Gaumukh - Place Where Our Ganga Originate

20th Sep 2016

We all are hearing about Ganga from our early age. Parents uses Ganga water in every Puja. Parents forced us to drink the Ganga water to be "Pavitra". I always had the curiosity to know about the Ganga. I still remember asking myself the "What is with the Ganga and its Holy water" I start reading about Ganga and how it came into existence. It was said that Ganga came from the Hair of Lord Shiva in 'Gangotri'. And the snout is called Gaumukh. I planned and left to see the Gaumukh.

Photo of Gaumukh - Place Where Our Ganga Originate 1/1 by Kunal Kumar

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I Started my Trip from Lucknow. The first think to do is to take all the essential and keep it properly in your Backpack/Rucksack. I am enlisting all the thing which You should carry during your trip. Hiking Shoes, Raincoat, Winter Jacket, Sweaters, Caps, Torch, Gaffer tape,Whistle, WaterBottle, Id Card, Socks,Sanitizer, Chocolates, medical kit, etc.

Photo of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kunal Kumar
Day 2

I Boarded My Train from lucknow at Night and reach Dehradun early morning at 5am. I took the first Bus from 'Dehradun to Uttarkashi' at 5:30 am. This bus goes through the beautiful mountains of "Mussoorie'. It reaches Uttarkashi at 1:00pm. " Please Note That, You have to get a PERMIT From Forest Department to Trek To Gaumukh". The forest Department Office is situated in Uttarkashi. You have to walk a long distance from Uttarkashi to Forest Department office to get Your Permit, You have to show your ID(for Indian) & Passport(For Foreigner). It Cost 300 per person to get the Permit From Forest Department.

Photo of Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India by Kunal Kumar

After Getting the Permit, I boarded the last bus from Uttarkashi which drop me to "Gangotri" at around 7:30pm. I stayed at the hotel at 150. Next Morning, i started my trekking after worshiping in Gangotri Temple. Here you can feel the Thunder of the Ganga River.

Photo of Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, India by Kunal Kumar

The Gaumukh trek is about 18 km. It is covered in 2 days. After starting my trek in reach "Bhojwasa" at evening. Bhojwasa is 14 km from Gangotri. It was a very nice place. You can rent any tent at 300 per person.

Photo of Gangotri, Uttarakhand, India by Kunal Kumar
Day 3

Early Morning, I headed to the Gaumukh. After a hard trekking around stones I finally reach Gaumukh. It was the Best Feeling ever. I was experiencing the charm of the Place. I can see the holy Ganga water coming out from the Glacier. The view was really awesome. From there you can witness the Himalayan ranges and the snow covered Gangotri Peaks

Photo of Bhojwasa, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, India by Kunal Kumar
Day 4

After Coming back to Gangotri, there is a place called "Gangnani". Here is a Natural Hot-Water Spring. After bathing, you will definitely loose all the pain in your body. The water was so hot that it can be used to cook rice and all.

Photo of Gangotri Glacier, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, India by Kunal Kumar
Day 5

After the Bath, i came to Haridwar. I traverse all the path from the origin of the Ganga to the place where it came down from mountain to the land. There i took another holy bath and witness the Ganga Aarti to conclude my trip of Gaumukh. I highly recommend you to go at least once, It was really a soul touching journey. If you have any Other Query, feel free to contact me.

Photo of Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India by Kunal Kumar

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