gangotri - 10 photos

Photos of Gangotri (India)

Gangotri, an important Hindu pilgrimage destination on the Bhagirathi river, high in the Himalaya mountains.

The road to Gangotri is much more interesting than Gangotri itself. I recommend it especially if you can do it by motorbike.

Gangotri has no full-time inhabitants, and it is just guarded by a few soldiers during the winter time. Early in the season, before thousands of Hindu Yatri (pilgrims) arrive in Gangotri, all the shops are closed. The town comes to life only later, in late spring and summer, when the pilgrims arrive.

When I arrived in Gangotri in early spring, by motorbike, the place was really like a ghost town!

Only a few locals were there, mostly to repair the accommodations and get them ready for the pilgrims that would come in mass later in the season. Luckily I managed to find a room (very cold, with no heat and with no water) and a place to eat dinner.

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