Uttarkashi is a district in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, India. As the name illustrates, Uttarkashi means Kashi of the North. There is a town with similar name situated in the bank of river Bhagirathi quite similar to the city of Kashi (Varanasi) with a temple devoted to Lord Shiva. The region has perplexing beauty of the snow clad mountains and far stretched meadows with various flowers and mountainous trees. Bewildering view of the glaciers and sacred rivers like Ganga and Yamuna originating from them, numerous waterfalls and hot springs have made Uttarkashi a sought after tourist destination.
This region is very renowned among the trekkers as it has a lot of trekking routes to various distinct sites having indescribable natural beauty and serene ambiance. The Gomukh trek of 17 kms where the river Bhagirathi originates is a popular one. Dayara Bugyal, a 9 Kms trek in the wilderness and with tresses of rhododendron is a blissful venture. The Kalindi Pass trek of 110 kms is the highest trekking pass in the world giving a chance to glance more than 40 Himalayan peaks during the trek. Apart from these incredible sites, this region is home to a number of famous temples and shrines like the Gangotri, Yamunotri, Viswanath Temple and Kuteti Devi Temple.