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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Visiting places in GANGOTRI





Visiting places in GANGOTRI

Hello Friends,

Gangotri is a town in Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttrakhand, India, it is also known as Nagar Panchayat.
It is a famous due to Hindu temples and Holy River GANGA and incredible Scenes.
18 km away there is a place GAUMUKH from where River Ganga arises.
It have scenes which is not avaiable in world wide.
In this article we will cover the most Famous places in sequence

1).Gangotri Overview : - Ganges Glacier

At 4238 m above sea level, the Bhagirathi glacier begins at Chaukhamba to merge into the Gaumukh. Owing to its mineral content and the terrain of medicinal plants through which it flows, it is believed that the Ganges water is extremely pure and therapeutic. So much so that it is believed that even when it is kept for years, the water doesn't become contaminated. You can also trek up the glacier to reach Nandanvan, Tapovan and Gaumukh.



2).Kedar Tal, Gangotri Overview

Located at an altitude of 4425 m above sea level, the Kedar lake is known for its cool waters and beautiful trek up the rolling hills spanning 18 km. Just make sure that you take a local guide along, and prepare well for the sojourn.



3).Dodi Tal

Home to the famous Himalayan trouts, this sparkling lake at 3204 m. has little log cabins scattered around the lake for camping and resting. Permit for fishing can be obtained from the Divisional Forest Officer, Uttarkashi. You can also trek the 16 km to Dodi Tal via Agoda and Kalyani.


Water Availability

Carry your own water as well during the trek.


Camping/Shelter

Since you are on a trekking trip, you will be carrying your own camping tents.


Food Availability

You will not find any place to eat while on the trek. So make sure to carry your own food with you.


General tips and tricks

1. Make sure you carry warm clothes irrespective of the fact that what season you are travelling in.
2. Carry your own trekking gear and equipments and be always prepared.
3. Carry a medical aid kit and your usual medicines for the way.
4. A good pair of trekking shoes is a must.
5. Carry raingear no matter if you are travelling during monsoon season.
6. Make sure you obtain all the permits well in advance required for trekking in the region.
7. Make sure you carry spare batteries and film roll for camera as there will be no electricity supply.
8. A well informed and trained guide is very important and do make sure to sought out all trivial things well in advance to avoid misunderstanding.


4). Gangotri Temple


Gangotri Temple, a religiously important temple in Hinduism, is located in the quaint town of Gangotri, Uttarkashi District in the Indian State of Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and is the highest and the most important shrine dedicated to the deity. The sacred temple and the surroundings offer a scenic view of the breathtaking Himalayas and the ever so gorgeous River Ganga. The sight is breathtaking in the mornings during sunrise as the sun shines from behind the Himalayas spreading light and life to the region.


Gangotri is one of the four sacred Dhams (Char Dham) in Uttarakhand including Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Thousands of devotees from all over visit the glorious temple every year to seek blessings from Goddess Ganga. Perched at an elevation of over 3000 metres above sea level, amidst lush green hills with the captivating Ganga flowing by its side, the shrine is a cynosure. According to a legend, it is here that River Ganga originated. Around 300 years ago, a Nepalese General, Amar Singh Thapa built this temple as a symbol of respect towards the Goddess. The pleasant sacred vibe in the air is enough to explain why the temple is of such importance to one and all.


Whether you sink in the divine aura of the temple or choose to admire nature at its best or contemplate as you listen to the soothing sounds of the mesmerising river while tiny little birds chirp in the trees, a trip to the Gangotri Temple is a must.



5). Harsil

Situated at an elevation of 2623 m., Harsil, 2 km away off Dharali, Harsil is famous for its apple orchards spread across the village. The orchards run for 72 km across the village.


Also adorned with apple orchards, this village elevated at a height of 2620 m above the sea level is also known for its numerous trekking trails. With pleasant summers and chilling winters, it is situated 72 kms ahead of Uttarkashi on Uttarkashi - Gangotri Road. If you are looking for a romantic outing or simply a family vacation, Harsil is a must visit.



6). Auden's Col

The Auden's Col trek is a dream trek for every experienced trekker and mountaineer, being first discovered by John Bicknell Auden in 1935. The trail passes through the thick forest of alpine trees, meadows dotted with varied species of flowers, gushing streams and cuts through numerous villages secluded within the Garhwal Himalayas, and several temples that reflect the religious significance of the Garhwal region.


Auden's Col is one of the high altitude mountain passes in the Garhwal Himalayas, which connects the Rudragaira valley and Bhilangana valley and forms a bridge between north west ridge of Gangotri III and the ridge coming from Jogin I on the east.


Auden's Col is a mountain pass which connects Jogin I (6465m) and Gangotri III (6580m) peaks and is reportedly situated at a height of around 5400m. It also binds two glaciers on the opposite sides. One is Khatling glacier and the other one looks like the glacier belonging to Jogin I. Auden's Col is approachable from Gangotri and one can trek up to Kedarnath following Auden's Col and Khatling glacier.


Even though a strenuous trail, the journey is treated with the majestic view of the hulking high peaks like the Rudragaira peak, Jogin group of peaks, Bhagirathi group of peaks and Kedar Dome.



7).Dayara Bugyal

A meadow is not exactly a common concept in modern day India. Lush green lands with fresh air, cows grazing in the hillside, and a gentle breeze blowing through is a very European-esque scenario that in India, can only be found in the higher altitudes of the majestic Himalayas. Dayara Bugyal is just that - a widespread meadow situated at an altitude of 3950m (12956ft) above sea level. Shepherds and nomads from around the region first discovered this magnificent grazing ground and often went about telling stories of its beauty to the common people. 'Bugyal' literally means a high altitude meadow in the local language of the area. Nature and adventure enthusiasts soon caught wind of this seemingly stunning piece of land and set out to explore. Today, Dayara Bugyal is not only the most beautiful meadow in all of India, but it is also a popular trekking destination for travellers from all over the world.



Nestled between the peaks of Bandarpunch (6316m) and White Peak (6102m), the trek follows a 7 km trail from the base camp in Barsu, passing through the village of Raithal, and ending up atop the Dayara Bugyal. It is continuously surrounded by dense oak forests and snow-capped Himalayan peaks such as Bhagirathi, John Lee, Srikanth and Draupadi ka Danda.



In winters (December- February), the meadow gets covered with snow, transforming into a 28 square kilometre skiing spot with its undulating slopes. While the Dayara Bugyal is a happening place to be at any time of the year, it is most famous as a tranquil trekking ground for tourists who wish to get away into the Himalayas for a long holiday or weekend, minus the exhaustion of a demanding hike.



8). Dharali

Located 2 off from Harsil, Dharali is famous for its apple orchards and red bean cultivation. Lord Shiva's deity is there in an ancient temple in this village. Ancient stories believe that Bhagirath meditated in this place to get the Ganges out of the heaven to flow in to the earth. The temple stands to prove the incident.


9). Kedartal Patangini Pass Trek

Kedartal Patangini Pass Trek is a high altitude lake trek nestled in the lap of Himalayas and is regarded as one of the finest. Blessed with the scenic beauty of nature and picturesque landscape all around, this trek is bound to be extremely fascinating.


Offering the stunning views of snow clad mountain peaks, the pristine Kedartal Lake is the source of the old River Ganga known as Kedarganga from the melting snow of Kedar Glacier. This river, considered to be the contribution of Lord Shiva to the tributary of Bhagirathi, later tends to merge with it while on its route. The trail apart from offering mesmerizing beauty of nature is also enriched with diverse variety of flora and fauna including Bharal (blue sheep), Himalayan black bear, Goral and a large variety of birds as well. Commencing from the base camp of Gangotri, this trek is quite strenuous yet exhilarating with the breath taking views of Thaleysagar (6950 m), Brigupnath (6782 m) and Jogin peaks etc. from Patangni Dhar.


Camping/Shelter

Since you are on a trekking trip, you will be carrying your own camping tents.



Food Availability

You will not find any place to eat while on the trek. So make sure to carry your own food with you.



Water Availability

Carry your own water as well during the trek. However, you will have the opportunity to refill your water stock.



General tips and tricks

1. Make sure you carry warm clothes irrespective of the fact that what season you are travelling in.
2. Carry your own trekking gear and equipments and be always prepared.
3. Carry a medical aid kit and your usual medicines for the way.
4. A good pair of trekking shoes is a must.
5. Carry raingear no matter if you are travelling during monsoon season.
6. Make sure you obtain all the permits well in advance required for trekking in the region.
7. Make sure you carry spare batteries and film roll for camera as there will be no electricity supply.
8. A well informed and trained guide is very important and do make sure to sought out all trivial things well in advance to avoid misunderstanding.



10). Gomukh Tapovan Trek

Gaumukh-Tapovan trek, one of the most gratifying treks in India, located in Uttaranchal will bring every fascinating trekking pleasure while passing through an orchard of coniferous pine trees at Chirbasa and birch at Bhojbasa.
Perching on the high peaks one can get the common sight of the herds of Blue mountain goats - Bharal. Explore the Gaumukh Glacier, which is just four kilometers ahead from Bhojwasa. From Gaumukh to Tapovan the climb is steep, and as we climb, the view of the surroundings peaks becomes clear. Gaumukh is the hatchway of the glacier to spring the Ganges, and Tapovan are the mighty peaks of the Garhwal. The Gangotri Tapovan trekking is made for all adventure lovers to let them involve into Mountain Climbing, Rock Climbing and glacier traverse.



11). Tapovan

Located in the picturesque state of Uttaranchal, Tapovan is a destination most famous for its hot springs. It is believed that these springs have medicinal properties and are believed to cure skin diseases. This destination also offers fabulous views of peaks such as Nanda Devi and Dronagiri Chaukumbha and is also a gateway to many other popular tourist destinations such as Badrinath and Valley of Flowers. The spring is located at a proper height and is also suitable for bathing purposes. Perhaps what makes this destination a favorite among tourists is its hot springs. Trickling down from the crevices of the yellow rocks, the temperature of the water here can reach up to 100-degrees Celcius. What adds another aspect to the beauty of this destination is the presence of scenic landscapes all around. Ranging from plunging valleys to lush mountains and hills, this destination is a beautiful landscape. This place is also surrounded by a few villages and farmlands, where you can have a first-hand experience of the rural life here.



12). Jogin Advanced Base Camp

Jogin ABC is a spectacular campsite located at an altitude of over 16,000 ft with spectacular view of the Jogin peaks that lie at the end of the valley forming an amphitheatre with Mt. Thalay Sagar. It's a challenging trek from Gangotri to Kedartal via Bhoj Kadak.



Food Availability

Dhaba food is available up along the way. You can pack essential food for the rest of the climb.


Camping/Shelter

Guest houses are available at all destinations. Camping can also be adopted by trekkers on the trek because of the natural beauty that it boasts of.


Water Availability

Water is available in the guest houses along the way. It is advisable to stock up in reasonable quantities whenever a refilling option is available.


General tips and tricks

1) Make sure you carry warm clothes along with you no matter during whichever season you are travelling in.
2) Be always prepared with your trekking gear and equipment.
3) Carrying your own medication and a good pair of shoes is a must.
4) Make sure you obtain all the permits well in advance required for trekking in the region.
5) Also carry raingear along as weather at higher altitude changes at every moment.
6) Choose a well-qualified and professional guide and fix the rates in order to avoid any misunderstanding.
7) Carry spare batteries and film roll for camera as there maybe no electricity supply.


13). Maneri

Channeling waters across an 8 km stretch, the dam situated at Tiloth offers a beautiful drive 92 km drive from Gangotri. You can also fish in the catchment area for Himalayan trouts, and grill them over live fire while you picnic there.



14). Uttarkashi

155 km from Rishikesh, this is one of the important pilgrimage destinations on the banks of river Bhagirathi. Situated at an altitude of 1150 m, it shelters various famous temples- Lord Vishwanath temple, Ekadash Rudra temple, Bhairav temple, Kuteti Devi temple and Gyaneshwar temple.
The Magh Mela from mid-February to mid-March draws pilgrims from across the country, bringing their local deity for a dip in the holy Bhagirathi. The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi also organizes various mountaineering expeditions into the Himalayas.
Two of the Four Holy Shrines of Hindu mythology, i.e the 'Char Dham', are situated here, as is the chief source of the holiest river of Hinduism, the Ganges. There is a sense of purity in the air here, with all the spirituality and natural surroundings that are bestowed upon this land. Uttarkashi is one of the younger parts of Uttarakhand, formed in 1960. There is an uncanny purity about the place, making it one of the most visited cities of religious relevance in the area. Totally untouched by industrialism, except to simplify the existence, without over altering, the town is like no place you have ever spent your time in. While lakes and temples are in great numbers, the whole aura of religion is not over powering. Uttarkashi will give you a sense of heightened divinity and an out of body experience, and it is one of the fewest places doing so, even on the trekking routes it has to offer. Visit Uttarkashi, only if you're truly ready to revamp yourself, inside out.



15). Vishwanath Temple

Believed to be built by Parashuram, the Lord Vishwanath temple in Uttarkashi houses the Kedar Khanda or Skanda Puran. Later, in 1857 Maharani Khaneti renovated the temple. The Shivlinga which is 60 cm tall and is 90 cm in circumference draws many Shiva devotees from across the country.


16).Kalindi Khal Trek

Cradled amid the spectacular scenic beauty, Kalindi Khal is regarded as one of the most adventurous and challenging trek in the lap of Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Perched at an altitude of 6000 m, the strenuous walk up to this sky touching peak is rewarded by enchanting views.
The entire excursion is an experience with various flavours of rustic and spiritual aspect of the region. What further enhances the beauty of the place is the fascinating sight of Tapovan. The trail you will be following during this trek also happens to be adorned with rolling alpine meadows, series of gushing streams, lush green valleys with a pristine backdrop of undulated Himalayan peaks and glaciers.
Combining the two holy Dhams, Kalindi Khal Trek commences from Gangotri and ends with a visit to the holy temple in Badrinath Valley. The camping tours nestled right at the foot of the Shivling Peak (6543m, called the Matterhorn of Garhwal) with the bewitching sights of the source of the sacred River Ganga, Gaumukh, this trek continues half way round Garhwal offering unmatched beauty of the Shivlinga peak and then proceeding towards the Alaknanda Valley.
Presenting the best of everything from pilgrimage to adventure and exquisite beauty of nature, this trek is full of all the right elements for a perfect trek. Suitable only for those with previous mountaineering or trekking experience, Kalindi Khal Trek is best enjoyed during the months from July to August.

Camping/Shelter

Since you are on a trekking trip, you will be carrying your own camping tents.


Food Availability

You will not find any place to eat while on the trek. So make sure to carry your own food with you.

Water Availability

Carry your own water as well during the trek. However, you will have the opportunity to refill your water stock.

General tips and tricks


1. Make sure you carry warm clothes irrespective of the fact that what season you are travelling in.
2. Carry your own trekking gear and equipments and be always prepared.
3. Carry a medical aid kit and your usual medicines for the way.
4. A good pair of trekking shoes is a must.
5. Carry raingear no matter if you are travelling during monsoon season.
6. Make sure you obtain all the permits well in advance required for trekking in the region.
7. Make sure you carry spare batteries and film roll for camera as there will be no electricity supply.
8. A well informed and trained guide is very important and do make sure to sought out all trivial things well in advance to avoid misunderstanding.








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