Gaumukh, Garhwal


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About Gaumukh (River)

Gaumukh or Gomukh derived its name from the fact that the end of the Gangotri Glacier resembled the mouth of a cow. Gomukh is the original source of the River Bhagirathi, a main tributary of the Ganges. Gomukh is situated at the base of Shivling, with the Tapovan meadow in between and at a distance of around 18 km from the Gangotri town.

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  • Best Time:  During Sunrise
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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Rohith Sivashankar

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"The source of Ganga"

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  • Posted 3 months ago
Goumukh glacier is situated 18 kms from the holy town of Gangotri and is the birthplace of the river Ganga. The trek route through the great Himalayan national park is scenic but also a strenuous one. Travelers who wish to visit Goumukh or Tapowan need to get a permit from the forest department office at Gangotri or Utharakashi which would cost 150 Rs per person. After leaving the Gangotri there will no shops until Chirbasa which is about 10 kms from the town hence it is advisable to carry water, energy bars or dry fruits along with you. There is a small camping site named Bhojbasa which is 4-5 kms from the glacier which the last inhabited location before the glacier. There are couple of camps in Bhojbasa which provides accommodation at a cheap rate.
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