148 Km from Rishikesh at 1150 Meters on the bank of Bhagirathi, Uttarkashi is a major township on your way to Gangotri. You can reach here from Haridwar or, Rishikesh in 6 – 7 hours. 28 km from Uttarkashi, at Dharasu one road is going to Yamunotri. Gangotri is 100 Km and Yamunotri is 128 Km from Uttarkashi.
Being fairly large township in respect to other places in Garhwal, you will find hotels of different budgets and restaurants and even some non vegetarian foods, which is very rare to find in Garhwal.
Places to see in Uttarkashi:
The most important place in Uttarakhand is Nehru Mountaineering Institute or NIM. This the famous mountaineering training institute in India. Trekkers and mountaineers can hire the different mountaineering gadgets and accessories from NIM for their adventure. Other than NIM, you can also see Ujali, Vishwakarma Temple, Gyaneshwar Temple, Bhairavi Temple etc.
How to reach Uttarkashi:
You can get bus, share taxi or jeep or, you can hire the full car @INR 1800 – 2000 from both Haridwar and Rishikesh. It will take 6 – 7 hours to reach Uttarkashi from these places.
Where to stay at Uttarkashi:
STD code of Uttarkashi: +91 1374
GMVN Tourist Rest House: Ph: 222271, 222222 DB @ INR 500 – 1000; Dormitory: @INR 125
There are many private small hotels; those are trekkers favorite DB starts from @ INR 250
- Bhandari hotel
- Neelkant hotel
- Amba hotel
- Hansalok Hotel
- Meghdoot hotel
- Shekhar hotel etc.
You can choose to stay at few dharmashalas, like Kalikamli, Punjab Sindh, Birla's etc,
which are available at a very nominal cost .
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