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Gangotri

Location
Gangotri Located in the extreme north of the north Indian state of Uttaranchal.


General Overview
Although the original source of the Ganges is at Gaumukh, a Norther 12 miles upstream, Hindus considered Gangotri as the source of the Holy River Ganges. Gangotri is the place not only the place of Hindu Pilgrims, but for the adventure seekers as well.

The two most venerated places in Gangotri are - the Ganges itself, which is honoured as the Goddess Ganga, where pilgrims take a holy dip and perform several rituals. The temple of Gangotri was first built about 250 years ago by the Gurkha monarch Amar Singh Thapa, and was later restored in the late 19th century by the royal house of Jaipur.

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Fact File

Major Attractions Gangotri Temple, Gomukh, Kedar Taal
Language Hindi, Garhwali
Significance A
Best Time May-June and September-October


Gangotri - Now
Gangotri is located at 3,048 m above sea level in the northern part of the state of Uttaranchal and is very close to the Indo-Tibetan border. An ideal place for the peace and advneture lovers, Gangotri is the place where you can discover the daunting river and also unfold the mysteries of the nature.

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Even in this age of technological advancement, gangatri caries the same look and feel of the ancient India. Though several constructions and development has taken place since last two decades, Gangotri bears the age-old feel of the ancient India.


Places of Interests
Gangotri TempleGangotri Temple - The shrine is about 300 years old and first built by the Gurkha monarch Amar Singh Thapa, and was later restored in the late 19th century by the royal house of Jaipur.

The shrine of Gangotri is around 300 years old. Renovated in the 20th century, the shrine is a 20-feet high structure of white granite. During the winters the statue is taken to Mukhimath village where it is worshipped.

Jalamagna Shivalinga - There is a natural rock Shivalinga, called the Jalamagna Shivalinga. This is the place where Lord Shiva received Ganga in his locks. Visible only during winters.

Beside the Ganga and Ganga Temple, the other two major attractions to see in Gangotri are the submerged Shivalinga, where Lord Shiva is believed to have received the Ganges (called Bhagirathi here) in his matted locks. The Shivalinga is visible only in the winter months when the water level of the Ganges recedes. There is also a stone on which Raja Bhagirath is believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva.

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Dodi Taal Lake - Situated at an elevation of 3024m above sea level, Dodi Tal is a breathtaking expanse of water, enveloped by a dense forest of oak, pine, deodar and rhododendron. The forest sports a pristine look.

Source of holy river ganges Gomukh, Himalaya, Uttranchal, IndiaGaumukh - Just 19km from Gangotri is Gaumukh, the source of the Ganges. Gaumukh is situated at a height of 12,960 ft. The Gangotri Glacier, which lies at a height of 13,662 ft beyond Chaukhamba, extends as far as Gaumukh.

Gaumukh glacier- The famous site nearby is the Gaumukh glacier, which is at an altitude of 4200 m above sea level. It is the geographical origin of the Ganges and is at a distance of 18 km from Gangotri uphill. Here Ganges is known as the Bhagirathi.

Nandanvan - Nandanvan is a 6 kms trekking route along the glacier and gives a spectacular glimpse of the Shivalinga. Across the Gangotri glacier is the Sylvan Tapovan, which is known for its greenness encircling the base of the Shivalinga peak. From here, one can go to Vasuki Tal, Kalindikhal, at a height of 5590 m to reach Badrinath.

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Specialities of Gangotri
Trekking - The Gangotri region has some very excellent trek routes for the avid trekkers.

Gangotri- Kedarnath Trek is an ancient trek route and is along the old pilgrim route from Gangotri to Kedarnath.

Gangotri- Nandavan - Tapovan - Trek is wonderful trek route for the adventure buffs, who can embark on mountain climbing, rock climbing, boulder-hopping and glacier traversing on this trek.

MountaineeringMountaineering - Gangotri Glacier is surrounded by many high peaks, which offer challenging opportunities for mountaineering. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi is the places where you learn mountaineering.

Camping - Both Cheedvasa & Bhojvasa at a distance of 28 km and 22 km respectively are ideal for those who are looking for camping sites.


Connectivity
Air - Nearest airport is Jolly Grant (26 kms from Rishikesh) in Dehradun.

Rail - Rishikesh has its own railhead, catering to the rail travelling need of the travellers.

Road - Gangotri is connected by road to Uttar Kashi, Tehri Garhwal, Rishikesh and other parts of the country. It is approximately 300 km from Dehradun, 250 km from Rishikesh and 105 km from Uttarkashi.




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