Bhagirathi Peak

Bhagirathi Peak is a prominent mountain peak located in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India. It is part of a group of three peaks, known as the Bhagirathi Group, which includes Bhagirathi I, II, and III. Bhagirathi I, also called “Gangotri Peak,” is the tallest among them, standing at an elevation of approximately 6,856 meters (22,493 feet).

Location           Uttarkashi
Parent range          Garhwal Himalayas
Altitude           6,856 meters (22,493 feet)
First ascentSwiss team led by Raymond Lambert and Tenzing Norgay in 1939.
Best time to visit         May, Jun, Sep, Oct

The Bhagirathi Group is renowned among mountaineers for its challenging climbs and stunning beauty. The first ascent of Bhagirathi I was accomplished in 1939 by a British team led by R. Graham. Since then, the peak has attracted numerous climbers from around the world, seeking to conquer its formidable slopes. The region around Bhagirathi Peak is characterized by rugged terrain, glaciers, and breathtaking landscapes, making it a popular destination for trekking and mountaineering enthusiasts. The nearby Gangotri Glacier, one of the largest in the Himalayas, adds to the allure of the area, drawing adventurers and nature lovers alike.

Mythology About Bhagirathi peak

Bhagirathi peak, also known as Bhagirathi Parbat, holds significance in Hindu mythology and is named after King Bhagiratha, a revered figure in Hinduism. According to Hindu mythology, King Bhagiratha is credited with bringing the sacred river Ganga (Ganges) from the heavens to the earth to cleanse the souls of his ancestors.

Legend has it that King Bhagiratha performed intense penance and austerities to please Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe, and sought his help in bringing the Ganga down to earth. Pleased with his devotion, Brahma granted his request but warned him that the force of the river’s descent could be overwhelming and would require a divine figure to break its fall.

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