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Gangotri

This sacred shrine, situated at an altitude of 3,200 Mt is the source of the river Bhagirathi. The mountain peaks of Shivling, Satopanth and Bhagirathi sisters surround it. Accessible by a motorable road, it is one of the most pious Hindu pilgrimages.

Location: Garhwal
Altitude: 3,200 Mt
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva

PRIME ATTRACTIONS
Temple Of Gangotri As the legend goes; Raja Bhagirath used to worship Lord Shiva at the sacred stone near which the temple is located. It is believed that goddess Ganga first descended to earth from Heaven, at this stone. Amar Singh Thapa, the Gorkha Commander of Garhwal, in the 18th century AD constructed this temple. It is also believed that the Pandavas came here to perform the great 'Deva Yagna' to atone the death of their kinsmen in the battle of Mahabharata.
Submerged Shivling Submerged in the river, this natural rock Shivling is the place where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Ganga in his matted locks. It is visible in winter months when water level decreases.

EXCURSIONS
Kedartal A spectacular lake situated at a distance of about 18-km trek from Gangotri, negotiable through a rough mountain trail. The trek is very tiring and testing even for a hardy trekker. There is no facility of any kind on the way and one haste make all arrangements in advance. A local guide is essential. The lake is crystal clear with the mighty Thalaysagar (sphatikling) peak forming a splendid backdrop. The place is about 15,000 feet above sea level and is the base camp for scaling to Thalaysagar, Jogin, Bhrigupanth and other peaks. Kedar Ganga Sangam Around 100 yards from the Ganga temple flows the river Kedar Ganga. Starting from the Kedar valley, this river meets the Bhagirathi River on its left bank. Gaumukh this is the snout of the Gangotri glacier and the present source of the Bhagirathi river. The devotees who do not miss the opportunity to have a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water hold it in high esteem. The 18-km distance from Gangotri haste is covered on foot or by ponies. The trek is easy and many people come back to Gangotri the same day. Porters and ponies are available for excursions to Gaumukh and other trekking routes at Gangotri. There is a Tourist Bungalow at Bhojbasa, 14 km from Gangotri where lodging and other facilities are available. Bhaironghati 10 km from Gangotri. Astride the road to Uttarkasi and near the confluence of Jat Ganga and Bhagirathi rivers is situated, Bhaironghati. The temple of Bhairav Nath surrounded by thick forests is worth visiting.
Bhairon Mandir after traveling by road from Lanka to Bhaironghati one has to cross the Jahanvi River on foot. After crossing the Jahanvi River and moving uphill, the Bhairon temple can be seen. Harsil 26 km from Gangotri. Located in the topographically mountainous district of Uttarkasi, this hamlet is famous for its natural beauty and delicious apples. Harsil is situated at a distance of 72 km from Uttarkasi on the main highway to Gangotri and is at a height of 2,620 Mt above sea- level.

From Harsil, the adventurous tourist can trek to Sat Tal, situated just above Dharali, 2 km beyond Harsil, to be greeted by the rewarding sight of seven lakes situated amidst beautiful natural surroundings. The Harsil-Jangala Chatti route is amidst dense Deodar forest. Gangnani 55 km from Gangotri. Noted for its thermal springs and close-up views of famous mountain peaks, its peaceful and tranquilizing environment provides an ideal setting for meditation. Bhatwari 70 km from Gangotri. It is a small upcoming town located at about 25 km from Gangnani. Maneri 92 km from Gangotri. It has lately emerged as a place of tourist interest as a result of the construction of a dam across the Bhagirathi River, from where the water is fed to the turbines through an 8-km long tunnel at Tiloth in Uttarkasi. The resultant lake at Maneri has added to the charm of the place. Uttarkasi 107 km from Gangotri. An important pilgrimage center equated with Varanasi or Kashi in divinity. It is located in a wide stretch of the valley.

Situated at a distance of 155 km from Rishikesh, the last railhead, at an elevation of 1, 150 Mt above sea-level on the bank of river Bhagirathi, this picturesque town is also the district headquarter. From the religious point of view as well, it is considered important because the temple of Lord Vishwanath, is located here where a massive iron trident is erected. Description about this temple is given in 'Kedar Khand' (Skand-Puran). The other important temples situated here are Ekadash Rudra, Bhairav and Gyaneshwar. The temple of goddess Kuteti Devi is situated at the top of hills about 1.5 km away. The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is also located on a hill above the town, 5 km away. Close by at Ujeli are a number of Ashrams and temples. On the occasion of "Magh Mela" (January 14), every year people from far and near visit Uttarkasi to take a holy dip in Bhagirathi along with the idol of they’re village deity. Dayara Bugyal, in the local language means "high altitude meadow." The road to Dayara Bugyal branches off near Bhatwari a place on Uttarkashi-Gangotri road about 32 km from Uttarkasi. Vehicles can go up to the village of Barsu from where one has to trek a distance of about 8 km to reach Dayara. Situated at an elevation of about 3,190 Mt above sea level, this vast meadow is second to none in natural beauty. During winters it provides excellent ski slopes over an area of 28 sq. km. From this spot one can trek down to Dodi Tal, which is about 30 km away, through dense forests.

 
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