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Gangotri, the place where the sacred river Ganga comes down to the Earth

Updated on July 6, 2009

Gangotri

The most sacred river in India is Ganga. Starting from the Gangotri glacier at Goumukh in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, Ganga flows through the Himalayas & reaches Gangotri 18 km downstream, a famous place of pilgrimage.

Gangotri is at an altitude of 3048 metres. Surrounded by magnificient Himalayan peaks, the natural beauty of Gangotri is stupendous. Ganga flows at high speed through boulders with a deafening sound, considered the sound of a divine conch.

One can easily reach Gangotri from Delhi via Haridwar. There are good motorable roads. At Gangotri there are accomodation of several types, suiting all budgets. Almost all varieties of foods are available, but the whole area is strictly vegetarian.

There is a beautuiful temple dedicated to the Goddess Ganga, the river of the same name is considered by all Hindus as Her Earthly incarnation.

All Hindus cherish a lifelong dream to go to Gangotri (& Goumukh) for a pilgrimage which will free them from all sins.

The river Ganga flowing through the Himalayas
The river Ganga flowing through the Himalayas
Ganga at Gangotri: Downstream view
Ganga at Gangotri: Downstream view
Ganga at Gangotri: Upstream view
Ganga at Gangotri: Upstream view
Ganga at Gangotri: Downstream view
Ganga at Gangotri: Downstream view
The temple of the Goddess Ganga at Gangotri
The temple of the Goddess Ganga at Gangotri
devotees waiting for their offering at the temple of Ganga at Gangotri
devotees waiting for their offering at the temple of Ganga at Gangotri
The beautiful peak Sudarshan as viewed from Gangotri
The beautiful peak Sudarshan as viewed from Gangotri
Himalayan splendor : as seen from Gangotri
Himalayan splendor : as seen from Gangotri
Worshiping the sacred river Ganga at Gangotri
Worshiping the sacred river Ganga at Gangotri
The temple of Gangotri at night
The temple of Gangotri at night

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