Dharali Devbhoomi, Heavenly abode of Devdar forest धराली देवभूमि, देवदार वृक्षों का स्वर्गीय निवास

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Day 4, September 24: Bridges, Bron Broen Gartang Gali, Bhairav Mandir

We woke up with light rains and overcast sky. Weather gods refused to smile. I did go for my customary morning walk along the forest trail. After a refreshing bath and delicious breakfast we started our downhill walk to Gangotri highway. Halfway down one of the apple orchard were harvesting their crop.

First set of captures; morning walk

The first capture the day with snowy peaks

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Cloud covering Harsil valley below
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Harsil amidst clouds
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Walk along the forest trail
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Love the smell of air on an early monsoon morning

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Trail was damp and slippery from the ongoing rain
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A viewpoint along the trail for panoramic mountain captu
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This is a good spot to get lovely captures of mountains around the cottage
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Panoramic monsoon Mountain View’s with Rajma
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Love this dreamy creamy monsoon vibes
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Enjoying the monsoon vibes
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You cannot enough of these dreamy monsoon mountain captures
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Rajma crop in the forest clearing
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Walking back to our alpine cottage
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Mukhba gaon on the opposite hill under the monsoon spell
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Mysterious Mukhba amidst the clouds
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Cool weather with temperature around 13 degree centigrade
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Day 4, September 24: Bridges, Bron Broen Gartang Gali, Bhairav Mandir

Second set of captures on walking downhill:

Another capture of monsoon vibes

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Along the trail of young Devdar trees

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Sunil D enjoying the downhill walk at his own pace
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Bhagrathi river meandering down below
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Arun P greeting one of the apple harvesting friend and worker

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Apple harvesting in one the orchards halfway along our downhill walk

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Their harvest is mostly the Royal black species
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Day 4, September 24: Bridges, Bron Broen Gartang Gali, Bhairav Mandir

Arun Jee drove us to our next adventure, Gartang Gali. It is 12 kilometers drive from Dharali. The drive is picturesque. We passed over Zangla bridge and planned to make a stopover on return leg. We finally reached reached Gartang Gali after crossing iconic Lanka Bridge. The entrance for Gartanggali trek is on the left side of road towards Gangotri Mandir.
The entrance ticket is Rs. 150 and Rs. 600 for Indians and foreigners respectively. We did not encounter more the ten folks on this Indo-Tibetian trade trail. The track is carved out from rock with overhanging edges; it is picturesque, well laid and maintained by forest department. The highlight is the last 400 meters which is a man made overhanging bridge made entirely of Devdar wood. Throughout the trail you get mesmersing views of the overhanging cliffs of Nelong Valley on the opposite side and Jad Ganga River flowing alongside down under. We did meet horticulture scientists on our way back. Also Arun J introduced us to green fragrant leaves called Kedar Patti. We clicked a few pictures over Lanka Bridge, the highest in Asia.

Sunil D @ the entrance for Gartang Gali, Gangotri National park
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Start of this ancient 150 year old trail with Arun P and Sunil D heading the pack
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This trail is architectural masterpiece by cutting the granite of vertical rock face.
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This route was traditionally used by merchants trading between India and Tibet
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This route was traditionally used by merchants trading between India and Tibet
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It was damaged over the years and closed after Indo China war.
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It was recently opened after 59 years.
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Start of the wooden staircase. It is perched at 3352 meters with Jagh Ganga river gushing down under
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It is hanging from rocky ledge overlooking Nelong valley on the opposite side

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The highlight is 146 meters long and 1.8 meters wide wood lined stairways
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It is built at the height of over 11000 thousand feet.
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It was built at a cost of 65 lake rupees.
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It passes through dense deodar and mail forest and cut through rocky cliffs
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Our guide leading the way through overhanging rocky ledges
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Sunil D at his own pace
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Blue Jagh Ganga stream along our rocky trail
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Arun P waiting for old men like Us
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The total trail with return leg is around 4.5 to 5.0 kilometers.
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Architectural marvel from cutting Rocky Mountain
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It is an easy trek with picturesque views of Nelong valley and milky Jadh Ganga
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End of the Gartang Gali trail
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Staircase to Heaven
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Start of Gartang Gali trail
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Dhanayad for all your “Likes”
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View of Lanka bridge from Gartang Gali trail with horticulture scientist
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Lanka Brige
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Iconic Lanka Bridge over Milky Jadh Ganga streaming connecting nelong valley
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Lanka bridge, Asia’s highest bridge over meandering blue Jadh Ganga stream
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Lanka bridge, Asia’s highest bridge
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Direct view of deep ravine of Jad Ganga river from a gap in the Lanka river
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View of Nelong valley with milky Jad Ganga river from Lanka brigde
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View of Nelong valley with milky Jad Ganga river from Lanka brigde
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View of Nelong valley with milky Jad Ganga river from Lanka brigde
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View of Nelong valley with milky Jad Ganga river from Lanka brigde
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View of Nelong valley with milky Jad Ganga river from Lanka brigde
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View of older and smaller bridge across Jad Ganga bridge from Lanka bridge
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View of older and smaller bridge across Jad Ganga bridge from Lanka bridge
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View of Nelong valley with Jad Ganga river from Lanka brigde
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View of older and smaller bridge across Jad Ganga bridge from Lanka bridge
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Day 4, September 24: Bridges, Bron Broen Gartang Gali, Bhairav Mandir

Our next stop was भैरव घाटी मंदिर। There were quite a few devotees visiting the temple as a couple of tourister van making their way. It was lunchtime and we walked to one of the local restaurants. They served ढाबा स्टाइल थाली which consisted of tasty डाल, राजमा mixed with मसूर की दाल and कद्दू की सब्जी topped with तंदूरी रोटी। The food actually good. We left for Zangla Bridge. Here you get beautiful views of भागीरथी river. Then we stopped at a view point on the highway for best views of Harsil valley with green colored भागीरथी water. We stopped for a cup of delicious tea at Mandakini camp tea. It was around 16:00 hours and time to return to our abode on Dharali hill. It took us an hour of uphill walk to our homestay. Tonight was colder than yesterday. Sadly we were not going to have Bonfire tonight as Arun J had pending domestic chores. Tomorrow was our big day for holy trail to गौमुख and Tapovan for 3 days and 2 nights. Our dinner tonight was yummy पीली डाल and सोयाबीन आलू सब्ज़ी served with rice and रोटी. We topped it up with homemade गुड़।

Main shrine of Bhairav Nath Temple
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There were more people today here signalling the opening of Gangotri highway yesterday
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Love the colorful attire of our devotees

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In Devbhoomi our devotees are colorful in choosing attire but very soft soft spoken in real life
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A group of devotees paying their homage to Bholenathjee
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Entrance to Prachin Bhairav Mandir
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Bhairav is considered a form of Shiva, who guards a Shakti Peeth against the attacks of enemies and that is why one can find Bhairav temples constructed nearby all Shakthi Peeths
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Day 4, September 24: Bridges, Bron Broen Gartang Gali, Bhairav Mandir (continued)

A few captures of Harsil valley from Jangla bridge, viewpoint wnddrive on return leg to Dharali

Milky Bhagrathi river meandering through Harsil valley
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Our homestay in the the second last hill on the left of the background
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Ek Toh B & W Banta Hai
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The view of Harsil valley from Gangotri side
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View of the Nelong valley on the opposite side of Gangotri highway
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It is a close up view of Nelong valley
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Love the meandering delta formed by Bhagrathi river open its journey through the Harsil valley
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Harsil valley with milky Bhagrathi river loos gorgeous from this viewpoint
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Deep ravine of Nelong valley
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Someday -oneday, i am gonna go this route-pray it comes soon.
Fantastic sharing @AR Ardent Rambler
Gangotri highway is smooth and good for most of its course. There are a few patches of rough which need work. There is a landslide prone zone near Gagnani. You will enjoy riding your bike. I would recommend you to take the Tehri reservoir bypass road from Rishikesh; it is shorter, very scenic and picturesque along with reservoir.
 
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Day 5, September 25, 2022: Holy trail from Gangotri: Gangotri Gaumauk Tapovan trek
Pandava trail

We had waiting for big Day “Gaumauk Tapovan trek. I did not sleep well last night. Rain was pouring all night and continued in the morning. We were an hour late from our scheduled start. We drove from Dharali to Gangotri. The highway was empty due to road closure in Gagnani. The drive was smooth and picturesque with exception of patches littered with rocks and stones in landslide zone. We reached Gangotri in 20 minutes. It was still drizzling.The numbers of devotees were scant due to road closure. Arun J broke the bad news to us that गंगोत्री national park was on red alert and closed since yesterday and it will remain so for the next two days. So NO गौमुख and Tapovan trek . I could not hide my disappointment and Arun J noted it. We walked down to घाट before paying our respect to गंगा माँ at गंगोत्री मंदिर। There was no queue for दर्शन। We took our time to click a few pictures. Then we proceeded to सूरज कुंड। I would describe it as devine green waters roaring down from heaven along the orange cliffs making a huge cloud down under.

First set of captures: Walk downhill to Gangotri highway and drive to Gangotri:

Our Nashta with Kalle Chole

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He was watching our back and leading us during the entire stay on this rain morning
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Our homestay kitchen with Arun J wife, Master chef, his father and his uncle
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Something delicious is been cooked in our kitchen
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Sunil D walking downhill will light rain pouring. My rain poncho was my last buy and most used during our trip
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Harsil valley amidst clouds with majestic Bhagrathi river down below
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Monsoon vibes continue in Harsil valley
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Wet and slippery trail downhill
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The place from where we started our drive to Gangotri
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Drive along Jangla bridge
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Harsil valley from Jangla bridge
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It was still raining during our d I’ve to Gangotri. Loved this capture with this person walking in the rain.
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Day 5, September 25, 2022: Holy trail from Gangotri: Gangotri Gaumauk Tapovan trek
Pandava trail

Second set of pictures: Walk towards the Gangotri Mandir and Ghat
Shops along the narrow road to Mandir selling containers for Gangajal

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Gangotri temple is located amidst mighty mountains

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Shops selling Puja Samagiri

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Note they were very few locals as devotees could not reach Gangotri due to road closure at Gagnani
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Shop keepers talking amongst themselves; no devotees to buy their merchandise

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Arun J leading the way to Ma Ganga Mandir

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Sunil D walking towards the temple. I was told that this place is usually very crowded
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Few Purohits are seen close to the main temple
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A few local devotees overlooking the ghat

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Devotee offering prayer to Ganga Ma. “Shubh Mangal Hoga”
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Purohit meditating @ Ganga Ghat

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Purohit performing prayer the devotee. “Sab Acha ahi Hoga”

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Sunil D walking towards the Ghat

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Ashrams and guest houses on the other side of Bhagrathi river

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View of the Ganga Ghat from another perspective
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Small eye catching temple on theother side of Bhagrathi river
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Family performing puja ritual

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Ashrams located on the other side of Bhagrathi river with the background of Himalayan mountains
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Pujari performing puja ritual

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Purohit performing the prayer ritual. ”Sab Shubh Mangal Hoga”

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Ganga ghat location in picturesque among Himalayan mountains

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Today we could park very close to Mandir premises as very few devotees could make it here
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