The following information is provided by the organizers of Ram Katha at Uttarkasi, Utrakhand.

KATHA LOCATION

Old Bus & Taxi Stand
Near Irrigation office
Gyansu, Uttarkashi

KATHA DATES

Saturday, 2nd November to Sunday, 10th November’2019

KATHA TIMINGS (TENTATIVE)

Saturday, 2nd November’ 2019-4pm Onwards (Tentative)
Sunday, 3rd till 10th November’2019-9:30am Onwards

KATHA LANGUAGE

Hindi

TV BROADCAST

Live on Aastha Channel

RAMKATHA OFFICE

To be opened at 12 Noon to 5pm on 1st November’19 and
From 10am to 12 Noon on 2nd November’19 at the below address:
Birla Dharamshala
Main market, Uttarkashi
Contact no. +919667638322

Please bring 2 passport size current photograph alongwith 2 photocopies of a valid photo id, which you will be carrying with yourself.

ABOUT UTTARKASHI

Uttarkashi, meaning Kashi of the north, is a town in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is the district headquarters of Uttarkashi district. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1158 m above sea level. The name of the town reflects its similarity to and location (as north of) the city of Kashi (Varanasi). Similar to Varanasi, town of Uttarkashi is situated on the Ganges, lies next to a hill named Varunavat, on confluence of two rivers Varuna and Asi, has a ghat called Manikarnika Ghat and has a temple dedicated to Shiva similar to (Kashi Vishwanath Temple) in Varanasi, in the centre of the town.

Uttarkashi is the land of two famous Hindu Pilgrimages namely ‘Gangotri and Yamunotri’. Here the nature expresses itself in breath-taking variations from charming valleys, natural lakes, fountains and beauteous landscapes luxuriously decked with vegetation punctuated by streams, brooks and rivers to high rise awesome rocky ridges and mountains with snow-capped peaks. All this makes the district an utmost attraction for the tourists, the pilgrims and for those having a zeal for adventures of trekking and mountaineering.

As of 2001 India census, Uttarkashi town had a population of 16,220. People of Uttarkashi speak Hindi and Garhwali. The town was again severely affected by the floods in 2013 and infrastructural development has been a challenge since them.

The land of Uttarkashi District has been held sacred by Indians since ages where seers & sages had found solace & spiritual aspirations. People came here for learning Vedic language & speech. According to Mahabharat, Sage Jada Bharatha performed penances at Uttarkashi while the Kedar Khand of Skand Puran refers Uttarkashi and the rivers Bhagirathi, Jahanvi & Bheel Ganga.

CONNECTIVITY

By Road:
Being a town located in the mountains, the last point connectivity is mainly through roads only. Its distance from Delhi is about 400 KM with a travel time of approx. 11-12 hours. A tentative route is printed below:
Delhi – Meerut – Muzzaffarnagar – Dehradun – Mussoorie – Chilyanisaur – Uttarkashi

Distance to Uttarkashi from other popular & nearby Towns, which is well connected by Buses & Taxies:
Dehradun – (145 KM, 5 Hours)
Mussoorie – (115 KM, 4 Hours)
Haridwar – (190 KM, 6.5 Hours)
Rishikesh – (170 KM, 5.5 Hours)

Tentative Taxi fares are printed below for your ready reference. In case, your good-self needs any assistance regarding taxi booking, you may please contact Mr Pratap (9871908850) at your own risk.

Rates to/from Uttarkashi from/to Dehradun & Haridwar
Innova – Rs. 3500/- per day
Dezire – Rs. 2500/- per day

Rates from Delhi
Innova – Rs. 12,000/- (drop only)
Dezire – Rs. 10,500/- (drop only)

Rates for Taxi on daily basis (Taxies from Delhi for Min 10 days)
Innova – Rs. 3800/- per day
Dezire – Rs. 3000/- per day

By Rail:
Dehradun Railway station is the nearest Rail Head and is connected by rail with other parts of the country.

By Airport:
Jolly grant Airport (between Rishikesh and Dehradun) is the nearest Air Terminal which is about 180 KM from Uttarkashi.

Movement within Uttarkashi
Local Taxies (Max) are easily available

PLACES OF INTEREST IN & AROUND UTTARKASHI

Vishwanath Temple in Uttarkashi
This ancient Holy shrine of Lord Vishwanath is unrivalled in importance. Shiva the presiding Deity is worshipped all day here. Within the courtyard and in front of this temple is the Shakti Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati.

Kuteti Devi, Bhairav Mandir, Shani Temple, Pokhu Devta Temple are a few of the many temples located in the Uttarkashi region.

Gangotri Temple
The seat of Goddess Ganga – Gangotri is one of the four sites in Char Dham pilgrimage of Uttarakhand. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (or Ganges) from Devprayag where it meets Alaknanda. The origin can be traced to Gomukh (a glacier in the Gangotri region). Located at a distance of 100 KM, the Kapaat/ Dwar closing date for Gangotri Dham for this year is 28th October.

Yamuntori Temple
Another site in the Char Dham pilgrimage is the seat of Goddess Yamuna- Yamunotri, which is about 125 KM away from Uttarkashi. The Thermal Springs at Janki Chatti (7 KM from Yamunotri) is also an attraction. The Kapaat/ Dwar for Yamunotri Temple closes on 29th Oct’19.

(Please note the Kapaat/ Dwar closing dates for Kedarnath & Badrinath shrines are 29th October & 9th November’2019 respectively.)

Apart from above, the Uttarkashi district also offers a Himalyan panorama of natural delights. It is a treasure of lush valleys, soaring peaks, roaring rivers, beautiful lakes, crashing waterfalls, glaciers, hot water springs and other bounties of Mother Nature. A few of them are listed below:

Gomukh
The source of Bhagirathi river in Gangotri glacier is situated at a height of 13,200 feet at a distance of 17 KM above Gangotri.

Dayara Bugyal
These grasslands starting at 2600 meters goes upto 3500 meters. The 9 KM trek through the woods & rhododendron takes one to this pristine place, where in winters the meadows turn into snow land with possibility of skiing & snow activities.

Kalindi Pass
Connecting Gangotri to Badrinath, it is the highest trekking pass in the world where more than 40 Himalyan peaks can be seen during the 110 KM trek starting from Gangotri and culminating at Badrinath.

Harshil
This beautiful valley is situated at a height of 2600 meters.

Gartang Gali
This wooden bridge was a trade route between India & Tibet where the nomads (Bhotiya tribe) ferried their goods on yak for bartering with the other country.

Dodital
The 24 KM trek to Dodital – A FRESH WATER LAKE begins at Sangamchatti (starting point) which is located at a distance of 19 KM from Uttarkashi.

As Uttarkashi is bestowed with heavenly mountain peaks, The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering – one of the premier mountaineering institute of India organizes climbing expeditions.

The Maneri Dam, Tiloth Power Plant etc. can be other points of Tourist attraction.

TEMPRATURE IN NOVEMBER

The month of November experiences an average temperature around 20 Degrees Celsius with some rainfall. The temperatures at night can fall upto 10 Degrees Celsius and is hence suggested to please carry some light woolens.

MEALS

Mahaprasad will be served everyday after Katha near the Ramkatha Pandal (Timings will be duly informed nearer the Ramkatha dates.

ACCOMMODATION

There has been a limited development with regard to infrastructural facilities in Uttarkashi especially after the floods of 2013 where a major part of the town was washed away. Though there are hotels but offers very basic facilities of comfort. Ranging from Dharamshalas to 2-3 star Hotels, Organisers have not left a stone unturned and have made arrangements to accommodate 700-800 people on sharing basis which will be offered on first come first serve basis. In case your good-selves want to go ahead and book directly, you may please do so at your own risk and comfort. Printed below are a list of few accommodation facilities alongwith their contact numbers and tentative tariff.

Name and contact nos. of Hotels within a radius of 2-3 KM from Ramkatha Mandap. (Ranging from Rs. 300 to Rs. 1000 per room on daily basis), which you may please book at your risk.

Hotel Govind Palace
Main market – Uttarkashi
Mobile: +91 8057105010/+91 9411519220

Hotel Rradhika
Mobile: +917895816464

Hotel Shikhar
Mobile: +919760275170

Hotel Hill View
Mobile: +919412363475

Hotel Sivanand
Phone: 01374-223674/222574

Hotel Satyam
Mobile: +919412077577

Hotel Bhandari
Phone: 01374-222203

Hotel Bhandari Annexe
Mobile: +919411147626

Hotel Everest
Mobile: 9012828111

Hotel KNB Heritage
Mobile: 9690069804

Hotel Sahaj Villa
Phone: 0124-6201185 (Corporate Office in Gurgaon)

Towards the end, it is your katha and whilst respecting the sanctity of the place it is requested to please not litter & maintain cleanliness. There is no Pass system, and seating is on first come first serve basis.

Also, please stay connected to the website as Updates, if any will be uploaded on the website from time to time.