Bhaironghati / Bhairon Ghati
#7 of 12 Places to Visit in Gangotri
Distance (From Gangotri): 9 Kms
Trip Duration (Excluding Travel): 1-2 Hours
Place Location: On The Way To Gangotri
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
Travel Tips: This place can be visited while travelling to Gangotri
At a distance of 9 km from Gangotri and 16.5 km from Harsil, Bhaironghati or Bhairon Ghati is a small settlement in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand State.
Bhairon Ghati is situated close to the confluence of Jadh Ganga and Bhagirathi River. The colorful Bhagirathi (Ganga) is seen at the Bhairon Ghati where it is joined by a blue river Jahnavi or Jadh Ganga coming from Neelong range. There is a Bhairav Nath Temple surrounded by dense forests at Bhairon Ghati which is worth visiting. This place is easily accessible by road.
According to mythology, Ganga left the matted hair of Lord Shiva and followed King Bhagiratha. On the way to Gangotri, it disturbed the sage Jahnu who was at the middle of the penance. Due to this, the sage was annoyed and took in the water flow with his thighs. On request of King Bhagiratha, he allowed to leave Ganga through his ears. It is also believed that Lord Shiva appointed Bhairon to safeguard this place and hence Bhairon temple exists nearby and the place is known as Bhairon Ghati. It is said that visiting this temple is a must after visiting the Gangotri Temple.
About 3 km after Bhaironghati is another small town called Lanka Chatti, which boasts of Asia's highest bridge over the Jahnavi River at an elevation of 2789 m above the sea level.