Gangotri, the glacial source of River Ganga, located here
Popular among trekkers
One of most pristine stretches of wilderness in the country, Gangotri National Park offers stunning vistas of Himalayan landscape, with lush coniferous forests, meadows and glaciers. High ridges, deep gorges and precipitous cliffs, rocky craggy glaciers and narrow valleys characterise the area. It is most popular for the trek to Gaumukh, the glacial origin of River Ganga, which is located inside the park. Established in 1989, this high-altitude wildlife sanctuary protects indigenous fauna and fauna. Various endangered species like bharal or blue sheep, black bear, brown bear, Himalayan Monal, Himalayan snowcock, Himalayan thar, musk deer and snow leopard are found in the park. It is also a bird-watching zone. Spread over 1,553 sq km, it scales upto an altitude of 7,083 m. Located in the upper catchment of Bhagirathi river in Uttarakashi district, the park forms a continuity between Govind National Park and Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary.
What To Do
The trek to Gaumukh glacier from Gangotri is said to be one of the most memorable and it can be done in a day. But permits are required to enter the park and access is limited to 150 people per day. The permit can be obtained from the permit office above the bus stand at Gangotri, or from the District magistrate's office in Uttarkashi. If you are a professional trekker, you can also trek to the gorgeous Tapovan meadow, around 6 km from Gaumukh but please carry camping gear.
How to reach
The nearest airport from Gangotri is Jolly Grant, which is located just 26 km from Rishikesh. From the airport, you can take the road to reach Gangotri.
Mr. Yogendra Kumar Gangwar (Deputy Director)
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