Source of Ganga


DURATION : 10 Night / 11 Days

Gangotri (3048m) lies in the northwest Himalayas of Garhwal, and is one of the four pilgrimage centres for Hindus. The other three are Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. The Bhairav Ghati bridge, built across the Bhagirathi River and across one of the deepest gorges in the world, connects Gangotri to the rest of the world. At Gangotri, an 18th century granite rock temple, dedicated to Goddess Ganga, is worth a visit. The temple was built by Amar Singh Thapa, a gorkha commander and was later rebuilt by the Maharaja of Jaipur.

Gaumukh, or the cow's mouth, (3892m), the source of Bhagirathi River, is at a distance of 17 km from Gangotri. A 4 km trek through the massive Gaumukh Glacier takes you to the high altitude plain, Tapovan, the foothill of the mighty Shivling Peak (6540m).

The Ganga in India has a legend, a story and a belief attached to it at every other step of its course and its source at Gangotri glacier is no different. Gaumukh (Cow's mouth) from where the Ganga originates too has a pilgrimage value and a legend attached to it. It is said that King Bhagirath got the Ganga down here from the heavens so that salvation could be bought for his sons. True or not Gaumukh with its icicle Gangotri glacier is a challenge for every trekker and adventurer, most of who like to go beyond the Gaumukh point to camp right at the base of Shivling peak from where one also gets to see a magnificent view of Bhagirathi peaks.



Grade : Moderate
Altitude : 446000 m (Gomukh)
Best Time : Mid April - Mid June & Mid August - Mid October
Duration : 8 Days
Tour Cost : 20000/- per head. (Transport supplement extra cost)

Tour Detail:-

Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar, 215kms/6hrs
On arrival Haridwar, Ganga Aarti at Hari ki Pauri. Overnight stay Hotel Godwin at Haridwar.

Day 02: Haridwar - Uttarkashi, 210kms/7hrs
After breakfast drive to uttarkashi, Uttarkashi - which is small but busy town in the Garhwal hills on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. This place is famous for its temples, including the Vishwanath temple just to the north of the town as well as the famed Nehru Institute of Mountaineering which is placed right above the town. The drive is for 6-7 hours along which you will also pass the famed Tehri dam which holds the Bhagirathi River to form a reservoir of almost 22 Km. This dam is quite essential for the production of electricity in India. Overnight stay Anand Ganga Resort. Uttarkashi.

Day 02: Haridwar - Uttarkashi, 210kms/7hrs
After breakfast drive to uttarkashi, Uttarkashi - which is small but busy town in the Garhwal hills on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. This place is famous for its temples, including the Vishwanath temple just to the north of the town as well as the famed Nehru Institute of Mountaineering which is placed right above the town. The drive is for 6-7 hours along which you will also pass the famed Tehri dam which holds the Bhagirathi River to form a reservoir of almost 22 Km. This dam is quite essential for the production of electricity in India. Overnight stay Anand Ganga Resort. Uttarkashi.

Day 03
Uttarkashi- Harsil, Local sightseeing ( Mukhua village trek , Harsil village, Sattal) Trekking (day of acclimatization) evening Ganga Arti. Overnight stay Gangotori at Hotel chandralok.


Day 04: Gangotri (3142 m, Drive: 23 Km/ 1 hrs) & Gangotri - Bhojbasa (3782 m, Trek: 14 Km/ 4.5 hrs):
Meals: (Breakfast + Packed lunch+ Dinner) Morning after leisurely breakfast, drive to Gangotri en-route stopping at Lank & Bhairoghati , a beautiful sylvan hamlet with its winding shaded roads, swinging conifers and sun-kissed mountains. Later continue the drive to Gangotri -- the place where, according to mythology, Goddess Ganga came down from heaven and flowed down the valley. The gorge at Bhairav Ghati & the temple of Goddess Ganga are worth visiting. Ganga Temple is one of the prime pilgrim locations for the Hindus and the temple comes with its stories to share. we will begin the day with an uphill walk with fairly defined Kilometer marks through dense deodar forests and then opens into a wide unfrosted valley, through which the walk is pretty much gradual till we reach an isolated pine forests at Chirbasa before finally making it to Bhojbasa (3600 m). The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi river. After the first 4 Km there are some dhabas for a bite to eat, where a tributary flows into the valley. The trek takes you through one of the best landscapes in Garhwal. Bhojbasa has a small temple there and this used be full of Birch tree but unfortunately for us it is not there anymore. Here we camp for the night after completing almost 15 Km in a period of 5-6 hours. Evening enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight in camp. Dinner and overnight stay Adventure Tents.

Day 05: Bhojbasa - Gomukh - Bhojwasa (4460 m, Trek: 8 Km/ 5 hrs): Meals: (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Morning after breakfast, trek to Gomukh (3892m) Glacier where the Bhagirathi River emerges from beneath the Gangotri Glacier.

Day 06: Bhojbasa - Gangotri - Uttarkashi (Return trek: 14 Km/ 3.5 hrs, Drive: 100 Km/ 3-4 hrs):
Meals: (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) Trek back to Gangotri and drive to Uttarkashi, Overnight stay Anand Ganga Resort.

Day 07: Uttarkashi - Haridwar (Return Drive): Meals: (Breakfast + Dinner)
Early morning after breakfast drive down to the Haridwar. Check in Hotel Godwin Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08: Haridwar - Delhi Meals:Breakfast.
After breakfast drive to Delhi, Happy Journey .

Tour Ends

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ITINERARIES
Please note small changes in itineraries may be necessary due to unforeseen circumstances. However modification, if any, will be made in the best interests of the group or individual and you will be fully informed of any changes.
Group Size
Normally our groups will vary from 10 to 30 participants. The minimum number of persons required to operate a tour is mentioned under the itineraries. However, in certain circumstances, depending on the tour, we will operate at less than the minimum number in order to avoid disappointment to our guests.

Medical
Make sure you bring any personal medications that you may need. Bring enough to cover yourself for the whole trip. We recommend immunizations against Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Tetanus. Please consult your doctor for more information. A basic first-aid kit is provided at the resort.

Clothing
List of things to carry will be sent to you once you book with us. However, in general you should bring a set of semi-camouflaged trousers/shirts/jackets. Jeans with brown or green shirts are a good combination. Bright colors scare off birds and animals, and in certain cases provoke them! Usually during the day it is pleasantly warm and a shirt and possibly sweater are adequate. However, nights can be quite cold requiring a sweater and jacket. Requirements will vary depending on where you are staying and which tour you are taking part in. You should bring one or two pairs of strong walking shoes, especially for trekking.

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