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Adventure Trekking Experience During Himalaya Holidays India

This is an account of a trek to Gaumukh – the snout of the Gangotri glacier, where the mighty river Ganga emerges and to Tapovan – a high altitude meadow above Gaumukh in the Garhwal Holidays to Himalaya.

The first time that we visited Gangotri. We were fresh after our trek to Dodital and Darwa and wanted to round off our Himalayan adventure with a trek to the origin of the Ganga – or the Bhagirathi, to be more precise. However, we reached Gangotri after a 5-hour drive from Uttarkashi, only to be told that we needed permits for the trek, which are issued at Uttarkashi! The rules for Trekking tours India in the newly-declared Gangotri National Park decreed this and this was the first time entry to this area was being regulated – which was why nobody had cared to mention this to us, I guess. As we tried to get over our disappointment by doing hill walks in this picturesque region, we resolved to come back again next year.

Preparations

So June 2009 found us at Uttarkashi, all geared up for our adventure and having 2 days in hand to secure that precious slip of paper. As it turned out, we needn’t have worried – getting the permit at the Kot Bungalow forest department office was a fairly straightforward affair and we spent the rest of the time visiting the National Institute of Mountaineering campus and doing small scrambles on the pretext of acclimatization. It is important that one acclimatizes well to minimize the ill-effects of altitude on one’s body. To allow the body’s mechanisms to adjust to the rarefied air of the high Himalaya, one needs to spend time at various intermediate points and not rush directly to one’s destination.

Next, we headed out to Gangotri and spent a couple of days there, taking walks along the banks of the Bhagirathi, relaxing and drinking in the picturesque mountain scenery that surrounds this holy town. It is here that legend states that Raja Bhagirath did penance and practiced austerities to bring down Mother Ganges Tours to redeem his ancestors. It is said that Gaumukh – the snout of the Gangotri glacier was near present-day Gangotri many years back and slowly receded over time to its current location 18 miles from Gangotri.

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