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Gangotri National Park

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

If you want to do something stormy and adventurous then next time when you plan your vacation, don't forget to visit Gangotri National Park.

Know for its divine beauty, Gangotri National Park is surrounded by snowy hills, high mountains, deep valleys and dense forests.

Gangotri National Park is a wildlife sanctuary located on a high peak in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand. This national park is the third-largest national park in India.

Uttarakhand is also called Devbhoomi and Devbhoomi means the land of gods. This place is surrounded by natural beauty. On the one hand, Uttarakhand has dense forests of deodar, palm and rhododendron, while on the other hand, the high mountains of the Himalayas are visible. You may find it very thrilling to travel on mountainous routes.

This national park is home to flora and fauna. Here you will find rare exotic species of plants, birds and animals. Some of the rare and endangered species of animals like Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Brown Bear, Blue Sheep are found in this National Park.

Gangotri National Park, situated amidst very beautiful snowy mountains, also has many spectacular glaciers like Gaumukh. This is the origin point of the Ganges River. Several rivers also flow inside the park. Thousands of tourists, wildlife lovers and trekkers visit Gangotri National Park every year. Some of the tough trekking points like Gaumukh, Gangotri, Bhojvasa and Chirbasa are very famous among trekkers. There is also the valley of the cold desert of Nelong. Kedartal and Tapovan's barren land situated at a high altitude in the National Park are also worth seeing.

In this area, you will find many places related to the Mahabharata period. Many stories and stories of the Mahabharata period are associated with these places. These places are not only beautiful in nature but they are also known for their mysteries which no one has been able to solve to date. It is one of the Char Dham Yatras and Gangotri, the main pilgrimage centre of Hinduism, must also be visited.

Best time to visit Gangotri National Park

The best time to visit the National Park is from spring to early summer from April to May and the monsoon months from September to October. From April to October, there is an influx of tourists and pilgrims. There is a risk of landslides and heavy rains during the monsoon, so do not travel here during this time.

You may find it difficult to stay here during the winter season. Even the local and rural people here migrate to the low altitude areas during the winter season. The gates of Gangotri Dham are also closed for six months during snowfall in this region.

How to reach Gangotri National Park

The best way to reach Gangotri National Park is to first come to Dehradun, located at a distance of 300 km from Gangotri and reach here by taxi from Dehradun. Dehradun city is well connected to other major cities of the country by air and rail. You can either hire a vehicle or drive your own vehicle as the roads here are now in good condition after the new government came in power in 2014. It would be better if you leave early in the morning because there is no prediction in the weather in the hilly areas, so try to leave early so that you can reach early.


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