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Tourist Places To Visit In Gangotri
Gangotri is one of the Char Dhams, making it a very significant religious destination for Hindus. The stunning glaciers, mountains and surrounding forests in the Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand offer magical experiences for visitors coming in from far and wide. It is the perfect destination to visit for some peace and serenity, owing to it’s unique location and rich spiritual history. Here our top picks for the best tourist places to visit in Gangotri.
At 4328 meters above sea-level, the Ganges Glacier is one of the most iconic tourist places to visit in Uttarakhand. Also known as the Bhagirathi Glacier, it is a visual delight for tourists amidst the Himalayas, surrounded by lush green hillocks. It is one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayas, measuring in at over 27 cubic km. The rich history of the river and surrounding terrain makes for a story-book location.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga, and is a significant religious destination in the Hindu religion. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the neighbouring Himalayan mountain ranges as well the iconic River Ganga flowing through. It is situated at a height of 3000 meters above sea-level and is a must-see tourist destination.
A glacial lake, some 4750 meters high, it is another unique tourist spot, famed to be a trekkers delight. Gangotri acts as the base camp for the trek to Kedartal. It is advised to go on this trek with an experienced group as although beautiful in it’s surroundings, the lake can be tricky to reach. However, the surrounding views from this area are said to be magical.
Although not very well know, Harsil is a place of quiet retreat for visitors looking for a more relaxed experience. It is nestled away in the Himalayas, with the Bhagirathi River running through. It is 2650 meters above sea-level and the area is surrounded by apple orchards, making for a charming visit. It is equally ideal for a family trip or a romantic vacation.
Named after it’s founder, John Bicknell Auden, it is an extreme, elevated mountain pass, reportedly located 5400 meters above sea-level. It can be reached via trekking and is approachable from Gangotri and ends at Kedarnath. The destination is often referred to as the Holy Grail of Himalayan treks and is a must-see spot for trekkers and nature lovers alike.
Famed for being the home of the Himalayan trout fish, this freshwater, glittering lake is located at a height of 3204 meters. Visitors can get permits for fishing from the District Forest Officers Department. There are some wooden cabins in and around the area for visitors to rest. The surrounding area makes for a tranquil place to visit.
Spread over 28 sq. km, this gorgeous meadow is another must-visit tourist spot in the Gangotri area. This trekking trail begins from Barsu and takes visitors through oak forests with the Himalayas in the backdrop, making for an exquisite experience. Some 12,000 feet above sea-level, it is known to be the home field of beautiful wildflowers.
Dharali is a village located just 3 km away from Harsil and 1 km away from the village of Mukba. It is a picturesque village, set some 648 meters above sea-level. It is renowned for it’s apple orchards and Rajma bean farming.