Gangotri

GANGOTRI – The Origin of Holy River Ganga

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Several places sacred to Hindus lie along the banks of the river Ganga, including Haridwar, Allahabad and Varanasi. During the Loy Krathong festival in Thailand, candlelit floats are released into waterways in honouring the Buddha and the goddess Ganga for good fortune and washing away sins.

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Delhi to Gangotri, peace at Gaumukh

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You are covered by Mountains on either side and from front Gangotri Glacier. We spent close to 1 hrs. at Gaumukh.After taking chilly holy dip at Gaumukh we decided to return. On this stretch, returning too is tough because for many kms. You have to walk on pointed heavy stones.

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Char Dham Yatra – Gangotri

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Water started to flow down the hill crossing road (damaging it) from multiple points. The turns were muddier and appeared slippery. All of a sudden a silenced atmosphere appeared in the car, everybody was quite including our music player. I could able to sense their tension but said nothing or not even reacted, just concentrated on road. By 6 pm, we started to look for a good place to spend night, as it was too much for the day. We stopped in small village, Dharali, some 18 km before Gangotri and so did the rain. There were around max 20-25 houses, all lodges, I guess and couple of restaurants. After taking 15-20 minutes rest, we came out for sightseeing, as the river Bhagirathi and mountains behind her were marvelous. After roaming for an hour we came back to the village and had our dinner. At the start of the trip only we have decided that we will have dinner no later than 8 pm and will sleep (try to) by 9 or 9:30 max. This will give us enough sleep before getting up again early next morning. I made it very clear that by any means we should be on road by 6 am, keeping IST in mind.

Stats:
From Haridwar to Dharali – 265 km; time taken – 12 hrs; breaks – 3 (15+30+60 mins)
Road condition – Excellent/ Good (occasionally bad patches 2-3 km each)
Tip:
1. There were two roads from Chamba for uttarkashi, I believe I took the long one, but in google maps the another one, which is also the NH seems around 20 km less.
2. Do not rely on mapmyindia GPS device in these parts, they are not properly updated. And the coordinates will always confuse the device as you will be rotating up/down the hills.

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A Road trip to Gangotri Dham from Harsil

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Present temple of Gangotri was built in 18th century, by Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa, is located near the spot where the goddess Ganga is said to have first descended on earth from heaven, as an answer to the prayers of King Bhagriath! Gongotri is the highest and most important temple of Goddess Ganga. The origin of Bhagirathi river, Gaumukh glacier is 18 kms from Gangotri and there person can reach only by foot. One can go by horse riding but up to certain point and from there by foot they have to go. Gangotri remains opened from May and get closed on the day of Diwali festival. During winter, Gangotri temple remains closed due to heavy snowfall.

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Trip to Harsil (Haridwar, Rishikesh, Narender Nagar, Uttrakashi)

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Trekking and walking by road is the best thing if you want to feel the naturalness of small places like Harsil. It was cold in the morning but still walk was very pleasant. My kids enjoyed trekking a lot. We reached back our room and taken hot water bath. We went for the breakfast and enquired locals where and what to visit in Harsil.
After taking breakfast we packed lunch and snacks for kids and visited the following travel spots with the help of local villagers. They are:

Dharali which is 3 Kms away from Harsil and easily approachable by road
Mukwas village is 1 Km away from Harsil, is the home of Goddess Gangotri during winters because due to heavy snowfall all the ways towards Gangotri Dham are closed.
Sattal is a 3 kms from Dharali and 7 kms from Harsil. Sattal is a cluster of seven different lakes where you can reach by road or go by trekking. The journey towards Sattal is beautiful and full of picturesque views.

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Bamsaru Khal Trek

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In the morning, view outside our tents  was spectacular. We saw snow capped Mountains all around , took some pics, but after 15-20 Min  Mist covered the valley and mountains were not visible. We were supposed to start early , but got  late, we finished our breakfast by 8:30AM and started  walking towards Gidara.

From Dayara one black dog started walking with us , we thought it will go away after sometime but it  remained  with us till the end of trek. The Dog was too hairy, and resembled a  bear , got scared of him twice, he also had a bad habit  of crossing  the path when there was a difficult climb or narrow path.

While on the trek an idea popped up that we should also visit “Dodital” ( Lord Ganeshji Birthplace ). Dodital situated at a distance of 30 km from Dayara Bugyal, is also popular among tourists. Going there meant an  extension of 2 More days , which we could not  afford. Hence all  agreed to keep walking towards Gidara.

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अनजान सफ़र :  गंगोत्री – श्रीनगर – पौड़ी – यात्रा का समापन

अनजान सफ़र : गंगोत्री – श्रीनगर – पौड़ी – यात्रा का समापन

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“मंदिर का निर्माण एक पवित्र शिला पर हुआ है जहां परंपरागत रूप से राजा भागीरथ, महादेव की पूजा किया करते थे। यह वर्गाकार एवं छोटा भवन 12 फीट ऊंचा है जो शीर्ष पर गोलाकार है जैसा कि पहाड़ियों के मंदिरों में सामान्यतः रहता है। यह बिल्कुल समतल, लाल धुमाव के साथ सफेद रंग का है जिसके ऊपर खरबूजे की शक्ल का एक तुर्की टोपी की तरह शीखर रखा है।

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अनजान सफ़र : उत्तरकाशी – गंगोत्री – गौमुख

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गंगोत्री हिंदुओं के पावन चार धामों मे से एक है इसका धार्मिक और सांस्कृतिक महत्व सभी को आलौकिक करता है धार्मिक संदर्भ के अनुसार राजा सगर ने देवलोक पर विजय प्राप्त करने के लिये एक यज्ञ किया यज्ञ का घोडा़ इंद्र ने चुरा लिया राजा सगर के सारे पुत्र घोड़े की खोज में निकल पडे.

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दो धाम की यात्रा – यमुनोत्री और गंगोत्री

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तीसरे दिन हम लोग सुबह 6 बजे सोकर उठ गए अब हमारा अगला लक्ष्य यमुनोत्री पहुँचने का था . बरकोट से जानकी चट्टी की दूरी 41 किलोमीटर है. हमारा कार्य क्रम कुछ इस प्रकार का था की हम लोगों यमुनोत्री दर्शन कर शाम तक पुन बरकोट लौट आये. ताकि अगले दिन हम यहाँ से सीधे गंगोत्री के लिए प्रस्थान कर सके. इन बातो को ध्यान में रखते हुए हमने सुबह सात बजे ही बरकोट से रवानगी कर डाली. बरकोट से निकलते ही रास्ता बहुत ही ख़राब है क्योंकि यहाँ भी सड़क के चौडीकरण का काम चल रहा है. बरकोट से 15 किमी दूर गंगोनी नामक स्थान पर हमने सुबह का नाश्ता कर अपनी यात्रा जारी रखी. बरकोट से जानकी चट्टी का रास्ता बहुत अच्छा नहीं. एक तो रास्ता ख़राब दुसरे चढाई इसलिए समय भी ज्यादा लग रहा था. चारधाम यात्रा के चलते ट्रेफिक भी ज्यादा था. सयाना चट्टी पहुँचने से पहले हमें जाम में भी फँसना पड़ा. लगभग 1 घंटा जाम में हम लोग खड़े रहे. उत्तराखंड पुलिस यहाँ पर भी जाम क्लीअर करने में मुस्तैदी से लगी हुई थी. सयाना चट्टी पार करने के बाद राणा चट्टी नामक जगह आती यहाँ पर भी जाम लगा हुआ था. यहाँ से जैसे तैसे आगे बढे की हनुमान चट्टी में फिर जाम से रूबरू होना पड़ा.   सारे जामों से जूझते हुए लगभग दो बजे के आस पास हम जानकी चट्टी पहुँच गए. जानकी चट्टी यमुनोत्री मंदिर जाने के लिए बसे कैंप है. यहाँ तक बसें, कारें आती है. बरकोट से यमुनोत्री के रास्ते में निम्नलिखित स्थान पड़ते है.

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