About Uttarkashi

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located in the same compound and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was build by built by King Ganeshwar. In front of the temple is another smaller trident believed to be used by Lord Shiva to destroy Vakasur. It is also believed that this will be the home of Lord Shiva during the Satyug period and also the idol of from now Kashi will be transferred here.

Shakti Temple

Shakti Temple is located in the town 200 ft from the bus stand. It is one of the well known temples in Uttarkashi. The temple is dedicated to goddess Durga or goddess of strength. The temple has a huge trishul ( trident ) made of ( Asth Dhatu ) 8 metals ( Iron, Copper, Brass, Gold, Silver, Zinc, Lead and mercury ). The trident is 26 feet high, and the trident's base measures 8 feet 9 inches, and its top, 18 inches in circumference. It also has inscription describing the Vishwanath temple.


Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is a well known mountaineering institutes in India and Asia. It also provides vocational trekking, adventure, skiing, disaster management and mountaineering courses for students, organizations and individuals alike. It also gives out equipments on rent to trekkers and mountaineers for hire during their expeditions.

Maneri Lake

Maneri Dam is located around 12kms from the town on the way to Gangotri on the river Bhagirathi. The water from the dam is reached to the turbines situated 12kms far in Trilot by underground tunnels. The lake built enhances the beauty of Maneri. It is a good picnic spot and the surroundings are very scenic.

Dayara Bugyal

This is a classic trek for trekkers keen to discover the outdoors and experience the mighty Himalayas at high altitude. Dayara Bugyal, along with its twin, Gidara Bugyal, is perhaps one of the most beautiful alpine meadows in India. The meadows stretch out far and wide and all around the meadows are the many towering snow peaks. Situated at an elevation of 3048m, Dayara Bugyal is second to none in natural beauty. On the onset of winters they transform into ideal ski slopes over an area of about 28 sq km. The Bugyals and the sky around with their every changing hue can show you new scenery at every season of the year.

Nachiketa Tal

Nachiketa Tal ( 29kms + 3kms trek ) This small beautiful lake is situated near Chaurangi khal surrounded by lofty dense Deodar, Oak and Rhododendron forest. We have to trek 3kms to reach the lake. The view around the lake is very scenic and beautiful. Story goes, that Nachiketa, the son of saint Uddatal, had made the lake and given it its shape and, and hence the lake is named after him. The Himalayan peaks are bobbing up and down your view while on the trek to finally reveal themselves around in all glory. A picturesque hut on the corner of the lake with white fencing makes the view picture perfect.


Dodital ( 32kms ) This lake is situated amidst lofty green Pine, Oak and Deodar forest. It is a beautiful lake full of fishes. Anglers delight in absolute paradise. Good for camping. Trek starts from Kaldyani village. Dodital is situated at a height of 3307 m. The attraction of this lake is its crystal clear water surrounded by dense forests. Fishing can be done here with permits from the Divisional Forest Officer of Uttarkashi. Himalayan trouts are found here in abundance.


Harsil is a tiny village in the Bhagirathi valley. It is around 72 km from Uttarkashi and is situated along the highway that leads to Gangotri. It is situated at a height of 2623 m and is known for its apples and natural surroundings. Accommodation facilities are available in the form of forest rest houses and bungalows.


Gangnani 26 kms from Uttarkashi on the way to Gangotri lies this shrine dedicated to Sage Parashar. There is a hot water spring on the left bank of the Bhagirathi river. These are hot sulphur springs just halfway to Gangotri. Find time to have a break from the long drive and take a refreshing hot water bath here. It clearly removes all your tiredness of the trip.

Kuteti Devi Temple

Kuteti Devi Temple situated on the Hari Parvat hilltop on the banks of Bhagirathi River is located at a distance of 2 km from Uttarkashi. This temple is believed to be established by the daughter and son-in-law of Maharaja Kota after they were blessed by Goddess Kuteti Devi in finding three divine stones which were the embodiment of the Goddess herself. They built the temple as per the instructions of the Goddess Kuteti Devi, a form of Goddess Durga, in the exact site where the precious stones were discovered.