Thursday, 3 January 2013

Scenic Water Body Images of Garhwal, Uttarakhand

Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand also known as Devbhoomi is source of two sacred rivers of India namely Ganga and Yamuna. The rivers and their tributaries meander along the hilly terrain on their journey downstream. A few of the rivers merge together to be called as prayag. Prayags are hugely popular and worthwhile destinations for devout and layman for their religious importance and spectacular views they offer. The high altitude glacial lakes of Garhwal hills – some of them are pilgrimage destinations offering trekkers the pleasure of some adventure which they relish. Few selected water body images from my trips to Garhwal from 2006 through 2011 have been posted as follows. 

Image 1
Caption: Devprayag top view
Description: Merely 74 km uphill from sacred town of Rishkesh, one gets a spectacular view of Devprayag, which is the confluence of rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda and flows after intermingling in form of Ganga.

Image 2
Caption: Devprayag a close view
Description: If one has the time in hand, a downward walk along the steps takes one to the touching distance of water  of  these twin rivers.

Image 3
Caption: Rudraprayag a top view
Description: Further uphill drive of another 70 km brings one to a place where one gets a grand view of Rudraprayag which is the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. 

Image 4
Caption: Rudraprayg a close view
Description: If one can grab some more time and go down to the actual spot of confluence, the view is simply awesome.

Image 5
Caption: Vishnuprayag
Description: Leaving behind Joshimath and traveling 10 km on the way to Badrinath (30 km from Joshiarth), one definitely takes a break to enjoy the beauty of the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga at Vishnuprayag.   

*Image 6
Caption: Nandprayag
Description: Confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Nandakini lies at a distance of 80 km from Badrinath.

Image 7
Caption: Confluence of Alaknanda and Saraswati River
Description: Visitors to Badrinath invariably take a 2 km drive for sightseeing trip to Mana village and come across this wonderful confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Saraswati.

Image 8
Caption: Karnaprayag
Description: From Badrianth traveling 125 km by road, one reaches the destination of Karnaprayag - the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Pindar. Karnaprayag offers excellent tourist facilities to spend a few days on hotels overlooking the prayag.

Image 9
Caption: River Mandakini view at Kedarnath
Description: Source of river Mandakini being from glacier of Kedarnath mountain peak, the flowing river downstream along the town, makes an enticing scene of a perfect landscape.

Image 10
Caption: Yamuna river at Sayanachatti
Description: Sayanachatti is overnight destination for undertaking next days trek to Yamunotri. The view from steel bridge of roaring river Yamuna is view to cherish.

Image 11
Caption: Tehri Dam over Bhagirathi
Description: On the way to Gangotri, one passes through the town of Utttarkashi and Tehri dam over the river Bhagirathi. The road along the hill alongside periphery of river Bhagirathi gives a spell binding view of the river and the dam.

Image 12
Caption: Hemkund
Description: A trek of 7 km from Ghnagaria takes one to Sri Gurudwara Hemkunt Sahib. The glacial lake surrounded by snow peaks at an altitude of 15,000’ leaves one awe-struck.

Image 13
Caption: On way to Valley Of flowers
Description: A trek of 2 km from Ghangaria takes one to The valley of flowers. River Pushpavati meanders underneath the snow bridge carrying with it the snow-melt.

Image 14
Caption: Deoria Tal
Description: A 2 km trek from the village on Ukhimath – Chopta road takes one to the lovely lake with the back drop of Himalayan Chaukhamba peak. 

Image 15
Caption: Water discharge
Garhwal being the region of many rivers and their tributaries flowing down stream at a high velocity, have several big and mini hydroelectric projects. The frame depicts the tail end discharge from water turbine.

* Image 6 of Nandprayag is captured by Sachin Vaidya.
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  1. Good photographs. I find Nandprayag missing from Panch Prayag. If you want, I can send my photo.

    1. Sachin, do send the photo, I will post with acknowledgement.