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Gangotri Travel Guide

One of the main spiritual places among the four Char Dham pilgrim's journey, Gangotri, located in Uttarakashi, is closely associated with Goddess Ganga, the river that we know as Ganges. The account of Gangotri dates back to hundreds of years when Goddess Ganga metamorphosed herself into a river to dissolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s forefathers, following his repentance. In order to concentrate the affect of her fall, Lord Shiva assembled Ganga into his matted locks and has ever since been linked with Goddess Ganga.

The Gangotri temple was constructed by a Gorkha Commander in the early years of the 18th century. This temple endures at an altitude of 3042m and breathes a highly pious aura. Religious rituals are in full action in the Gangotri temple with the Arti ceremony performed by the pujaris of the Semwal family.

The river Ganga arises from the Gangotri glacier and is known as Bhagirathi. The name Ganga picks up later on after the river passes Devaprayag and coalesces into the river Alaknanda.

Just the arrant destination to breath in a tranquil and sacred atmosphere, Gangotri has the charm to appeal people from all over. The striking bearing of the snow-clad mountains in the locality and the pure crystal clear water of the Ganges flowing around add to the sanctity of the place. One finds close to God in the high elevation of Gangotri. Vegan food prevails the culture and is available in the local food joints or dhabas. Non-vegetarian food and alcoholic drinks are a strictly prohibited.


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