Gangotri - India Vacation Packages
Gangotri India is one of the holiest spot for the Hindu pilgrims. Also enjoy the enriching beauty of fascinating glaciers in your Gangotri tour India.
Gangotri lies in the hinterlands of Himalayas at an
altitude of 3,200 m above sea level and is one of the most important
pilgrimage centers for the devout Hindus. The Gangotri shrine is visited by
huge number of pilgrims every year. The temple is near the spot where the
goddess Ganga is said to have touched the earth for the first time, in
answer to the prayers of King Bhagirath.
According to the Hindu religious scriptures, the heavenly goddess Ganga
manifested herself in the form of a river to absolve the sins of King
Sagar's sons. After three generations of severe penance, performed over
several centuries, Ganga conceded to descend to the Earth. At the legendary
source of the river, Goddess Ganga is worshipped in the form of deity. Lord
shiva received her into his matted locks to break the great force of her
fall. From there it emerged into many streams and the one which started from
Gangotri, was called Bhagirathi.
There are a number of ashrams locked on other side of the Bhagirathi, many
of which provide accommodation facilities to the travellers. A dip in its
icy waters is almost a must for the pilgrims; and to the temple of
Bhairavanth at Bhaironghati, (10 km.) Pilgrlims also trek to Nandanvan (6km)
and Kedartal (18km) from Gangotri.
The Pandavas, it is said, came here to perform the great 'Deva Yajna' to
atone for the death of their kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharat. The
Gangotri temple was built in the early 18th century by Amar Singh Thapa and
later rebuilt by the Maharaja of Jaipur. Gomukh, the identified source of
the river Ganga is situated 18 kms further uphill.
How to Get There
Air: The nearest airport (306 kms) is Jolly Grant, 17 kms from
Rishikesh and 24 kms from Dehradun.
Rail: The nerest railway stations are Dehradun (24 kms) and Haridwar
Road: Gangotri is easily approached from Rishikesh (24 kms from
Haridwar and 43 kms from Dehradun), which is connected to all important
centres in the region through good roads. En-route accomodations & other
facilities are available at the follwing places:- Narendra Nagar, Chamba,
Tehri, Dharasu, Uttarkashi, Bhatwari, Gangotri, Sukhi, Harsil, Lanka,
Bhaironghati. Road distances from Gangotri:- Rishikesh 248 kms, Delhi 472
Local Transport: Porters available at Lanka and Gangotri.