Gangotri

Gangnani ( 59 km ):

Noted for its thermal springs, spectacular views and tranquil surroundings. A small upcoming town - Bhatwari, lying 12 km from Gangnani is worth a visit.

Gaumukh ( 19 km)

The snout of the Gangotri Glacier and the source of the Bhagirathi river. Pilgrims trek upto the sacred spot on foot or on ponies to take a holy dip in the ice-cold water. This trek route is through the Gangotri National Park. You need not be a seasoned trekker to walk on this route. This is an uphill climb. Travelling light is most important. Carry nutribars which will given instant energy. A Walking pole will help but not mandatory. If you start early morning from Gangotri, you can go to Gaumukh and come back to Gangotri with in day time.

Tapovan -Nandavan ( 24 km ):

A trek across the snout of the Gangotri Glacier across the right leads to Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base of the Shivling peak.This is a difficult trek and it is advisable that you have a guide for this trek. To reach Tapovan, you will need to cross the Akash Ganga this is the place where mythology says that Ganga toughed the earth. The water in Akash Ganga is entirely snow melt and hence increases with the time of the day. Tapovan is also the base for Mt. Shivling. An arduous trek along the left of the Gangotri Glacier leads to scenic Nandanvan - the base camp for the Bhagirathi peaks, that offers a panoramic view of the surrounding Shivling peak. There is also a route from Tapovan across the Gangotri glacier to Nandanvan. From Nandanvan, one can trek further along the Kalindi Khal to Badrinath, which is a extremely difficult trek and has to be done with sufficient preparation.

Kedar Tal ( 18 km):

An enchanting lake, 4425 mts. above sea level against the splendid backdrop of mighty Thalaiyasagar peak. Accessible through a rough mountain trail, it is the base camp for trekking to surrounding peaks. The trek to Kedartal needs a local guide.

Bhairon Ghati ( 10 km):

Situated towards Uttarkashi, it is known for the temple of Bhairav Nath, surrounded by thick forests.

Harsil ( 28 km ):

Located in the mountain district of Uttarkashi is the sylvan hamlet 2620 m above sea level , known for scenic landscapes and delicious apples. Sat Tal or seven lakes, nearby 2 km are a not-to-be-missed attraction.

Bhojbasa (15 kms):

This is the last habitation before Gaumukh. Trekkers usually take a halt in this place. Bangla Baba's Ashram/ your own tent will be a good option. Advisable to carry your own eatables. No mobile connectivity once you leave Gangotri.

Maneri ( 86 km ):

The dam across the Bhagirathi and a surrounding lake are worth a visit.

Dayara Bugyal ( 93 km ):

A breathtakingly beautiful meadow, situated at a height of 3,048 m above sea level. A motorable road connects Bhatwari 27 km from Uttarkashi with Raithal village, from where follows a 6 km long trek to Dayara. The famous Sheshnag Temple enroute is an attraction of the trek. From Dayara, one can also trek down to Dodi Tal 30 km . During winters, Dayara provides excellent ski slopes over an area of 28 sq km.

Dodi Tal ( 123 km):

A sparkling lake at an elevation of 2286 mts. surrounded by dense forests. The famous Himalayan trouts are found in abundance in the lake. Permit for fishing can be obtained from the Divisional Forest Officer, Uttarkashi. A beautiful camping site, a Forest Rest House and a log cabin are seen along the lake.

Nachiketa Tal ( 131 km):

A pleasant trek through lush green forests leads to this peaceful retreat. A small temple along the lake and lovely surroundings are an attraction.

Tehri ( 173 km):

Lying at the confluence of Bhagirathi and Bhilangna rivers is the former capital of Tehri Garhwal principality. It is the site of a giant hydel project.

Narendranagar ( 239 km):

The new capital of erstwhile Tehri state, offers a magnificent view of the Ganga valley of Rishikesh and the plains of Haridwar.