Gangotri Glacier- origin of holy river Ganga

This article will help you to find every information about the famous glacier Gangotri Glacier which is situated in Uttarakashi district of Uttarakhand.

Gangotri Glacier

Gangotri glacier is a very well known tourist attraction and trekking place in Uttarakhand state of India. It is situated in
Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is situated in India in a region which is almost bordering China.

Origin of Ganga

This glacier is the source of the famous and most holy lake Ganges. This glacier is one of the largest glacier in the Himalayas with and estimated volume of over 27 cubic
kilometers is emitted by this glacier at an average.

Facts about the Glacier

There are some very important facts about this beautiful glacier. The glacier is almost 30 km long and it is about 2 to 5 km
wide in width.
This glacier is surrounded by some very huge group of peaks some of there are
  • Shivling
  • Thalay Sagar
  • Meru
  • Bhagirathi III
  • etc.

Chaukhamba is one of the most famous peak of the route of this glacier it is the highest peak of the group of peaks.

Outlook of Gangotri Glacier

It is said that the opening mouth of this glacier is of same shape and shade as that of cow's mouth. Depending upon the shape of this origin it is also called as Gomukh which literally means mouth of the cow or cow's face.

Glacier as a source of rivers

This glacier acts as a source of some major rivers and lake in India. Gomukh the origin of Gangotri glacier is situated at distance of about 18 km from the town of
Gangotri. It is the one of the major source of
the Bhagirathi river. There are some other sources of water which are originally generated from Gomukh. Gomukh is situated near the foothills of Shivling (a famous peak).

Gangotri as a Religious place

Gangotri acts as one of the biggest religious place for Hindus. It is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindus. As it is the source of Ganga which is a holy lake in India so many devotees come here all around the year and relax here.

How to reach Gangotri Glacier

The Gangotri glacier can be accesed from all the major parts of India and Uttarakhand. It is very well connected through all the means of transport.
By road
This glacier is easily accessible by means of roads. This glacier is situated at a distance of about 17 km from Gangotri. From Gangotri one have to walk to reach to the glacier. Gangotri is very well connected to the major parts of Uttarakhand. It is situated at a distance of 100 km from Uttarkashi, 175 km from Tehri and 258 km from Rishikesh.
By rail
Nearest railway station is situated in Rishikesh which is situated at a distance of about 258 km from Gangotri.
By air
Nearest airport to Gangotri is Jolly Grant airport which is situated in Dehradun.


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