Uttarkashi District

June 30, 2009 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Shashi Bhatt

Uttarkashi District town lies high in the Himalaya range, and the district contains the source of both the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, which attract thousands of Hindu pilgrims. The town lies on the main route to Gangotri, has many Hindu temples, and is also considered an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. The district is bounded on the north by Himachal Pradesh state, on the northeast by Tibet, on the east by Chamoli District, on the southeast by Rudraprayag District, on the south by Tehri Garhwal District, and on the west by Dehradun District.


Uttarkashi district came into existence in the year 1960 after the merge of Tehri Garhwal Kingdom with India. It is said and believed that long time back this place was a prosperous market town for trade between India and Tibet.

General Information

Uttarkashi District Map

District HeadquartersUttarkashi
Area7,951 sq.kms
Elevation1646 meters
Coordinates30.73°N, 78.45°E
Language SpokenGarhwali and Hindi.
ClothingSummer: Cottons/ light woolens
Winter: Heavy Woolens

How to reach ?

Jolly grant airport Dehradun is the nearest airport 183Km from Uttarkashi.
Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead 170Km from Uttarkashi. Dehradun railway station is 204Km via Mussoorie and 208Km via Rishikesh, and Haridwar railway station is 192Km from Uttarkashi via Rishikesh. Tourists need to apply roadways from Rishikesh, Dehradun or Haridwar to reach Uttarkashi.
Uttarkashi district has well developed road network connecting other major cities in Uttarakhand including Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Tehri, Rudraprayag, Chamoli.

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