Gangotri Dham

A place where Goddess Ganga Starts her Journey.

Char Dham Yatra Gangotri Dham

A place where Goddess Ganga Starts her Journey.

Gangotri, the picturesque pilgrimage in the hinterlands of the Himalayas is the most sacred spot where Ganga , the stream of life, touched earth for the first time. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Ganga - the daughter of heaven, manifested herself in the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries. Owning to her might, Lord Shiva received her into his matted locks to minimise the immense impact of her fall. She came to be called Bhagirathi at her legendary source. Gangotri is a holy pilgrimage site for followers not only in Hinduism but all the religions. Gangotri is pleasantly cold during summer (May - June) and very cold during winters. Travel during monsoons (mid June - August approximately) is not advisable.

Gaumukh ( 19 km) is the snout of the Gangotri Glacier and the source of the Bhagirathi river. Pilgrims trek upto the sacred spot on foot or on ponies to take a holy dip in the ice-cold water. This trek route is through the Gangotri National Park. You need not be a seasoned trekker to walk on this route. This is an uphill climb. Travelling light is most important. Carry nutribars which will given instant energy. A Walking pole will help but not mandatory. If you start early morning from Gangotri, you can go to Gaumukh and come back to Gangotri with in day time.

Tapovan -Nandavan ( 24 km ) is a trek across the snout of the Gangotri Glacier across the right leads to Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base of the Shivling peak.This is a difficult trek and it is advisable that you have a guide for this trek. To reach Tapovan, you will need to cross the Akash Ganga (this is the place where mythology says that Ganga toughed the earth). The water in Akash Ganga is entirely snow melt and hence increases with the time of the day. Tapovan is also the base for Mt. Shivling. An arduous trek along the left of the Gangotri Glacier leads to scenic Nandanvan - the base camp for the Bhagirathi peaks, that offers a panoramic view of the surrounding Shivling peak. There is also a route from Tapovan across the Gangotri glacier to Nandanvan. From Nandanvan, one can trek further along the Kalindi Khal to Badrinath, which is a extremely difficult trek and has to be done with sufficient preparation.

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