A trek to Gangotri, the mythical source of the River Ganges is more than just a hiking adventure in one of the most spectacular panoramas in the Indian Himalayas. It is an authentic and fascinating journey of the spirituality of India and its holy river.
My trip began in the holy city of Rishikesh and ended in the Gangotri glacier, considered one of the ‘true’origins of the Ganga, as the river is called by Hindus.
As a companion I chose the book “Sacred Water” (2001), written by Stephen Alter who was so brave and stubborn that he undertook the Char Dham Yatra, a pilgrimage to the four sources, completely on foot like the pilgrims in ancient times. The book has plenty of travel tips and exciting stories about myths and legends of the mountains and the valley of Uttaranchal. Continue reading →
Haridwar is an important and sacred pilgrimage city for Hindus. In literal translation, Hari means God and Dwar means door so Haridwar means a door to God. My journey to Haridwar starts with the Dehradhun Shatabadi train at 0650, so my colleagues and I departed for Haridwar as per our scheduled time. It was a very comfortable journey in the train and we reached well on time at Haridwar railway station. After reaching Haridwar I was surprised to see that so many people had gathered in the city. It intensified my curiosity and I wanted to find out their reason of being in this city. I wanted to know what makes the city so special for Hindus that people from all around the county were there just to take a dip in the Ganges. Continue reading →