About one and a half kilometers from Rishikesh is a city located in the valley of Varunavrat, which we all know as Uttarkashi. Because of the Vishwanath temple, my first introduction from this city was made in childhood. But the real identity came in 2010 when I came to Madhya Pradesh to evaluate the project of Uttarakhand Tourism Directorate Veer Chandra Garhwali. It was a beautiful opportunity to travel and to understand the city, which I have taken a lot of advantage.
SPOTTING THE UTTARKASHI
Uttarkashi, situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi, is also a significant city with religious views. Here is the famous temple of Lord Vishwanath. The city is full of natural beauty. Here on one side where rivers flow between mountains, on the other side there is a thick forest on the hills. Here you can even enjoy the mountain climbing. Mountaineering can be done from Har-ke-Doon, Dodital, Yamunotri and Gomukh. If your courage is supporting you then the joy of visiting Uttarkashi doubles up.
SPOT FOR RELIGIOUS TOURISM
There is no shortage of temples in Uttarkashi. That’s why most people reach for religious tourism here. The ancient Vishwanath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is said that this temple was founded by Parashuramji and the MaharaniKanti had repaired the temple in 1857 AD. Maharani Kanti was the wife of Sudarshan Shah. A Shivalinga is installed in this temple. Tourists coming to Uttarkashi are sure to visit this temple.
If you ever visit Vishwanath temple, do not forget to visit Shakti Mandir. There is a Shakti temple on the right side of Vishwanath temple. This temple has a large trident with 6 meter high and 90-centimeter circumference. The upper part of the trident is of iron and the lower part is of copper. According to legends, goddess Durga (Shakt) killed the demons with this trident. Later this temple was established in the name of them.
Maneri is situated at a distance of 14 kilometers from Uttarkashi. A dam has been built here on the river Bhagirathi, which is known as the ManeriBhali project, where electricity is produced. Due to the dam, this place has become a tourist attraction. There are many small hill villages around Maneri like Jaamak, Kamar, Hina, Bhatsaur etc.
Few scenes of the film starred Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor, “Kabhi Kabhi” was shot on this dam being built in Maneri in 1976. Tourists can enjoy nature in Maneri, which falls in the Gangotri’s halt of Char DhamYatra.
All the tourists who visit Uttarkashi definitely go to Nachiketa Tal. It is surrounded by greenery. There is also a small temple on the bank of the lake. It is said that Nachiketa who were the son of saint Udaak had created this lake. There is no facility of lodging and food near this lake. To reach there one can use either taxi or bus to reach ChorangiKhal and from there one can reach through covering the hill of 3 kilometers. Along with meditation yoga, this trek route is optimized for basic practice for camping and hiking hobbies.
Passengers traveling to Gomukh have extreme will to live. Only 150 people can go every day. The Gomukh Glacier is the source of water of the Bhagirathi river. This is a very sacred place for Hindus. Every visitor must take a bath here. It is 18 kilometers from Gangotri. From here 14 kilometers away in Bhojbasa where there are arrangements for tourists to stay and have food. Apart from these, tourists who visit Uttarkashi can visit Ganganani, Dodital, Dyara Bugyal, Seven Tal and Kedar Tal.
Ganganani is located on the way to Maneri from Gangotri. There is a waterfall of hot. There is also a limited arrangement for staying here.
Dodital is situated at an altitude of 3307 meters above sea level. This lake is surrounded by dense forests all around. There is always a crowd of tourists here. In order to kill fish in this lake, permission has to be obtained from Mandal Forest Officer, Uttarkashi.
The Dayra is situated at an altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level from Bugyal. From here, there is a very beautiful view of the Himalayas. There is also a small lake. Seven Tal means seven lakes. It is located near Harsil, 2 kilometers above Harali. This place is full of natural beauty.
Kedar Tal is situated at an altitude of 15000 feet above sea level. There is a clear reflection of Thaliaasagar peak. There is no facility in the way of Kedar Tal. Therefore, one should go with full preparation here.
This place is a little away from ordinary places. So, take any time whenever you go.
You must travel it for yourself.