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Places To Visit In Gangotri Sightseeing

Gangotri Temple

Gangotri Temple is situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state. This temple is about 3048 meters above sea level. Gangotri Temple was built by Amar Singh Thapa, Gorkha commander in the 18th century. Gangotri Temple is situated on the banks of the holy Bhagirathi (Ganga) river. This holy temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. King Bhagiratha is also worshipped with Goddess Ganga in this temple, as a result of their austerities, the Goddess came upon Ganga earth. For the salvation of ancestors by the curse given by Kapil Muni, King Bhagirath had done penance to bring Goddess Ganga to the earth. For this reason, the sacred river Ganga was given the name of the river Bhagirathi, which later meets the Alaknanda river in Devprayag, from here it is known as the holy Ganges river. Gangotri opens in Akshaya Tritiya and closes after the festival of Deepawali. This temple is very important among the Hindus. Millions of pilgrims visit this holy temple every year.

According to legend, Maharaj Sagar had 60,000 sons. They did an 'Ashwamedha Yagna', where the horse of Ashwamedha Yagna went, 60,000 of them took their places in their possession. From this, King Indra of the gods became worried. They grabbed the horse and tied it to Kapil Muni's ashram. The son of King Sagar saw the horse caught in the ashram of sage Kapil Muni, then the son of King Sagar took it the horse while disrespecting sage Kapil Muni. As a result of anger, Kapil Muni cursed and burned them, by which their soul was deprived of salvation. After requests of Maharaj Sagar, Kapil Muni told him that the curse cannot be withdrawn, but the remedy can be taken. They told Maharaj Sagar that if the divine river Ganga from the heaven is brought to the earth, then his sons can attain liberation. After this, his three generation continued to do penance on the Himalayas to bring Ganga to the Earth, but they could not bring Ganga to the earth. Then in the same generation, King Bhagirath had done penance of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Goddess Ganga to bring Ganga on the earth. As a result, the Goddess Ganga came to the earth. In order to save the earth from destruction due to the huge velocity of the Ganges, Lord Shiva first put the Ganga in its Jata, then left on the earth. His ancestors received liberation from the water of the holy Ganges.



Bhairon Ghati

Bhairon Ghati is located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state. Bhairon Ghati is situated on the banks of the confluence of the Jadh Ganga and the Bhagirathi river. Gangotri is about 6 km away from Bhairon Ghati. There is a famous Bhairav Nath Ji temple in Bhairon Ghati, surrounded by dense forests. It is believed that after visiting the Gangotri temple, it is necessary to visit this temple. Bhairav is considered as the gan of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva gave appointed to Bhairav Nath to protect this place, hence this place is known as Bhairon Ghati. This Ghati is the center of attraction.



Gangnani

Gangnani is a small town situated on Gangotri road. This is an ideal place for nature lovers and those looking for peace. There is a famous hot water kund in Gangnani, which is known as Rishikund. Most pilgrims take a dip in this natural sacred hot water kund before traveling to Gangotri. Here are different kund for both men and women to have a bath. There is a famous temple in Gangnani, which is dedicated to Rishi Parashara, the father of Maharishi Ved Vyas. Gangnani has a surrounding offers a spectacular view of the wonderful mountains, the snowy peaks and the beautiful valley.



Gaumukh

Gaumukh is considered to be the source site of the holy Ganges (Bhagirathi) river. Gaumukh is located 18 km away from Gangotri and at an altitude of 4255 meters. The word Gaumukh means - 'Gau' means cow and 'Mukh' means mouth, that means cow's mouth. Gaumukh looks like a cow's mouth, from which the sacred Ganges river by getting from the Gangotri glacier and comes out from Gaumukh. Gangotri Glacier is one of the glaciers of Himalayan regions. That is why this place is known as named of Gaumukh. From Gangotri to Gaumukh is about 18 km travel on foot, this is one of the popular treks in the Himalayan region of Garhwal. On the way during the journey, the Bhagirathi (Ganga) river, dense forest of pine and deodar are meet. Apart from this, there are also beautiful alpine grasslands on the way.



Jalmagna Shivlinga

The Jalmagna Shivlinga is a natural Shivling near the Gangotri temple, which is immersed in water in the middle of the holy Ganges (Bhagirathi) river. After the water level of the river decreases, it visible the natural Shivlinga. During the visit to Gangotri, you can darshan of the Jalmagna Shivlinga. With the advent of Goddess Ganga on earth, this Shivling has a mythological connection. According to mythology, when the Goddess Ganga came to earth from heaven, so at this place, their his sharp stream, Lord Shiva has imprisoned in his hair. It is the center of attraction in Gangotri.



Surya Kund

Surya Kund is a beautiful natural waterfall located in Gangotri area of Uttarkashi district. This kund is about 500 meters from the famous Gangotri temple. This kund is dedicated to the sun god. After visiting the pilgrim Gangotri temple, In the Surya Kund goes to pay homage to the sun god. Therefore this Kund is known as named of Surya Kund. On the one side of the iron bridge, the Surya Kund and the other side is located the Gauri Kund. Surya Kund waterfall is the center of attraction for pilgrims. The Bhagirathi river flowing down from the deep valleys creates a panoramic view.



Kedar Tal

Kedar Tal is a glacial lake situated in Garhwal Himalaya area of Gangotri. Kedar Tal is at an altitude of 4750 meters. This tal is about 17 km from Gangotri. This tal offers views of beautiful snowy peaks nearby. Kedar Tal is an ideal place for trekking lovers. The journey of Kedar Tal begins from Gangotri. There is a 17 km travel on foot from Gangotri to Kedar Tal, this is one of the popular treks in the Himalayan region of Garhwal. In the route of the journey, there are dense forests of pine and deodar, apart from this, there are also beautiful alpine grasslands in the route. Walking on this route is a bit difficult because this route has to go through pebble stone and high rocks. But after reaching Kedar Tal, there is a different happiness. This place is not less than a paradise for Trekkers.



Gangotri National Park

Gangotri National Park is one of the wildlife sanctuaries located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state. Gangotri National Park was established in 1989. Gangotri National Park is spread over an area of 2390 sq km. This park offers majestic beauty with coniferous forests and beautiful green grass. The holy Bhagirathi river (Ganga) passes through this park. The park is surrounded by dense temperate coniferous vegetation, In which trees like pine, oak, deodar and rhododendron are found. Various types of animal-bird species are found inside this park. Gangotri National Park is a beautiful tourist destination, which attracts tourists.



Pandav Gufa

Pandav Gufa (Cave) is an ancient natural cave situated in the Gangotri area of Uttarkashi district. This cave is about 1.5 km away from Gangotri. It is believed that when Pandavas were going towards Kailash after the Mahabharata war, they had stayed in this cave, they performed yajna and penance in this cave, so that they could attain moksha. It is also said that during the trip the eldest brother of Pandavas, Yudhishthar had decided to live in this cave, because his father Pandu had done penance at this place, some even know it by name is Pandu Gufa.



Nelong Valley

The Nelong Valley is a beautiful valley situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state. The Nelong Valley is located inside the Gangotri National Park of Gangotri Area. This valley at the elevation of about 11,000 feet. The Nelong Valley is connected to the Indo-Tibetan Border. Since the Indo-China war in 1962, this valley was closed for the come and go of the citizens, but before the war, it was the main route for the India-Tibetan trade. There are still some pre-infrastructures is present in the Nelong Valley, such as the Gartang Gallian Wooden Bridge and Lal Devta Temple etc. This valley offers a magnificent view of the Tibetan Plateau. In addition to the fascinating scenes, some wildlife species like snow leopards, blue sheep and musk deer are found in this valley.



Nandanvan

Nandanvan is a small meadow situated in the Uttarkashi district, which is at an elevation of 4330 meters. Nandanvan has a spectacular view of snowy peaks and beautiful grasslands. Journey to Nandanvan starts from Gangotri. There is a 27 km travel on foot from Gangotri to Nandanvan, this is one of the popular treks in the Himalayan region of Garhwal. This is an ideal place for those who are trekking. In the route of the journey, there are dense forests of pine and deodar, apart from this, there are also beautiful alpine grasslands in the route. Walking on this route is a bit difficult because this route has to go through pebble stone and high rocks. But after reaching Nandanvan, there is a different happiness.



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