Uttarkashi, situated on the banks of Bhagirathi river, is a town and a district in Uttarakhand state of India. Sitting at an altitude of 1158 m above sea level, Uttarkashi is home to many Hindu temples, Dharamshalas and Ashrams. The region of Uttarkashi is popular for its high-altitude lakes and hill climbing. The town has few mountaineering institutes. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is also situated here.
Popular pilgrimage sites Gangotri and Yamunotri also fall under Uttarkashi district. The glaciers of Gangotri and Yamunotri lead to several major peaks for advanced mountaineering buffs. Apart from lakes and mountaineering, the other reasons to visit Uttarkashi are its high altitude bugyals (Meadows) and Harsil valley. The heavenly Dayara bugyal is a part of Uttarkashi district.
NOTE: Fresh fruits, squash and juices are some of the best things to try after reaching here.
One can visit Uttarkashi at any time of the year. Summers in this district are pleasant and soothing. The bright blue sky and lush greenery will leave you with an everlasting experience. You might encounter snowfall during winters. If you are looking for a great quiet weekend, away from the crowd then Uttarkashi is the right place to consider.
March - June:
In summers, the temperature in Uttarkashi ranges from 15 to 30 degrees Celsius. These months are best time to visit Uttarkashi for sight-seeing, trekking and mountaineering as weather remains quite pleasant.
July - September:
Uttarkashi witnesses a moderate amount of rainfall during monsoons which makes it not so good time to visit Uttarkashi for sight seeing and trekking.
October to February:
These winter months are the best time if you want to witness snowfall. During the months of January and February the mountains are covered with a thick sheet of snow.
District Headquarters: Uttarkashi
The Geographical area: 8,016 km2
Coordinates: 30.7268° N, 78.4354° E
Total Population in 2011: 330,090
Literacy rate: 88.72%
Altitude: 1,165 meters
Language: Hindi, Garhwali
Best Season: Mar – jun and Sep – Nov
Average Rainfall: 1693 mm
Annual temperature: 30°C to 0°C
Summer temperature: 30°C to 15°C
Winter temperature: 24°C to 0°C
Uttarkashi is well connected to all cities of Utarakhand and Delhi via motorable roads. Uttarkashi is at a distance of 421 km from Delhi.
Rishikesh and Dehradun Railway stations are the nearest from to Uttarkashi. Dehradun is 145 km and Rishikesh is 171 km away from Uttarkashi. From ISBT, Dehradun and Rishikesh bus station, buses and taxis to Uttarkashi are available.
Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport located 171 km from here. Buses and Cabs to Uttarkashi are available from the airport.