Uttarkashi, the headquarters of the eponymous district, is an ancient land with rich cultural heritage and a picture-postcard-like appeal with sweeping mountain views. It is famous for an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is visited by thousands throughout the year. As the name suggests, it's considered to be the Kashi (another name for Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, which is home to one of the most renowned Lord Shiva temples) of the north (uttar). Uttarkashi is dotted with several temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Goddess Durga, Parshuram, Dattatrya, Bhairav, Annapurna, Laksheswar, Ekadashrudra, etc. It is surrounded by high Himalayan ranges, green meadows and several hot springs. In winter, it is enveloped in snow.
Best Time to Visit
March to November is the best time to visit Uttarkashi.
What To Do
About 12 km from Uttarkashi lies Kuflon, an eco-friendly nature camping site. Many outdoor activities can be enjoyed here like camping, angling, bird watching, etc. Assi Ganga river flows through here and is rich in brown trout. The villagers are very hospitable here.
Located close to several peaks and meadows, Uttarkashi is the base for many treks. The most popular routes are to Dodi Tal, Yamunotri, Dayara Bugyal and Sangam Chatti.
Surrounded by lush meadows, Uttarkashi offers several sites for camping under the open sky.
Uttarkashi and its nearby areas are popular for trout angling. The brown trout was introduced in Assi Ganga by Britishers and today, the river is a favourite angling site. Please remember that angling for trout is subject to advance permission from the forest department and the rules are very strict to make sure that the fish are not harmed in any way. The best season for angling is between April and June.
How to reach
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, about 160 km away.