Gangotri Gaumukh Yatra 2012 - 24th April 2012Gangotri is one of the important pilgrimage destination for Hindu devotees, located at an altitude of 3048 m. The picturesque location is an ideal place for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Gangotri glaciers, the point from where the holy Ganges originates, allures large number of tourists from every pocket of the country. The glacier is the second longest glacier of Indian Himalayan.
Gangotri has a majestic temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga. There is also a sacred stone where Raja Bhagirath is believed to have worshiped Lord Shiva. Every year hordes of people throng the holy temple to seek the blessings of Goddess. Apart from pilgrimage attraction, Gangotri is world famous for its hilly landscapes that are favorable for trekking.
Travel Attraction in Gangotri
Gangotri Temple was built in 18th century by Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. It is constructed on the spot where the Goddess Ganga is believed to have first descended on earth from heaven. The main attraction within the temple is 'Jalamagna Shivalainga' a natural Shivalinga formed from rock. Every year thousand of pilgrims make a visit to this holy temple to wash away their sins.
Cheedvasa and Bhojvasa
Cheedvasa, tucked at a distance of 28 km is beautiful place, blessed with immense scenic charm. Serene ambiance enchants the mind and soul of the visitors. Another place of attraction is Bhojvasa, situated at a distance of 22 km from Gangotri. Mesmerizing natural beauty makes the place a favorable camping site.
Perched at an altitude of 4200 m above the sea level, Gomukh Glaciers are worth visiting. It is the geographical origin of pristine river Ganges and is also referred as Bhagirathi.
Nandanvan is a trekking route along the glacier. The panoramic view of snow clad mountains and lush green areas of Sylvan Tapovan encircling the base of Shivalinga peak mesmerizes the visitors.
Activities to do in Gangotri
The high snow covered mountains of Gangotri awaits the adventure lovers. Visitors can indulge themselves in thrilling activities like mountaineering and trekking. The trekking routes are flanked with captivating surroundings including snow clad mountains, dense forests and verdant valleys. Popular trekking routes include Gaumukh Glacier, Nandanvan, Cheedvasa and Bhojvasa. Trekking in these routes gives a spectacular view of lush green surroundings and snow covered mountains.
How to Reach Gangotri
Airport: Jooly Grant airport is the closest airport from Gangotri
Railhead: The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh
Road: Gangotri is easily accessible by good network of road from Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun and Delhi.
Hotels in Gangotri
Gangotri has an array of hotels and guest houses, where tourist can make a comfortable stay. The rooms are equipped with modern amenities to cater the need and requirements of the guest. It provides sufficient facilities to satisfy the tourists utmost and make their stay a memorable one. There are also few Dharamshalas providing accommodation at a reasonable cost.
Some of the popular hotels of Gangotri are:
Ganga Niketan Hotel
Forest Rest House
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