haridwar 180 kms from Uttarkashi

Airport is at Dehradun 170 kms from Uttarkashi

Road Transport: You need to travel to Uttarkashi from Rishikesh/Haridwar or Dehradun by road. Buses leave on an hourly basis from early morning till about 1.00 pm, from Dehradun as well as Rishikesh. Shared Taxis can also be taken from Dehradun/Rishikesh.

If you can afford it, take your own taxi which can be hired from Dehradun/Rishikesh/Haridwar easily.


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