Location of Gangotri Glacier :
Gangotri is an Himalayan glacier situated in the Uttarkashi district in the
Indian state of Uttaranchal
. If you
want to visit this glacier the suitable time to visit is between Mid April
to May June, and between September to November. The glacier has been
attracting tourists in large numbers every year and from around the globe. A
scenic paraides amidst the lofty mountains!
is the largest glacier in the Garhwal Himalayas, with the length of 30.20 km
and width of 0.20 2.35 km and is the primary source of water feeding
River. It is the combination of
large number of glaciers that forms the huge mass of ice. Gangotri glacier
originates from the northern slope of Chaukhambha range of peak and
terminates at Gaumukh (4,000m). The glacier is surrounded by the Bhrigupanth
(6772m), Kirti Stambh (6285), Sumeru Parvat (6380) respectively and Ratavana
Bamak, Chaturangi Bamak and Swachand Bamak that lie on the northeast slope
of Srikailash, Man parvat, Satopanth and an unnamed group of peaks.
News of Importance :
According to the study conducted by the Geological department of India,
Global warming has been seriously affecting the Gangotri Glacier. It has
been receding by 83 feet every year. The rate at which it shrinked in the
last three decades is more than the rate at which it shrinked in the earlier
decades. Commercialization in the area is the main cause of pollution in the
river that is causing the glacier to melt.
Religious Significance of the Glacier :
Gangotri Glacier holds the special significance in the history of India. It
is considered as extremely sacred among the Hindus. You may find thousand of
pilgrims coming to this place to pay homage at the temple, dedicated to the
Trekking at Gangotri Glacier :
If you posses sound good health then you can try
in the area. The region is
considered as the trekkers paradise. It will be the thrilling experience for
the adventure lovers who love to climb mountains as well as rock climbing.
The trek passes through the orchard of the coniferous pine trees making your
trekking experience a memorable one. The prominent destinations covered by
the trekking route includes Bhojbasa, Lanka, Gaumukh, Nandavan, and Tapovan.
The trekking route provides you the excellent views of the several peaks
such as Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshana, Thel and Kedar. Apart from
trekking tourits can also indulge in camping. Some of the excellent camping
spots in the area includes Bhagirathi, Shivling, Meru, Kedardom and many
Exploration of the Gaumukh Glacier :
lies at the distance of 18 kms from Gangotri. It has been given the name
Gaumukh by the sage because it appears like the mouth of the cow. It is the
point where the sacred water of Ganga tickle down from the glacier. The
place is considered as holy where thousands of pilgrims are seen taking bath
in its icy cold water. It is believed that by taking a dip in the water of
Gaumukh, one can be free from all sins of life.