Source of Ganges and Trek to Shivling
Shivling, called „Indian Matterhorn Peak“ by early European visitors, is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, a dramatic rock peak in the western Garhwal Himalaya. It lies in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand just south of the Hindu holy site of Gaumukh, near the snout of the Gangotri Glacier. Its name refers to its status as a sacred symbol – Shiva Linga – of the Hindu God Shiva.
Trek to Shivling
One of the most beautiful and enticing peaks of the Garhwal Himalaya Region in the state of Uttarakhand, the trek to Mount Shivling, a twin-summit mountain, passes through the precincts of Gangotri, one of the biggest glaciers in the Himalayas and Tapovan, a beautiful lush meadows, both being also popular pilgrimage sites in Hinduism.
- Holy City of Rishikesh.
- Source of Ganges.
- Sublime landscapes.
- Traversing through Glacier.
- Base camp of “Indian Matterhorn Peak.
Delhi – Haridwar – Rishkesh – Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Bhojwassa – Gomukh – Tapovan – Nandanvan
- Best Season: May, June, September and October
The highlights of this trip
People often say that it was the Beatles who put Rishikesh on the map when they visited in 1968. This is not quite true. Even at its height, Beatlemania had nothing on Hinduism. Rishikesh’s location near the source of the Ganges has made it a pilgrimage destination for millennia. Countless billions of worshippers have travelled from all over India to its startlingly white sandy shores to sprinkle themselves with holy water and perform Ganga aarti, a beautiful ritual involving prayers sung to a harmonium accompaniment and the launching of a flotilla of tea light candles on the river.
In a remote setting at an altitude of 3042m, Gangotri is one of the holiest places in India. Not only is it home to one of the four char dham temples, but it is the gateway town for the trek to the source of the Ganges.
For a site of such significance, Gangotri Temple is surprisingly underwhelming. Unless you are a devout Hindu, to get a real sense of awe you will probably have to trek from Gangotri to the true source of the river, at Gaumukh, 18km upstream.
Gomukh or Gaumukh is the end point (or if you view from another angle, the starting point of the Gangotri Glacier, from where the Bhagirathi river has its birth. The Bhagirathi is one of the main streams that later merge into the Alaknanda river at Devprayag in Uttarakhand It gives rise to the river we all call by the name Ganga or Ganges. Gaumukh literally means “cow’s face”, essentially depicting the shape of the snout. However, the snout is no longer in that shape now.
The name of the place says it all, “Tapovan”. It means a sacred and serene place, where the sages meditate for spiritual bliss. Take the Tapovan Trek to see the combination of nature and spirituality. Tapovan is a high-altitude Alpine meadow, situated at the base of Mount Shivling, on the west bank of the Gangotri glacier. Tapovan is base camp for Shivlinga peak in Uttarakhand hills. The Tapovan trek takes one to the Gomukh at the Gangotri glacier, which is the source of River Ganga, the most sacred river in the Hindu religion.
- Cultural 88% 88%
- Landscape 95% 95%
- Adventure 80% 80%
- Spiritualité 75% 75%
“It was an amazing trip. I wanted my family to experience a soft adventure holiday – that is totally different from the kind of lives they lead. I have travelled extensively in remote lands and would want my family to experience this too! My family had a memorable time… Our [homestays] hosts, India Travel Pundits, our local ground handling team were one of the most wonderful people we have met. Their simplicity and warmth bowled us over. “
Familly DUPONT, Montpellier, France
“The trek to Shivling was fabulous, I enjoyed every bit of it. It had perfect amount of trekking for a beginner. Abhishek and Motup from India Travel Pundits were very attentive towards our needs and made us feel very welcomed. “
Emilie & Candice, Grenoble, France.
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