Gangotri (River Ganga) – Uttarakhand

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This is the source of river Ganga- the holiest river of Hinduism.

The place is situated 3200 meters above the sea level. There is a small temple dedicated to river Ganga or Gangamata here.

According to legend Raja Bhagirath used to worship Lord Shiva on a stone near this temple. It is believed goddess Ganga first descended to earth on this stone.

Nearby is a Shivalinga submerged in the river. According to mythology this natural rock is the place where Lord Shiva received the Ganga on his matted lock. The stone is visible when the water level falls.

Ganga is known here as Bhagirathi river. Upper Gangotri or Gangotri glacier- the present source of Bhagirathi is 18 kilometers away; trekking is required to reach the place.

Motor able road is there from Rishikesh up to Gangotri temple.

Rishikesh is the nearest rail- head, which is 250 kilometers far.

Jollygrant, Dehradun is the nearest airport.

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