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Uttaranchal, Uttarakhand Himalaya

Fast Facts:-

 Population 7.045 Million
 Area 55,848 sq. km
 Capital Dehradun
 No. of District 12
 Hilly Region 92.57%
 Forest Cover 63%
 Temperature Summer - Max: 45; Min: 21.9 Winter - Max: 31.7; Min: 4.2
 Must Visit Uttaranchal Hill Stations and Char Dham.
 Best Time to Go

April to July

Uttarakhand Himalaya

This northern district of Uttarakhand is best known for its four major pilgrimage centers: Gangotri, near the source of the Ganges, Yamunotri, by the source of the Yamuna, Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Gangotri to Gaumukh & Tabovan 

The popular pilgrimage destination of Gangotri can the reached form Rishikesh by bus Tehri and Uttarkashi, a 10 to 12 hrs journey. The trek to the source of the holy Ganges starts from the bustling pilgrim village of Gangotri and follows a bridle trail along the true right of the Bhagirathi River. There are a number of established pilgrim rest stops with adequate shelter and food before reaching Gaumukh (3890m) the 'Cows Mouth' and the true source of the Ganges. Beyond Gaumukh the going gets harder with a demanding stage across moraine to the meadow at Tabovan. From the camp there are inspiring views of Shivling (6543m) While the Bhagirathi peaks including Bhagirathi 1 (6856m) rise dramatically on the far side of the Gangotri Glacier.

General Information:

Altitude                : 3,200 m.

Climate
Summer               : Cool during the day and cold at night.
Winter                 : Snow-bound.  Touching sub-zero.

Clothing
Summer                : Light woollens.
Winter                  : Very heavy woollens.
Languages             : Hindi, Garhwali and English.

Yamunotri 

is the source of the Yamuna River, the second-most  sacred river in India after the Ganges. This was once the source of the Sarasvati River one of the cradles of early Indian Civilization which, in ancient times, flowed through Rajasthan and Gujrat before geographical upheavals diverted its course.  it emerges from a frozen lake of ice and glaceirs on the Kalinda Parvat mountain at an altitude of 4421m . The temple of the goddess Yamunotri is on the left band of the river and, just below, it there are several hot springs where the prisests warms themselves on a marble platform and cook potatoes in the scalding weather.  Buses go as far as Hanuman Chatti from Mussoorie or Rishikesh, although you may have to change buses at Barkot.  From hanuman Chatti, the trek to Yamunotri takes five six hours, but there's a tourist Rest House.

General Information:

Altitude          : 3,235 m

Climate
summer          : Cool during the day and cold at night.
Winter           :  Snow-bound. Touching sub-zero.

Clothing
Summer         : Light woolens.
Winter            : Very heavy woolens.
Languages      : Hindi, Garhwali and English.

Kedarnath

The Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range.  At an altitude of 3,581 mt. it is a 14 km trek from Gaurikund.

Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer.  Shiva the considered the embodiment of all passions-love, hatred, fear, death and mysticism which are expressed through his various forms.

There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in Chamoli district itself, the most important one is Kedarnath.  According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption.  He eluded them repeatedly and while feeling took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull.

On being followed he divided into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface.  The remaining  portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations.

The arms appeared at Gunganath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar.  Kedarnath and the four above mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar.

General Information:

Climate   

Months            Max.Temp            Min.Temp.

May                  14 Deg.C            5.7 Deg.C

June                 18 Deg.C             9 Deg.C

Clothing        :  Light woolen (May to September)

Languages    :  Hindi, Garhwali and English.

Uttarakashi

Uttarakashi is a regional centre 155 km from Rishikesh and is the administrative head-quarters of the district. Several trekking companies operate from here and the town is also the base for the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, where Bachhendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb to the summit of Mt. Everest, was trained. On the banks of the Bhagirathi, surrounded by the rivers Varuna and Assi, this sacred, fast developing town is the capital of the newly constituted westernmost district of the Uttarakhand Sub-division along the Indian border.  This is a town chokeful of temples, historical monuments, 'ashrams' and 'dharamshalas'.  M o r e  I n f o.

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