Mountain of the month: October 2017; Shivling and the source of the Ganges: A photo journey

As part of a recent trip to India we joined a group to head from Delhi up into the Himylayas to visit Shivling and the source of the Ganges. We booked this through KE Adventure who used Rimo Expeditions as their local agent. Both were fabulous companies to deal with and come highly recommended from me. As I’ve written lots of words about India here I’m going to let my photos do the talking in this post.

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Sunset over the banks of the Ganges, Rishikesh
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Arti Ceremony, Rishikesh
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First of many cups of masala chai
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Hindu Temple, Uttarkashi
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Evening stroll and the end of a days work in Uttarkashi
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Wonderful, colourful adverts en route to Gangotri
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Gangotri, the end of the road
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Pilgrims awaiting the start of the evening arti ceremony in Gangotri
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Bells hanging outside Gangotri temple
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Dusk in Gangotri
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Lone candle at a temple in Gangotri
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The final arti ceremony of 2017 at the temple in Gangotri, over winter the temple shuts to reopen again in spring.
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Ashram and temple complex at the gates to Gangotri National Park
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Autumn colours on the trail
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Campsite at Chirbasa
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Looking down onto our second campsite at Bhojwasa
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Crossing the Ganges
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Celebrating a successful crossing of a waist deep river whose glacial source was visible from our crossing point
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Heading up the river bed with Bhagirathi I, II and III in the distance
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Lunch on the trail, note the freshly baked bread rolls – the food provided by the cooks was exceptional given the location
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Excellent if chilly accommodation at Tapovan, 4500m
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Camping under the peak of Shivling
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A chilly morning at camp, it was -20 degrees overnight
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Rocking ALL the layers at Tapovan
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Looking back towards the Gangotri glacier
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Q: How many cooks, sherpas and porters does it take to get 9 trekkers to Shivling and back again? A: 30!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures, it was a truly memorable holiday, if you are interested in a learning a bit more about the significance of the Ganges in Indian culture Sue Perkins’ recent documentary on the Ganges began with a pilgrimage as far as Bhojwasa in episode 1.

 

 

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic photos Zoe. We had an amazing time and still telling stories about our journey to friends. Great company too. Best wishes, great blog, Debbie.

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    1. Zoe says:

      Thanks Debbie! Yup definitely a memorable trip. Hope Japan is equally exciting but a bit less chilly. 🛩️

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the great pictures – helped to look fw and prepare for our trip!

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