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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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  • Well worth the long walk up under the glacier where it has its birth one of the 4 sources of the Ganges. The road is fairly well preserved since it is a place of pilgrimage for the Hindus. The scenery along the Valley is spectacular. A long walk is so it is essential to get up early. Required administrative procedures for access to the Gangotri National Park. Road frequented by Hindus of all ages as well as by porters and people who want to cross the glacier and continue to do hiking or climbing. Recommended only for people with good physical and accustomed to walking at least 30 - 40 km in a day.
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