Gangotri / Gangotri Yatra

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Dates For Gangotri Tour and Yamunotri Yatra Announced
GMVN or the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam has announced the opening dates for Gangotri and Yamunotri for 2012. The two destinations of the Chardham will open for pilgrims from 24th April 2012. Dates for the other two destinations of the famous Chardham Yatra - Badrinath and Kedarnath are still not announced.

Location : Nagar Panchayat town in Uttarkashi, Uttaranchal
Altitude : 3042 mts.
Gangotri Weather : Summer - Cool during the day and cold at night.
Winter - Snow-bound. Touching sub-zero
Best Season : April to November

Gangotri Temple - The Holy Pilgrimage
Be it man's urge to placate the Gods above or to quench his desire for adventure, Gangotri river is an ideal location. Gangotri, the origin of the sacred river Ganges, attracts tourists in large numbers every year. The confrontation with the daunting rivers and attempts to unravel the mysteries of the supernatural world are ubiquitous sights here. Along with the thrill of conquering nature, what one experiences here is the mystical aura that India is so famous for.

GangotriGangotri Glacier - Location
Couched in the magnificent Garhwal hills, Gangotri (or dakshin Gangotri as it is called sometimes) is at an altitude of 3048 meters above sea level. It is on the northernmost part of the state of Uttaranchal and is very near to the Indo-Tibetan border. It is approximately 300 km from Dehradun, 250 km from Rishikesh and 105 km from Uttarkashi. The summers are relatively cool and winters are freezing cold, with rains in the months of May and June. For the devotees and tourists, the gates of the Gangotri dham are open only in the months of May to November.

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Gangotri Gaumukh - Mythological Legend
According to an old legend, Lord Shiva rewarded King Bhagirath after his penance and Ganga came down to earth. However, due to her pride, and the fact that the earth would be devastated if Ganga came down in her full force, Lord Shiva caught her in his locks. It was then proclaimed that Goddess Uma or Parvati, Shiva's consort, would bathe in the Ganges daily and only then would she descend on the earth. The sacred stone near the temple denotes the place where Ganga first came down to earth. This is why Ganga is also called by the name of Bhagirathi and the place where it first came down is called Ganga Goumukh. Today a temple has been built there where one can attend Ganga aarti enchanted with sacred Ganga songs.

Gangotri Tourism - Travel Attractions
  • Submerged Shivling
    The natural rock Shivling, submerged in the river, is an amazing sight reinforcing the power of the divine. According to mythology, Lord Shiva sat at this spot to receive the Ganaga in his matted locks. The shivling is visible in the early winters when the water level goes down. 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.
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  • Mythological Mystery
    According to mythology, Goddess Ganga- the daughter of heaven, manigested herself in the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagirath's predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord Shiva received into his matted locks to minimise the immense impact of her fall. She came to be called Bhagirathi at her legendary source.

    A long the right bank of Bhagirathi stands the shrine of Gangotri dedicated to the Goddess. Perched at a height of 3042 mts., it was constructed in the early 18th century by a Gorkha Commander, Amar Singh Thapa. Every year, lakhs of pilgrims throng the sacred temple between May and October. By November, Gangotri is covered by snow. It is believed that the Goddess retreats to Mukhba, her winter abode.
Main Attractions of Gangotri India
  • Gangotri Temple
    The 18th century's temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga is located near a sacred stone where King Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva. Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. According to another legend, Pandavas performed the great 'Deva Yagna' here to atone the deaths of their kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. High structure made of white granite.
Excursion From Gangotri Temple Uttaranchal
  • Nandanvan Tapovan
    Nandan Van Tapovan   An arduous Gangotri trek along the Gangotri Glacier leads to scenic Nandanvan - the base camp for the Bhagirathi peaks, that offers a panoramic view of the surrounding Shivaling peak. A trek across the snout of the Glacier leads to Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base of the Shivling Peak.
  • Uttarkashi (99 kms.)
    An important pilgrimage centre, situated at an elevation of 1,150 mts. above sea level on the bank of river Bhagirathi. Some of the important temples worth visiting are - Vishwanath temple, Ekadash Rudra temple, Gyaneshwar temple and Kuteti Devi Temple. Nearby is the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. Every year, during the 'Magh Mela' people visit Uttarkashi to take a holy dip in Bhagirathi along with the image of their village deity.
  • Kedar Tal (18 kms.)

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    An enhancing lake, 4425 mts. above sea level against the splendid backdrop of mighty Thalaiyasagar peak. Accessible through a rough mountain trail, it is the base camp for trekking to surrounding peaks. The trek to Kedartal needs a local guide.
  • Gaumukh( 18 kms.)
    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.
  • Gangotri National Park
    Gangotri national park was established in the year 1989. You can spot Gangotri national park is located at the upper catchment area of the Bhagirathi River. Alpine scrub.
  • Dayara Bugyal (93 kms.)
    A breathtakingly beautiful meadow, situated at a height of 3,048 mts. above sea level. A motorable road connects Bhatwari (27 kms. from Uttarkashi) with Raithal village, from where follows a 6 kms. long trek to Dayara. The famous Sheshnag Temple enroute is an attraction of the trek. From Dayara, one can also trek down to Dodi Tal (30 kms.). During winters, Dayara provides excellent ski slopes over an area of 28 sq.kms.
  • Nachiketa Tal (131 kms.)

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    A pleasant trek through lush green forests leads to this peaceful retreat. A small temple along the lake and lovely surroundings are an attraction.
  • Tehri Dam (173 kms.)
    Lying at the confluence of Bhagirathi and Bhilangna rivers is the former capital of Tehri Garhwal principality. It is the site of a giant hydel project.
  • Narendranagar (239 kms.)
    The new capital of erstwhile Tehri state, offers a magnificent view of the Ganga valley of Rishikesh and the plains of Haridwar. A perfect place for clicking lots of Gangotri photos.
  • Airport
    Jolly Grant, Dehradun 226 kms.
  • Railhead
    Rishikesh, 249 kms.
  • Road
    Well connected to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and Delhi.

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