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Situated at a distance of 145kms from Rishikesh and at an elevation of 1158mts on the bank of river Bhagirathi, this picturesque town acquires importance because of the very significant pilgrimage centers: Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Gangotri: the shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3048mts amidst captivating surrounding. It is located at a distance of 99kms from Uttarkashi. The temple constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th century, is situated on the left bank of Bhagirathi. It is visited by lacks of pilgrims every year. A number of Ashrams are located on the other side, some of which provide accommodation facilities to the visitors.
Yamunotri: the shrine of Yamunotri is situated at an elevation of about 3235mts is a point of paramount religious importance for Hindus and an essential pilgrimage. Situated in the direction opposite to Gangotri, the road bifurcates from a place called Dharasu, somewhere between Rishikesh-Uttarkashi and goes on to Yamunotri. The shrine can also be visited via Mussoorie and Barkot.
Places of Tourist Interest : 
Bhairon Ghati :
on the way to Uttarkashi, Bhairon Ghati is a place where one can stay and enjoy the mountainous landscape. A temple of Bhairon Devta is visited by scores of pilgrims. The awe-inspiring lofty peaks, deep gorge of Jahnavi and Bhagirathi rivers with a bridge at a considerable altitude from river level flowing below and the towering Deodar trees provide a rare natural bonanza.
Divya Shila :
a rock pillar, worshipped before entering the Yamunotri.
Gangnani :
further up on the way to Gangotri about 26kms from Maneri, is the hot water spring at Gangnani, where one can have refreshing bath in the kund called Rishikund. There is a temple near the kund dedicated to the Saga Parashar, believed to be the father of Ved Vyas.
Gaumukh :
the Gaumukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganga) and is held in high esteem by the devouts who do not miss the opportunity to have a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water. It is 18kms trek from Gangotri. The trek is easy and at times people come back to Gangotri the same day.
Harsil :
the Bhagirathi Valley is the most enchanting and preserves many colourful spots. It is situated at a distance of 73kms from Uttarkashi on the way to Gangotri, at an elevation of 2620mts, this sylvan hamlet is famous for its natural beauty and delicious apples.
Hanumanchatti :
13kms from Yamunotri, the confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna rivers, from where the trek to Dodi Tal (3307mts) starts.
Jankichatti :
5kms from Yamunotri, it is noted for its thermal springs where tourists can enjoy a refreshing bath.
Kedartal :
the spectacular and enchanting lake is situated at a distance of about 18kms from Gangotri, negotiable through a rough and tough mountain trail. The trek is very tiring and there are testing moments even for a hardky trekker. There is no facility of any kind on the way and one has to make all arrangements in advance. A local guide is a must. The lake is crystal clear with the mighty Thalaysagar peak forming a splendid backdrop. The place is about 4000mts above sea level and is the base camp for trekking to the Tahalysagar, Jogin, Bhrigupanth and other peaks.
Maneri :
on the way to Gangotri at a distance of about 13kms from Uttarkashi, Maneri has lately emerged as a place of tourist interest as a result of the construction of a dam across the Bhagirathi river, from where the water is fed to the tribunes through an 8km long tunnel at Tiloth in Uttarkashi.
Nachiketa Tal :
a drive through the terraced fields takes one to Chaurangi - Khal, a place 29kms from Uttarkashi. From there 3kms trek through lush green forests takes one to Nachiketa Tal, a tranquil spot. There is greenery all around and a small temple at the bank of the lake gives it a serene look. Nachiketa, the devout son of Saga Uddalak, is said to have created this lake.
Sat Tal :
it means seven lakes, situated just above Dharali, 2kms beyond Harsil. The trek of about 5kms is rewarding as this group of lakes is situated amid beautiful natural surroundings.
Sayanachatti :
18kms from Yamunotri, is a scenic spot on the banks of river Yamuna.
Surya Kund :
the hot spring here is formed due to volcanic heat. The blistering water immediately cooks potatoes and rite tied loosely in a piece of cloth. These are taken as Prasad by the pilgrims.
Temple of Goddess Yamuna :
the temple was built by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in the 19th century. it was destroyed twice in the present century and rebuilt again. The temple remain closed from November to April/May.
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