Source of the Ganges, en route to the Gangotori Glacier, Uttarakhand, India
Photograph by Raghavan Iyengar
This mighty view of Bhagirathi twin peaks, located at Gaumukh. The place where holy river Ganges originate. The 23Km long trek starts from Gangotri town through Bhojwasa. I took this picture during month of October, when even at 1PM in the afternoon the moon was visible.
Located near the border of China in the Uttarkashi District of Uttarakhand, India, the Gangotri Glacier and the Bhagirathi River that rises at its foot is considered to be the source of the holy river Ganges. About 30km long and 2 to 4km wide and with an estimated volume of over 27 cubic kilometers, the Gangotri Glacier is one of the largest in the Himalayas. Surrounding the glacier are the towering peaks of the Gangotri Group, such as Bhagirathi I (6,856m / 22,493 ft), Bhagirathi II (6,512m / 21,365 ft), and Bhagirathi III 6,454m / 21,175 ft) pictured here.