Gangotri Sightseeing Places
Another Holy Halt in your Char Dham Yatra
It is part of the Chota Char Dham yatra, and therefore, cannot be missed out. Yes, we are referring to Gangotri, the ‘river’ form of Goddess Ganga. King Bhagiratha is stated to have brought her to earth from the Heavens via severe penance. Ever since then, River Ganga has become renowned for absolving the sins of people who take a dip in her sacred waters. In honour of the king, who brought her to our land, we also refer to her as Bhagirathi.
Gangotri town stands on the banks of this river in the District of Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand. This means that you obtain the added bonus of viewing the towering Himalayan Ranges too. After bathing in the River Ganges, enter the shrine dedicated to the Goddess. A former Gorkha Commander named Amar Singh Thapa had the temple constructed at a height of 3042 metres, during the 18th century. Constructed out of white granite stone, the temple rises to an impressive height of 20 feet. However, you should ensure that you tour Gangotri between the months of May and October only. It is hard to reach the place after this, due to heavy snowfall.
The place even boasts of a natural shivling, which remains submerged during the summer and becomes visible during the winter. The site of the Jalmagna shivling is revered as the place where Lord Shiva trapped Goddess Ganga in his matted locks, while she descended towards earth at a terribly rapid pace.
This trip offers you the perfect opportunity to lose yourself in the arms of Mother Nature. If you are keen for adventure, sign up for trekking trips at Harsil. You will only have dense trees, cheerfully chirping birds, the gushing river and a green environment for company. Harsil is indeed a quiet hamlet that has lost none of its quaintness.
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