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Gangotri Glacier, Uttarkashi

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Gangotri Glacier is located in Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand, India in a region bordering China. This glacier, one of the primary sources of the Ganges, is one of the largest in the Himalayas with an estimated volume of over 27 cubic kilometers. The glacier is about 30 kilometres long and 2 to 4 km wide. Around the glacier are the peaks of the Gangotri Group, including several peaks notable for extremely challenging climbing routes, such as Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, and Bhagirathi III. It flows roughly northwest, originating in a cirque below Chaukhamba, the highest peak of the group.The terminus of the Gangotri Glacier is said to resemble a cow's mouth, and the place is called Gomukh or Gaumukh . Gomukh, which is about 19km from the town of Gangotri, is the precise source of the Bhagirathi river, an important tributary of the Ganges. Gomukh is situated near the base of Shivling; in between lies the Tapovan meadow.
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  • Saw this divine and majestic glacier which is the source of the most sacred river of India - Ganges. The glacier is spread across a large area. From a distant, we got to see just few portions of the g...  more »
  • Largest glacier of Himalayas from which River Ganga flows. After a trek of few kilometres we were in the visual range of the glacier from which the most holy and largest river of India descends.  more »
  • We spotted this Glacier from a distance in Gangotri National Park. It was a bliss to see the source of River Ganga. Gangotri glacier is one of the largest glacier in the Himalayas. It is surrounded by...  more »