The trek to the source of the Ganges as one of the most sacred river â€“ starts from the Gangotri temple. It is the temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga. The trek follows the Ganga through dense forests and grassy meadows, taking you to the Source of the holy river. On the way, you find scantily clad sadhus in the lotus position, meditating on the bank of the icy cold water coming out the glacier. Further up, Tapovan is a high altitude meadow surrounded by numerous peaks.
The Ganges is considered the most sacred river in India. Legend has it that the Goddess Ganga descended to Earth from the heavens at Gangotri. So Gangotri is considered to be the source of the river. The actual source, however, lies 19 km from Gangotri, at Gaumukh. Our trek starts from Gangotri. The spiritual intensity here is palpable as you witness the daily puja at the temple and witness Hindu devotees bathing in the freezing waters of Bhagirathi. The trek follows the river upstream to the actual source at Gaumukh and Tapovan. This exciting trek offers fantastic view of beautiful mountains like Shivling (6543 m), Meru and the Bhagirathi group of mountains.
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