UTTARKASHI TRAVEL GUIDE
Uttarkashi is a town and a district in Uttarakhand, India. It is situated at an altitude of 1158 m above sea level on the banks of river Bhagirathi.
It is home to many Hindu temples, Dharamshalas and Ashrams. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is also situated here.
Culture Of Uttarkashi:
Festivals and Fairs:
Uttarkashi is home to social and culural values of Garhwal. In the month of Magh, the grand Magh mela takes place, starting on the day of Makar Sankranti. People take part in the fair with great enthusiasm.
Other Hindu festivals such as Shivaratri, Diwali, Dussehra, Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami are celebrated with great joy.
Butter Festival of Dayara Bugyal:
The local dwellers of nearby villages of Uttarkashi organize ‘Butter festival’ every year to preserve their culture and promote the tourism. The festival is also well-known by the name of “Anduri Utsav”.
The Celebration Of Butter Festival:
Local dwellers celebrate it by dancing together to the beats of Pahari classical musical instruments called ‘Dhol-Damao’.
The villagers and tourists especially visit this place during the occasion of Butter Holi. Peole celebrate it by smearing butter and chaach (butter milk) on each other’s faces while dancing to the beats of ‘Dhol-Damao’ in lush green surroundings.
This historic festival is associated with many things. Mainly, In Monsoons, the villagers move to higher altitudes of Dayara bugyal to feed their cattles. And after monsoons end, when they return back home with their cattles, they show their gratitide and celebrate Butter Fatival with great joy.
Folk music and dances are integral part of Uttarkashi’s culture. Thadiya dance is performed during Vasant Panchami to indicate the arrival of spring.
Another folk dance, known as “Mela dance” is performed to describe the events and incidents of the Mahabharata during the time of Diwali.
NOTE: Fresh fruits, squash and juices are some of the best things to try after reaching here.
Best Time To Visit:
You 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 you are in the right place.
Places To Visit :
Uttarkashi District Stats:
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
How To Reach:
Rishikesh and Dehradun Railway stations are the nearest from here. Dehradun is 145 kms away from
Jolly Grant in Dehradun is the nearest airport located 171 kms from here. Buses and Cabs are easily available from the airport.
Uttarkashi is well connected to all cities of Utarakhand and Delhi via motorable roads.