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Gangotri is the
source of the river Bhagirathi. It is surrounded by the mountain peaks
of Shivalik, Satopanth and Bhagirathi Sisters. There are several legends
connected with Gangotri. One is that King Bhagirath used to worship
Lord Shiva at the sacred stone here and hence the name.
The temple located
nearby is a recent addition. It is also believed that the Pandavas conducted
Deva Yagna here to atone for the killings in the Mahabharata war. The
widely believed mythological anecdote about Gangotri is that Lord Shiva
sat on this rock Shivalinga in the river while taking the brunt of the
fall of the Ganga in his lock of hair so that the impact is not much on
the earth. In summer the linga is submerged and visible when winter comes.
Gomukh: The snout of Gangotri's
glacier, source of Bhagirathi
How to reach: The nearest airport is jolly
Grant, between Rishikesh and Dehra Dun. The airport is 26 km from Rishikesh.
The nearest rail head is in Rishikesh, 249 km from Gangotri. Bus goes
right up to the shrine. There is bus service to several places like
Uttarkashi, Tehri, Rishikesh, Hardwar.
Altitude: 3200 mts.
Climate: Summer is cool during daytime
and cold at night. Winter is snow-bound.
Clothing: Wear light woollens during
summer and very heavy woollens during winter
Languages: Hindi, Garhwali and English.
Accommodation: Government rest houses
and dharamshalas are available.
Food: Only dhabas (local eating places)
are available. Non-vegetarian food and alcohol are prohibited in Gangotri.
Kedar Ganga Sangam is close to Gangotri.
Bhaironghatti is 10 km from Gangotri. The Bhairav Nath temple
is in the midst of forests. It is a tourist attraction. Beyond Bhaironghatti,
across Jahanvi river, is situated Bhairon temple. This can be
reached on foot.
Gaumukh Glacier,18 km from Gangotri,is the source of Bhagirathi
river. Pilgrims make it a point not to miss this mystic site though
they have to tread the terrain or ride on a pony. One can return to
Gangotri the same day. Trekking is easy on this route. Further from
Gaumukh are Nandan Van and Tapovan from where the Shivalik peak
can be seen.
Harsil, 26 km from Gangotri, and Gangnani, 55 km from Gangotri,
on the way to Gangotri, are known for their natural scenic beauty and
trnquil environment. Further town is Uttarkashi, 92 km from Gangotri
and 155 km from Rishikesh. This is also a venerated pilgrim centre where
Lord Vishwanath temple is situated. The temple is described in Kedar
Khand of Skand Puran. Magha Mela is celebrated here on every
January 14 when devotees take holy dip in Bhagirathi. The Nehru Institute
of Mountaineering is also located in Uttarkashi.
Nadu, Andhra Pradesh
in South India,
Uttar Pradesh, Himachal
Pradesh in North India, Assam,
in East India
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